It's a sad day in Hollywood.
Valerie Harper, best known for her role as Rhoda Morgenstern on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, died on Friday at the age of 80. The actress had been battling health issues, including brain cancer, for quite some time. Her daughter, Cristina, took to Twitter to share the unfortunate news.
"My dad has asked me to pass on this message: 'My beautiful caring wife of nearly 40 years has passed away at 10:06am, after years of fighting cancer. She will never, ever be forgotten. Rest In Peace, mia Valeria. – Anthony,'" the tweet read.
Shortly after, a slew of celebrities expressed their condolences and shared their memories of the late actress.
"Sad to hear about the passing of #ValerieHarper," Good Morning America co-host Robin Roberts tweeted. "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."
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. 🙏🏾❤️ pic.twitter.com/iEHnWl2BTO— Robin Roberts (@RobinRoberts) August 30, 2019
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Thank you brilliant Valerie- you gave us so much!!💔 RIP Valerie Harper pic.twitter.com/URF0SuzCux— Mia Farrow (@MiaFarrow) August 30, 2019
Condolences to the family of Valerie Harper. Going to miss you Rhoda Morgenstern! 😢❌⭕️— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) August 30, 2019
RIP to such a funny and talented lady. Sad day. https://t.co/FqZfm7h12A— Larry Wilmore (@larrywilmore) August 30, 2019
Valerie Harper passed away. She was a wonderful actress and brought me so much joy. She will be missed rip❤️— Cyndi Lauper (@cyndilauper) August 30, 2019
Valerie Harper was always the most gracious and the kindest actor on set.— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) August 30, 2019
She will be missed. Rest In Peace.
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. pic.twitter.com/DuOom2478j— Topher Grace (@TopherGrace) August 30, 2019
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. 😢🤟🏻 pic.twitter.com/CEGWl4hfhA— Marlee Matlin (@MarleeMatlin) August 30, 2019
A beautiful woman, a wonderful actress, a great friend and with balls bigger than mine. Her brilliance burst through and shined its light upon all of us. Goodnight beautiful. I’ll see you soon. pic.twitter.com/FicADkSAzS— Ed Asner (@TheOnlyEdAsner) August 30, 2019
RIP @ValerieHarper— Joslyn Fox (@Joslyn_Fox) August 30, 2019
For those of us who were never a Mary, we were proud to be a Rhoda.
Forever an icon, defying the odds.
May you now finally rest.
One of our all-time favorites has passed. Wonderful, funny, lovely, supportive and a huge influence on and off stage, we love you, Valerie. https://t.co/SKrX7n4WYH— Phil Rosenthal (@PhilRosenthal) August 30, 2019
Wow will miss this tv icon! I grew up watching her 😞 prayers to her family, friends & tv family 🙏❤️#ValerieHarper— Jaqueline Fleming (@JaqFleming) August 30, 2019
Rhoda was a terrific show and Valerie Harper such a superb lead - real, honest and hugely funny. https://t.co/9X22heZysP— Simon Blackwell (@simonblackwell) August 30, 2019
For more on Harper's legacy and time on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, watch below.