WATERVILLE (AP) – A visit by actress Brooke Adams to promote her new movie took a dramatic twist when she ended up on the operating table at MaineGeneral Medical Center.

Adams, the 55-year-old star of such films as “Days of Heaven,” “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” and “The Dead Zone,” underwent emergency surgery Sunday night to have her appendix removed.

“I’m going to come back up here if I’m ever sick because this is the best hospital I’ve ever been in,” she said prior to her release Monday afternoon from MaineGeneral’s Thayer Unit. “I love it. Everyone was great.”

Adams was in Waterville to promote “Made-Up,” an independent film directed by her husband Tony Shaloub, star of the television series “Monk,” and written by her sister, Lynne, who also stars in the film.

The first sign that something was amiss emerged after Brooke and Lynne Adams arrived at Railroad Square Cinema to introduce the movie.

“Brooke was having a little bit of pain and after they introduced the five o’clock show we took her to the ER,” said Kenneth Eisen, one of the cinema’s operators.

“She had tests and she checked out OK and they let her go,” Eisen recalled. The two sisters then returned to the theater for a scheduled question and answer session. Brooke, who does a cartwheel in the movie, did one on stage to show that it was not the work of a double.

Later that night, when the Adamses joined Eisen and others at a restaurant, the actress’ condition went downhill.

“She said, “I’m feeling worse,’ and in fact, she had an appendix that was close to bursting,” Eisen said. They rushed her back to the hospital and at about 9 p.m., Dr. Mark Bolduc removed her appendix.

Adams, who lives in Los Angeles and Virginia, was wheeled out of the hospital and loaded into a makeshift bed in the back of a station wagon for the drive to her sister’s home in Boston.

She planned to fly to New Orleans on Tuesday to start shooting, “At Last,” an independent film produced by “Made-Up” co-producer Mark Donadio.

Back at Railroad Square, Eisen called Adams a trouper. “She was very gorgeous, a very sweet person, very real,” he said and then added: “She left her part in Waterville, if not her heart.”

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