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Valerie Harper Brain Cancer Update: Starring in TV Movie UP's 'The Town That Came A-Courtin''

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Aug 02, 2013 10:34 AM EDT | Jonathan Lambert

Valerie Harper, who recently announced that she is suffering from brain cancer, will be starring in an upcoming TV movie. Cable channel UP has hired Harper to star in their upcoming flick, The Town That Came A-Courtin’.

Valerie Harper, the legendary actress who was recently given a terminal diagnosis, is in Canada filming her upcoming flick. It will be a short shoot as it just began earlier in the week and will be wrapped by August 11.

USA Today provides a synopsis for the made for TV film:

“The movie, described as an uplifting romance, is based on a novel by Ronda Rich and also stars Lauren Holly, Cameron Bancroft and Lucie Guest. Harper portrays the owner of a bed-and-breakfast who is trying to help kindle a romance between the widowed mayor of a Southern town and a successful author.”

This is an incredible undertaking by Harper, who has been told that she may only have three months to live. UP recognizes her level of commitment to the film and suggests that Valerie’s health is on the upswing. The released the following statement yesterday, via programming chief Barbara Fisher:

“When I learned that the remarkable Valerie Harper was interested in working, I was so excited, because that meant she was doing well. We are thrilled to have this iconic talent in our film and awed by her determination to live each day to the fullest. She is truly an inspiration."

Fisher stopped short of commenting on Valerie’s health. You can check out the movie for yourself in January.

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