Valerie Harper Rushed To Hospital
Valerie Harper was rushed to a Maine hospital on Wednesday night after falling ill during a theater performance.
Harper was at the Ogunquit Playhouse to perform in the musical Nice Work If You Can Get It, but became unconscious backstage. An ambulance was called shortly before 9 p.m. Eastern, and though she regained consciousness, the 75-year-old was taken to York Hospital. According to “Entertainment Tonight,” the show’s artistic director Bradford T. Kenney announced to the audience that the ambulance was for Harper, and she would not be taking the stage.
A source tells “ET” that the situation “doesn’t look good,” and further claims Harper has been unwell over the last few days. Gossip Cop would like to stress these specific details have NOT yet been confirmed. In a statement, Kenney says Harper was taken to the hospital as a “precaution,” and now “she is resting comfortably and will remain in the hospital for observation for the time being.”
Harper’s run in Nice Work If You Can Get It at the Maine venue is slated to run through August 15. Harper was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer in 2013, and has far surpassed her initial life expectancy, as she was initially given just a couple of months to live. The actress, who previously battled lung cancer, said in May that her current cancer was not progressing, based on the screenings she undergoes every two months.
Still, Harper told People she’s “ready to go.” “I am not banking on anything, really, because we shouldn’t,” she said. “We don’t know what’s around the corner. I think you just take each day and get the best out of it and do what you can and have fun.”
UPDATE: “ET” claimed later Thursday that Harper was in a coma, but Harper wrote on Facebook Friday that she “is not, nor have I been, in a coma.”