Friday, April 05, 2013

Harper's Bizarre

   I don't think we've ever seen a Hollywood star announce he or she was dying, and then promptly go on a whirlwind media blitz before. But Valerie Harper, like her beloved character Rhoda Morganstern, always did things her way, so I couldn't be happier to spend this precious time "with" her. I saw her on "Access Hollywood Live" the other morning at the gym and she was simply beaming, which only caused me to break into tears on the treadmill. (My still-aching foot wasn't helping.) As an encore, an upcoming reunion of the women from  "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" on "Hot in Cleveland" is about the best thing I could think of for her ... other than a miracle. 


Kevin said...

Have you read her memoir, I RHODA? It's a fast-paced, funny and endearing memoir and she hasn't got a bad thing to say about anyone (even the producers who fired her from her own show, VALERIE (later VALERIE'S FAMILY and the THE HOGANS)). She truly is inspiring the way she is living life to the fullest and being positive and realistic at the same time. And her memoir shows that this is how she's lived her life for decades. I think we're all hoping for a miracle.

Kenneth M. Walsh said...

@Kevin: I started it and then got distracted ... and then the news broke. Will definitely go back to it. Found it almost odd how undisturbed she was by her nomadic childhood -- guess she's always been easygoing!

Peter Maria said...

I am right there with you about getting weepy/teary-eyed for things that move me on TV or in films; especially for characters or actress/actor folk I like and admire, or during the right emotional manipulation that music can bring to the story. I quietly wept at the end of American Beauty due to the music, mainly, but also because it really helped the film "hit" me.

Kind of weird for me, since I am usually one who never cries in "real life" and wonder at times if there's something wrong with me. Pain, physical or psychic, can definitely be a trigger, too.

I hope your foot heals, and let us know how you are doing with your latest treatment. Best to you and your lover.

James Greenlee said...

I'm kind of startled by the reality that these ladies aren't just old, but ancient. I mean, I'm getting there too. But people have been lamenting Mary Tyler Moore's face work for decades, kind of an off-hand joke. And now, she's actually, really, really old. Mary has aged tremendously in the last 10 years. Getting old sucks, I don't like it.

Anonymous said...

Really?All you can spin on is their age and how they look? Get your head out of your asa and watch some re-runs of MTM. See how comedy TV is done and then think how much dimmer the Tv landscape will be when these comedy legends have passed on.

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