It was a different time in entertainment. Characters on the small screen like Rhoda Morgenstern, played by Valerie Harper, had their quirks but were not highly complex like today's Lady Mary Crawley from "Downton Abbey." And they weren't wounded like Don Draper from "Mad Men."
Rhoda, good friend to Mary Richards on "Mary Tyler Moore," and her sister Brenda would be challenged by mundane entities such as watching their weight. Also, in those days, finding a man was very important.
Rhoda did find her man. We Baby Boomers attended that wedding in the mid 1970s. But, alas, a bit of reality was starting to bite. The marriage did not last. Well, Harper, who is 73, informed her fans that she might last either, reports THE NEW YORK POST.
Harper is suffering from brain cancer which is in its advanced stages. Her fellow actors from "Mary Tyler Moore," such as Betty White, are with her 100 percent on this one. If she goes out, she is going to have a lot of good human beings providing the kind of support most of us envy.
Harper grew up in my hometown Jersey City, New Jersey. There they grow a special breed of hustler. She made it big in a tough field of work. That work in entertainment is her legacy.