Singer and Actress Valerie Stevenson Dies at 52

Stevenson (right) with ‘Dreams’ castmates (from left) Gertz, Albert Macklin, Stamos and Cain Devore.

She starred in the short-lived 1980s CBS musical series 'Dreams' alongside John Stamos and Jami Gertz.

Valerie Stevenson, a singer and actress who starred on the short-lived 1980s CBS musical series Dreams, has died. She was 52.

Stevenson died Jan. 10 of liver disease at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore, her family announced.

Stevenson starred alongside John Stamos (then coming off a successful turn on the ABC soap opera General Hospital) and Jami Gertz as drummer-singer Lisa Copley in Dreams, a show about a rock band looking for a record contract.

It was quickly canceled in 1984 after a handful of episodes, but Stevenson later landed a CBS recording contract.

A native of Philadelphia, Stevenson moved at age 16 to Nashville, where she worked at the Grand Ole Opry and as a background vocalist for Louise Mandrell. She also had her own show on The Nashville Network.

Stevenson later appeared on The A-Team, Our Family Honor, The Ellen Burstyn Show and Guiding Light. She most recently lived in Miami.

Survivors include her husband, Lance; daughter, Samantha; sisters, Sharon and Virginia; and brother, William.

In lieu of flowers, Stevenson requested that donations be made to the University of Maryland School of Medicine Liver Transplant Research & Education Fund.