Hollywood Pays Tribute to Valerie Harper

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William Shatner, Topher Grace and 'The Mary Tyler Moore Show' co-star Ed Asner were among Hollywood figures who remembered the woman who played wisecracking Rhoda Morgenstern.

Mia Farrow and Cyndi Lauper, among other notable Hollywood figures, took to Twitter on Friday afternoon to remember Valerie Harper after news broke that the actress had died earlier in the day following a courageous battle with cancer.

Harper, who collected four Emmy Awards and one Golden Globe for playing brash New Yorker Rhoda Morgenstern on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and then on her own spinoff series, Rhoda, died Friday morning, her family told KABC-TV entertainment reporter George Pennacchio.

Across a career that spanned nearly six decades, Harper's film credits include Li’l Abner (1959), Freebie and the Bean (1974), The Last Married Couple in America (1980) and Blame It on Rio (1984). She reunited with Moore for the ABC telefilm Mary and Rhoda (2000) and appeared on Desperate Housewives. More recently, Harper had guest appearances on 2 Broke Girls, Melissa & Joey and Hot in Cleveland.

Mia Farrow paid tribute on social media, writing, "Thank you brilliant Valerie- you gave us so much!! RIP Valerie Harper."

Cyndi Lauper wrote of the late actress on Twitter, "Valerie Harper was always the most gracious and the kindest actor on set. She will be missed. Rest In Peace."

Ed Asner, who also co-starred on The Mary Tyler Moore Show as Lou Grant, shared on his social media, "Her brilliance burst through and shined its light upon all of us. Goodnight beautiful. I’ll see you soon."

SAG-AFTRA president Gabrielle Carteris remembered Harper, who was a former board member, telling The Hollywood Reporter in a statement, "Valerie Harper was a wonderful actor who made us laugh and cry and laugh again. She cared very much about the membership and we appreciate her service to the union. Our deepest sympathies go out to her family and friends. May she rest in peace."

Read those tributes and others, below.