“WHAT’S HAP­PEN­ING!” CO­STAR AIL­ING

The Denver Post - - NATION & WORLD -

Danielle Spencer, who played the tat­tle­tale lit­tle sis­ter Dee Thomas on the 1970s TV se­ries “What’s Hap­pen­ing,” is home in Vir­ginia re­cu­per­at­ing from emer­gency brain surgery af­ter a se­ries of health set­backs.

Spencer, who had been work­ing as a vet­eri­nar­ian, was re­leased from a hospi­tal Oct. 4 af­ter surgery for a bleed­ing hematoma, a re­sult of a 1977 car ac­ci­dent that killed her step­fa­ther, Tim Pelt, as he shielded her from harm. She can speak just slightly and must use crutches to walk, said spokesman Ja­son Hardy.

The 53­year­old Spencer be­gan suf­fer­ing symp­toms in 2004, when she was con­fined to a wheel­chair and did a long stint in re­hab to learn how to walk again. In 2014, she was di­ag­nosed with breast can­cer and had a dou­ble mas­tec­tomy, Hardy said.

The ABC sit­com, which aired from 1976 to 1979, fol­lowed the lives of three work­ing­class teens in the Los An­ge­les neigh­bor­hood of Watts. Spencer played the sis­ter of one, Roger “Raj” Thomas. She also ap­peared in a se­quel, “What’s Hap­pen­ing Now!!”

Friends of Spencer, who lives in Rich­mond, have be­gun an ap­peal for fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance on her be­half at GoFundMe.com.

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