Apr. 23rd, 1960
Wilmington, Delaware, USA
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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 and Melanie Moretti on the sitcom Hot in Cleveland.
Bertinelli was born in Wilmington, Delaware 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. 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. 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. She was raised Roman Catholic.
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. 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.
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.
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.
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. 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 2011 she stars in the TV Land series Hot in Cleveland (along with Betty White, Wendie Malick, and Jane Leeves), a situation comedy which debuted in June 2010. 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.
Bertinelli married Eddie Van Halen (April 11, 1981), and they have a son, Wolfgang (b. March 16, 1991), together. She filed for divorce on December 5, 2005, which was finalized two years later (December 20, 2007). 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. 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. Bertinelli has been in a relationship with financial planner Tom Vitale since 2004. On May 20, 2010, they announced their engagement, and they were married (January 1, 2011), in Malibu, California. She wore a dress made especially for her by the designer David Meister.
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.
- Ranked #29 in VH1's list of the "100 Greatest Kid Stars"
- Ex-sister-in-law of 'Alex Van Halen' (qv).
- Turned down several feature film roles in the 'eighties because of gratuitous nudity.
- Of Italian descent, she was raised Catholic.
- Dated actor 'Scott Colomby' (qv).
- Separated from 'Edward Van Halen' (qv) in 2001.
- Son Wolfgang born March 16, 1991.
- Filed for divorce from 'Edward Van Halen' (qv) in December 2005.