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Valerie Harper faces legal fight over doomed Broadway run

Veteran actress Valerie Harper is facing a $2 million legal battle with the producers of a Broadway play after she dropped out of the run when doctors gave her just months to live.

Valerie Harper faces legal fight over doomed Broadway run

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Valerie Harper, Hallmark Television Critics Association Winter 2014 Party at the historic Huntington Library. (Nikki Nelson/WENN.com)
Valerie Harper, Hallmark Television Critics Association Winter 2014 Party at the historic Huntington Library. (Nikki Nelson/WENN.com)

Veteran actress Valerie Harper is facing a $2 million legal battle with the producers of a Broadway play after she dropped out of the run when doctors gave her just months to live.

The Mary Tyler Moore Show star was diagnosed with cancer in January last year, when doctors gave her a terminal prognosis after discovering the disease had spread from her lungs to her brain. She subsequently dropped out of the Broadway run of Looped that month, just weeks before she went public with her cancer diagnosis. She has sued the producers over allegations they failed to pay her until the end of her contract after she exited due to illness, and the team behind Looped has hit back claiming she should have given them more notice of her troubles before she dropped out.

The producers, and playwright Matthew Lombardo, are now suing Harper for $2 million in lost revenue and costs, according to TMZ.com.

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