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Dancing With the Stars Honors the Late Valerie Harper

Valerie Harper

Dancing With the Stars honored actress Valerie Harper toward the end of the episode when a star with her name etched on the ballroom floor was unveiled.

The momento includes an image of a disco ball and “season 17,” a reference to when Harper appeared on the hit reality TV dancing competition. Alongside Harper’s star was one dedicated to Florence Henderson, the late Brady Bunch actress who competed on season 11 and died in November 2016 at age 82.

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The Mary Tyler Moore Show alum died at age 80 in August.

Harper was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2009. In 2013, she was given three months to live after she was diagnosed with a rare condition called leptomeningeal carcinomatosis, which cancer cells spread to the membranes surrounding the brain. Harper continued to fight for her life and even competed on DWTS with partner Tristan MacManus later that same year.

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