Karen Valentine

Karen Valentine

  • Highest Rated: 78% The North Avenue Irregulars (1979)
  • Lowest Rated: 78% The North Avenue Irregulars (1979)
  • Birthday: May 25, 1947
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • Yes, Karen Valentine is her real name; her Portuguese grandfather had Anglicized his surname of Valentin long before Karen was born. Her lifelong "nice-girl" reputation had its roots in her wholesome upbringing on a Sebastopol, California chicken ranch, and her straight-A high-school years, when she was a member in good standing of the Future Teachers of America. Unhappy with being regarded as too squeaky-clean for words, Valentine went out of her way to perform "hot" musical numbers while competing in such talent-and-beauty contests as Miss Teenage Santa Rosa and Miss Sonoma Country. While she never made Miss America, she did manage to make two appearances on the Ed Sullivan Show before reaching the age of 20. While acting in summer stock, she continued seeking out roles that would allow her to shed her goody-goody image. To keep her checkbook balanced between acting assignments, she worked as a model, waitress and switchboard operator. In 1969, Valentine was cast as well-meaning if slightly klutzy student teacher Alice Johnson on the weekly TV series Room 222, winning an Emmy Award for her efforts. A proven audience favorite, she starred in such lightweight TV-movies as Gidget Grows Up (1970), The Girl Who Came Gift-Wrapped (1972) and Coffee, Tea or Me (1973), and was a regular contributor to such daytime programs as Dinah's Place and The Hollywood Squares. Once her star had begun to fade, Valentine was finally able to break loose from her "America's sweetheart" image and attempt to play roles with depth and bite. But such TV series as Karen (1975) and Our Time (1985) were not enthusiastically received by viewers, nor were her laudable dramatic performances in such made-for-TV fare as Muggable Mary, Street Cop (1982) world-beaters in the ratings. From the mid-1970s to the late 1980s, Karen Valentine maintained an on-and-off relationship with the Disney studios, co-starring in such theatrical features as Hot Lead and Cold Feet and The North Avenue Irregulars (1979), and in Disney Sunday Movie TV presentations bearing titles like Skeezer (1987) and Perfect People (1988).

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

No Score Yet Wedding Daze Audrey Landry 2004
No Score Yet The Power Within Clyda 1995
No Score Yet Perfect People Margo 1988
No Score Yet Children in the Crossfire Actor 1984
No Score Yet Jane Doe Jane Doe 1983
No Score Yet Skeezer Carrie Jessup 1982
78% The North Avenue Irregulars Jane 1979
No Score Yet Hot Lead and Cold Feet Jenny 1978
No Score Yet Return to Fantasy Island Janet Fleming 1977
No Score Yet Forever Young, Forever Free (E' Lollipop) (Lollipop) Carol Anne 1976
No Score Yet e'Lollipop Actor 1976

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet Family Law
1999-2002
Karen Bell
  • 2000
No Score Yet The Untouchables
1993-1994
Widow
  • 1994
No Score Yet The Twilight Zone
1985-1989
  • 1989
No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote
1984-1996
Ellen Cosgrove
  • 1988
No Score Yet Starsky & Hutch
1975-1979
  • 1977

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