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Karen Valentine (born May 25, 1947 in Sebastopol, California) is an Emmy Award winning American actress, best known for her role as Alice Johnson in the TV series Room 222.
Valentine first won a spot representing California at the Miss Teenage America pageant. When Ed Sullivan saw her act (where she would comically dance in a flamboyant costume while lip-synching to Eydie Gormé's "Blame it on the Bossa Nova" , he was quoted as saying, "I want that girl on my show."
In 1969, Valentine won her breakthrough role as a school teacher on the TV series Room 222. 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. Read Full Bio >>
The actress later starred as Gidget in the film Gidget Grows Up, and on her own television series in 1975, Karen. 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 and Wife and multiple episodes of The Love Boat and Love, American Style. Though her career slowed after the 1980s, she continues to work in television and on stage. She co-starred with John Larroquette in a 2004 Hallmark TV movie, Wedding Daze. She also had a major role in an episode of another Hallmark series, Mystery Woman ("Mystery Weekend").
Karen married three times. Her first marriage was in 1967 to David Ross Williams, which ended in divorce in 1969. That same year, she married Carl MacLaughlin before they divorced in 1973. Karen is currently married to musician Gary Verna, whom she married in 1977. << Less Bio
|2003||TV Land Awards||Classic TV Teacher of the Year||"Room 222" (1969).||Nominated|
|1971||Golden Globes, USA||Best Supporting Actress - Television||"Room 222" (1969).||Nominated|
|1971||Primetime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in Comedy||"Room 222" (1969).||Nominated|
|1970||Primetime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in Comedy||"Room 222" (1969).||Won|
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