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'Looped' playwright sues Valerie Harper for $2M

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  • Valerie Harper starred as Tallulah Bankhead in Matthew Lombardo's "Looped" at Broadway's Lyceum Theatre in New York. The playwright of "Looped" claims in a lawsuit that Harper didn't disclose she had cancer until after she signed to star in the play.

      Valerie Harper starred as Tallulah Bankhead in Matthew Lombardo's "Looped" at Broadway's Lyceum Theatre in New York. The playwright of "Looped" claims in a lawsuit that Harper didn't disclose she had cancer until after she signed to star in the play.
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NEW YORK -- The playwright of Valerie Harper's Broadway show "Looped" is suing the actress for $2 million, claiming she didn't disclose she had cancer until after she signed on to star in the play.

According to the Daily News, Matthew Lombardo says Harper and her husband concealed her lung cancer from him until it spread to her brain.

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Harper had to pull out of last year's national tour of the play.

The lawsuit says the 74-year-old former "Rhoda" star knew in 2009 she had lung cancer but "knowingly withheld the truth." The suit was filed in Manhattan Federal Court.

It was a counterclaim to one Harper filed demanding she be paid for the production she left for health reasons.

The Daily News says Harper couldn't be reached for comment.

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