Valerie Harper, a four time Emmy winner and a one time Golden Globe winner, has passed away following a battle with cancer, the Associated Press reports. She was 80. In 2013, Harper revealed that she was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer and given three months to live.
Harper was known for her roles on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, its spinoff Rhoda, and Valerie. She played the role of Rhoda Morgenstern in both The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Rhoda. Harper worked on numerous other television shows and movies throughout her career. She was on the shows Columbo, The Muppet Show, Touched by an Angel, Sex and the City, That '70s Show, Desperate Housewives, The Simpsons, American Dad!, and others. On the film side of things, Harper was in The Great Mom Swap, Freebie and the Bean, Blame It on Rio, and Chapter Two. In addition to films and television, Harper also perform on Broadway and was nominated for a Tony Award in 2010 for her part in Looped.
Following the news of Harper's death, people took to social media to pay their respects. See their tributes below.
Even when she was down she danced and showed the world that she refused to let cancer beat her. Now Rhoda is with Mary in heaven. RIP Valerie Harper. You were the epitome of strength and humor. 😢🤟🏻 pic.twitter.com/CEGWl4hfhA— Marlee Matlin (@MarleeMatlin) August 30, 2019
Dear friend Valerie Harper -— Frances Fisher (@Frances_Fisher) August 31, 2019
We all celebrate her delightful talent -
Many may not know she was a fierce unionist. #SAG Board for years. We became fast friends during the #SAGaftra Commercials strike 2000.
Here we are w Connie Stevens supporting the #WGA Strike. #ValerieHarper pic.twitter.com/bNqjM636Gn
Condolences to the family of Valerie Harper. Going to miss you Rhoda Morgenstern! 😢❌⭕️— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) August 30, 2019