In addition to starring on "Days of Our Lives" (1965), Valerie Wildman has appeared in numerous dramatic and comedic films and television series, including "Without a Trace" (2002), "Cold Case" (2003), "Nip/Tuck" (2003), "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (2000), Hallmark's Mystery Woman (2003) (TV), HBO's award winning Indictment: The McMartin Trial (1995) (TV), Oliver Stone's acclaimed Salvador (1986), The Falcon and the Snowman (1985), Internal Affairs (1990), Beverly Hills Cop II (1987), Dear God (1996), "Chicago Hope" (1994), "Tracey Takes On..." (1996) "Fired Up" (1997) Crime and Punishment in Suburbia (2000) and a recurring role on "Beverly Hills, 90210" (1990) as "Christine Petit", the love interest of "Jack McKay", who was portrayed by fellow "Days of Our Lives" (1965) cast member Josh Taylor. With a strong theater background and numerous stage appearances, she is a recipient of the prestigious Dramalogue Award for Best Actress. Valerie has also been a celebrity host on several reality shows.For several years, Valerie has portrayed "Fay Walker" on "Days of Our Lives" (1965), a woman with a heart of gold despite her unfortunate circumstances, employed at the roadside diner. Soap Opera Weekly has hailed Valerie's performance on "Days of Our Lives" as "brilliant".Valerie spends a great deal of time in places where most actors wouldn't dream of going - housing projects, homeless shelters, community clinics, juvenile halls, inner city schools, recovery centers and even doing relief work throughout the world. As a Vista volunteer in the housing projects of San Antonio, Texas, she worked with gang members and their families in NYPUM (National Youth Project Using Mini-bikes), a program designed by the YMCA and Honda to attract young people to leadership counseling groups. Valerie holds a Master's degree in Counseling, speaks Spanish fluently and worked as a Peace Corps volunteer in the barrios of the Cartagena Mountains in Colombia. At the end of her Peace Corps tenure, she backpacked through Colombia, Ecuador and the Peruvian Andes through "hail, snow, and rainbows". She has counseled young people of diverse backgrounds in various parts of the U.S. and worked abroad as a relief worker through Operation USA (www.opusa.org) in Sri Lanka, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Mexico, Russia, Ethiopia and the Philippines. Locally, she coordinated an OP USA Clinic program, providing financial and medical assistance to numerous clinics throughout Los Angeles serving low-income and homeless families. As an OP USA relief worker in the barrios of Mexico and a liaison with the Hollywood entertainment community, she helped to organize a concert at the Hollywood Bowl, featuring Plácido Domingo, Frank Sinatra and Julie Andrews, to raise funds for the thousands rendered homeless by the Mexico earthquakes. After the tsunami, Valerie assisted Op USA with disaster relief efforts and psychosocial trainings on child trauma in Sri Lanka. Through these programs and more, Valerie continually comes to know countless "unsung heroes and heroines".Over the years, Valerie has also worked in production and post-production with several producers and directors, including Robert Altman, Brian Grazer and Lou Adler. Expanding her efforts to uplift the human spirit into the development of film and television projects, Valerie has created "WildSpirit Productions, Inc." As a Spokesperson for the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, she has made speeches to the press and met with congress members in Washington, DC. Her late mother, Leslie Ames, was the first "Revlon girl" and a Ford supermodel in the late 40s.Valerie is pursuing a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, with an emphasis in the Expressive Arts. In her practically non-existent spare time, Valerie enjoys meditating, yoga, expressive arts and "anything to do with nature".
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