Garr Was Hospitalized Monday, But She's OK Now
Fans of actress Teri Garr were worried after she was hospitalized on Monday, but she's now apparently doing "fine." There were early reports that she had suffered a stroke, but now it's been written off as "confusion," a byproduct of dehydration.
On Monday, Garr was transported to the hospital by ambulance from her home in the San Fernando Valley for what was called a "medical emergency," reported by TMZ.
A representative for Garr spoke to "Entertainment Tonight Canada" to say that the actress is OK now.
“Teri is fine. She had some confusion which it turns out was caused by dehydration. To be cautious they are keeping her overnight and she’ll be home tomorrow. I spoke to her and she sounds good.”
She Kept Working After Her MS Diagnosis
In 1999, Garr was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. In 2006, she had a brain aneurysm and was in a coma for several weeks. She recovered from that, and returned to acting for a time, before retiring in 2011.
Two years after her brain aneurysm, Garr spoke with the Los Angeles Times to talk about her MS diagnosis.
"When you hear the word 'disabled,' people immediately think about people who can't walk or talk or do everything that people take for granted. Now, I take nothing for granted. But I find the real disability is people who can't find joy in life and are bitter."
She told the Times that the two months of rehab that followed her aneurysm were a tough struggle to relearn the basics, though her sense of humor was thankfully still intact.
"I had to learn to walk again, talk again, think again. I'm still working on that. But I'm not sure [thinking is] necessary in Hollywood. I went to physical therapy, occupational therapy, voice, every kind of therapy except mental therapy -- obviously!"
Working To Help Others
In recent years, Garr became an advocate for others with MS.
She spoke to CNN in 2002 to explain her point of view.
"I'm telling my story for the first time so I can help people. I can help people know they aren't alone and tell them there are reasons to be optimistic because, today, treatment options are available."
Garr Got an Oscar Nod For 'Tootsie'
Garr is known for several strong comedic performances, like in Young Frankenstein. She could also pull off more serious roles, like playing wife Ronnie Neary in Close Encounters Of the Third Kind or the housewife-turned-successful-executive in Mr. Mom. Her role as Sandy in the 1982 Dustin Hoffman vehicle Tootsie earned her an Oscar nomination.
Some of her final roles before she retired included a spot on "Law and Order: Special Victims Unit," and "How To Marry a Billionaire," a voiceover role in "Scooby Doo!"