Valerie Harper Brain Cancer Update: Treatment Calls for TV Work; Filming TV Movie in Canada; NBC Producing Documentary on Her Battle
By Staff Writer | August 01, 2013 04:26 PM EDT
Valerie Harper’s brain cancer won’t slow her down. Five months after announcing that she has inoperable brain cancer, Valerie Harper will be working on television movie for the UP channel. This isn’t the only TV work that involves the 73-year-old “Rhoda” star. NBC is also producing a documentary about Valeriy Harper’s fight with cancer. Valerie Harper has said that she wanted to live life fully.
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The UP cable channel announced that Valerie Harper is in Canada, filming the TV movie "The Town That Came A-Courtin'," which is based on the novel of the same name by Ronda Rich. Lauren Holly of “NCIS,” Cameron Bancroft of “24” and Lucie Guest of “Blackstone” will be featured along with Valerie Harper in the film. UP called the movie an uplifting romance and that they welcome Valerie Harper, who they call “inspirational,” to the cast.
Emmy-winner Valerie Harper will play the owner of a Bed and Breakfast in Bliss, Mississippi, who helps an author, played by Holly find romance with the mayor of the town, played by Bancroft.
In a statement Barbara Fisher, senior vice president for original programming at UP, said "UP is thrilled to have the always inspirational Valerie Harper as part of our talented the 'Town That Came A-Courtin' ' cast.” Fisher said the movie's "uplifting, sometimes bumpy romance showcases how a community's spirit and good will can help people connect and find each other."
Valerie Harper, announced that she was diagnosed with leptomeningeal carcinomatosis, a rare brain cancer, in March. She also announced that that she could have as little as three months to live. Harper said that the incurable condition would not stop her from living her life fully. Production of "The Town That Came A-Courtin'” started this week in Vancouver, British Columbia.
NBC News will chronicle Valerie Harper’s battle with the terminal cancer in a one hour documentary. It will chronicle Harper as she tries experimental treatments. Camera crews have followed Harper since her diagnoses as she goes on doctor's visits and undergoes surgery. The documentary will also show Harper’s life as she deals with the cancer with Tony Cacciotti and daughter Christina. Meredith Vieira will host the documentary.
Valerie Harper is best known for her roles as Rhoda Morgenstern in the 1970s television series, “The Mary Tyler Moore Show.” Her character inspired the long-running spin-off series, “Rhoda.” Mary Tyler Moore and Valerie Harper also reunited for a TV special about how their characters developed decades after the series ended. Valerie Harper also played Valerie Hogan in the series “Valerie.”
"The Town That Came A-Courtin'" will air in January 2014. An air date for the documentary has not yet been set.
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