She was a strong, brilliant, and courageous woman who never lost those qualities in the midst of suffering.

Valerie Harper, known to millions as Rhoda on 'The Mary Tyler Moore Show' and 'Rhoda,' passed away earlier today at the age of 80. She revealed in recent years her struggles with both lung and brain cancer, the latter of which was inoperable. According to Fox News, she lived longer than doctors said due to medical care and the support of family and loved ones. Watch the report below from CBS News for more on her life and legacy. She was a part of my life growing up and that of many others of my generation and will be missed. She was a strong, brilliant, and courageous woman who never lost those qualities in the midst of suffering.