Mary Tyler Moore Is 'Devastated' by Valerie Harper's Cancer Diagnosis

Mary Tyler Moore Is 'Devastated' by Valerie Harper's Cancer Diagnosis

The 'Mary Tyler Moore Show' actress reacts to former co-star and longtime friend Harper's terminal brain cancer.

Valerie Harper revealed on Wednesday, March 6 that she was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer in January. Her best friend, Mary Tyler Moore, whom with she starred together on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show", reacted to the sad news. "I'm absolutely devastated by this news," Moore told PEOPLE.

"Valerie has given so much joy, laughter and love to the world," Moore, who has been friends with Harper for four decades, added. "I join her fans and send much love and positive thoughts to her and her family during this difficult time."

One day before going public about the diagnosis, Harper called Moore. Harper recalled that after some small talk, "She said, 'What's up?' I said, 'It's incurable cancer.' She said, 'Val, I'm so sorry.' " Before ending their phone call, "Mary said, 'One day at a time,' " Harper continued. "That's how we've got to live our lives. That's the best we can do."

The Rhoda Morgenstern of "MTM Show" was diagnosed with leptomeningeal carcinomatosis, a rare and swiftly lethal condition that occurs when cancer cells spread into the fluid-filled membrane surrounding the brain. Doctors estimated she had about three months to live. "I don't think of dying. I think of being here now," the 73-year-old actress said.

Moore wasn't the only friend who sent words of support to Harper. Cloris Leachman, who is also an "MTM Show" alum, reached out to Harper on Twitter. "My longtime friendship w/ @ValerieHarper has been 1 of the gr8est gifts of my life. I'm here 4 any/everything she may need one day at a time," he tweeted.

Larry King also tweeted, "I've known Valerie Harper for years- enjoyed intv'ing her & being in her company-wishing her strength & good thoughts."




    Jay Wilson Fisher
    Mar 11, 2013

    I love Valerie Harper. Rhoda Morgenstern was my role model growing up. My heart goes out to Ms Harper and her family. I'm open to the infinite possibility of miracles too Ms Harper and along with your millions of fans I send my prayers and positive affirmations that you will beat this! Love you so much!

    Mar 10, 2013

    I heard the news and was saddened. I watch your re-runs daily. You are an inspiration to all!! My thoughts and prayers are with you and yours!

    Mar 06, 2013

    Its very sad news, shes brought laughter to us all. Its shows that no matter how rich or famous these medical conditions are what make us all equal. G-Ds speed to here!

    Heidi Stanley
    Mar 06, 2013

    To Valerie all my family Shoshone you all our support and strength. We are very sorry to hear about what has happened and can relate to your desire to just live one day at a time. My father had the same cancer and unfortunately did not last long after the diagnosis. He found out at the end of November and passed away early morning New Years day this year. I can speak for my whole family and anyone that knew him...he is missed everyday. And at his visitation, I truly expected to see the mayor or governor to show because he touched so many more lives than I was aware of. Just as you have. You are a wonderful person and have made the right waves whether everyone want to admit it or not. Thank you for being you.

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