(Everett Collection)Valerie Harper is just as beloved by her co-stars as she is by TV viewers.
As the news that the 73-year-old Harper has been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer broke on Wednesday, messages of admiration and support began to roll in for the former "Rhoda" star.
Mary Tyler Moore, Harper's on-screen BFF in the iconic show "Mary Tyler Moore" and close friend in real life, publicly responded with a statement published at People.
"I'm absolutely devastated by this news," Moore said of her '70s sitcom co-star. "Valerie has given so much joy, laughter and love to the world. I join her fans and send much love and positive thoughts to her and her family during this difficult time."
Moore, 76, found out about the diagnosis when Harper confided in her during a phone conversation on Tuesday. Harper recounted the call. "After small talk, She said, 'What's up?' I said, 'It's incurable cancer.' She said, 'Val, I'm so sorry.'"
Some of the funny lady's other former co-stars weighed in as well.
EdRead More »from Mary Tyler Moore and Other Celebs React to Valerie Harper’s Terminal Diagnosis