BREAKING: 'The Mary Tyler Moore Show' Star Valerie Harper Has Died at 80

Rebekah Sager
August 30, 2019 - 3:45 pm



According to reports, actress and star of the "Mary Tyler Moore Show" Valerie Harper passed away Friday morning after a brave battle with cancer. She turned 80 on August 22. 

Harper was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2009 and in 2013, she was diagnosed with brain cancer.

She bucked her odds when she appeared on "Dancing with the Stars," in 2013. 

Her family launched a Go Fund Me for the star to help with her medical expenses. 

Her husband (Tony Cacciotti) wrote the below message:

I have been told by doctors to put Val in Hospice care and I can’t [because of our 40 years of shared commitment to each other] and I won’t because of the amazing good deeds she has graced us with while she’s been here on earth.

We will continue going forward as long as the powers above allow us, I will do my very best in making Val as comfortable as possible.

There are two special ANGELS on this planet masquerading as humans who live and work together, that have made it possible to have all of Val’s needs taken care of.

For those of you who have been in this position, you will totally understand that “it’s hard letting go.”  So as long as I’m able and capable, I’ll be where I belong right beside her.

Many, many thanks for your outpouring of kindness and support.


Harper was born in Suffern, New York, and started her career as a dancer and chorus girl on Broadway.

Her break out came in 1970 when she joined the cast of "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" playing the sidekick and best friend Rhoda Morgenstern to Mary -- eventually leading to a spinoff titled "Rhoda." 

Harper won four Emmy Awards for the part — three for "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and one for "Rhoda."