Diane Sommerfield 1982

Diane Sommerfield

Diane Sommerfield (born Diane Yvonne Young; October 24, 1949 – March 9, 2001) was an American actress who made appearances in theater, film and television from the early–1970s until the mid–1980s. Sommerfield was best known for her role as Valerie Grant on NBC daytime soap opera Days of Our Lives (1981–82).


Born Diane Yvonne Young in Washington, D.C., Sommerfield began her acting career as a child performing in plays in her hometown. Sommerfield attended Calvin Coolidge High School where she appeared in lead roles of school productions. During her early college years at Howard University, Sommerfield appeared in lead role of "Satyricon" at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival in Ontario. In her junior year of college, Sommerfield moved to Los Angeles and transferred to the California State University, Los Angeles; where she graduated with a B.A. in Theater in 1971.

From 1971 until 1986 Sommerfield appeared in over films and television shows. Sommerfield was best known for films such as The Black Godfather (1974), Roll, Freddy, Roll! (1974), Blackjack (1978), Love in a Taxi (1980), Back Roads (1981), and The Night Stalker (1987) Sommerfield returned to her hometown in 1986 to study film at University of the District of Columbia. Sommerfield was an volunteer acting teacher at her high school alma mater from 1997 until 1999. Sommerfield died on March 9, 2001 at age 51.

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