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Valerie Harper Reveals Mary Tyler Moore Inspired Her to Divorce Her Ex — and Find Love Again

Valerie Harper Reveals Mary Tyler Moore Inspired Her to Divorce Her Ex — and Find Love Again
Spend a little time with Valerie Harper and the topic of Mary Tyler Moore is bound to come up.

For good reason. The 78-year-old actress made her debut as Rhoda Morgenstern on The Mary Tyler Moore Show in 1971, playing a character that led to Harper getting her own hit sitcom, Rhoda, which made her a 1970s icon.

“She was such a giving person,” Harper—who has been battling incurable brain cancer for past four and a half years—tells People in an exclusive interview in this week’s magazine.

“She used to sit on the set there on the set
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How Valerie Harper Survived a Fatal Cancer Diagnosis: ‘It’s a Miracle She’s Still Here’

How Valerie Harper Survived a Fatal Cancer Diagnosis: ‘It’s a Miracle She’s Still Here’
On a recent afternoon, Valerie Harper kicks back on a sofa in her Santa Monica, California, condo overlooking the Pacific, happily chewing gum and talking matter-of-factly about the disease that should have killed her four years ago.

“I’m still here,” Harper tells People in an exclusive interview in this week’s issue. “I still have cancer, but I’m okay and most of my days are good.”

Nearly a half century has passed since Harper made her debut as Rhoda Morgenstern on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, a character that gave the actress her own hit sitcom, Rhoda, and made her a 1970s icon.
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Freebie and the Bean

Here’s how one pushed the limits of good taste in 1974. James Caan and Alan Arkin run the gamut of racist, raunchy, sexist & homophobic jokes as bad boy cops breaking the rules, and director Richard Rush delivers some impressive, expensive action stunts on location in San Francisco. Does it get a pass because it’s ‘outrageous?’ The public surely thought so. If the star chemistry works the excess won’t matter. With Valerie Harper, Loretta Swit and Jack Kruschen.

Freebie and the Bean

Blu-ray

Warner Archive Collection

1974 / Color / 2:40 widescreen / 113 min. / Street Date August 8, 2017 / available through the WBshop / 21.99

Starring: Alan Arkin, James Caan, Valerie Harper, Loretta Swit, Jack Kruschen, Mike Kellin, Paul Koslo, Linda Marsh, Alex Rocco.

Cinematography: Laszlo Kovacs

Film Editors: Michael MacLean, Fredric Steinkamp

Original Music: Dominic Frontiere

Written by Robert Kaufman, Floyd Mutrux

Produced and Directed by Richard Rush

‘Buddy’ pictures have been around forever, but I
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Norman Lear Reflects on His ‘All in the Family’ Emmy Wins

Norman Lear Reflects on His ‘All in the Family’ Emmy Wins
the early 1970s was one of the most transitional eras in TV history, and the transition was in full swing by the time the 1971 Emmy Awards took place. Nowhere was this more evident than in the comedy categories, with Ed Asner and Valerie Harper nominated for their supporting roles in “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” alongside Gale Gordon for “Here’s Lucy” and Agnes Moorehead for “Bewitched.” If anyone had any question as to which direction the tide was turning, though, it was answered when “All in the Family” was named not only for new series but also best comedy. Series creator Norman Lear — who, at age 95, remains as busy as ever, serving as an executive producer on the Netflix reboot of his classic ’70s series “One Day at a Time” — reflects on winning his first and second Emmy.

For the 1971 Emmy Awards, Johnny Carson personally suggested the idea of having the show open with the Bunkers
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Mary Tyler Moore Honored at Intimate Memorial Attended by Oprah Winfrey, Dick Van Dyke & Valerie Harper

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Mary Tyler Moore Honored at Intimate Memorial Attended by Oprah Winfrey, Dick Van Dyke & Valerie Harper
Mary Tyler Moore‘s family, friends and A-list admirers gathered over the weekend to pay tribute to the late actress in an intimate memorial ceremony, People has learned.

Oprah Winfrey, Dick Van Dyke, Valerie Harper, Bernadette Peters, Julia Louis-Dreyfus were among those who gathered at the home of director James L. Brooks on Sunday, where they shared memories and honored Moore’s life.

The groundbreaking actress passed away at the age of 80 in January surrounded by her loving husband and close friends, after being on a ventilator and hospitalized with pneumonia due to complications from her decades-long battle with diabetes.
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Springtime in L.A.: The Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival

Springtime in L.A.: The Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival
Opening in Beverly Hills on April 26 and continuing to May 3, the Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival will showcase contemporary and classic films highlighting the best in Jewish Cinema.Of the 27 films showing, 14 are Los Angeles premieres. One World Premiere, one North American Premiere and one U.S. Premiere make for some great discoveries.

