Thursday, May 30, 2024

Valerie Harper Posts, with Sense of Humor Intact: “I am not in a coma”


The amazing Valerie Harper is out of the hospital and recuperating after a much publicized health episode. She’s been appearing on stage in Ogunquit, Maine in a production of the musical “Nice Work If You Can Get It.” But a few days ago she passed out and was raced to the hospital. Harper suffers from lung and brain cancer. But she’s beaten the odds so far with great courage, fortitude, and a good sense of humor. Tabloids reported she’d been in a coma and was on her way out. Not Valerie!
Here’s what she posted to Facebook:

My dear friends and fans!
As always, thank you for your amazing support. I am happy to report I am not, nor have I been, in a coma.
As anyone who has taken strong medication knows, it doesn’t always agree with you, even with me as this experience proves.
I am confronting these hurdles with my usual enthusiasm and love of life.
Much love, Valerie
But I must confess that the highlight of this ordeal came when I was escorted by two handsome young men and a pilot, in a medivac helicopter, as the full moon lit the sky. Talk about movie magic!!!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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