Waiting for 222

It’s Valentine’s Day. Why don’t we hear anything about Karen Valentine anymore?

Well, she’s not working as hard as she used to. Her most recent credit was opposite John Larroquette in a 2004 Hallmark Channel movie, Wedding Daze, directed by Georg Stanford Brown, who appeared in an episode of (yes!) Room 222, the series that made her famous. A long way from Walt Whitman High, perhaps, but aren’t we all?

Karen Valentine with John Larroquette in 2004

I did learn that at five foot four, she’s about two inches taller than I thought.

Karen Valentine in some insubstantial shoes

Karen Valentine at practice

Can you ignore this face? I didn't think so

A lot of the vintage pictures of Karen have turned up in this five-minute video thing:

The first half of that was a B-side by the Surfaris (“Wipe Out”) that later was recorded by the Beach Boys for a TV series called Karen, which was not Karen Valentine’s 1975 series Karen.



  1. Dan T. »

    14 February 2017 · 7:48 am

    That’s one-third of the number of the beast.

  2. McG »

    14 February 2017 · 10:59 am

    At her size it’s about all that would fit on her.

  3. Roger O Green »

    14 February 2017 · 12:13 pm

    I never heard that version of Karen, only the Beach Boys’.

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  5. nightfly »

    15 February 2017 · 1:39 pm

    Sadly, the first thing that comes to my mind about Georg Sanford Brown was when he was the “special guest star” in a Police Squad! episode, and got a safe dropped on him during the opening credits.

  6. CGHill »

    15 February 2017 · 5:31 pm

    Didn’t they do that to just about all the Special Guest Stars?

  7. McG »

    15 February 2017 · 7:30 pm

    And I thought they were billed as “Special Guest Corpse.”

  8. jsallison »

    15 February 2017 · 8:55 pm

    That was the schtick, intro the special guest star, kill him/her in the opening and never mention them again. Brilliant!

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