Oh no! Valerie Harper, the actress known for her role on ‘The Mary Tyler Moore Show,’ was rushed to the hospital on July 29! Right before Val was supposed to take the stage for a performance, she was reportedly found unconscious and needed immediate medical attention!
Oh no! Is Valerie Harper okay? The 75-year old icon of stage and screen has been battling brain cancer for years. She had to be taken to the hospital and this latest health scare has fans of the Rhoda star afraid for her health!
Valerie was in Ogunquit, Maine for a July 29 performance of Nice Work If You Can Get It, reports Entertainment Tonight. However, before that night’s show, she was reportedly discovered unconscious while backstage and was taken to the nearby York Hospital. Yikes!
The musical’s artistic director reportedly told the audience that Valerie had “fallen ill” and that “after some fluids and rest,” Val hoped to return to the stage later in the week. However, a source told ET that things don’t look good for Valerie! How sad. The Ogunquit Playhouse’s Executive Artistic Director, Bradford T. Kenney, released the following statement:
Valerie Harper was taken to a local hospital as a precaution before her July 29 evening performance of Nice Work If You Can Get It, at the Ogunquit Playhouse, after reporting that she was not feeling well. She is resting comfortably and will remain in the hospital for observation for the time being. Valerie has been performing in the Ogunquit production as Millicent Winter along with Sally Struthers as Duchess Estonia Dulworth. “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.
This is really scary! Valerie was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer in 2013. Despite this sad reality, Val remained positive, telling Good Morning America host Robin Roberts that she felt “great…so much better than I was in December  when I had a few weird symptoms.”
Since then, Val has undergone chemotherapy to slow the cancer’s progress. She was initially given three months to live and she has gone on for over two years! In fact, her doctor said that Val was close to remission in August 2013. Amazing! “It defies the odds,” neuro-oncologist Dr. Jeremy Rudnick said.
We hope that she recovers after this health scare. Leave your own well-wishes for Valerie below, HollywoodLifers!
— Jason Brow