The sad news about Valerie Harper’s passing on Friday has me thinking about the incredible power to create emotional connections that broadcast television used to have. Maybe that's why the losses of legends like Harper feel so personal. Coming so soon after the deaths of Mary Tyler Moore and Georgia Engel, it is an especially sad time for fans of The Mary Tyler Moore Show, widely regarded as one of the finest television series in history. The outpouring of love, gratitude and fond memories on social media this weekend was massive – even though Harper's multiple Emmy Award-winning portrayal of Rhoda Morgenstern, the iconic role she played on Mary and its first spin-off, Rhoda, ended a considerable 40 years ago.
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