PRESS TOUR: Valerie Harper, 'feeling very good,' stars in Up movie

Monday, 13 January 2014 12:14 PM Written by 

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valerie harperPASADENA, Calif. -- Actress Valerie Harper, diagnosed with cancer early last year, stars in the cable movie "The Town That Came A- Courtin'" at 7 p.m. Sunday on the cable network Up. She plays a B&B owner in a small town where residents try to set a visiting author (Lauren Holly) up with the town mayor (Cameron Bancroft).

At a press conference Saturday, Harper said she's feeling well but didn't elaborate on the somewhat confusing reports on her diagnosis.

"And there's so many people that have cancer that are out there suffering terribly.  I have no side effects, very few, and I -- my brain scans keep improving.  I was supposed to be dead by Easter, and here it is 2014.  So I am pleased."

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"I'm feeling good and I'm moving forward, it looks like," she continued. "And, of course, it's incurable and it's terminal, but aren't we all?  Yes?"

Harper said her husband encouraged her to take the role offered in the Up movie.

"My husband made me do the movie because he said 'Val, you really -- we have to see if you can work.' Because I was sitting around and watching television, and it was important that I see."

Up's description of the film, based on a novel by Ronda Rich, has a bit of a dark, "Misery"-like overlay -- the author gets kidnapped by an obsessed fan in the midst of all the romantic cuteness -- but the trailer for the film is all sweetness and light, mirroring Harper's attitude.

"I had a very positive mom and just a great, great solid mom and dad.  They were both great.  And I've always thought that, you know, life is here to have fun, and to meet people.  And I've been always kind of on the            positive side of things.  But this really brings you up short, when you hear that you have limited time, because then you don't want to waste it. And I would say -- that's my message to everybody. Don't waste the time, because you don't know when you're going to get either a diagnosis like this, or some other challenge in your life."


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