The voluptuous and incredibly sexy Nancy Valen is an American actress and television producer born on December 16, 1965. She was born in Brooklyn, New York, but, raised in Hallandale, Florida. Her best known performance has been as Captain Samantha Thomas on Baywatch. By the age of 12, she started modeling during summers in New York City and learned acting at Uta Hagen’s HB Studios. She graduated from the performing arts high school in Ft Lauderdale, Florida, and won a theatrical scholarship to the University of Florida. She eventually declined the scholarship to continue her professional career in Miami. At the same time, she attended Broward Community College, where she studied theatre and paid for her tuitions by taking up modeling and acting gigs and also appeared in two episodes of Miami Vice.
After spending a year in college, she moved to NYC to pursue a career in theatre. Within a month of landing in the city, she got a series regular role on a daytime drama Ryan’s Hope. She worked on the show for two years before moving to Los Angeles to pursue her other interests.
Valen debuted on the big screen in Porky’s Revenge (1985), and further a role in The Heavenly Kid with Richard Mulligan and Jane Kaczmarek. In the year 1989, Valen co-starred alongside star Patrick Dempsey in the film Loverboy and also played a minor role opposite Kirk Cameron in Listen To Me. She has also appeared in films such as Seven Sundays directed by Academy Award winning moviemaker Jean Charles Tacchella. She also worked in a number of TV shows. She has played guest roles on 23 different series such as Hardball, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Friends, Spin City, Boy Meets World, Miami Vice and Murder She Wrote.
She has appeared as a guest on Leno, The Oprah Winfrey Show, Good Day L.A, and adorned the covers and pages of magazines and newspapers such as American Women, FHM, Cosmopolitan, Entertainment Weekly, and The Los Angeles Times Calendar.
Since the October of 1994, Valen has been blissfully married to Nels Van Patten (son of actor Dick Van Patten).