An opportunity for film lovers to celebrate the rich tapestry of Jewish history, Jewish heritage and Jewish characters, the Opening Night Red Carpet Reception at Laemmle’s Ahrya Fine Arts Theater in Beverly Hills evening will honor one of the entertainment industry’s most beloved figures, Ed Asner, with the Los Angeles premiere of the documentary “My Friend Ed”, directed by Sharon Baker and executive produced by Liza Asner.

For his distinguished body of work as an actor, and for his relentless commitment to activism and to preserving Jewish life.

Ed Asner

You know him best as Lou Grant,
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Great Job, Internet!: The only person ever ousted from the Academy opens up

In the 90 years since the International Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences was formed in 1927, only one of its many members (current population: 6,000) has ever been kicked out. His name is Carmine Caridi, and in this Oscar week, he gives his whole story to The Hollywood Reporter.

You might recognize Caridi from some character roles in the 1970s, when he appeared in sitcoms like Phyllis and Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman; dramas like Quincy, M.E. and Starsky And Hutch; and films from Car Wash to The Godfather Part II.

Valerie Harper and Carmine Caridi in Valerie (Photo: NBC/NBCU Photo Bank/Getty Images)

Offscreen, Caridi’s life was also filled with drama. He was originally cast as Sonny Corleone in The Godfather, but when Paramount head Robert Evans ordered the cast shuffled around a bit, he lost the part. Afterward, “I was a dope addict ...
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Mary Tyler Moore's Husband Speaks Out About Her Death: 'Mary Was My Life, My Light, My Love'

Mary Tyler Moore's Husband Speaks Out About Her Death: 'Mary Was My Life, My Light, My Love'
Dr. S. Robert Levine continues to mourn the death of his wife, Mary Tyler Moore; the two had been married for 33 years.

Moore died on Jan. 25 in Greenwich, Connecticut, of cardiopulmonary arrest after contracting pneumonia, the actress' rep confirmed to Et. She was 80.

Watch: Mary Tyler Moore in Her Own Words: How the Actress Transcended Television to Inspire a Generation

"I can’t believe she is gone. Mary was my life, my light, my love," Levine said in a statement to People. "The emptiness I feel without her with me is without bottom. She was a force of nature who fiercely defended her autonomy even as her health was failing. Mary was fearless, determined, and willful. If she felt strongly about something, or that there was truth to be told, she would do it, no matter the consequences."

"She was kind, genuine, approachable, honest, and humble. And she had that smile," the statement
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Mary Tyler Moore’s Grieving Husband Speaks Out: ‘Oh to See Her Smile Just Once More’

Mary Tyler Moore’s Grieving Husband Speaks Out: ‘Oh to See Her Smile Just Once More’
Dr. S. Robert Levine is mourning the loss of his wife of more than 33 years, Mary Tyler Moore, but he is finding hope in the assurance that her light and legacy will live on forever.

On Jan. 25, Moore passed away at the age of 80, surrounded by her loving husband and close friends, after being on a ventilator and hospitalized with pneumonia due to complications from her decades-long battle with diabetes.

Several of the TV legend’s friends and loved ones spoke with People for this week’s cover story, including New York-based cardiologist Levine, who remembers the actress, mother and
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Remembering Mary Tyler Moore: Not Only ‘Brilliantly Funny,’ but Vulnerable

Remembering Mary Tyler Moore: Not Only ‘Brilliantly Funny,’ but Vulnerable
About halfway through the seven-season run of “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” a week came when Moore had to spend a few days in the hospital for a minor procedure.

Work on the CBS comedy continued Monday through Thursday, with co-star Betty White subbing for Moore during the table read, script revisions, and blocking. By Friday, Moore was back on the CBS Radford lot for the final run-through and taping — and she nailed every line and set-up with ease.

“She was perfect,” recalls Jay Sandrich, who directed 119 of the 168 episodes of “Mary Tyler Moore” during its 1970-77 run.

Sandrich says his memory of that week came back to him as he grappled with the news of her death Jan. 25 at the age of 80.

