by FRANK RIZZO, email@example.com
3:11 PM EST, January 28, 2013
Valerie Harper is exiting the tour of Matthew Lombardo’s “Looped” for medical reasons.
The actress, 73, was hospitalized earlier this month in New York City when she was rehearsing for the tour which was to kick off at Hartford’s Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts this week.
Stefanie Powers will replace Harper on tour. The Bushnell date is rescheduled to May 7 to 12. The tour will now kick off in Florida.
Powers was in the 1965 film, "Die, Die, My Darling" with Bankhead, the very film Bankhead is "looping" in "Looped."
Harper was nominated for a Tony Award in 2010 when she played outspoken actress Tallulalh Bankhead in “Looped” on Broadway in the three-actor play. Rob Ruggiero directed that production and is staging the tour as well.
Harper, an Emmy Award winning actress best known for her role as Rhoda in “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and the spinoff series, “Rhoda,” is home in Santa Monica receiving medical attention. The specific nature of her illness is not yet disclosed.
Harper was also promoting her memoir, “I, Rhoda,” which was released in stores earlier this month. In the boiok, Harper talks for the first time her bout with lung cancer.
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