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Moving Forward: Valerie Harper Proves Positivity and a Strong Work Ethic Are Good Medicine

Magazine article Success

Moving Forward: Valerie Harper Proves Positivity and a Strong Work Ethic Are Good Medicine

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Valerie Harper's infectious laugh and broad smile say everything about the mental attitude of a woman who was given just a few short months to live-and has already beaten the odds.

"I am doing well so far, but who knows what tomorrow brings," says Harper, 74, in that well-known gravelly voice. "I could have a seizure right now and fall down on the street tonight. But I'm not thinking in those terms."

Right now, Emmy-winner Harper, best known for her 1970s role as Rhoda on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and her own spin-off series, has never been busier in her career. In mid-January, she was promoting two shows: UP's The Town That Came A-Courtin' and Hallmark Channel's new spring series Signed. Sealed, Delivered.

Jumping back into work proved to be the best medicine for Harper. "It gave me a lot of confidence that [my cancer] wouldn't be a problem," says Harper, who takes medication once a week. …

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