Valerie Mahaffey is an American character actress and a producer who is well-known for portraying the role of Ashely Bennett in the American daytime soap opera television series ‘The Doctors’. For this role’s portrayal, she was nominated by the Daytime Emmy awards in the year 1980 in the Outstanding Performance by an Actress category. Another one of her most notable roles came in the year 1991 to 1994 when she played the role of Eve for five episodes of the American Northern comedy-drama television series, ‘Northern Exposure,’ for which she was awarded a Primetime Emmy award in the year 1992.

Likewise, she has also portrayed Madame Reynaud’s role in the 2020 surreal comedy movie, ‘French Exit,’ for which she won an Independent Spirit Award nomination for the Best Supporting Female Actress.

Quick Info
Full NameValerie Mahaffey
Date of BirthJune 16, 1953
Birth PlaceSumatra, Indonesia
Nationality American
Parent(s)Jean Mahaffey and Lewis Mahaffey
Age67 years old
Height5 feet and 6 inches
Spouse(s)/Partner(s)Joseph Kell ( Husband )
Children1 Daughter
Net worth$1 million

Early Life and Bio

Valerie Mahaffey was born on 16 June 1953 in Sumatra, Indonesia, to a mother whose name is Jean Mahaffey and a father whose name is Lewis Mahaffey. Her parents belonged to Canadian and Texan ancestry, respectively. When she was in her teenage years, the family moved from Indonesia to Houston, Texas, where she was raised for the rest of her years. Besides this, she is currently 67 years old with the zodiac sign of Gemini.

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Nationality and Physical Stats

Valerie Mahaffey stands at the height of 5 feet and 6 inches (1.68m/168cms) tall and weighs around 58kgs (127lbs). Moreover, she has a slim body figure with a body measurement of 34-26-34 inches, respectively. In addition to this, she boasts a pair of beautiful brown colored eyes with black, brown colored hair. Mahaffey holds an American as well as an Indonesian nationality and descends from Canadian and Texan ancestry. Unfortunately, there is no factual information available regarding the actress’s religious views and religious background. Besides this,

Education: Schooling/University

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


Valerie Mahaffey gave her debut performance as a professional actress in 1977 when she took the role of Alexandra and Sarah in the television movie ‘Tell Me My Name. Following this role, the breakthrough moment of her career came in 1979 when she was cast for the role of Ashley Bennett for the role of the American daytime soap opera television series, ‘The Doctors’.

With the success of this role, she went on to play the role of Jane for an episode of the British television series, ‘Tales of the Unexpected in the year 1984, and the role of Mrs. Bill in the movie, ‘Mrs. Bill’s Real-Life Adventures’, the role of Alice in the anthology television series, ‘The Rise and Rise of Daniel Rocket,’ the role of Tiffany Kensington in the American television comedy miniseries, ‘Fresno’ and the role of Lieutenant Katherine R. Grace in the American made for television war drama movie, ‘Women of Valor’ all in the year 1986.

In the year 1987, she portrayed the role of Jolene for an episode of the American sitcom television series, ‘Newhart,’ the role of Colleen for an episode of the American comedy-drama television series, ‘Jack and Mike’ and the role of Becky in the movie, ‘Her Secret Life.’

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Similarly, she played the role of D.A. Barbara August in the television movie ‘Perry Mason: The Case of the Musical Murder’ and in another television movie of the same franchise, ‘Perry Mason: The Case of the All-Star Assassin’ both in the year 1989. Likewise, she has appeared in numerous other television movies like the 1993 television movie ‘They,’ where she appeared as Chris Samuels and the 1994 fantasy detective television movie ‘Witch Hunt’ where she appeared as Trudy.

Moreover, during her career as a professional actress, she has also contributed her talent for an episode each in series like ‘Father Dowling Mysteries’ in the year 1990, ‘The Young Riders’ in the year 1991, ‘Dream On’ in the year 1992, ‘Caroline in the City’ in the year 1996, ‘That’s My Bush’ in the year 2001, ‘Better with You’ in the year 2010, ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ in the year 2013 and ‘The Mindy Project’ in the year 2016.

She has also had numerous recurring roles in her career, which include series like the 1992 series, ‘The Powers That Be, ‘Northern Exposure’ in the year 1991, ‘Women of the House’ in the year 1995, ‘The Client’ in the year 1995,’ Desperate Housewives’ in the year 2006, ‘Devious Maids’ in 2013, ‘Young Sheldon’ ( Starring Ian Armitage, Montana Jordan, Raegan Revord, Zoe Perry, Lance Barber, Annie Potts, Chuck Lorre)
in 2017 and ‘Dead to Me’ ( Starring Christina Applegate, Linda Cardellini, Natalie Morales, Sam McCarthy, Sadie Stankey, Max Jenkins )in 2019. Her most recent work came in the year 2020 when she portrayed Madame Reynaud’s role in the surreal comedy movie ‘French Exit.’

Awards and Achievements

Valerie Mahaffey won a Primetime Emmy Award for the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series in 1992 for her work in ‘Northern Exposure.’


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Personal Life: Husband and Kids

Valerie Mahaffey is married to her husband, whose name is Joseph Kell. Kell is an actor by profession and belongs to Canada. The couple has been blessed with a daughter, but the couple has not yet shared the daughter’s name with the public.

What is Valerie Mahaffey’s Net Worth?

Valerie Mahaffey earns mainly from her professional acting career, and as of the year 2020, she has an estimated net worth of around $1 million


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