Cancer-stricken Valerie Harper not saying good-bye

Cancer-stricken Valerie Harper not saying good-bye

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 08: Actress Valerie Harper attends NBC's taping of 'Betty White's 90th Birthday: A Tribute to America's Golden Girl' at Millennium Biltmore Hotel on January 8, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Angela Weiss/Getty Images)

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by Associated Press

Associated Press

Posted on March 11, 2013 at 1:06 AM

Updated Monday, Mar 11 at 8:42 AM

NEW YORK (AP) — She has incurable cancer, but Valerie Harper says she's not ready to say good-bye and that she's keeping herself open to a miracle.

In her first TV interview since disclosing her diagnosis last week, the 1970s sitcom star tells the "Today" show's Savannah Guthrie that "'incurable' is a tough word."

But Harper pledges: "I'm not dying until I do."

She was recently diagnosed with a rare brain cancer. She has been told she has as little as three months to live.

Harper, now 73, won fame playing Rhoda Morgenstern on TV's "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and its spinoff, "Rhoda." The interview is scheduled to air on NBC's "Today" on Monday.

Harper says going public with her illness "feels awful damn good."

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