February 14, 2020
Today is Valentine's Day so, naturally, our featured celebrity is none other than Karen Valentine. Karen Valentine starred on the award-winning ABC comedy-drama series 'Room 222'. Let's see what she's been doing these days!
Remember, I did NOT forget the rest of today's issue. So if you would like to see the rest of this issue which includes Valentine's CREDITS and WHERE ARE THEY NOW, then please, please, please click the link right here: Where is Karen Valentine?
And don't forget to vote early and often! I added NEW celebs to our celebrity suggestions list very recently so be sure to go to Celebrity Suggestions
check out who's in the running and VOTE or send in your suggestions. Vote UP or DOWN on all of the listed celebrities. And vote as many times as you want!
P.S. Did you miss an issue? You can read every issue from the Gophercentral library of newsletters on our exhaustive archives page. Thousands of issues, all of your favorite publications in chronological order. You can just click and read RIGHT HERE
Questions? Comments? Email Steve
View Past Issues: Where Are They Now Archives
Learn More About Karen Valentine, see Then & Now pictures, and find out What She's Been Up To on Celebrity Nooz
May 25, 1947 in Sebastopol, California, USA
Karen Lynne Valentine
CLAIM TO FAME:
Karen Valentine is an American actress best known for her role as young idealistic schoolteacher Alice Johnson in the ABC comedy drama series Room 222 from 1969 to 1974; she won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series in 1970, and received a Golden Globe Award nomination in 1971.
Valentine married Carl Bird McLaughlin Jr. in 1969, they later divorced in 1973. 4 years later, Valentine married Gary Lewis Verna and the two have been together since 1977.
Valentine is of Portuguese heritage, and her grandfather changed the family name from Valentin before her birth.
She was the Apple Blossom Queen of Sebastopol, California when she was a teenager.
Worked as a model, waitress and switchboard operator.
She was a contestant on "Miss Teenage America" and when Ed Sullivan saw her talent he called in and said, "I want that girl on my show."
She was nominated twice for an Emmy and once for a Golden Globe, winning an Emmy in 1970 for Outstanding Actress in a Supporting Role.
TRIVIA: She was discovered by Gene Reynolds, the director of Room 222, who saw her lip-synching in rehearsal and realized she was funny.
In 1966-1967, she made her television debut as "The Resident Dream Girl" on The Dream Girl of 1967, replacing Beverly Adams from the first weekday broadcast opposite hosts Dick Stewart and Wink Martindale.
She also appeared on another Chuck Barris show, The Dating Game.
Valentine was a semi-regular on The Hollywood Squares from 1971 to 1977 on both NBC-TV and in syndication, often trading quips with Paul Lynde.
She credits Michael Constantine as her favorite acting mentor/best friend.
She has starred on stage in many productions, including Romantic Comedy on Broadway (1980) and National Tour, Breaking Legs Off-Broadway and National Tour, and the Los Angeles production of Steel Magnolias (2003).
WHERE ARE THEY NOW: It would appear that Valentine has retired from acting, which is a shame. Her bubbly personality always seemed to enliven any production she was involved with. I hope she returns to television. It would be a real treat to see her on the screen again, but if retirement is treating her well, then I guess...live it up, Karen Valentine!
