Emmy-winning actress Valerie Harper apparently needs help paying for her cancer treatments.
The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Rhoda star’s husband of 32 years, Tony Cacciotti, launched a GoFundMe campaign to raise money to help cover her medical costs.
Harper, 79, was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2009. Then in 2013, doctors discovered she’d developed a rare brain cancer.
“Valerie is currently taking a multitude of medications and chemotherapy drugs as well as going through extreme physical and painful challenges now with around the clock, 24/7 care immediately needed, which is not covered by insurance,” a note on the page titled The Valerie Harper Cancer Support Fund explains.
“This is just part of the daily cost that is without a doubt a financial burden that could never be met alone. This GoFundMe initiative from Tony, is to ensure she receives the best care possible,” the message adds.
A rep confirmed via an e-mail exchange with me that the page is real, and said Cacciotti would offer additional comments later.
Harper, a veteran TV and stage actress is best known for playing Rhoda Morgenstern in the 1970s on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and the spinoff Rhoda.
She also starred in the 1980s sitcom Valerie and Valerie’s Family, which was later rebranded as The Hogan Family after she left the series.
Over the years, Harper won four Emmy Awards, a Golden Globe and was nominated for a Tony Award in 2010 for her role as Tallulah Bankhead in Looped.