Karen Valentine is an American actress born on 25 May 1947. She made her on screen debut at the age of 16 performing on The Ed Sullivan Show. She is best known for her work as a schoolteacher in the famous television series Room 222. Karen had won a spot representing California in the Miss Teenage America pageant. She was awarded the Talent Award at the event. Ed Sullivan saw her act at the pageant where she could comically dance to the tunes of "Blame it on the Bossa Nova", he loved her performance and immediately asked her to perform in his show. Valentine started her television career with the show The Dream Girl of 1967 as The Resident Dream Girl. Valentine replaced Beverly Adams. During this time she was simultaneously doing the show.
The Dating Game by Chuck Barris. This was al in the year 1966 to 1967. Her actual breakthrough came in the year 1969 as the role of a schoolteacher in Room 22, a television series aired on ABC co- starring
Michael Constantine and Lloyd Haynes. Again she was discovered by the director of the show, Gene Reynolds when she was seen lip syncing in a rehearsal. He thought she was funny and would do justice to her show. For the show she was nominated twice for the Emmy Awards and won it in 170 for the Best Actress in a Supporting Role. Also, she was nominated for a Golden Globe for the same. Valentine, in 1975, started her own television series by the name Karen. Also, she did a film Gidget Grows Up portraying the role of Gidget in 1969.
She also appeared in some movies for television like The Daughters of Joshua Cabe (1972), Coffee, Tea or Me? (1973), The Girl Who Came Gift-Wrapped in 1974, Murder at the World Series (1977), Go West, Young Girl (1978), and Skeezer (1982). She has also guest starred in many television sitcoms namely Starsky and Hutch, Cybill, Baretta, McMillan & Wife, Murder, She Wrote. Also she did multiple episodes of the series The Love Boat and Love, American Style. Some of her feature films include Hot Lead and Cold Feet (1978), Forever Young, Forever Free (1975), The North Avenue Irregulars in 1979 and The Power Within in the year 1995 Valentine got married to Carl Mac Laughlin in 1969 but got divorced in 1973. In 1977, she got married to Gary Verna, a musician and an Emmy Award winner songwriter.