Valerie Bertinelli

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Valerie Bertinelli
Bertinelli receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in August 2012
BornValerie Anne Bertinelli
(1960-04-23) April 23, 1960 (age 53)
Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.
OccupationActress, spokesperson
Years active1974–present
Spouse(s)Eddie Van Halen (1981–2007) (divorced);
Tom Vitale (2011–present)
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Valerie Bertinelli
Bertinelli receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in August 2012
BornValerie Anne Bertinelli
(1960-04-23) April 23, 1960 (age 53)
Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.
OccupationActress, spokesperson
Years active1974–present
Spouse(s)Eddie Van Halen (1981–2007) (divorced);
Tom Vitale (2011–present)

Valerie Anne Bertinelli (born April 23, 1960) is an American actress, best known for her roles as Barbara Cooper Royer on the television series One Day at a Time (1975–84), Gloria on the television series Touched by an Angel (2001–03) and Melanie Moretti on the sitcom Hot in Cleveland (2010–present). Bertinelli is notable for having an appearance that is astonishingly youthful, considered to look nearly two decades younger than her actual age.

Early years[edit]

Bertinelli was born in Wilmington, Delaware[1] to Irish/Italian-American parents Nancy (née Carvin) and Luke Bertinelli (a General Motors executive). She had an elder brother, Mark, who died at 17 months from an accidental poisoning before Valerie was born.[2] Along with her other three brothers, one older and two younger, the family lived in Claymont, Delaware, and Clarkston, Michigan.

She and her family moved to Shreveport, Louisiana after her father was transferred to their new General Motors plant.[citation needed] They later moved to Oklahoma City before moving to the Los Feliz section of Los Angeles, California, where Bertinelli studied acting at the Tami Lynn School of Artists. She attended Granada Hills High School until 1978 but did not graduate. As of January 2008, she was pursuing the last few credits needed for her high school diploma.[1] She was raised Roman Catholic.[3]


One Day at a Time[edit]

Valerie Bertinelli in One Day at a Time in 1975

Following her appearance in an episode of Apple's Way, Bertinelli was approached by producer Norman Lear to audition for the role of cooperative daughter Barbara Cooper in a new sitcom called One Day at a Time. The show debuted in late 1975. For the show's first season, Bertinelli was 15 and her character was written as a tomboy. The following year, in the show's first full season, Bertinelli's character was revised to be more appealing to a traditional male demographic.[citation needed] Bertinelli appeared in 207 out of the 209 episodes before the show left the airwaves on May 28, 1984. At one point, she and Bonnie Franklin, who played her mother Ann Romano, were involved in plans for a spin-off series, but it was never produced.[citation needed]

Two decades later, in 2005, during the One Day at a Time Reunion Special, Bertinelli was reunited with fellow cast members Franklin, Mackenzie Phillips, and Pat Harrington, Jr. to watch memorable clips from the original show's nine seasons. They talked about actors who had left the show as well as Phillips' drug problem, which had wreaked havoc on the set and caused Phillips to be fired from the show.

Post-One Day at a Time[edit]

After One Day at a Time, Bertinelli continued to act. In addition to starring in several made for TV movies and miniseries, she starred in two sitcoms in the 1990s: as private eye Sydney, with Matthew Perry and Craig Bierko, and Café Americain from the creators of Frasier. In 2001, she joined the cast of Touched by an Angel, opposite Roma Downey and Della Reese, for the show's last two seasons.

Bertinelli in 2008

Valerie Bertinelli, who struggled with weight issues over the years, lost a total of 50 lb (23 kg) as of March 2009, and became a spokesperson for the Jenny Craig weight-loss program.[4] She appeared in several Jenny Craig commercials along with Kirstie Alley and other celebrity Jenny Craig participants.

Although Bertinelli is compensated for her Jenny Craig appearances, she considers herself a health and weight-loss activist rather than a hired weight-loss spokesperson. In 2008 she released the autobiography, Losing It: And Gaining My Life Back One Pound at a Time, which culminates in a description of her Jenny Craig experience (the book's title contains a wordplay on One Day at a Time). In 2009 she wrote a follow-up book Finding It: And Satisfying My Hunger for Life without Opening the Fridge.

On March 4, 2010, Bertinelli appeared as guest co-host on ABC's The View in the absence of Whoopi Goldberg. As of 2010 she stars in the TV Land series Hot in Cleveland (along with Betty White, Wendie Malick, and Jane Leeves),[5] a situation comedy which debuted in June 2010.[6] The show's second season aired in January 2011, and in February 2011 it was renewed for a third season.

On August 22, 2012, Bertinelli received the 2,476th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Eddie Van Halen and Bertinelli

Bertinelli married Eddie Van Halen on April 11, 1981, and they have a son, Wolfgang (born March 16, 1991), together. She filed for divorce on December 5, 2005, which was finalized two years later on December 20, 2007.[8] She said in her book Losing It: And Gaining My Life Back One Pound at a Time that two main reasons led to her divorce from Eddie.[2] First, that her husband became addicted to cocaine. Second, was Eddie's continued smoking, despite losing one-third of his tongue and undergoing treatment for tongue cancer. The breakup with Van Halen was particularly painful, as Valerie had always felt that the couple had grown up together. Van Halen and Bertinelli remain close friends.

