Horrible news! Valerie Harper, who played Mary’s best friend Rhoda Morgenstern on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” has been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer:
The television icon â€“ beloved for her role as brash New Yorker Rhoda Morgenstern onThe Mary Tyler Moore ShowÂ and its spin-off,RhodaÂ â€“ received the news on Jan. 15, she reveals to PEOPLE in this week’s exclusive cover interview.
A battery of tests revealed she has leptomeningeal carcinomatosis, a rare condition that occurs when cancer cells spread into the fluid-filled membrane surrounding the brain. Her doctors say she has as little as three months left to live.
Resolved to face her last days with courage and humor, “I don’t think of dying,” says the actress, 73, who previouslyÂ battled lung cancerÂ in 2009. “I think of being hereÂ now.”
Our thoughts go out to our favorite next-door neighbor.