Sad news out of the world of television today, as actress Valerie Harper has revealed that she has been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. Though she's opting for chemo, doctors believe she has only three months left to live. 

"I don't think of dying," the actress, 73, told People magazine in an exclusive interview. "I think of being here now." 

Harper rose to fame in the early '70s as Rhoda Morgenstern on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," a role that not only earned her a successful spin-off series called "Rhoda," but also resulted in four Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe. She received her diagnosis on Jan. 15 after tests revealed she has leptomeningeal carcinomatosis, a rare condition that occurs when cancer cells spread into the fluid-filled membrane surrounding the brain. 

"I'm well past my expiration date already," she told People magazine, a nod to the lung cancer she previously beat in 2009. "I've had a good run. What more could I ask for?"

View a "Today" show video on Harper's announcement below. 


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Valerie Harper diagnosed with terminal brain cancer
The actress best known for her role as Rhoda on 'The Mary Tyler Moore Show' reportedly has about 3 months to live.