The depth of Moore’s understanding of her TV alter-ego, the plucky Mary Richards, was a gift to everyone who worked on the show. “Everybody loved her,” Sandrich
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The Most Inspiring Actresses Blazing a Trail on TV Today — IndieWire Critics Survey

The Most Inspiring Actresses Blazing a Trail on TV Today — IndieWire Critics Survey
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Tuesday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best show currently on TV?” can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: Which actress is blazing a trail for those who follow her? (Editor’s Note: This question was inspired by the recent loss of Mary Tyler Moore.)

Allison Keene (@KeeneTV), Collider

The first person who came to mind for me is Constance Wu. She’s not only starring in the first successful* American sitcom focused on an Asian family (*apologies to Margaret Cho!) in “Fresh Off the Boat,” but she was an early standout and favorite for viewers because of her charm and comedic chops.

Yet Wu is also very vocal on social media, speaking out on behalf of causes that matter to her. Recently, she mentioned how she was being cautioned,
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The Most Inspiring Actresses Blazing a Trail on TV Today — IndieWire Critics Survey

The Most Inspiring Actresses Blazing a Trail on TV Today — IndieWire Critics Survey
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Tuesday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best show currently on TV?” can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: Which actress is blazing a trail for those who follow her? (Editor’s Note: This question was inspired by the recent loss of Mary Tyler Moore.)

Allison Keene (@KeeneTV), Collider

The first person who came to mind for me is Constance Wu. She’s not only starring in the first successful* American sitcom focused on an Asian family (*apologies to Margaret Cho!) in “Fresh Off the Boat,” but she was an early standout and favorite for viewers because of her charm and comedic chops.

Yet Wu is also very vocal on social media, speaking out on behalf of causes that matter to her. Recently, she mentioned how she was being cautioned,
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Mindy Newell: Utopia, Dystopia, Death…and Riverdale

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Sir John Hurt died a few days ago. One of Great Britain’s finest actors, his rise started with his turn as Robert Rich, a courtier and lawyer in Henry VIII’s court, in Fred Zimmerman’s A Man for All Seasons. The movie, based upon Robert Bolt’s play about the fall of, British Lord Chancellor Thomas More, could be considered a science fiction story as it deals with a perfectly harmonious island society that was nowhere to be found in More’s 16th century – or in the 21st, for that matter.

Sir John, in his long and brilliant career, was no stranger to our brand of cultural pop geekdom. Besides his outstanding turn as the War Doctor on the 50th anniversary special Doctor Who: The Time of the Doctor – he recreated the War Doctor on four sets of audio plays for Big Finish; three are already out,
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Betty White Pays Tribute to Friend and Co-Star Mary Tyler Moore: 'She Was Special'

Betty White Pays Tribute to Friend and Co-Star Mary Tyler Moore: 'She Was Special'
Betty White is mourning the loss of a friend.

The 95-year-old actress took to Twitter on Thursday to pay tribute to Mary Tyler Moore, sharing a sweet throwback photo of "some of the best times" of their lives.

Flashback: Inside the 'Mary Tyler Moore Show' 2002 Reunion With Betty White and Valerie Harper

"Mary Tyler Moore, Grant Tinker, Allen Ludden and I had some of the best times of my life together," she wrote alongside the throwback pic. "She was special."

Exclusive: Carl Reiner Reveals His Last Words to Mary Tyler Moore, Says Her Final Days Were in Hospice Care

Moore died on Wednesday in Greenwich, Connecticut, of cardiopulmonary arrest after contracting pneumonia, the actress' rep confirmed to Et. She was 80. 

White and Moore starred together on The Mary Tyler Moore Show in the 1970s, and Moore spent her last television appearance guest-starring on White's TV Land Sitcom, Hot in Cleveland.

"It's wonderful
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Betty White Mourns Costar and Friend Mary Tyler Moore: ‘She Was Special’

Betty White Mourns Costar and Friend Mary Tyler Moore: ‘She Was Special’
Betty White is reflecting on the many wonderful memories that she shared with her late friend and late costar, Mary Tyler Moore.

White, 95, acted alongside Moore — who passed away Wednesday at the age of 80 — on the Mary Tyler Moore show from 1973-77.

On Thursday, White, who appeared as Sue Ann Nivens on the 1970s comedy, took to Twitter to remember the star.

Mary Tyler Moore, Grant Tinker, Allen Ludden and I had some of the best times of my life together,” White tweeted in addition to a picture of the group. “She was special.”

Mary Tyler Moore, Grant Tinker, Allen Ludden
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Valerie Harper Remembers ‘Sister and Soulmate’ Mary Tyler Moore as ‘One Hell of a Girlfriend

Valerie Harper Remembers ‘Sister and Soulmate’ Mary Tyler Moore as ‘One Hell of a Girlfriend
Valerie Harper is mourning the loss of Mary Tyler Moore: a longtime friend and costar who she also considered a “sister and soulmate.”

