VALERIE HARPER TV’s Rhoda dies at 80

Valerie Harper, who achieved fame as Rhoda on the classic sitcom “The Mary Tyler Moore Show”  has died after a long battle with cancer. She was 80-years-old. Harper, who was born in Suffern, New York, started her career as a dancer and chorus girl on Broadway. Her breakthrough role came in 1970 when she joined the cast of The Mary Tyler Moore Show as Rhoda Morgenstern. She reprised the character on the spinoff Rhoda in the late ‘70s. Harper won four Emmy Awards for the part — three for The Mary Tyler Moore Show and one for Rhoda.