Valerie Mahaffey is an American actress. She has since ventured into producing. She started her acting career in the 1970s. Her first starring role was as Ashley Bennett in the daytime soap opera The Doctors. For her performance, she was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series. In 1986, she made her film debut in Mr. Bill’s Real Life Adventures. She later played D.A. Barbara August in the TV movie Perry Mason: The Case of the Musical Murder.
She reprised her role in the sequel Perry Mason: The Case of the All-Star Assassin. In the ’90s, she starred as Caitlyn Van Horne in the sitcom The Powers That Be. This was followed by her role as Eve in Northern Exposure, which won her an Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress. In the 2000s, she was best known for her role as Alma Hodge in Desperate Housewives. She also played Dr. Ocean in United States of Tara. As of 2017, she plays Ms. MacElroy in the CBS show Young Sheldon.