Valerie Harper hospitalized before a performance in Maine: Visit a 'precaution,' says theater
Valerie Harper was taken to the hospital before a performanceat the Ogunquit Playhouse in Ogunquit, Maine, on Wednesday night. The former Mary Tyler Moore Show actress expressed that she was “not feeling well,” and her hospital visit was a “precaution,” according to a release from the theater.
The Ogunquit Fire Department responded to a call about an unconscious 75-year-old female at the theater, EW has confirmed. By the time they arrived, the patient had regained consciousness and was transported to York Hospital. The department was not able to reveal the name of that individual.
According to the release, Harper is currently undergoing observation, but is “resting comfortably.”
“The audiences and all of us here at the Playhouse are greatly enjoying our time with Valerie here in Ogunquit, and we are encouraged that she is feeling better,” Bradford T. Kenney, Executive Artistic Director said in a statement.
Harper was starring alongside Golden Globe nominee Sally Struthers as Millicent Winter in the musical production of Nice Work If You Can Get It, scheduled to run from July 22 to Aug. 15.
The actress was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer back in 2013 (she was previously diagnosed with lung cancer in 2009). She spoke with People earlier this year about her diagnosis, saying, “When I wake up in the morning I don’t say ‘Oh, I have cancer. I say ‘Another day. How you feeling? Good? Good.’ And when I do have little twinges of something I go ‘Oh my god, is that a headache? What is that?’ And I say wait a day or two, it might just be a headache and usually it is … so far.”
Harper’s rep did not immediately respond to a request for comment.