Valerie Harper reportedly became unconscious backstage at her musical Nice Work If You Can Get It at the Ogunquit Playhouse in Maine and was subsequently rushed to a local hospital.

Valerie Harper Rushed To Hospital

Harper, 75, fell ill Wednesday night and was taken to York Hospital, according to Entertainment Tonight. Before the showing of Nice Work If You Can Get It was to commence, the musical’s artistic director Bradford T. Kenney told the gathered crowd that Harper would not be able to perform this evening, but that Harper planned to return to the theater later in the week.

“She wants all of you to know after some fluids and rest she hopes to be right back here on stage later this week,” Kenney said.

In a statement, the director said, “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.”


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“She is resting comfortably and will remain in the hospital for observation for the time being,” Kenney added. “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.”

Despite the director’s optimism, an art tech admitted that the Mary Tyler Moore Show actress had been unwell all week. “It doesn’t look good,” another insider told ET.

Harper publicly announced that she had been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer in 2013. At the time, doctors believed that Harper only had months to live. Far exceeding expectations, Harper has continued to survive the battle. Though the cancer still remains in her brain, it has not spread.

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