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John Collins

Actress Valerie Harper was hospitalized after being found unconscious backstage before a performance of Nice Work If You Can Get It at the Ogunquit Playhouse in Ogunquit, Maine, on August 5th.

Harper, who is best known for her role on television’s The Mary Tyler Moore Show and its spinoff, Rhoda, was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer back in 2013, which is when she revealed to us that she was given a life expectancy of three to six months. However, she has stayed optimistic ever since, even joining Season 17 of Dancing With the Stars to inspire others.

She spoke with People earlier this year about her diagnosis, stating:

When I wake up in the morning I don’t say ‘Oh, I have cancer. I say ‘Another day. How you feeling? Good? Good.’ And when I do have little twinges of something I go ‘Oh my god, is that a headache? What is that?’ And I say wait a day or two, it might just be a headache and usually it is … so far.

On Friday, July 31, it was announced that Harper was “resting at an undisclosed location” and planning to return to her role as Millicent Winter in it the production of the Nice Work if You Can Get It musical.

Bradford Kenney, the playhouse’s Executive Artistic Director, explained:

We’re taking it one day at a time... I have spoken to Valerie’s husband and am in touch with her family, and everyone is pretty upbeat. She is not and never was in a coma. She is strong and clear.

Currently, Harper is said to be resting comfortably. I hope we can all keep her in our thoughts. She's a fighter, and it's nice to see that she's quickly bouncing back from this alarming situation.


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