Valerie Landsburg (born August 12, 1958) is a Jewish American actress, television and film director, screenwriter, and singer-songwriter. She is best known for her role as Doris Schwartz in the 1982 series Fame, interpreting, for television, the role that Maureen Teefy had originated in the film. She was also the lead singer on the UK top five hit "Hi Fidelity".[1] Producer Alan Landsburg is her father, and she appeared in at least one installment of True Confessions, an anthology series program he produced.


Born in New York City, Landsburg made her acting debut in 1978 disco movie Thank God It's Friday. In 1982, she appeared in the NBC television series Fame. During the series run, Landsburg wrote and directed one episode of the series. Shortly after Landsburg left the show in 1987, she co-started in two different comedy TV-series, which practically ran at the same time. The first, You Again?, starred Jack Klugman, and lasted for one season. The second series was All Is Forgiven, but the show was cancelled after just nine episodes.

Outside of doing recurring roles in Hotel and Dream On she did not star in another TV-series. She appeared in about a dozen made-for-TV movies and guest appearances on other TV-series including Murder, She Wrote, Beverly Hills 90210, Empty Nest, Nip/Tuck and The Unit among others. In between TV and film projects she has appeared on stage plays. In addition to acting, Landsburg has also directed several feature films and episodic television shows.

In 2001 she released an album of mostly her own compositions, called Grownup. Among the tracks was a re-recording of "Hi Fidelity".[2]

She is a life member of the Asian Academy of Film and Television.


Year Film Role Notes
1978 Thank God It's Friday Frannie
1990 Welcome Home, Roxy Carmichael Miss Day Ashburn Credited as Valerie Landsberg
1997 Drawn to the Flame
Borrowed Life Stolen Love
Too Good to Be True
2001 Rock Star Concert After-Party Guest Uncredited
2005 Bound by Lies
Year Title Role Notes
1979 The Triangle Factory Fire Scandal Loretta Television movie
1980 Marathon Annie Television movie
1982-1987 Fame Doris Rene Schwartz 84 episodes
1984 1st & Ten Unknown episodes
1986 You Again? Pam 8 episodes
All is Forgiven Lorraine Elder 9 episodes
1987-1988 Hotel Cheryl Dolan 3 episodes
1988 Murder, She Wrote Alice Brooke 1 episode
1989 The Ryan White Story Television movie
1990 Unspeakable Acts Maggie Rivera Television movie
Babies Andrea Television movie
Beverly Hills, 90210 Cathy Gerson 1 episode
1993 Not in My Family Television movie
1993-1994 Dream On Gina Pedalbee 3 episodes
1994 Terror in the Night Tina Television movie
One of Her Own Stacy Schoep Television movie
1995 Empty Nest Valerie 1 episode
1997 Women: Stories of Passion
4 episodes
2000 Bar Hopping Agent #4 Television movie
2002 The Best Sex Ever
7 episodes
2003 Columbo: Columbo Likes the Nightlife Television movie
2005 American Dreams 1 episode
Nip/Tuck Marian Berg 1 episode
2006 The Unit Marge 1 episode
Windfall 1 episode
2009 Mrs. Washington Goes to Smith Noreen Television movie


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