Actress Valerie Harper, best known for her role as Rhoda Morgenstern in “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and the spin-off “Rhoda” fell unconscious backstage at the Ogunquit Playhouse in Maine and is now in a coma.
At the time, Harper was performing in the musical “Nice Work If You Can Get It” at the playhouse. She was found and later transported to the hospital. Some media outlets believed she was being discharged later, but it was later discovered that she was being transported to a larger hospital for treatment.
In recent years, Harper has been diagnosed with a large number of cancers, including a terminal brain cancer diagnosis in 2013. In May of this year, she spoke with People Magazine about her health struggles. She explained that she didn’t want to live until she was 102, but she didn’t want to force it early either. She just wanted people to be less afraid of death because, in truth, no one gets out alive.
Although it’s unclear if she’ll turn around, there are many people sharing their support for her and her health. Other actresses and media outlets have taken to social media, showing their support in kind words, stories, and more.
There’s no word on her current condition, but we wish her well and hope for the best.