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Valerie Mahaffey

Valerie Mahaffey

Born: June 16, 1953
Age: 71
Birthplace: Sumatra, Indonesia
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Valerie Mahaffey (born June 16, 1953) is an American character actress and producer. She won an Emmy Award for her work on Northern Exposure. She later won fame through her portrayal of extroverted and friendly but ultimately insane women on the television shows Wings, Desperate Housewives and Devious Maids.


Early life

Mahaffey was born in Indonesia and moved to Austin, Texas at the age of 16. Mahaffey graduated from Austin High School and attended the BFA in University of Texas at Austin in 1975 and later made her Broadway debut in musical Rex.


Mahaffey was regular cast member in the soap opera The Doctors from 1979 to 1981, which earned her a nomination for Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series in 1980. She starred in the film Women of Valor in 1986 and while the characters are fictitious, it portrayed women's roles in the Philippines during World War II.

As of late 1980's, Mahaffey began acting in television comedies, like Newhart, Cheers, and Seinfeld. From 1992-93, she starred in the short-lived NBC sitcom The Powers That Be. She played Tracy Milford in the 1995 film National Lampoon's Senior Trip and Jan Kempster in the 1997 film Jungle 2 Jungle. In 1999, she had a recurring role on ER. In 2003, she starred in the film Seabiscuit. In 2009, she appeared in seven episodes United States of Tara. Her stage credits include Eastern Standard, Talking Heads, Top Girls, and Rex.

Mahaffey won Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her performance as the chronic hypochondriac Eve in the CBS series Northern Exposure in 1992. Mahaffey was the only actor from the series to win an Emmy Award.

Mahaffey played Alma Hodge in season 3 of ABC comedy-drama series Desperate Housewives from 2006 to 2007. Mahaffey has made guest appearances on Quantum Leap, L.A. Law, Ally McBeal, Judging Amy, The West Wing, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Frasier, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Private Practice, Boston Legal, Without a Trace, and Raising Hope. She also appeared on Glee as the mother of Emma Pillsbury from 2011 to 2013. Mahaffey co-starred as Fran Horowitz in short-lived TNT medical drama Monday Mornings in 2013. Also in 2013, she had a recurring role on Lifetime Television comedy-drama series Devious Maids as Olivia Rice.

Personal life

Mahaffey is married to Joseph Kell, with whom she has one child.


Year Title Role Notes
1977 Tell Me My Name Alexandra/Sarah Television film
1979-1981 The Doctors Ashley Bennett Nominated - Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (1980)
1984 Tales of the Unexpected Jane Episode: "The Open Window"
1986 Mr. Bill's Real Life Adventures Mrs. Bill
1986 The Rise and Rise of Daniel Rocket Alice
1986 Fresno Tiffany Kensington TV mini-series
1986 Women of Valor Lt. Katherine R. Grace Television film
1987 Newhart Jolene Episode: "Love Letters in the Mud"
1987 Jack and Mike Colleen Episode: "Till Death Do Us Part"
1987 Her Secret Life Becky
1989 Perry Mason: The Case of the Musical Murder D.A. Barbara August Television film
1989 Perry Mason: The Case of the All-Star Assassin D.A. Barbara August Television film
1990 An Enemy of the People Mrs. Stockman Television film
1990 Father Dowling Mysteries Justine Hemmings Episode: "The Solid Gold Headache Mystery"
1990 Quantum Leap Mary Greely Episode: "The Boogieman - October 31, 1964"
1991 Cheers Valerie Hill Episode: "Achilles Hill"
1991 The Young Riders Lottie Episode: "The Talisman"
1991 Baby Talk Tammy Morrison Episode: "One Night with Elliot"
1991 Seinfeld Patrice Episode: "The Truth"
1992 Till Death Us Do Part Gail Bugliosi
1992 Dream On Helen Harley Episode: "Up All Night"
1992-1993 The Powers That Be Caitlyn Van Horne 21 episodes
1993 They Chris Samuels Television film
1991-1994 Northern Exposure Eve 5 episodes
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (1992)
1994 L.A. Law Andrea Rossoff Episode: "Cold Cuts"
1994 Witch Hunt Trudy Television film
1995 Women of the House Jennifer Malone 6 episodes
1996 Senior Trip Miss Tracy Milford
1993-1996 Wings Sandy Cooper 3 episodes
1995-1996 The Client Ellie Foltrigg 4 episodes
1996 Caroline in the City Alicia Crawford-Lane Episode: "Caroline and the Therapist"
1997 Jungle 2 Jungle Jan Kempster
1997 George & Leo Martha Episode: "The Thanksgiving Show"
1999 Dinner at Fred's Susan
1999 ER Joi Abbott 4 episodes
2000 Love & Money Gloria Barrell Episode: "Guess Who's Paying for Dinner"
2000 Ally McBeal Dr. Sally Muggins Episode: "I Will Survive"
2001 That's My Bush! Janet Rove Episode: "Trapped in a Small Environment"
2001 Night Visions Sally Osgoode Episode: "Neighborhood Watch"
2001 After Amy Virginia Hytner Television film
2001 Judging Amy Ms. Morlock Episode: "The Unbearable Lightness of Being Family"
2001 The West Wing Tawny Cryer, Appropriations Committee Episode: "Gone Quiet"
2002 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Brook Thornburg Episode: "Justice"
2002 Par 6 Pecan Hegelman
2003 Seabiscuit Annie Howard
2003 Frasier Peggy Episode: "Maris Returns"
2004 Without a Trace Bonnie Toland Episode: "Shadows"
2005 Out of Practice Barb Episode: "...and I'll Cry If I Want to"
2006 Crumbs Carolyn Pierce Episode: "Friends in High Places"
2006 My First Wedding Grace
2006 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Dora Pomerantz Episode: "Happenstance"
2006-2007, 2012 Desperate Housewives Alma Hodge 9 episodes
2007 Raines Arlene Episode: "Pilot"
2007 Private Practice Marilyn Sullivan Episode: "In Which Charlotte Goes Down the Rabbit Hole"
2008 Boston Legal Mary Winston Episode: "Mad About You"
2008 A Previous Engagement Grace
2009 United States of Tara Dr. Ocean 7 episodes
2010 Summer Eleven Linda
2010 Better with You Ariel Episode: "Better with Road Joel"
2010 Hannah Montana Ms. Jameson Episode: "I'll Always Remember You"
2010 Raising Hope Margine Episode: "Meet the Grandparents"
2011 Jack and Jill Bitsy Simmons
2012 If I Were You Lydia
2012 Crazy Eyes Mo
2012 The Exes Anne Episode: "He's Gotta Have It"
2011-2013 Glee Rose Pillsbury 3 episodes
2013 Monday Mornings Fran Horowitz 6 episodes
2013, 2015 Devious Maids Olivia Rice 8 episodes
2013 Grey's Anatomy Donna Kaufman Episode: "Somebody That I Used to Know"
2014 Kirstie Victoria Episode: "The Dinner Party"
2014 Hart of Dixie Mae 3 episodes
2015 Impastor Susie Kerry Episode: "Honor Thy Boyfriend's Father and Mother"
2015 No Pay. Nudity Lisa
2016 Sully Diane Higgins

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