Actress Valerie Harper Set to Perform at Ogunquit Playhouse, Sets Record Straight
Actress Valerie Harper is best know for her role as Rhoda Morgenstern on The Mary Tyler Moore Show was transported from the Ogunquit Playhouse to York Hospital Wednesday night. While initial reports indicated the 75 year old actress was in a coma, she took to social media Saturday stating she wasn't and had never been in a coma.
Harper, who was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer in 2013, blamed the incident on her medication. "As anyone who has taken strong medication knows, it doesn't always agree with you, even with me as this experience proves," Harper, 75, continued. "I am confronting these hurdles with my usual enthusiasm and love of life."
According to initial reports, the fire department received a call at 8:56 p.m. this past Wednesday regarding an unconscious 75-year-old female backstage, and was quickly rushed to Maine's York Hospital.The artistic director of the show made an announcement to the audience that the ambulance was indeed sent for the actress, and that she had fallen ill and could not perform in the show.
Harper, who was set to play Millicent Winter in Nice Work If You Can Get It, only appears in Act Two of the musical, scheduled to run through August 15th. However, Academy Award nominated film star Brenda Vaccaro will now step into the role of Millicent Winter in Harper's place.