A joyous and brave Valerie Harper talks about the TV reunion of the stars from the legendary Mary Tyler Moore Show at a press conference.
"Working on this show has been great," said Harper.
Valerie Harper, Mary Tyler Moore, Cloris Leachman, Betty White and Georgia Engel got together to announce they'll be appearing in an episode of Hot In Cleveland as a bowling team.
Harper said, "Mary, graciously said she would do it."
Mary Tyler Moore said, "Graciously? Are you kidding? I was thrilled!"
The reunion was somewhat bittersweet, as everyone is aware of Valerie Harper's battle with terminal brain cancer. But the woman who shot to fame playing Rhoda, now 73 years old, was happy and upbeat.
"I don't have a lot of bad symptoms. They may be down the road, but I'm not thinking about down the road. I'm thinking just of today," said Harper.
It's hard to believe that Mary Tyler Moore is now 76 years old. She says she is thrilled to be working with her old friends, especially Valerie Harper.
"Almost any scene we ever did, we could look into each other's eyes and be comforting or uplifting for each other," said Moore.
The remarkable Betty White is a regular on Hot In Cleveland. Now, she's 91 and her days as happy homemaker Sue Ann Nivens has a special place in her heart.
"We're all very grateful for the fact that we love each other and always gotten along. Just think if it were one of those shows where we don't speak. That wouldn't have been any fund," said White.
Cloris Leachman, who played busy body neighbor Phyllis, is now 86. She got a laugh when she told how she was approached her for this role.
Leachman said, "My agent called and said, 'They want you to do that and it's no money, but would you like to see Mary again?"
Georgie Engel was unforgettable as the flaky Georgette. At 64, she's the youngest of the group and still as gentle as the character she played, saying, "I believe good is ever-present."
Hot in Cleveland stars Wendy Malik, Valerie Bertinelli and Jane Leeves are thrilled to be working with these legendary stars.
Malik said, "Wow! This is television history. These are the women who set the bar and were the trail blazers for us."
It's an emotional reunion for some very special stars, together again.