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The classic sitcom wrestles with solitude in a way that still resonates 50 years later
She won four Emmys and a Golden Globe over her career
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Valerie Harper is being sued by playwright Matthew Lombardo and several Broadway producers for not telling them she had brain cancer, TMZ reports. According to a lawsuit obtained by TMZ, Lombardo and his production team claim that Harper failed to inform them in 2012 that her cancer had returned while she was starring in Lombardo's play Looped. The producers noticed something was awry when Harper began slurring and forgetting her lines during rehearsals.
"You are a bloody wrecking ball. You are an exploding cigar," laments a confidante of the clones under siege in BBC America's thrillingly entertaining Orphan Black. She's also a bloody marvel, as Tatiana Maslany plays these diverse doppelgangers with astonishing range and surprising nuance. Scrappy street waif? Check. High-strung soccer mom? Check. Lesbian scientist-in-training? Check. Deranged Russian assassin? Why not. Beyond a provocative premise and blistering pace, Orphan Black is a terrific showcase for one of TV's great performances. Even when it threatens to look like a stunt, with one clone at another's throat in a smackdown or layering the subterfuge when one clone pretends to be another, this bonded-by-genetics sister act never feels forced or phony.