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Reaction to the death of actress Valerie Harper

August 31, 2019
FILE - In this Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, file photo, Valerie Harper attends the "Lung Cancer: Bring On The Change!" Event in Los Angeles. Valerie Harper, who scored guffaws and stole hearts as Rhoda Morgenstern on back-to-back hit sitcoms in the 1970s, has died, Friday, Aug. 30, 2019. She was 80. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Invision/AP, File)
FILE - In this Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, file photo, Valerie Harper attends the "Lung Cancer: Bring On The Change!" Event in Los Angeles. Valerie Harper, who scored guffaws and stole hearts as Rhoda Morgenstern on back-to-back hit sitcoms in the 1970s, has died, Friday, Aug. 30, 2019. She was 80. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Invision/AP, File)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Reaction to the death of actress Valerie Harper who died Friday at age 80:

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— “Even when she was down she danced and showed the world that she refused to let cancer beat her. Now Rhoda is with Mary in heaven. RIP Valerie Harper. You were the epitome of strength and humor.” Marlee Matlin, on Twitter.

— “My life has been so enriched by having the experience of working with Valerie and calling her a friend. In 1970, when a group of actors, producers and writers gathered together to read the Mary Tyler Moore show pilot. Val although she was unknown at that time, we all realized a talented, gifted actress had appeared.” — Gavin MacLeod, in an email to The Associated Press.

— “A beautiful woman, a wonderful actress, a great friend .... Her brilliance burst through and shined its light upon all of us. Goodnight beautiful. I’ll see you soon.” — Ed Asner, on Twitter.

— “I was so sad to hear that the amazing Valerie Harper passed away. “Aunt Paula” was as wonderful to work with as she was funny. My best to her family.” — Topher Grace, on Twitter.

— “Valerie Harper was always the most gracious and the kindest actor on set. She will be missed. Rest In Peace.” — Alyssa Milano, on Twitter.

— “Condolences to the family of Valerie Harper. Going to miss you Rhoda Morgenstern!” — William Shatner, on Twitter.

— “Sad to hear about the passing of #ValerieHarper. She was incredibly courageous facing cancer with her humor and grace. Thinking of her devoted family, friends, and many fans. Like Mary Tyler Moore she could turn the world on with her smile.” — Robin Roberts, on Twitter.

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