On Wednesday, the world said goodbye to The Mary Tyler Moore Show star when she passed away at the age of 80.

In an exclusive statement to People, 77-year-old Harper remembers her costar, with whom she acted from 1970—77.

“Last week, to prepare me, I was kindly warned by Mary Tyler Moore’s dear husband, Dr. Robert Levine, that she was in the very last stages of life,” Harper, who played Moore’s best friend and upstairs neighbor
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Exclusive: Julie Chen, Gayle King and More Reveal Mary Tyler Moore's Influence on Women in Television

Exclusive: Julie Chen, Gayle King and More Reveal Mary Tyler Moore's Influence on Women in Television
Mary Tyler Moore was all about girl power even before the phrase was coined, and Et caught up with some of the powerful ladies who are continuing her tradition of redefining what it means to be a modern woman on television.

"She was a woman who broke glass ceilings and showed she could accomplish anything and everything she set her mind to in a man's world," The Talk host Julie Chen said.

Watch: Oprah Winfrey Breaks Down in Tears Over Mary Tyler Moore's Death

On the hit television series The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Moore played Mary Richards, an ambitious, single, professional woman confidently going after her dreams as a TV producer. In 1970, the idea was a foreign concept to many, but for the young girls watching at home, it would plant a seed that would grow and lead thriving careers.

"I can remember gathering in the student lounge to watch Mary Tyler Moore on a Saturday
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Mary Tyler Moore: CBS, SundanceTV and getTV to Pay Tribute to TV Legend

Yesterday, we learned the heartbreaking news that legendary actress Mary Tyler Moore had passed away at the age of 80. Now, the networks are announcing their their tributes to the star of The Dick Van Dyke Show and The Mary Tyler Moore Show. The latter starred Moore, Gavin MacLeod, Edward Asner, Ted Knight, Valerie Harper, Georgia Engle, Betty White, and Cloris Leachman. Harper, Leachman, and Asner starred in the Mtm spinoff series: Rhoda, Phyllis, and Lou Grant, respectively.On Thursday, January 26th, CBS -- home to both of Moore's classic sitcoms -- will air Mary Tyler Moore: Love Is All Around. Gayle King will anchor the special, which will include interviews with Oprah Winfrey, and other newsmakers, as well as Mtm admirers. In addition, on Saturday, SundanceTV will run a Mary Tyler Moore Show marathon, featuring all 24 episodes of the comedy's seventh and final
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Exclusive: Ed Asner Remembers His Friend Mary Tyler Moore: 'Whenever She Needed Me, I Was Ready to Serve'

Exclusive: Ed Asner Remembers His Friend Mary Tyler Moore: 'Whenever She Needed Me, I Was Ready to Serve'
Ed Asner is heartbroken.

The 87-year-old actor is mourning the loss of his friend, Mary Tyler Moore.

Exclusive: Oprah Winfrey Breaks Down in Tears Over Mary Tyler Moore's Death: 'She Paved the Way'

"Whenever she needed me, I was ready to serve," Asner told Et's Brendon Geoffrion. The two worked together on The Mary Tyler Moore Show for seven years, which led to "a tight relationship but one with a great distance between it."

Moore died on Wednesday from cardiopulmonary arrest after she had contracted pneumonia. The groundbreaking actress was 80.

"She was perky," recalled Asner, who said it was his daughter, Liza, who informed him of Moore's death. "Everybody likes a perky person and Mary was the champion of perkiness. She's honest, she doesn't take any bulls**t and she's a fairly straight shooter. She wasn't hard hitting like Lucille Ball, but she still had that ability to accept or dismiss and I value her for
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Inside Mary Tyler Moore’s 33-Year Love Story with Robert Levine, Who Stayed by Her Side in Her Final Hours

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Inside Mary Tyler Moore’s 33-Year Love Story with Robert Levine, Who Stayed by Her Side in Her Final Hours
Mary Tyler Moore battled hardships from brain tumors to diabetes throughout her marriage to Dr. Robert Levine, and he stood by her side through it all.

The legendary actress died Wednesday at the age of 80. A source told People she had been on a ventilator and had been hospitalized with pneumonia due to complications from her diabetes, and according to her longtime rep, she passed away in the company of friends and, of course, her loving husband of more than 33 years.

Moore was married twice before she met Levine, first to producer Richard Meeker and then to television executive Grant Tinker.
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