Wow, she still looks very beautiful, and I really like her attitude:
“People complain about parts for women, people complain about getting old,” she says. “It’s a privilege to get old.”
The New York Magazine piece is a good, and quick, read; I found Bergen’s revelation about her stroke to be most interesting:
Rounder of face, grayer and wispier of hair, Bergen tells me that in the fall of 2006, she had a minor stroke. She denied it at the time and is reluctant to admit it today, because “I just don’t want it to be a liability.” She says she missed only two weeks of shooting on Boston Legal . . . When producer Jeffrey Richards approached Bergen for [a theater role], she hesitated. Broadway has long provided safe harbor for actresses aging out of Hollywood—while also exposing them to the nightly risk of irreversible errors. “My concern with theater was no retakes,” Bergen says. “I had no confidence in my memory, . . .
While she needn’t become become a poster-girl for stroke prevention and rehabilitation, I do hope Bergen will talk more about her experience, or perhaps write something about it. I used to volunteer as a pastoral care assistant at a local Catholic hospital, and I always wound up with the patients recovering from brain injuries. Strokes are terrifying events; much of my time was spent just hugging people and letting them weep out all their fear and sense of loss. It’s important for families and for those recovering to know that life can and does go on.
Learn how to recognize the signs of a stroke, and about F-A-S-T (Face, Arms, Speech, Time). The earlier a stroke is diagnosed and treated, of course, the better and more comprehensive the recovery.
A stroke is serious — it’s always serious, and often a game-changer — but formidable recovery is possible. People need to know it. I’m glad Bergen brought it up.