Bertinelli had been in a relationship with financial planner Tom Vitale since 2004. On May 20, 2010, they announced their engagement, and they were married on January 1, 2011, in Malibu, California.[9] She wore a dress made especially for her by the designer David Meister.[10]

On April 19, 2010, Bertinelli ran in the Boston Marathon (which she completed with a time of 5:14:37) to benefit the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston.[11]


1974Apple's WayPeggyEpisode: "The Flag"
1975–84One Day at a TimeBarbara Cooper RoyerWon: Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film (1981, 1982)
Nominated: Young Artist Award – Best Young Comedienne (1981), TV Land Award – Favorite Singing Siblings (2005)
1978The CBS Festival of Lively Arts for Young PeopleMamie DickensEpisode: "The Secret of Charles Dickens"
The Hardy BoysWendy Chase/GwynnEpisode: "Campus Terror"
1979Young Love, First LoveRobin GibsonTV movie
C.H.O.M.P.SCasey Norton
1980The Promise of LoveKathy WakemanTV movie
1981The Princess and the CabbieJoanna JamesTV movie
1981–82FridaysHerself/host2 episodes
1982I Was a Mail Order BrideKatarine "Kate" TosconiTV movie
1984The Seduction of GinaGina BreslinTV movie
Shattered VowsMary GilliganTV movie
1985Silent WitnessAnna DunneTV movie
1986Ordinary HeroesMaria
Faerie Tale Theatre: Aladdin and His Wonderful LampPrincess SabrinaTV movie
RockabyeSusannah BartokTV movie
1987Number One with a BulletTeresa Barzak
I'll Take ManhattanMaxime "Maxi" Amberville (Cipriani)
1988Pancho BarnesPancho BarnesTV movie
1989Taken AwayStephanie MonroeTV movie
1990SydneySydney Kells13 episodes
1991In a Child's NameAngela CimarelliTV movie
1992What She Doesn't KnowMolly Kilcoinaka Shades of Gray
1993Murder of InnocenceLaurie WadeTV movie
1993–94Café AmericainHolly Aldridge18 episodes
1995The Haunting of Helen WalkerHelen WalkerTV movie
1996A Case for LifeKelly PorterTV movie
Two Mothers for ZacharyJody Ann ShaffellTV movie
1997Night SinsSBI Agent Megan O'MalleyTV movie
Touched by an AngelGloria59 episodes
2000Personally YoursSusannah Stantonaka Wilderness Love
2003Crazy LoveWifeTV movie
Finding John ChristmasKathleen McAllisterTV movie
2004Saved!Cameo (as herself)
2007ClaireClaire BannionTV movie
2008True Confessions of a Hollywood StarletAunt TrudyTV movie
Boston LegalCarol HoberEpisode: "Mad Cows"
The DoctorsHerselfFebruary 6, 2009 episode
Hot in ClevelandMelanie MorettiNominated for Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
2013Hollywood Game NightHerselfEpisode: "Don't Kill My Buzz-er"
2013Iron Chef AmericaHerself (as a judge)Episode: "Battle Oktoberfest"
YearTitleRoleOther notes
1972J.C. PenneyHerselfat age 12
2007–Jenny Craig
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  1. ^ a b c Valerie Bertinelli at the Internet Movie Database
  2. ^ a b Bertinelli, Valerie (2008). Losing It: And Gaining My Life Back One Pound at a Time. Free Press. 
  3. ^ "Lifetime TV". Lifetime TV. Retrieved 2010-07-04. 
  4. ^ "Valerie Bertinelli Back in Bikini for 49th Birthday!". 2009-03-25. Retrieved 2009-03-29. 
  5. ^ "Valerie Bertinelli, Jane Leeves and Wendie Malick will be 'Hot in Cleveland'". 2010-01-14. Retrieved 2010-01-14. 
  6. ^ Littleton, Cynthia (2010-03-16). "Betty White gets regular gig on sitcom". Variety. Retrieved 2010-03-17. 
  7. ^ "Actress Valerie Bertinelli Gets Her Star On The Hollywood Walk Of Fame". 22 August 2012. 
  8. ^ Associated Press (21 December 2007). "Eddie Van Halen and Valerie Bertinelli divorce". CNN. Archived from the original on 23 December 2007. Retrieved 10 January 2014. 
  9. ^ 'Hot in Cleveland' Star Valerie Bertinelli Marries from ABC News
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  11. ^ Jenny Craig Success Story Valerie Bertinelli Completes the Boston Marathon from
  12. ^ "YahooMovies, retrieved 2007-08-10". Retrieved 2010-07-04. 

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