Names & Faces: Valerie Harper, Sammy Hagar, Morena Baccarin

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Valerie Harper attends the 2013 Barnstable-Brown Derby gala in May. (Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images) Valerie Harper attends the 2013 Barnstable-Brown Derby gala in May. (Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)

Good news for Valerie Harper

Actress Valerie Harper revealed some good medical news on the “Today” show: the “Mary Tyler Moore Show” star, 74, who was diagnosed with a form of terminal brain cancer in March, may be beating the disease. In clips from a documentary that will air in September, physician Jeremy Rudnick said that “we’re getting pretty close to a remission,” in Harper’s case. “It defies the odds.”

Booker gets star-studded boost

Business magnate Ron Burkle, actors Matt Damon, Ben Affleck and more will co-host a fundraiser for Newark Mayor Cory Booker, Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, ahead of the state’s special election in October. The Hollywood Reporter says that Burkle will hold the Sept. 23 event at his house, with tickets ranging from $1,000 to $10,000. The slate of A-list co-hosts includes actress Jennifer Garner, filmmaker J.J. Abrams and former U.S. ambassador to the Bahamas Nicole Avant.

Hey, isn’t that . . . ?

Musician Sammy Hagar dining at Oyamel Cocina Mexicana Thursday afternoon, fueling up for his scheduled Thursday night concert at Nationals Park. “The legend is in the house,” chef Jose Andres tweeted, sharing a photo of Hagar in his restaurant — and showing off a tequila-inspired tattoo.



“Apparently, in his Monday-morning security meetings, Vice President Biden will talk about the show, how realistic it is, how much fun it was to watch.”

—“Homeland” actress Morena Baccarin in an interview with L.A. Confidential magazine on Joe Biden’s love for the Emmy-nominated show.

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