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Harper nearly in remission

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Valerie Harper’s doctor says the actress’ brain cancer is getting close to remission.

The 74-year-old former sitcom star had announced in March that she had an incurable form of cancer and was given as little as three months to live. She’s still here – and working, hired for a TV movie that filmed this month.

Dr. Jeremy Rudnick said Thursday on NBC’s “Today” show that Harper has defied the odds. But he says the problem is that Harper’s prognosis can change at any time.

He and Harper agree that life is about buying time.

Son arrives

Fergie Duhamel is a proud mother.

A representative for the singer says she gave birth to 7-pound, 10-ounce Axl Jack Duhamel on Thursday.

Axl Jack is Fergie and actor Josh Duhamel’s first child. The 38-year-old singer married the 40-year-old actor in 2009. She officially changed her name from Stacy Ann Ferguson to Fergie Duhamel this month.

Fergie is one-fourth of the Black Eyed Peas. She released her solo debut, “The Dutchess,” in 2006. The album launched five big hits, including “Fergalicious” and “Big Girls Don’t Cry.”

Duhamel has appeared on television shows including ABC’s “All My Children” and in movies such as “Transformers.”

Happy birthday

Among celebrity birthdays today: Actor Bill Daily is 86. Actress Elizabeth Ashley is 74. Actor-turned-politician Ben Jones is 72. Actress Peggy Lipton is 66. Comedian Lewis Black is 65. Actor Michael Chiklis is 50. Actress Michael Michele is 47. Singer Sherrie Austin is 42. Actress Cameron Diaz is 41. TV personality Lisa Ling is 40.

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