Conflicting reports continue to come in regarding Valerie Harper’s condition after she was rushed to the hospital Wednesday night before a scheduled performance in “Nice Work If You Can Get I” at the Ogunquit Playhouse in Maine.
Harper, who was diagnosed with a leptomeningeal carcinomatosis (a rare form of cancer that attacks the membranes surrounding the brain) in 2013, was first said to have been discovered unconscious after a fall backstage. However, Bradford Kenney, executive artistic director at the theatre later corrected that by stating, talthough she complained of feeling ill, she was not “out” when local fire department EMTs arrived, nor was she in a coma.
And while one source claimed she is “resting comfortably and will remain in the hospital for observation for the time being,” another a source told Entertainment Tonight that the 75-year old actress is “not doing well. Just know it’s very bad.”
Harper, who began her professional career as a dancer on Broadway, is still best known as the beloved character Rhoda Morgenstern on the “Mary Tyler Moore Show, “ and spinoff series “Rhoda.”
Although given only 3-months to live when first diagnosed with her brain cancer in 2013, she has since been declared “pretty close to remission” after undergoing chemotherapy, and has continued to work, including appearing on “Dancing with the Stars,” as well as stagework. In addition to appearing in the aforementioned play with Sally Strothers of “All in the Family” fame, Harper earned a Tony nomination for her starring role as Tallulah Bankhead.
Efforts to reach her husband Tony Cacciotti for comment by several media sources have gone unanswered.