Although she has a very large body of work, with 35 years working as an actor, director and writer, most of the world knows Valerie as DORIS SCHWARTZ from the television series FAME. She became a globally recognized star in a role that moved deeply into the hearts of people young and old, inspiring both professional artists and artists yet to be realized.
Having resided mostly on the other side of camera for the last twenty years,Valerie is slated to direct the indy comedy feature OFFER & COMPROMISE this spring teamed with producer Tani Cohen.
She recently entered the wonderful world of short form films with TRIXIE’S SCORE in picked up by Shorts International and As a Writer/Director she penned BELTERS for Profile Films America , created THE MONEY SHOT, optioned by Lion’s Gate Television, AN UNEXPECTED GIFT for The Hallmark Channel and NORWEGIAN WOOD, a teen comedy for Kinetic Arts. Valerie directed the action-thriller BOUND BY LIES, with Kristie Swanson and Stephen Baldwin for Lightening Entertainment.
Her other work as an actor includes having been a television-series regular on YOU AGAIN ,ALL IS FORGIVEN, HOTEL, FIRST AND TEN, DREAM ON, and BEGGARS AND CHOOSERS as well as multiple movies made for television. In films, she made her debut in the disco classic THANK GOD IT’S FRIDAY. She appeared on Broadway in Neil Simon’s I OUGHT TO BE IN PICTURES, Off-Broadway in SURVIVING GRACE and Woody Allen’s THE FLOATING LIGHTBULB, as well as in BABY MAKES SEVEN and TELEGRAM FROM HEAVEN (Los Angeles), and A MOTHER A DAUGHTER AND A GUN