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In addition to starring on Days of Our Lives, Valerie has appeared in numerous dramatic and comedic films and television series, including “Nip/Tuck,” "CSI," Hallmark's “Mystery Woman,” HBO's award winning “Indictment: The McMartin Trial,” Oliver Stone's acclaimed “Salvador,” “The Falcon and the Snowman,” “Internal Affairs,” “Beverly Hills Cop II,” “Dear God,” “Chicago Hope,” “Tracey Takes On,” “Fired Up,” “Crime and Punishment in Suburbia” and a recurring role on “Beverly Hills, 90210” as “Christine Petit,” the love interest of “Jack McCay,” who was portrayed by fellow ‘Days of our Lives' cast member Josh Taylor. She has also hosted numerous shows and infomercials. With a strong theater background and numerous stage appearances, she is a recipient of the prestigious Dramalogue Award for Best Actress.

For several years, Valerie has portrayed “Fay Walker” on “Days of Our Lives,' 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.” In Soap Opera Digest, Josh Taylor (Roman Brady) says of his “Days of Our Lives” and “Beverly Hills, 90210” co-star, “Valerie Wildman is a terrific actress but even a better person. She's also very, very sexy – which, of course, is never a bad thing.”

Valerie also 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 program, providing financial and medical assistance to numerous clinics throughout Los Angeles serving low-income and homeless families. Currently she is assisting Op USA with disaster relief efforts and psychosocial trainings on child trauma. Through these programs and more, Valerie has come to know countless "unsung heroes and heroines."

Expanding her efforts to uplift the human spirit into the development of film and television projects, Valerie has created WildSpirit Productions, Inc. The very busy actress/producer is also a Spokesperson on Children's Issues for the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Born in Miami Beach , Florida , Valerie is married and has four stepchildren of various ages. Her late mother, Leslie Ames, was the first “Revlon girl” and a Ford supermodel in the late 40's. Valerie is currently pursuing Ph.D. in Child and Adolescent 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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