PARKINSON’s-plagued Michael J. Fox isn’t the only star on his new sitcom battling chronic health woes.
A source says five-time Emmy winner Candice Bergen of “Murphy Brown” fame – who’ll play the mother of Fox’s character in a recurring role – still suffers from the effects of a devastating stroke in 2006.
“A one-off guest appearance wouldn’t be bad,” an insider close to the 67-year-old actress told The ENQUIRER.
“But if her recurring role becomes a regular thing, it could be very taxing for Candice, physically and mentally.”
As The ENQUIRER previously reported, the beloved actress suffered a health crisis in September 2006 when she felt dizzy and weak, and was struck by an excruciating headache.
Candice underwent surgery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, but later insisted that she didn’t want to reveal details of her ordeal because she feared she’d lose work. However, she confessed her memory was “not quite the same.”
To make matters worse, Candice broke her pelvis in 2011 when she fell during a bike ride.
But the gutsy Hollywood beauty battled back and tackled a stage role on Broadway in Gore Vidal’s play “The Best Man.”
“My concern with theater was no retakes,” Candice told an interviewer. “I had no confidence in my memory.”
Still, friends are concerned that she may be pressing her luck by signing on with NBC’s “The Michael J. Fox Show.”
Despite that, a rep for Bergen said: “Candice is fine. I think the fact that she appeared on Broadway for three moths speaks for itself.”