|Days of Our Lives|
|Portrayed by||Tina Andrews (1975–77)|
Rose Fonseca (1977–78)
Diane Sommerfield (1981–82)
Vanessa A. Williams (2016–present)
|Current status||Present; Recurring|
|Duration||1975–78, 1981–82, 2016–present|
|First appearance||October 27, 1975|
|Created by||Pat Falken Smith|
|Introduced by||Betty Corday (1975)|
Betty Corday and Al Rabin (1981)
Ken Corday, Albert Alarr and Greg Meng (2016)
Formally Salem, Illinois
Valerie Grant is a character from the soap opera Days of Our Lives. The role was originated by actress Tina Andrews in 1975 and Andrews was replaced by Rose Fonseca in the summer of 1977. Valerie and her family take David in when he is injured in a car accident and they soon fall in love. David and Valerie become engaged in the summer of 1976 but the romance is plagued by his infidelity, his ex-girlfriend Brooke Hamilton and her mother Helen's unwillingness to accept the relationship. When David's affair with Trish Clayton results in her pregnant, Valerie ends the relationship and Valerie takes a scholarship to medical school at Howard University in 1978. Actress Diane Sommerfield took over the role in 1981 when Valerie returns as a medical intern at the hospital. She becomes involved with Abe Carver which is strained by her residual feelings for David. The character is written out in 1982.
In 2016, after a nearly 35 year absence, the character was reintroduced with veteran actress Vanessa A. Williams in the role, when cardiologist Valerie is enlisted to help save Abe Carver. Valerie rekindles her romance with Abe despite disapproval from his teenage son Theo Carver. Valerie's romance with David is recognized as the first interracial love story in daytime television history. The refusal of certain viewers to accept the relationship would make Valerie one of the most controversial characters in the history of Days of Our Lives.
In November 2018, Valerie leaves Salem once again and moves to Washington To Become Chief Of Staff In Her New Job.
Valerie returns to Salem on May 1, 2019 to attend her long-distance beau Abe Carver’s final mayoral debate. She only stays a couple of days and leaves again May 2. 2019.
Valerie returns to Salem again in December 2020, when Lani Price gives birth to her grandchildren (twins).
In October 1975, Valerie, a young nurse, is shocked when her brother Danny brings home mysterious stranger after a car accident. Val examines him and realizes he is severely dehydrated. When he awakens, the stranger introduces himself as David Smith and they their parents agree to let him stay. When David begins drinking heavily, Val's mother Helen wants to put him out but her father Paul refuses to abandon David. The Grants are shocked when David confesses that he is actually the presumed dead David Banning and he is hiding from his family and swears them to secrecy. Val informs David that he has been calling out the name "Brooke" in his sleep but David claims the name isn't special. Brooke turns out to be David's girlfriend, who comes looking for him and Val initially denies that David is living their until Brooke accuses her of wanting money. David is furious that Brooke has found him and Paul confesses to telling the Horton family of his whereabouts. Val warns David that Brooke is trouble and David later dumps her. David reconciles with his grieving mother Julie Anderson who has just miscarried her baby but still rejects Brooke, and Brooke in turn berates Val about her budding relationship with David leaving her in tears.
Val later helps David and his great-grandmother Alice Horton pack up Julie's nursery. David and Val make plans to go dancing upsetting Helen and Danny who fear they are getting too close. Brooke ruins their outing and harasses Val in public forcing Danny to come to her rescue while David deals with a jealous Brooke. David and Val finish their rendezvous at the Grants' home and Paul is suspicious when he finds them together, though David and Val claim they are just friends. The family later celebrates when Paul gets a job at Anderson Manufacturing but Paul isn't too happy and reveals that Brooke claims she is pregnant. Val is horrified when David announces plans to marry Brooke—though he doesn't love her. However, Val is shocked when Brooke makes to have an abortion and accuses David of skipping out on his responsibilities. David explains that he did not know about Brooke's decision but fears he is too late to stop her. Brooke confronts David and Val at church, and refuses to marry him realizing he is in love with Valerie, but makes him promise to care for their child.
In late March 1976, David and Val celebrate his new job at Anderson Manufacturing working under her father. Throughout the spring, David and Valerie struggle to admit their feelings for one another which leads to constant bickering. In late August 1976, Val is stunned when David professes his love for her and proposes marriage. Though she loves him too, Val is reluctant to accept the proposal fearing her family's reaction. While Paul isn't happy, he will accept it if it makes Val happy but Helen is adamantly against the interracial marriage and Julie isn't too keen on the idea either. Meanwhile, the Grant family is turned upside down when Paul and David are accused of stealing money from Anderson Manufacturing. Val comforts a concerned Helen after Paul nearly falls off the wagon and believes the stress of her impending nuptials to David has driven her dad over the edge.
