Cancer-stricken actress Valerie Harper has been voted off U.S. reality show Dancing With The Stars. The former The Mary Tyler Moore Show star performed the Viennese waltz with her professional partner Tristan MacManus on Monday night (07Oct13), but she missed a few of the dance steps and scored a lowly 18 points out of a possible 30. She becomes the third celebrity to exit the competition.
After the result was announced on Monday's live show, she said, "It has been absolutely wonderful, completely unique, like nothing else in the world."
Harper, who was convinced to sign up to Dancing With the Stars by her husband Tony Cacciotti, has since confessed that she didn't expect to last until the third week of the programme.
During an exit interview on U.S. breakfast show Good Morning America on Tuesday (08Oct13), she said, "I was so happy I didn't fall opening night and break something!"
And the 74 year old, who was told she only had three to six months to live after she was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer earlier this year (13), is adamant she has no regrets about hitting the dancefloor.
She added, "I am not in pain... Now when you have cancer and they say you have three months (to live) in January, and it's October, you gotta feel good about that and the drugs I'm taking... are working right now, so we'll see what goes, and everyone should live like that, one day at a time."
Terminally-ill actress Valerie Harper has invited U.S. TV cameras into her home to document her brave battle with brain cancer. The former The Mary Tyler Moore Show star announced in March (13) she had just months to live after being diagnosed with the disease, and now she is teaming up with bosses at NBC to air a documentary about her health struggle.
The special will follow 73-year-old Harper as she undergoes surgery, attends meetings with doctors, and prepares to say goodbye to her friends and family.
A statement from the network reads, "This first-person account captures Harper's raw, emotional and hopeful journey as she goes through experimental treatments and lives each day to the fullest with her husband Tony Cacciotti and their daughter Christina."
An air date has not yet been set. The piece will be narrated by American newswoman Meredith Vieira.
Terminally-ill cancer victim Valerie Harper put on a brave face over the weekend (04-05May13) by stepping out at America's most prestigious horse race, the Kentucky Derby. The 73-year-old actress revealed in March (13) she has just months to live after being diagnosed with incurable brain cancer, but she was all smiles as she attended the Barnstable Brown Gala in Louisville with her husband Tony Cacciotti.
Harper posed for photos on the red carpet, and told People.com, "I'm feeling good. And I gained seven pounds - my doctors like that."
The former Mary Tyler Moore Show star also revealed she has been overwhelmed by support from fans after going public with her cancer diagnosis.
She added, "We said we need to get this out there, and we didn't want the tabloids telling our story."
Singers Miranda Lambert and Lance Bass and Hollywood actor Armie Hammer also attended the 139th Kentucky Derby.
Many of us reveled in the days when our Monday nights would kick off with, "My name is Rhoda Morgenstern." Ever since breaking out with her acerbic but compassionate character Rhoda on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, which begat her nominal spinoff (which opened each week with the aforementioned proclamation), Valerie Harper has been a beacon of courage and strength on the small screen. Maintaining the fortitude that she has carried with her throughout her long career, Harper will pay a visit to the medical television series The Doctors to speak openly about her recent diagnosis with terminal brain cancer.
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The Hollywood Reporter reports that Harper will be appearing on the show, hosted by reality television mainstay Dr. Travis Stork, along with her husband Tony Cacciotti, and her friends and former Mary Tyler Moore costars Cloris Leachman and Ed Asner. Following a bout with lung cancer several years back, 73-year-old Harper discovered that she would be facing the even more serious disease in January. "I didn’t get [the prognosis] because my husband hid it," Harper said during taping of the episode. "Poor baby — he was so bereft."
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After meeting with Harper, who was given between three and six months to live as of her January diagnosis, Dr. Stork expressed an admiration for the actor's spirit. "I have to tell you I am blown away by her resilience and her resolve in the face of such a dire, dire diagnosis." Harper will be sharing this impressive temperament with the world come her Monday appearance on The Doctors.
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