Harper was diagnosed with leptomeningeal carcinomatosis – a rare, and usually terminal, complication of cancer – in 2013. At the time, Harper was told she had just months to live.
The cost of fighting the disease led Harper’s family to start a GoFundMe page to help pay for medical costs not covered by insurance, which raised more than $66,100.
She has previously beaten lung cancer.
Harper won four Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe for her roles on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and the spin-off series “Rhoda.”
In 1988, Harper won $1.4 million in damages, plus a cut of her show “Valerie’s” profits, after winning a libel suit filed against television company Lorimar. She had sought more money and creative control of the sitcom, for which she was fired.