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Valerie Harper starts work on TV movie

Thursday, August 01, 2013
FILE - This May 16, 2012 file photo shows actress Valerie Harper at the Friars Club Roast of Betty White in New York. The daytime talk show The Doctors said that Harper will appear on the show Monday to talk about her brain cancer. The 1970s sitcom star has been diagnosed with a rare brain cancer and told she has as little as three months to live. Harper played Rhoda Morgenstern on televisions The Mary Tyler Moore Show and its spinoff, Rhoda. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes, file)

FILE - This May 16, 2012 file photo shows actress Valerie Harper at the Friars Club Roast of Betty White in New York. The daytime talk show "The Doctors" said that Harper will appear on the show Monday to talk about her brain cancer. The 1970s sitcom star has been diagnosed with a rare brain cancer and told she has as little as three months to live. Harper played Rhoda Morgenstern on television's "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and its spinoff, "Rhoda." (AP Photo/Charles Sykes, file)

The UP cable channel said Valerie Harper is filming a TV movie in Canada.

The movie, titled "The Town That Came A-Courtin', is based on a novel by Ronda Rich and also stars Lauren Holly, Cameron Bancroft and Lucie Guest.

UP, which described the movie as an uplifting romance, said Wednesday it welcomed the "inspirational" Harper as part of the project.

In March, the 73-year-old actress said she's been diagnosed with a rare, incurable brain cancer but that she intended to live each moment fully.

Harper gained fame playing Rhoda Morgenstern on television's "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and "Rhoda."

UP's "The Town That Came A-Courtin'" will air in January 2014, the channel said. It's being shot in Vancouver, British Columbia.

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