Joan Van Ark — American Actress born on June 16, 1942,

Joan Van Ark is an American actress, known for her role as Valene Ewing on the primetime soap opera Knots Landing. A life member of The Actors Studio, she made her Broadway debut in 1966 in Barefoot in the Park. In 1971, she received a Theatre World Award and was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play for the revival of The School for Wives... (wikipedia)

I need to run every day. If I don't I feel cheated.
Running is a great way to relieve stress and clear the mind.
They wanted to make her less rural, less of a cartoon. Not that Southern woman are cartoonish - they're the strongest women in this country, but with Val they wanted to take the stereotypical things out.
I'm Presbyterian and I don't go to church very much.
Knots was about the relationships that were built over many years.