Valerie Mahaffey
Valerie Mahaffey
Character Olivia Rice
Season(s) S1 - S2 - S3 - S4
Date of Birth June 16, 1953
Origin Sumatra, Indonesia
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Valerie Mahaffey is one of the supporting actors of Devious Maids, portraying the role of Olivia Rice.


Life and Career

Mahaffey was born in Indonesia and moved to Austin, Texas at the age of 16. From 1979-81, she starred in the soap opera The Doctors, which earned her a nomination for Daytime Emmy Awards in 1980. From 1992-93 she played in the short-lived NBC sitcom The Powers That Be. She played Tracy Milford in the 1995 film National Lampoon's Senior Trip and Jan Kempster in the 1997 film Jungle 2 Jungle. In 1999 she had a recurring role on ER. In 2003 she starred in the film Seabiscuit. In 2009, she appeared in seven episodes United States of Tara.

Mahaffey won Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress – Drama Series for her performance as the chronic hypochondriac Eve in the Northern Exposure in 1992. Mahaffey was the only actor from the series to win an Emmy Award.

Her stage credits include Eastern Standard, Talking Heads, Top Girls, and Rex. She co-starred in the feature film Crazy Eyes, playing "Zach's mother".

She has made guest appearances on Quantum Leap, Seinfeld, L.A. Law, Ally McBeal, Judging Amy, The West Wing, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Cheers, Frasier, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Private Practice, Boston Legal, Better with You, Glee, Without a Trace, Hannah Montana Forever, and Raising Hope. She is set to have a guest appearance on Glee as the mother of Emma Pillsbury. In 2013, she has been cast on Devious Maids.

She is married to Joseph Kell, with whom she has one child.


Gallery of behind the scene stills released to promote the actor.