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Valerie Harper as Rhoda Morgenstern

Valerie Harper became known for her role as Rhoda Morgenstern in The Mary Tyler Moore Show, photo courtesy Getty Images‘s Tom Fischer interviews actress Valerie Harper at Barnstable Brown Derby Eve Gala 2013 in the video above.

She attends Derby shortly after her announcement of her terminal brain cancer which was in March 2013.

Valerie Harper,  age 73, most known for her role as Rhoda Morgenstern in The Mary Tyler Moore Show, she says isn’t letting her condition get her down.

Valerie tells that she is currently “feeling good and has no symptoms.”

She says she is grateful for the outpouring of love and support from her fans who are concerned about her battle with cancer. They  have sent her letters, gifts, pills, and “everything you can imagine to help me get better, she says.

Valerie says she is happy to be back at Kentucky Derby and calls it true American tradition and one of the few of its kind in America.

She attends Kentucky Derby with husband Tony Cacciotti.

To bring back some memories, we’re sharing video of The Mary Tyler Moore Show theme song and TV intro below.

Interview filmed at the Barnstable Brown Gala: The celebrity packed gala, which has raised and donated approximately $9,000,000 to the Barnstable Brown Diabetes and Obesity Research Center at the University of Kentucky over the past seven years, is in its 25th year.

Founded by twin sisters Patricia Barnstable Brown and Priscilla Barnstable, along with Patricia’s late husband Dr. David E. Brown

Watch more of’s Derby coverage on this link: Kentucky Derby .


Valerie Harper

Valerie Harper with Tom Fischer

The Mary Tyler Moore Show

The Mary Tyler Moore Show

Mary Tyler Moore Show Logo
Video filmed edited and by Tyler Gater and Andy Freudenberg. Current Derby Photos by Tyler Gater and Andy Freudenberg. 

The Mary Tyler Moore Show Theme Song and Inro


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One Response to “Valerie Harper Interview”

  1. Cary

    Valerie is a brave and gracious woman who has decided to go out enjoying every moment. God bless her for showing us the true definition of courage.