Val being her usual self

Valerie "Val" Toriello (born November 5, 1963 in New York City) is Fran Fine's closest friend. She was played by actress Rachel Chagall.

Fran's best friendEdit

Val has been the best friend of Fran Fine ever since high school, in Flushing, Queens, New York. When the show began, Val had been working at the same bridal shop as Fran; she was present when Fran was fired from her job and dumped by her ex-boyfriend, Danny Imperiali, in favor of Fran’s arch-rival, Heather Biblow.

Sometimes Val comes across as not very bright, some would say outright dimwitted, and it annoys and worries Fran a lot. Her very dim-wittedness also annoys The Sheffields, Niles, C.C., Sylvia and Yetta. However, Fran says jokingly that she became best friends with Val because the latter would make her look smarter. When she and Val disagree, Fran many times uses Val’s intelligence as an insult to her. Val will often briefly take offense, but charmingly admits that Fran is the more intelligent after calming down, which builds the friendship and camaraderie between the two. Val often gives some useful information to Fran and in one episode becomes a 'friend' to C.C.

Like Fran, Val initially has an unsuccessful love life, dating men occasionally but never settling down. At one point in time, she, Fran and Fran's sometime nemesis, C. C. Babcock bonded and swore off men for a while. At the end of the series, Val begins dating a pharmacist named Fred. At some point during the series Val loses her job at the bridal shop and in Season 6, Maggie's Wedding she states that she is now working at a donut shop.

Val was the bridesmaid at Fran’s wedding.

In season one it is mentioned that Val’s father is a plumber and Fran states that Val is actually very mechanical.

Chagall’s character was named after Fran Drescher’s biological cousin named Erica Toriello.


  • In part 2 of "The Wedding" we learn that Val is now the only single girl in her class.
  • During the third season Val says she's 33.
  • Val is rather unintelligent, seen in many episodes.
  • Rachel Chagall who played Val was also pregnant during the series.
  • Val still lives with her parents.
  • She is a co-parent to a girl from Cambodia she adopted with Fran.
  • Her style is modest and more "street", a contrast to Fran's flashy designer duds.
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