Who is Valerie Mahaffey?

Valerie Mahaffey is an American character actress who has actively worked in the entertainment industry since 1976 to date. She is best known for her portrayal in the American daytime soap opera television series, ‘The Doctors’ as Ashely Bennett. Likewise, for this role, she even received Daytime Emmy Award in 1980 under the category Outstanding Performance by an Actress. Valerie is also popular for her television series, ‘Northern Exposure’ where she played the role of Eve. Moreover, this role garnered her a Primetime Emmy Award in 1992.

Quick Info
Full NameValerie Mahaffey
ProfessionActress and Producer
Birth Date16 June 1953
Birth PlaceSumatra, Indonesia
ParentsLewis Mahaffey
Jean Mahaffey
HusbandJoseph Kell
Children1 daughter
Net Worth 2021$1 million
NationalityAmerican and Indonesian
Star SignGemini
Height5 feet and 6 inches (1.68m/168cms)
Weight58kgs (127lbs)
Body Measurements34-26-34 inches
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Valerie Mahaffey was born on 16 June 1953 in Sumatra, Indonesia. She was born to her father Lewis Mahaffey and to her mother Jean Mahaffey. Her parents belonged to Texan and Canadian ancestry respectively. During her teenage, she alongside her family moved from Indonesia to Houston, Texas. She then grew there for the rest of her years. Additionally, she is currently 67 years old with the Gemini star sign.

Early Life/Education

Valerie Mahaffey completed her schooling at Stephen F. Austin High School. This is commonly known as Austin High which is located in Austin, Texas. For further studies, she enrolled at the University of Texas at Austin which is a public research university in Austin, Texas. Likewise, she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts.

Nationality, Height, Weight

Valerie Mahaffey holds the nationality of two countries, American as well as Indonesian. Her ethnicity is White, belonging to Canadian and Texan ancestry. Information about her religious views and religious background is unknown. Besides this, she stands 5 feet and 6 inches (1.68m/168cms) tall and weighs around 58kg (127lbs). She has a slim body type measuring 34-26-34 inches respectively. Moreover, she has a pair of brown-colored eyes with black-brown colored hair.

Social (Instagram, Twitter)

Valerie Mahaffey is not active on any social media accounts.

Personal Life

Valerie Mahaffey tied a knot to Joseph Kell. Her husband is also an actor who origins from Canada. This couple is blessed with a daughter but the name of the daughter is not yet disclosed.

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TV Shows

Valerie Mahaffey landed her debut acting role in the 1977 TV film, ‘Tell Me My Name’ as Alexandra/Sarah. She then appeared in the daytime soap opera TV series, ‘The Doctors’ as Ashley Bennett from 1979 to 1981. Likewise, she then had a one-episode role of Jane in ‘Tales of the Unexpected’ in 1984. She then starred in ‘The Rise and Rise of Daniel Rocket’ like Alice in 1986. The same year, she also played in ‘Frenso’ and ‘Women of Valor’ which is a TV film. Moreover, in 1987 she had her roles in ‘Newhart,’ ‘Jack and Mike,’ and ‘Her Secret Life.’ Furthermore, her other 1990s series where she had small roles are ‘ Father Dowling Mysteries,’ ‘The Young Riders,’ ‘Seinfeld,’ ‘Till Death Us Do Part,’ ‘The Powers That Be,’ ‘Women of the House,’ and many more.

Similarly, she has also portrayed the role of Eve in ‘Northern Exposure’ from 1991 to 1994 for which she received the Primetime Emmy Award. She also appeared in ‘Women of the House’ in 1995, ‘Wings’ in 1993 to 1996, ‘The Client’ in 1995 to 1996, ‘George & Leo’ in 1997, and ‘ER’ in 1999. Moreover, her other celebrated roles are ‘Judging Amy’ and ‘The West Wing’  in 2001, ‘Law & Order: Special Victims Unit in 2002, ‘Without a Trace’ in 2004, ‘Out of Practice’ in 2005, ‘Crumbs’ and ‘CSI: Crime Scene Investigation’ in 2006, and ‘Desperate Housewives’ from 2006 to 2007 and 2012.


Valerie has appeared in series of various genres. She starred in ‘Boston Legal’ in 2008, ‘United States of Tara’ in 2009, ‘Hannah Montana’ in 2010, ‘The Exes’ in 2012, ‘Glee’ in 2013, and ‘Devious Maids’ in 2013 and 2015. Likewise, she also had recurring roles in ‘The Man in the High Castle’ in 2017 and ‘Young Sheldon’ in 2017 which is the running date. Her recently played series is ‘Dead to Me’ where she had a recurring role of Loran Harding from 2019 which is running to date. Moreover, she also had her roles in ‘French Exit’ in 2020 as Madame Reynaud and in ‘Big Sky’ in 2021 as Helen Bergman.

Movies of Valerie Mahaffey

Valerie Mahaffey has appeared in different television films. She played the role of D.A. Barbara August in the TV film series, ‘Perry Mason: The Case of the Musical Murder’ and ‘Perry Mason: The Case of the All-Star Assassin’ in 1989. Likewise, she also appeared in ‘An Enemy of the People’ as Mrs. Stockman in 1990. Valeria also played in ‘Witch Hunt’ as Trudy in 1994. His next film role came in ‘Senior Trip’ as Miss Tracy Milford in 1996 and in ‘Jungle 2 Jungle’ as Jan Kempster in 1997. Moreover, he also starred as Virginia Hytner in ‘After Amy’ in 2001. She also played in the 2003 sports film, ‘Seabiscuit’ in 2003.

Talking more, her other movies are ‘My First Wedding’ in 2006, ‘Jack and Jill’ in 2011, ‘ If I Were You’ and ‘Crazy Eyes’ in 2012, and ‘No Pay, Nudity in 2015. Her latest film came in ‘Sully’ in 2016 as Diane Higgins. She has shared her screen with various actors like Lukas Haas, Madeline Zima, Adam Sandler, Claire Brosseau, Marcia Gay Harden, Katie Holmes, Rachael Leigh Cook, Kristin Davis, Caroline Carver, and many more.

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Valerie Mahaffey has won a Primetime Emmy Award under the category Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her work in ‘Northern Exposure’ in 1992. Likewise, she also received nominations from the Daytime Emmy Award in 1980 and the Independent Spirit Award in 2021.

Net Worth of Valerie Mahaffey

Valerie Mahaffey has an estimated net worth of $1 million as of 2021.