Valerie Harper — whose terminal brain cancer is close to remission — was named one of the 12 celebrities who will compete for the mirror ball when Dancing with the Stars returns Sept. 16 on ABC.
The former Mary Tyler Moore Show comedian, 74, announced in March that she was diagnosed with leptomeningeal carcinomatosis, a kind of cancer that attacks the membranes around the brain. But a recent MRI showed signs of hope for the actress — who was apparently quite eager to put on her dancing shoes again, Executive Producer Conrad Green tells EW.
“Her positivity is incredible. She’s very much about doing the things she wants to do, living life to the fullest,” he says. “She sees this as an opportunity to say to people who have a devastating illness that you can get up there and enjoy life, embrace it, and make the most of it. She loves to dance. She danced on Broadway 50 years ago. It’s about getting back to her passion.”
Here are rest of the celebrities (and the three new pros) who were announced this morning on ABC’s Good Morning America: READ FULL STORY