From the' Mary Tyler Moore Show' to Broadway and 'Rhoda' : Valerie Harper's Life in Photos

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1950s

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Harper was born on Aug. 22, 1939, in Suffren, New York, and was raised in New Jersey. She made her Broadway debut in 1956 as a dancer in Li’l Abner.

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1964

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She married actor Dick Schaal in 1964, telling PEOPLE in 1975: "He was my mentor. He totally brought me into acting. He's read me lines for years and been nothing but supportive." (They later divorced in 1978.)

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1970s

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Harper debuted as the kooky neighbor from New York on The Mary Tyler Moore Show in 1970.

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1971

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Harper took home the Emmy for best supporting actress after the show's first season alongside costar Ed Asner, who won best supporting actor.

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1974

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Harper would eventually win four Emmy Awards and one Golden Globe for her role on The Mary Tyler Moore Show before getting her own spinoff.

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1974

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Rhoda debuted on Sept. 9, 1974, to rave reviews and big ratings.

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1975

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Mary Tyler Moore guest-starred in the final episode of the first season in March 1975.

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1986

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Harper also starred in The Hogan Family, originally titled Valerie, opposite Jason Bateman.

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1987

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Harper, whose film credits include, Freebie and the Bean (1974), The Last Married Couple in America (1980) and Blame It on Rio (1984), married her second husband Tony Cacciotti in 1987.

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2000

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Harper reunited with Moore for the ABC telefilm Mary and Rhoda in 2000.

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2010

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Harper was nominated for a Best Actress Tony Award nominee in 2010 for Looped. In 2013, she stepped down from the role of Tallulah Bankhead after being hospitalized.

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2013

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In March 2013, Harper announced she had leptomeningeal carcinomatosis, a rare condition that occurs when cancer cells spread into the fluid-filled membrane surrounding the brain. She was diagnosed early with (and successfully treated for) lung cancer in 2009.

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2013

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Harper competed on season 17 of Dancing with the Stars with pro partner Tristan MacManus.

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2017

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One of Harper's last red carpet appearances was a screening of My Mom And The Girl at The Hollywood Museum on November 8, 2017.

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