Karen Valentine

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Karen Valentine
Karen Valentine Lloyd Haynes Room 222 1970.JPG
Valentine with Lloyd Haynes in Room 222 (1970)
Born Karen Lynne Valentine
(1947-05-25) May 25, 1947 (age 67)
Sebastopol, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1964–present
Spouse(s) Gary Verna (1977-present)
Carl MacLaughlin (1969-1973; divorced)

Karen Lynne Valentine (born May 25, 1947) is an American actress best known for her role as the idealistic schoolteacher "Alice Johnson" in the television series Room 222.[1]


Early life[edit]

Valentine grew up in Sebastapol, California and won a spot representing California at the Miss Teenage America pageant where she was awarded the Talent Award. Valentine was Miss Sonoma County and Top 10 at Miss California, state finals to Miss America. When Ed Sullivan saw her act (where she would comically dance in a flamboyant costume while lip-syncing to Eydie Gormé's "Blame it on the Bossa Nova"), he was quoted as saying, "I want that girl on my show."[citation needed]


In 1969, Valentine won her breakthrough role as a new teacher on the ABC television series Room 222, with Lloyd Haynes and Michael Constantine. She was discovered by Gene Reynolds, the director of Room 222, who saw her lip-synching in rehearsal and saw that she was funny. 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.

The actress later starred in her own television series, Karen, in 1975. She played the title role in the critically acclaimed true story Muggable Mary, Street Cop and was Gidget in the film Gidget Grows Up, as well as many other movies for television. Valentine was a regular on Hollywood Squares, often trading quips with Paul Lynde. She guest-starred on many series, including Starsky and Hutch, Baretta, McMillan & Wife, Cybill and Murder, She Wrote and multiple episodes of The Love Boat and Love, American Style.

Her feature films include The North Avenue Irregulars, Hot Lead and Cold Feet and The Power Within.

Valentine continues to work in television and on stage. She co-starred with John Larroquette in a 2004 Hallmark Channel TV movie, Wedding Daze. She has starred on stage in many productions, including Romantic Comedy on Broadway and National Tour, Breaking Legs Off-Broadway and National Tour, and the Los Angeles production of Steel Magnolias.

Personal life[edit]

Karen Valentine has been married twice. Her first marriage was in 1969 to Carl MacLaughlin; they divorced in 1973. Since 1977 she has been married to musician and Emmy Award-winning songwriter Gary Verna. She has no children.



  1. ^ Karen Valentine. The Internet Movie Database, 2011. Retrieved 21 July 2011.

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