Actress Valerie Harper was rushed to a hospital in Maine, Wednesday night during a performance of her musical Nice Work If You Can Get It.
Harper was preparing to perform at the Ogunquit Playhouse in Maine before she fell unconscious backstage and was taken to York Hospital.
According to Ron Corning, anchor and correspondent of WFAA, around 9:40p.m., the artistic director of the musical, Bradford T. Kenney, informed the audience that the ambulance outside was indeed for the famous actress. Kenney also informed them that she had to be taken to the hospital and would not be performing.
“She wants all of you to know that after some fluids and rest she hopes to be right back here on state later this week,” the director told the audience.
According to Entertainment Tonight, Corning also spoke to the art tech on site, who said that Harper has not been feeling well all week.
“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,” Kenney said. “She is resting comfortably and will remain in the hospital for observation for the time being…The audience 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.”
The 75-year-old actress only appears in the second act of the show and is set to continue performing at the Maine Playhouse until August 15.
Harper, best known for her role as Rhoda Morgenstern in the 1970s television show, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer in 2013, after having beaten lung cancer in 2009.
Despite the diagnosis that Harper received, and having been told she only had three months to live, she has been going strong and working while maintaining a positive outlook.
“In a way, it’s a positive thing to know that a year’s gone by and it’s nowhere else in my body,” she told Entertainment Tonight, “So I am cancer free from the neck down, so far.”