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Meet Cute #13: Valerie Harper and Rhoda Morgenstern —

Note: This is a fictional story written in the style of a news article, not an actual interview.

Valerie Harper, 74, settles into her plush sofa with a steaming mug of green tea.

“I’m nervous,” she says. “Is it normal to be nervous?”

On a television screen in front of her is footage of herself as Rhoda Morgenstern, the wise-cracking, cynical character she played on Mary Tyler Moore and its spinoff Rhoda for most of the 1970s.

The episode currently playing is one in which Mary, uncharacteristically, is having a bad day while Rhoda is having a great one.

“You’re having a lousy streak,” Rhoda tells Mary. “I happen to be having a terrific streak. Soon the world will be back to normal. Tomorrow you will meet a crown head of Europe and marry. I will have a fat attack, eat 3000 peanut butter cups and die.”


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