2004 Wedding Daze (TV Movie)...Audrey Landry
2000 Family Law (TV Series)...Karen Anderson Bell
- Affairs of the State (2000) ... Karen Anderson Bell
1996 Cybill (TV Series)...Wanda
- Three Women and a Dummy (1996) ... Wanda
1995 The Power Within (Video)...Clyda Dryer
1994 The Untouchables (TV Series)...Pascualina Petucci
- Til Death Do Us Part (1994) ... Pascualina Petucci
1991 CBS Schoolbreak Special (TV Series)...Donna Stern
- The Emancipation of Lizzie Stern (1991) ... Donna Stern
1990 Monsters (TV Series)...Victoria
- The Young and the Headless (1990) ... Victoria
1990 Hurricane Sam (TV Movie)...Jeanie Kelvin
1989 The Twilight Zone (TV Series)...Claire Hendricks
- Many, Many Monkeys (1989) ... Claire Hendricks
1988 Perfect People (TV Movie)...Margo
1988 Murder, She Wrote (TV Series)...Ellen Cosgrove
- Murder Through the Looking Glass (1988) ... Ellen Cosgrove
1988 She's the Sheriff (TV Series)...Rosalind
- Hair (1988) ... Rosalind
1987 Hotel (TV Series)...Rebecca Lloyd
- Second Thoughts (1987) ... Rebecca Lloyd
1987 The New Mike Hammer (TV Series)...Sister Amelia
- Who Killed Sister Lorna? (1987) ... Sister Amelia
1986 The Magical World of Disney (TV Series)...Meg Taylor
- A Fighting Choice (1986) ... Meg Taylor
1984 He's Fired, She's Hired (TV Movie)...Annabelle Grier
1984 Children in the Crossfire (TV Movie)...Pam Chandler
1983 Jane Doe (TV Movie)...Victoria Schaffer
1983 Illusions (TV Movie)...Linda Dobbins
1982 Skeezer (TV Movie)...Carrie Jessup
1982 Money on the Side (TV Movie)...Janice Vernon
1982 Adams House (TV Movie)...Chris Bennett
1982 Goodbye Doesn't Mean Forever (TV Movie)...Paula McFadden
1982 Muggable Mary, Street Cop (TV Movie)...Mary Glatzle
1981 A Girl's Life (TV Movie)...Gay Brooks
1979 Eischied (TV Series)...Margaret Manning
- Only the Pretty Girls Die: Part 2 (1979) ... Margaret Manning
- Only the Pretty Girls Die: Part 1 (1979) ... Margaret Manning
1979 America 2100 (TV Movie)...Dr. Karen Hartland
1979 The North Avenue Irregulars...Jane
1978 Hot Lead and Cold Feet...Jenny
1978 Go West, Young Girl (TV Movie)...Netty Booth
1978 The Love Boat (TV Series)...Taffy Martino
- The Eyes of Love/Masquerade/Hollywood Royalty/The Caper: Part 2 (1978) ... Taffy Martino
- The Eyes of Love/Masquerade/Hollywood Royalty/The Caper: Part 1 (1978) ... Taffy Martino
1978 Fantasy Island (TV Series)...Janet Fleming
- Return to Fantasy Island (1978) ... Janet Fleming
1977 Starsky and Hutch (TV Series)...Diana Harmon
- Fatal Charm (1977) ... Diana Harmon
1977 Murder at the World Series (TV Movie)...Lois Marshall
1977 McMillan & Wife (TV Series)...Sgt. Maureen Rupert
- Dark Sunrise (1977) ... Sgt. Maureen Rupert
1976 Having Babies (TV Movie)...Beth Paterno
1976 The Love Boat (TV Movie)...Ellen Carmichael
1975 Baretta (TV Series)...Holly
- A Bite of the Apple (1975) ... Holly
1975 Karen (TV Series)...Karen Angelo
All 13 episodes
1975 e'Lollipop...Carol Anne
1969-1974 Room 222 (TV Series)...Alice Johnson
All 113 episodes
1974 The Girl Who Came Gift-Wrapped (TV Movie)...Sandy Brown / Sandy Benson
1973 Coffee, Tea or Me? (TV Movie)...Carol Burnham / Carol Burns
1972 The Daughters of Joshua Cabe (TV Movie)...Charity
1972 Owen Marshall, Counselor at Law (TV Series)...Donna Cohen
- Murder in the Abstract (1972) ... Donna Cohen
1970-1972 Love, American Style (TV Series) (segment "Love and the Scroungers") / Alice Graff (segment "Love and the Four-Sided Triangle") / Jane (segment "Love and the Elopement") / ...
- Love and the Plane Truth/Love and the Scroungers/Love and the Small Wedding (1972) ... (segment "Love and the Scroungers")
- Love and the Awakening/Love and the Bashful Groom/Love and the Four-Sided Triangle/Love and the Naked Stranger (1971) ... Alice Graff (segment "Love and the Four-Sided Triangle")
- Love and the Elopement/Love and the Visitor (1970) ... Jane (segment "Love and the Elopement")
- Love and the Coed Dorm/Love and the Optimist/Love and the Teacher (1970) ... Pat Stark (segment "Love and the Coed Dorm")
1971 Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In (TV Series)...Guest Performer
- Episode #5.4 (1971) ... Guest Performer
1971 The Bold Ones: The New Doctors (TV Series)...Gayle Ritter
- Tender Predator (1971) ... Gayle Ritter
1969 Gidget Grows Up (TV Movie)...Gidget Lawrence
1969 My Friend Tony (TV Series)
- The Shortest Courtship (1969)
1967 It's About Time (TV Series)...2nd Singer
- The Cave Family Swingers (1967) ... 2nd Singer
1964 The Ed Sullivan Show (TV Series)...Singer / Dancer
- Episode #17.26 (1964) ... Singer / Dancer
To see Then & Now pictures of Karen Valentine, visit: Celebrity Nooz