Veteran showbiz performer Val Jellay, mother of Marty Fields has been hospitalised with pneumonia, at age 89.
Marty Fields shared news online:
I'll be going off the air for a while.
My mum is battling pneumonia in intensive care and it's getting worse so my focus is there.
— Marty Fields (@Martyfields) April 30, 2017
Mum update. On life support and fully sedated. We'll know more in 24-48 hours. She'll either get on top of the infection or it'll take her.
— Marty Fields (@Martyfields) May 1, 2017
Peter Ford told The Morning Show, the former Flying Doctors star is one of the last vaudeville veterans.
“She is Marty’s mum and she was married to Maurie Fields… it’s a real showbiz dynasty, if you like.
“Up until only 2 or 3 years ago I’d see her out and about all the time. She’d love to get to the opening nights, always look a million bucks, all dolled up,” he said.
“Val and Maurie were on the Tivoli circuit, the vaudeville circuit. When TV began they could take their act and schtick onto the TV screens. The Flying Doctors was a big hit for Val and Maurie together.”