Actress Valerie Harper Released From The Hospital After Health Scare

Actress Valerie Harper Released From The Hospital After Health Scare
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Award-winning actress Valerie Harper has already been released from York Hospital in York, Maine Thursday morning, Deadline has learned.


The said hospital confirmed the actress‘ hospital discharge, but did not provide any information about her illness.

Valerie Harper’s health emergency

On Wednesday evening, the actress was rushed to the hospital after suffering a “health emergency” during a performance in the musical Nice Work If You Can Get It at the Ogunquit Playhouse located in Maine. Entertainment Tonight reports that the fire department confirmed receiving a call at around 8:56 PM with regard to an unconscious 75-year old female backstage.

Moreover, Entertainment Tonight’s affiliate also confirmed that the artistic director of the musical also made an announcement to the audience to advise them that Harper had fallen ill and would not be performing.

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Furthermore, the artistic director also informed the crowd that the ambulance that can be seen on the side of the lawn was for the actress.

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

Meanwhile, an art tech in the playhouse also told Entertainment Tonight’s affiliate that Harper has actually not been feeling well all week. Moreover, another source said, “It doesn’t look good.”

As for the playhouse, Executive Artistic Director Bradford T. Kenney explained what happened that evening. He 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. She is resting comfortably and will remain in the hospital for observation for the time being.”

Moreover, 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.” In the musical, Harper plays the wealthy and stylish Millicent Winter.

Ongoing Battle With Cancer

Harper had successfully battled lunch cancer back in 2009. But just in 2013, she was diagnosed with terminal cancer. Nonetheless, the seasoned actress refuses to let cancer beat her down.

Staying positive, she had told Entertainment Tonight, “In a way, it’s a positive thing to know that a year’s gone by and it’s nowhere else in my body. So I am cancer free from the neck down, so far.”