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August 12, 1958|
New York City
|Other names||Valerie Landsberg|
|Occupation||Actress, director, screenwriter, singer-songwriter|
|Spouse(s)||James McVay (December 1, 1984 -present (legally)|
Valerie Landsburg (born August 12, 1958) is an American actress, television and film director, screenwriter, and singer-songwriter. She is best known for her portrayal of Doris Schwartz in the 1982 series Fame, interpreting, for television, the role that Maureen Teefy had originated in the film. She was also the lead singer on the UK top five hit "Hi Fidelity". Producer Alan Landsburg was her father, and she appeared in at least one installment of True Confessions, an anthology series program he produced.
Born in New York City to Sally Landsburg, a psychologist and author, and Alan Landsburg. Landsburg made her acting debut in the 1978 disco movie Thank God It's Friday. In 1980 she took over the role of Libby in Neil Simon's I Ought to Be in Pictures. In 1982, she appeared in the NBC television series Fame. During the series run, Landsburg wrote and directed one episode of the series. Shortly after Landsburg left the show in 1987, she co-starred in two different comedy TV series, which practically ran at the same time. The first, You Again?, starred Jack Klugman, and lasted for one season. From the creators of Cheers, next came the Bess Armstrong series All Is Forgiven, which NBC cancelled after nine episodes. Despite its limited engagement, the series was rebroadcast on the A&E network through 1989, where it gained a broader audience.
Outside of doing recurring roles in Hotel and Dream On, she did not star in another TV series. She appeared in about a dozen made-for-TV movies and guest appearances on other TV series including Murder, She Wrote, Beverly Hills, 90210, Empty Nest, Nip/Tuck and The Unit among others. In between TV and film projects, she has appeared on stage plays. In addition to acting, Landsburg has directed several feature films and episodic television shows.
In 2001, she released an album of mostly her own compositions, called Grownup. Among the tracks was a re-recording of "Hi Fidelity".
She is a life member of Asian Academy of Film & Television.
|1978||Thank God It's Friday||Frannie|
|1990||Welcome Home, Roxy Carmichael||Miss Day Ashburn||Credited as Valerie Landsberg|
|1997||Drawn to the Flame||Director|
|Borrowed Life Stolen Love||Director|
|Too Good to Be True||Producer|
|2001||Rock Star||Concert After-Party Guest||Uncredited|
|2005||Bound by Lies||Director|
|1979||The Triangle Factory Fire Scandal||Loretta||Television movie|
|1982–1987||Fame||Doris Rene Schwartz||84 episodes|
|1984||1st & Ten||Unknown episodes|
|1986||You Again?||Pam||8 episodes|
|All is Forgiven||Lorraine Elder||9 episodes|
|1987–1988||Hotel||Cheryl Dolan||3 episodes|
|1988||Murder, She Wrote||Alice Brooke||1 episode|
|1989||The Ryan White Story||Television movie|
|1990||Unspeakable Acts||Maggie Rivera||Television movie|
|Beverly Hills, 90210||Cathy Gerson||1 episode|
|1993||Not in My Family||Television movie|
|1993–1994||Dream On||Gina Pedalbee||3 episodes|
|1994||Terror in the Night||Tina||Television movie|
|One of Her Own||Stacy Schoep||Television movie|
|1995||Empty Nest||Valerie||1 episode|
|1997||Women: Stories of Passion||4 episodes|
|2000||Bar Hopping||Agent No. 4||Television movie|
|2002||The Best Sex Ever||7 episodes|
|2003||Columbo: Columbo Likes the Nightlife||Television movie|
|2005||American Dreams||1 episode|
|Nip/Tuck||Marian Berg||1 episode|
|2006||The Unit||Marge||1 episode|
|2009||Mrs. Washington Goes to Smith||Noreen||Television movie|