On October 4, 1976, Val accepts David's proposal despite her reservations but with David now out of a job, their plans are stalled and Val is willing to wait until they can afford it. Still upset over Paul's recent firing, Helen is not happy about Val and David's news. Val and David agree that he should move out until after the wedding. Val is shocked when Helen reveals that she found David at Brooke's apartment. While Val buys David's story that he was just comforting a grief stricken Brooke after her mother's funeral, Val knows Helen won't accept the explanation. A reluctant Val temporarily calls off the engagement afraid of the trouble it has caused her family. In actuality, Val has some doubts about David and Brooke. Helen gives her daughter an ultimatum, she must choose between David and their family. A confident David encourages her to make a choice but is shocked when Val chooses her family. However, she soon changes her mind only to find him after a drunken one-night-stand. Though she is hurt, Val forgives David and the engagement is back on. Tired of her parents' opinions about her romantic life, Val moves into her own place just before the holidays.In April 1977, Val is shocked when she receives a full scholarship to Howard University's College of Medicine. Though she is reluctant to tell him, David is willing to drop everything to be with her. In May 1977, despite further protest from Julie who fears David is sacrificing way too much, David and Val travel to Washington, D.C. to look for an apartment. But upon their return, Brooke blindsides Val with the news that Trish Clayton is pregnant with David's child. A distraught Val calls off the wedding and runs away to D.C. Val returns to Salem in August 1977 hoping to reunite with David but leaves town immediately when she realizes he is too preoccupied with the pregnant Trish. Val visits for the holidays in December 1977 and she and David are quite upset to realize that they've missed yet another chance to be together. Val returns in the summer of 1978 and David comforts her when Paul suffers a fatal heart attack. Val returns to Washington soon after
Valerie returns to town in November 1981 and strikes up a romance with Police sergeant Abe Carver. Val also lands a job as a medical intern at Salem University Hospital. Val is furious when she discovers Danny is harboring a fugitive David Banning who has been shot.
Meanwhile, Danny disapproves of Abe and Val's budding romance. Fortunately, David leaves before Danny can be implicated in his disappearance and Abe puts distance between himself and Val. At work, Val faces off with her former mentor Doctor Neil Curtis. Val later confesses to harboring David and gives him an alibi for a murder which clears him as a prime suspect in the Salem Strangler serial killer investigation. Upon learning that David is on the run from the mob, Valerie starts looking into the murders. She and Danny later find David and his son Scotty Banning hiding in a deserted warehouse. David and Valerie agree to remain friends.In May 1982, Abe and Valerie briefly rekindle their romance. Their reunion is short lived due to Abe revealing that he is not interested in marriage. Valerie leaves town and takes a job offer in New York City.
Kayla Brady brings Valerie back to Salem to oversee Abe's medical treatment. Abe's teenage son Theo Carver struggles to trust Valerie when he watches Abe nearly die. Valerie quickly realizes that Abe has been neglecting his health and is forced to operate again. Fortunately Abe pulls through and Abe wants to rekindle their romance.
Meanwhile, Theo accuses Valerie of lying to Abe and she claims to have lied to her boss about attending a medical convention in New York. Valerie and Abe bond over raising children as single parents and Theo starts to let his guard down with Valerie when Abe invites her to spend Christmas with them. In early 2017, Valerie is irate to discover a recording device in her purse and confronts Theo who admits to spying on her. Theo apologizes and Valerie agrees to keep the incident from Abe. Val later advises Theo and his girlfriend Claire Brady on how to deal with reactions to their interracial romance.
In February 2017, Valerie is present when Julie Olson Williams gets a phone call from her grandson, Scotty Banning, telling her that David Banning had died in a motorcycle accident. Valerie is devastated and her son, Eli Grant, shows up at the funeral. He is angry at Valerie that she never told him that David was his biological father.
In November 2018, Valarie leaves Salem once again and moves to Washington.
Valarie visits again in 2019 and 2020 to attend the weddings of her son Eli and Lani.Valerie returns again in December 2020, when Lani gives birth to her grandchildren (twins).
- Valerie is left-handed.