Lawsuit claims Valerie Harper hid cancer 

Valerie Harper is being sued by the playwright and producers of a Broadway play after she did not reveal to them that she had brain cancer, which caused her to slur and forget her lines, TMZ reports. The lawsuit claims Harper kept the information away from show officials because she wanted to keep her job.

While rehearsing in 2012 for “Looped,” Harper began to have trouble with her lines, according to the lawsuit, which is seeking $2 million in damages — $500,000 for the inconvenience of having to replace her and $1.5 million “to punish Harper for her heinous misdeeds,” TMZ reports.

The former “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and “Rhoda” star, who was also diagnosed with lung cancer in 2009, was told in January 2013 that she had terminal brain cancer and had as little as three months to live.


Rashad Harden, a house-music and footwork pioneer who performed as DJ Rashad, was found dead this weekend of an apparent drug overdose, Chicago police said. He was 34.

Scripts for “Citizen Kane,” Orson Welles’ camera and a cigar ashtray were among the late director’s belongings sold at a New York auction. Sixty-seven lots fetched $180,000 at Heritage Auctions.

After holding the top position for three weeks, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” has been topped by “The Other Woman” for the No. 1 spot at the box office. The revenge comedy debuted with $24.7 million, while “Captain America” grossed $16 million in its fourth weekend.


Actress Jessica Alba is 33.

Actress Penelope Cruz is 40.

Actor Jorge Garcia is 41.

Actress Bridget Moynahan is 43.

Rapper Too $hort is 48.

Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan is 54.

Former “Tonight Show” host Jay Leno is 64.

Actress-singer Ann-Margret is 73.

Former Secretary of State James A. Baker III is 84.

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Harper Lee is 88.

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