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December 16, 1965 |
Brooklyn, New York
|Other names||Nancy Valin
Nancy Van Patten
|Spouse(s)||Nels Van Patten (m. 1994)|
Nancy Valen was born in Brooklyn, New York and raised in Hallandale, Florida, on the beach of the southern Atlantic coast. By the time she was 12 years old, she was spending summers modeling in New York City and studied acting at Uta Hagen's HB Studios. After graduating from a performing arts high school in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, Valen won a theatrical scholarship to the University of Florida. She ultimately declined the scholarship in favor of continuing her professional career in Miami. Meanwhile, she attended Broward Community College, where she studied theatre and paid for her tuition by modeling and acting, appearing in two episodes of Miami Vice.
After one year of college, Valen went to New York to pursue a theatrical career. Within one month of being in New York, she landed a series regular role on the daytime drama Ryan's Hope. Valen stayed with Ryan's Hope for two years before moving to Los Angeles to pursue other interests.
Valen made her film debut in the 1985 comedy film Porky's Revenge, followed by a role in The Heavenly Kid with Richard Mulligan and Jane Kaczmarek. In 1989, Valen co-starred alongside Patrick Dempsey in the film, Loverboy. She also had a small role opposite Kirk Cameron in the film Listen to Me. Her other film appearances include Seven Sundays alongside Molly Ringwald; directed by Academy Award-winning director, Jean-Charles Tacchella.
In addition to films, Valen has also appeared in various television series. In 1990, she guest starred in an episode of Saved by the Bell as the brand new school nurse at Bayside High, Jennifer. That same year, she co-starred in NBC's short-lived musical series Hull High under the direction of Kenny Ortega. After the series premiere, TV Guide proclaimed her "the most agreeably watchable new star on TV". Valen has also guest starred on 23 series including Hardball, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Friends, Spin City, Boy Meets World, Miami Vice, and Murder She Wrote.
Valen has also hosted several infomercials for the Bun and Thigh Roller, Slam man, Thin 'n Sexy Body Wrap, Kevin Trudeau's Debt Cures "They" Don't Want You To Know About, Time Life The Heart of Classic Rock, and the Instyler.
Valen has appeared as a guest on Leno, The Oprah Winfrey Show, Good Day L.A. and on the covers and pages of magazines and newspapers including American Women, FHM, Cosmopolitan, Entertainment Weekly, and The Los Angeles Times Calendar.
Valen, alongside Craig J. Nevius, formed Windmill Entertainment. Among the television programs she has produced include Living in TV Land, Chasing Farrah, William Shatner in Concert, and Let's Kill Scott Baio.
As an Executive Producer /reality series creator, Valen has partnered with a wide variety of companies including Whoop Inc., Renegade83, 44 Blue, Target, and Intuitive Entertainment. Currently Nancy is partnered with Authentic Entertainment on the series WHEN STAMIE MET TRACY. The series follows two former L Word stars as they raise their three children with their extended modern family. In addition, Valen works with Jarrett Creative Group in partnership with the Biography Channel for the networks’ highest rated series, Celebrity Ghost Stories and the hit series, Celebrity Close Calls.
In the scripted world, Valen has partnered with VH1, ABC, FOX Television and Emmy award winning producer, Tony To. Valen is in development and is a Co-Executive Producer on ACTION HEROES INC. for ABC/Fox Studios. The action-comedy movie franchise stars William Shatner, Robert Wagner and Lee Majors as three former TV heroes turned real life detectives.
|The Heavenly Kid||Melissa|
|1989||The Big Picture||Young Sharon|
|Listen to Me||Mia|
|1992||Final Embrace||Candy Vale/Laurel Parrish|
|1993||Little Devils: The Birth||Lynn|
|1994||Seven Sundays||Nicky||Alternative title: Tous les jours dimanche|
|2002||Written in Blood||Mary Ramson|
|2007||The Wager||Tanya Steele|
|1985||Miami Vice||"Got a Light" Girl
|1985–1987||Ryan's Hope||Melinda Weaver||Unknown episodes|
|1988||Charles in Charge||Tammy||1 episode|
|1989–1992||Murder, She Wrote||Selina Williams Waverly
|1990||Saved by the Bell||Jennifer||1 episode|
|Hull High||Donna Breedlove||8 episodes|
|1991||The Young Riders||Samantha Edgars||1 episode|
|Full House||Lisa Green||1 episode|
|1992||Perry Mason: The Case of the Fatal Framing||Mala Sikorski||Television movie|
|1993–1994||Silk Stalkings||Sylvia DeCastro
Dr. Jillian Dupree
|1994||Walker, Texas Ranger||Laura||2 episodes|
|Fortune Hunter||Madison Reynolds||1 episode|
|Boy Meets World||Ms. Kelly||1 episode|
|1995||Friends||Lorraine||The One with the Candy Hearts|
|1996–1997||Baywatch||Samantha Thomas||23 episodes|
|1997||Viper||Bianca Carson||1 episode|
|1994||The Love Boat: The Next Wave||Leslie||1 episode|
|2001||Black Scorpion||Angel of Death/Detective Angela Archer||1 episode|
|2002||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Neighbor||1 episode|
|Spin City||Ashley||1 episode|