Today I am saddened to learn that an iconic actress from my early adult years had terminal brain cancer and will most likely die soon. Valerie Harper who played Rhoda Morgenstern on both The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Rhoda was as much a part of my life in the '70's and were those "real" people around me.
Rhoda was unique. Valerie Harper was a genious in bringing her to life.
The character of Rhoda was quirky and whimsical. She dressed inspired by her own inspirational whims. Was Valerie Harper like this in real life? I don't know. I do know that she gave the world a fabulous gift in her portrayal of Rhoda. Rhoda had neurosies and insecurities much like we all do. She was not afraid to share them and work through them.
Rhoda was herself: an important role model for not only women, but everyone who watched and enjoyed her. Valerie Harper is known for her own personal ethics and sense of justice. She stand up for what is right. That, too, is important for us all to see.
From all the reports I have heard and read this morning, Valerie is facing what will probably be her last days with grace and integrity. I am sure she felt she needed to share this very personal time in her life with the public because of who she is and what she has represented all her life.
Rhoda Morgenstern will live on in reruns forever probably. What a gift. I only wish I could leave such a legacy.
Perhaps it is not too late.