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Valerie Mahaffey (born June 16, 1953)[1] is a 65-year-old American actress and producer. She is known for her roles in Northern Exposure, Wings, Desperate Housewives. On Gleeshe guest starred as Rose Pillsbury, Emma Pillsbury's mother. Her work on Northern Exposure earned her an Emmy Award for her work.

Personal life

Mahaffey was born in Sumatra, Indonesia and moved to Texas when she was sixteen.[1] She graduated from Austin High School in 1971 and graduated from the University Of Texas in Austin in 1975.[1]

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


From 1979-81, she starred in the soap opera The Doctors, which earned her a nomination for Daytime Emmy Awards in 1980. From 1992-93 she played 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 in the ER. In 2003 she starred in the film Seabiscuit. In 2009, she appeared in seven episodes of United States of Tara.

Her stage credits include Eastern Standard, Talking Heads, Top Girls, and Rex. She co-starred in the feature film Crazy Eyes, playing "Zach's mother."

She has made guest appearances on Seinfeld, L.A. Law, Ally McBeal, Judging Amy, The West Wing, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Cheers, Frasier, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Private Practice, Boston Legal, Desperate Housewives, Better with You, Glee, Without a Trace, Hannah Montana Forever, and Raising Hope.



Year Title Role
1977 Tell Me My Name Alexandra/Sarah
1986 Women of Valor Lt. Katherine R. Grace
1986 Mr. Bill's Real Life Adventures Mrs. Bill
1987 Her Secret Life Becky
1990 An Enemy of the People

Mrs. Stockman

1992 Till Death Us Do Part Gail Bugliosi
1993 They Chris Samuels
1994 Witch Hunt Trudy
1995 Senior Trip

Miss Stacy Millford

1997 Jungle 2 Jungle Jan Kempster
1999 Dinner at Fred's Susan
2001 After Amy Virginia Hytner
2002 Par 6 Pecan Hegelman
2003 Seabiscuit Annie Howard
2006 My First Wedding Grace
2008 A Previous Engagement Grace
2010 Summer Eleven Linda
2011 Jack and Jill Bitsy Simmons
2012 Crazy Eyes Mo
2012 If I Were You Lydia


Year Title Role Notes
1979-1981 The Doctors Ashley Bennett Unknown Episodes
1984 Tales of the Unexpected Jane 1 episode
1986 American Playhouse Alice 1 episode
1986 Fresno Tiffany Kensington TV mini-series
1987 Newhart


1 episode
1987 Jake and Mike


1 episode
1989 Perry Mason: The Case of the Musical Murder D. A. Barbara August 1 episode
1989 Perry Mason: The Case of the All-Star Assassin D. A. Barbara August 1 episode
1990 Father Dowling Mysteries

Justin Hemmings

1 episode
1990 Quantum Leap Mary Greely 1 episode
1991 Cheers Valerie Hill 1 episode
1991 The Young Riders Lottie 1 episode
1991 Baby Talk Tammy Morrison 1 episode
1991 Seinfeld Patrice 1 episode
1992 Dream On Helen Harley 1 episode
1992-1993 The Powers That Be Caitlyn Van Horne 21 episodes
1991-1994 Northern Exposure Eve 5 episodes, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress – Drama Series
1994 L.A. Law Andrea Rossoff 1 episode
1995 Women of the House Jennifer Malone 6 episodes
1993-1996 Wings Sandy Cooper 3 episodes
1995-1996 The Client Ellie Foltrigg 4 episodes
1996 Caroline in the City Alicia Crawford-Lane 1 episode
1997 George and Leo Martha 1 episode
1999 ER Joi Abbott 4 episodes
2000 Love & Money Gloria Barrell 1 episode
2000 Ally McBeal Dr. Sally Muggins 1 episode
2001 That's My Bush Janet Rove 1 episode
2001 Night Visions Sally Osgoode 1 episode
2001 Judging Amy Ms. Morlock 1 episode
2001 The West Wing Tawny Cryer, Appropriations Committee 1 episode
2002 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Brook Thornburg 1 episode
2003 Frasier Peggy 1 episode
2004 Without a Trace Bonnie Toland 1 episode
2005 Out of Practice Barb 1 episode
2006 Crumbs Carolyn Pierce 1 episode
2006 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Dora Pomerantz 1 episode
2006-2007, 2012 Desperate Housewives Alma Hodge 9 episodes
2007 Raines Arlene 1 episode
2007 Private Practice Marilyn Sullivan 1 episode
2008 Boston Legal Mary Winston 1 episode
2009 United States of Tara Dr. Ocean 7 episodes
2010 Better with You Ariel 1 episode
2010 Hannah Montana Ms. Jameson 1 episode
2010 Raising Hope Margine 1 episode
2012 Less Than Kind Anne's Mom 1 episode
2012-2013 Glee Rose Pillsbury Asian FYes/No, and Girls (and Boys) on Film




Valerie Mahaffey at Devious Maids Red Carpet Premiere

Valerie Mahaffey at Devious Maids Red Carpet Premiere

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