TV Actress & Director
Valerie Landsburg has been an active personality in the entertainment industry, making a name for herself both behind and in front of the camera. She is an American actress, television and film director, screenwriter, and singer-songwriter. She is best known for her role as Doris Schwartz in the classic TV series Fame (1982). She has been a series regular on You Again, All is Forgiven, Hotel, 1st and Ten, and Dream On. Besides that, Valerie has had guest appearances on other TV series including Murder She Wrote, Beverly Hills 90210, Empty Nest, Nip/Tuck, and The Unit among others.
In addition to acting, Valerie has directed several feature films and episodic television shows. Her most recent feature directing credit is BOUND BY LIES (2005), an action thriller with Stephen Baldwin and Kristy Swanson for Lightning Entertainment. For television, she has directed a number of episodes of the Showtime series WOMEN, GR8BUY TV (a pilot for Griffen Entertainment with Julie Haggerty and David Leisure), and the cable movies GOING HOME and BEAUTIFUL DREAMER for HBO/Cinemax.
In between TV and film projects, she has appeared on stage plays. Theater projects include directing the critically acclaimed SONS OF LINCOLN with Chad Allen, Jonathan Advilson, and Glynn Turman, as well as THE BOYS OF MARIEL (nominated for a GLADD Award), Phyllis Nagy’s GIRL BAR, the world premiere of CALL WAITING by Dori Framm, and TELEGRAM FROM HEAVEN at the National Jewish Theater of Chicago.
She is also the lead singer of the song ‘Hi Fidelity’ from her album Grownup (2001) that reached the UK top five hits. Valerie has also worked extensively in radio with KCRW’s The Play’s The Thing.
Valerie Landsburg is currently an adjunct faculty member at UCLA, Rockport College, Colorado Institute of Art, and guest lecturer at the University of Southern Maine and the University of Central Florida. She created Master Class for Euro Disney, and has also joined as the International Faculty at the Asian Academy of Film and Television in Noida, India.