A beloved television actress who has been diagnosed with cancer — and who has already outlived the predictions of medical professionals — says she has signed to appear on "Dancing with the Stars."
TMZ.com reports that Valerie Harper, who played Rhoda Morgenstern on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" before going on to star in the spinoff "Rhoda," has already begun practicing for the ABC show.
"We’re told Valerie and her partner Tristan have already been practicing for two days, and she’s surprisingly good. Our sources say she’s completely self-sufficient and doesn’t need any special assistance … at least so far," the website reports.
Harper, 74, was given three months to live back in March, the report notes, and has already outlived that forecast. She was diagnosed with "leptomeningeal carcinomatosis, a rare form of cancer in which cancer cells spread into the membrane surrounding the brain," TMZ reports.
The report adds: "Leah Remini will also be on the next season, as well as Snooki, Elizabeth Berkley, Amber Riley from ‘Glee,’ and Christina Milian.
Harper won four Emmys for her Rhoda character in the 1970s — three consecutive wins as outstanding supporting actress for "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" from 1971 to 1973 and a win as outstanding lead actress for "Rhoda" in 1975.