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.

Joan Hackett English Actress

Joan Hackett

Joan Hackett was a renowned American actress. She was the recipient of Golden Globe Award and BAFTA Award. She was lauded for her portrayal of Christine Mannon in ‘Mourning becomes Electra’. She was born on 1-3-1934 in New York to Mary (from Italy) and John Hackett (from Ireland). Their children were raised as Roman Catholics. She was a successful teenage model. Joan made her Broadway debut in ‘Much Ado about Nothing’ in 1959. Her debut role was as Gail Prentiss in TV series Young Doctor Malone. In 1961, she won three awards for her role of Chris in the play ‘Call Me By My Rightful Name’ - a Drama Desk Award, an Obie Award for Best Actress, a Theatre World Award. She played the role of the fiancee of Kenneth Preston in the legal drama The Defenders. She played the lead role in The Twilight Zone’s ‘A Piano in the House’ episode. She played one of the lead roles in the movie The Group (1966). Her notable performances include the role of Catherine Allen (Will Penny - 1968), Support Your Local Sheriff!, The Last of Sheila (1973), Another Day (as Ginny Gardner - 1978), Only When I Laugh (1981). In The Group, a 150-minute part-satire and part-soap-opera directed by Sidney Lumet, Joan was featured as one of the eight Vassar graduates whose lives and loves over the years were examined. She was married to The Group co-star Richard Mulligan in 1966. They were divorced in 1973. She was the ex-stepmother of James Mulligan. She was that unconventional leading lady who gave importance to perfection. Her strong-mindedness and individuality reflected in the roles she played. She never hesitated to do deglamorized roles if needed. Her off-beat personality limited her career. She is an eminent social activist, supporting solar energy and preservation of Time Square’s Old Morosco Theatre. She acted in a spy film Assignment to Kill (1968), and then a TV thriller How Awful About Allan (1970). It was followed by two subsequent thrillers - The Last of Sheila (1973), and Reflections of Murder (1974). She then acted in the movie Only When I Laugh (1981). She won a Golden Globe Award and an Academy Award nomination as Best Supporting Actress for her role in this film. Her TV series performances include - Trapper John, M.D. (1979) where she played the role of ‘Wilma - The Surrogate’. She was also seen in Lights Out, a TV Movie, in 1972. In the series ‘Love, American Style’ (1970-71), she played the role of Linda in the segments of "Love and the Jury" and "Love and the Proposal". In Ben Casey (1961-64), she was seen as Molly Hill / Ellen Parker in the episodes of ‘This Wild, Wild, Wild Waltzing World’; ‘A Certain Time’ and ‘A Certain Darkness’. In The Alfred Hitchcock Hour (1964), she essayed the role of ‘Helen Clarvoe’ in the episode Beast in View. In Theatre '62 (1962), she played the role of ‘The Second Mrs. de Winter’ in the episode ‘Rebecca’. In The Twilight Zone (1962), she was seen as Esther Fortune in the episode of ‘A Piano in the House’. Her film performances include ‘The Escape Artist’ (1982), a crime drama film directed by Cale Deschanel where Joan played the role of Aunt Sibyl and ‘Only When I Laugh’ (1981), a comedy-drama directed by Glenn Jordan where she played the role of ‘Toby Landau’. In Treasure of Matecumbe (1976), a Western Family Adventure film directed by Vincent McEveety, she essayed the role of ‘Lauriette Paxton’. In The Terminal Man (1974), a Sci-Fi thriller movie directed by Mike Hodges, she was seen as Dr.Janet Ross. In the film Rivals (1972), an American Drama directed by Krishna Shah, Joan played the role of ‘Christine’. Joan was ill since 1981. Wrecked by ovarian cancer, she checked out of her hospital to celebrate the wedding party of Carrie Fisher and Paul Simon at her Beverly Hills residence, few weeks before her death. Her health worsened after participation in the event. She lost her battle to cancer on 8-10-1983 at Encino Hospital. Her grave has engraved text that says ‘Go Away - I’m Asleep!’ which reflects her love for beauty sleep. Her last picture was ‘Harnessing The Sun’, although ‘Only When I Laugh’ was her last released one. She believed in paranormal so much that she convinced the director of ‘Harnessing the Sun’, Dirk Wayne Summers, to arrange a clairvoyant-aura reader. The clairvoyant spent a week with the cast and crew and did extensive readings for everyone. When the director was asked why he approved such abnormal things, he replied, “Joan Hackett is an efficient worker and is perfect in her role so much so that I would have brought Uri Geller if Joan had desired".


Kathleen Nolan

Kathleen Nolan is an American actress by profession. She was born on 27 September 1933. Kathleen was born as Jocelyn Schrum in the city St. Louis, Missouri. When Nolan was just thirteen months old she appeared on showboat Goldenrod on stage. The thereafter she acted on stage for twelve years. Her family had their own troupe named the Circle Stock Company and they acted in tent shows. She did her graduation from St. Louis itself and also she performed a song for a radio station there. Nolan debuted on television with a show named The Philco Television Playhouse, she performed in one of its episode. She played the role of a regular teenager in the ABC sitcom Jamie aired on television in 1953-1954. The sitcom starred Brandon de Wilde in the lead cast. All throughout her career she played many roles in such series named Gunsmoke, Breaking Point, Crossing Jordan, The Lloyd Bridges Show, Chicago Hope, The Untouchables, Ally McBeal, All My Children, Murder, She Wrote (episode "The Prodigal Father"), The Incredible Hulk, The Rockford Files, Quincy M.E., The Bionic Woman, The Love Boat, Charlie's Angels, Kolchak: The Night Stalker, The Big Valley, Love, American Style, Bewitched, The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, Ben Casey, Burke's Law and Meet McGraw. She played the role of Kate McCoy on the show The Real McCoy’s. She was also in the military sitcom named Broadside which was aired on ABC. Nolan left the show The Real McCoy’s in its last season. The show was also switched to CBS from ABC and also was shifted from Thursday to Sunday evenings. Also in 1961 during the same show she fell off a horse and was hospitalized and had to stay away from the sets till four months. But the she returned to the show in June. In the year 1980 Nolan was awarded with Women in Film Crystal Award for being the role model as a women and expanding the role of women in entertainment industry. Also, she was nominated for the Emmy award as the Best Supporting Actress in The Real McCoys’s, a comedy series. Nolan got married to Richard Heckenkamp on November 4, 1962. They got divorced on May 19, 1965 while they had a son Spencer born on 19 September 1963.

Kathleen Nolan English Actress