Valerie Harper Biography – Valerie Harper Wiki
Valerie Harper born Valerie Kathryn Harper, was an American actress. Harper first came to fame for her role as Rhoda Morgenstern on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and then the character was spun off to her own sitcom, “Rhoda,” in the late 1970s. She won four Emmys and a Golden Globe for her work in those two shows.
Valerie Harper Age
She was born on August 22, 1939 in Suffern, New York, United States. She died on August 30, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. She was 80 years old.
Valerie Harper Family
She was the daughter of Iva Mildred and Howard Donald Harper. Her father was a lighting salesman, and her mother was born in Canada and trained as a nurse. She was the middle child of three siblings. She had an older sister, Leah; a younger brother, Merrill and a half-sister, Virginia, from her father’s second marriage.
Valerie Harper Husband
Harper married actor Richard Schaal in 1964. They divorced in 1978. Harper married Tony Cacciotti in 1987.
Valerie Harper Children – Valerie Harper Daughter
Harper and her husband Tony Cacciotti adopted a daughter, Christina Cacciotti, in 1983.
Valerie Harper Net Worth
Valerie Harper’s net worth was estimated to be $1 million.
Valerie Harper Health – Valerie Harper Cancer
In 2009, Harper was diagnosed with lung cancer. She announced on March 6, 2013, that tests from a January hospital stay revealed she had leptomeningeal carcinomatosis, a rare condition in which cancer cells spread into the meninges, the membranes surrounding the brain. She said her doctors had given her as little as three months life expectancy. Although the disease was reported to be incurable, her doctors said they were treating her with chemotherapy in an effort to slow its progress. In April 2014, Harper said she was responding well to the treatment. On July 30, 2015, Harper was hospitalized in Maine after falling unconscious, and taken via medevac to a larger hospital for further treatment. She was later discharged.
In 2016, Harper continued battling cancer with treatment at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. By July 2019, Harper was on a regimen of “a multitude of medications and chemotherapy drugs” and was experiencing “extreme physical and painful challenges” that require “around the clock, 24/7 care.”
Valerie Harper Death
Harper died on August 30, 2019, in Los Angeles, California. Valerie Harper’s daughter, Cristina Cacciotti, wrote on Twitter that her father, Tony Cacciotti, asked her to share the following statement:
“My beautiful caring wife of nearly 40 years has passed away at 10:06am, after years of fighting cancer. She will never, ever be forgotten. Rest In Peace, mia Valeria. -Anthony.”
My dad has asked me to pass on this message: “My beautiful caring wife of nearly 40 years has passed away at 10:06am, after years of fighting cancer.
She will never, ever be forgotten. Rest In Peace, mia Valeria. -Anthony.”
— Cris (@cristicacci) August 30, 2019
Ed Asner, who costarred on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” paid tribute to Harper on Twitter: “A beautiful woman, a wonderful actress, a great friend and with balls bigger than mine. Her brilliance burst through and shined its light upon all of us. Goodnight beautiful. I’ll see you soon.”
A beautiful woman, a wonderful actress, a great friend and with balls bigger than mine. Her brilliance burst through and shined its light upon all of us. Goodnight beautiful. I’ll see you soon. pic.twitter.com/FicADkSAzS
— Ed Asner (@TheOnlyEdAsner) August 30, 2019
ard-winner Marlee Matlin wrote on Twitter, “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.”
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
RuPaul’s Drag Race contestant Joslyn Fox wrote of Harper’s inspiration as Rhoda, writing on Twitter: “RIP @ValerieHarper For those of us who were never a Mary, we were proud to be a Rhoda. Forever an icon, defying the odds. May you now finally rest.”
Valerie Harper Cause of Death
Valerie Harper’s cause of death was cancer.
Valerie Harper Ethnicity
She was of French, English, Irish, Scottish, and Welsh ancestry.