Brenda Vaccaro is set to replace Valerie Harper in a Maine production of Nice Work If You Can Get It at the Ogunquit Playhouse in Ogunquit. Harper fell ill last week and won't be resuming her role.
It was Wednesday when Valerie Harper, 75, was taken by ambulance to nearby York Hospital after falling ill. Rumors ran rampant that she was found unconscious and had fallen into a coma. The Mary Tyler Moore Show star addressed fans herself this weekend via Facebook, and put those rumors to rest.
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!!!
The Ogunquit Playhouse released a statement saying Valerie Harper is "feeling great right now," and that they want her to rest and spend some time with her family, who traveled to Maine when she was hospitalized.
— PressHerald (@PressHerald) August 1, 2015
Fans of the musical in which Harper was to star are in for a treat with Brenda Vaccaro. The seasoned actress has won an Emmy Award, a Golden Globe Award, and a People's Choice Award. She has earned Tony Award nominations.
Brenda Vaccaro has starred in The Pride of Jesse Hallam with Johnny Cash, The Star Maker, with Rock Hudson and Susanne Pleshette, A Long Way Home, with Timothy Hutton, Deceptions with Stephanie Powers, Stolen One Husband with Valerie Harper, Colombo, Murder She Wrote, Ally McBeal, and The Golden Girls. She has also guest starred in Friends, as Joey's mother. She recently stared in Barry Levinson's film for HBO, You Don't Know Jack with Al Pacino, Susan Sarandon and John Goodman for which she received an Emmy Award nomination.
Surely fans of Valerie Harper will be disappointed, but Brenda Vaccaro won't disappoint.
— People magazine (@people) August 1, 2015
Valerie Harper was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer back in 2013, and was initially given just three to six months to live. She has not only outlived those odds, but has impressed her fans with her contagious enthusiasm for life.
Brenda Vaccaro will no doubt do a superb job of impressing her audience.