Valerie Anne Bertinelli (born April 23, 1960) is an American actress and television personality. She is known for her roles as Barbara Cooper Royer on the sitcom One Day at a Time (1975–84), Gloria on the religious drama series Touched by an Angel (2001–03) and Melanie Moretti on the sitcom Hot in Cleveland (2010–15). Since 2015, she has hosted the cooking shows Valerie's Home Cooking and Kids Baking Championship on Food Network.
Bertinelli was born in Wilmington, Delaware to Nancy (née Carvin) and Andrew Bertinelli, a General Motors executive. Her father is of Italian descent and her mother is of English descent. She has three brothers: David, Patrick and Drew. She had an elder brother, Mark, who died at 17 months from an accidental poisoning before she was born. Because of her father's career, the family frequently moved. Over various periods, they lived in Claymont, Delaware; Clarkston, Michigan; Shreveport, Louisiana; Oklahoma City and 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. 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 when Bertinelli was 15 years old. She appeared in 208 of the 209 episodes before the show left the air on May 28, 1984.
In the 2005 One Day at a Time Reunion Special, Bertinelli was reunited with fellow cast members Bonnie 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 the run of One Day at a Time, Bertinelli starred in several made-for-TV movies and miniseries, as well as making many guest appearances on various television shows.
In 2001, Bertinelli joined the cast of Touched by an Angel for the show's last two seasons.
From 2010 to 2015, she starred in the TV Land sitcom Hot in Cleveland, alongside Betty White, Wendie Malick and Jane Leeves. After a successful six-season run, the show's final episode aired on June 3, 2015.
Since 2015, Bertinelli has hosted her own show, Valerie's Home Cooking, on the Food Network. She also co-hosts the hit show Kids Baking Championship with cake artist Duff Goldman on the same channel. The show follows young children as they bake pastries and other desserts, and is currently in its third season.
Bertinelli, who has struggled with her weight, 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. 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. In 2009 she wrote a follow-up book Finding It: And Satisfying My Hunger for Life Without Opening the Fridge.
Bertinelli married Eddie Van Halen on April 11, 1981. They have a son, Wolfgang (born March 16, 1991). The couple separated in 2001 and divorced on December 20, 2007. In her autobiography, Bertinelli indicated the main reasons for her divorce were her husband's cocaine addiction and his refusal to quit smoking despite being diagnosed with oral cancer and losing one-third of his tongue in the treatment process.
In May 2010, Bertinelli announced her engagement to financial planner Tom Vitale, with whom she had begun a relationship in 2004. They were married on January 1, 2011 in Malibu, California, with Bertinelli in a custom-made dress by designer David Meister.
|1974||Apple's Way||Peggy||Episode: "The Flag"|
|1975–84||One Day at a Time||Barbara Cooper Royer||Won – 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)
|1977||Battle of the Network Stars III||Herself on the CBS Team||ABC Special|
|1978||The CBS Festival of Lively Arts for Young People||Mamie Dickens||Episode: "The Secret of Charles Dickens"|
|1978||The Hardy Boys||Wendy Chase/Gwynn||Episode: "Campus Terror"|
|1978||The Magic of David Copperfield||Herself||CBS special|
|1979||Young Love, First Love||Robin Gibson||TV movie|
|1979||The Magic of David Copperfield II||Herself||CBS special|
|1980||The Promise of Love||Kathy Wakeman||TV movie|
|1981||The Princess and the Cabbie||Joanna James||TV movie|
|1982||I Was a Mail Order Bride||Katarine "Kate" Tosconi||TV movie|
|1984||The Seduction of Gina||Gina Breslin||TV movie|
|1984||Shattered Vows||Mary Gilligan||TV movie|
|1985||Silent Witness||Anna Dunne||TV movie|
|1986||Ordinary Heroes||Maria||TV movie|
|1986||Faerie Tale Theatre||Princess Sabrina||Episode: "Aladdin and His Wonderful Lamp"|
|1986||Rockabye||Susannah Bartok||TV movie|
|1987||Number One with a Bullet||Teresa Barzak|
|1987||I'll Take Manhattan||Maxime "Maxi" Amberville (Cipriani)||TV miniseries|
|1988||Pancho Barnes||Pancho Barnes||TV movie|
|1989||Taken Away||Stephanie Monroe||TV movie|
|1990||Sydney||Sydney Kells||13 episodes|
|1991||In a Child's Name||Angela Cimarelli||TV movie|
|1992||What She Doesn't Know||Molly Kilcoin||a.k.a. Shades of Gray|
|1993||Murder of Innocence||Laurie Wade||TV movie|
|1993–94||Café Americain||Holly Aldridge||18 episodes|
|1995||The Haunting of Helen Walker||Helen Walker||TV movie|
|1996||A Case for Life||Kelly Porter||TV movie|
|1996||Two Mothers for Zachary||Jody Ann Shaffell||TV movie|
|1997||Night Sins||SBI Agent Megan O'Malley||TV movie|
|Touched by an Angel||Gloria||59 episodes|
|2000||Personally Yours||Susannah Stanton||aka Wilderness Love|
|2001||Family Guy||Herself (as TV Bonnie)||Episode: "Ready, Willing and Disabled"|
|2003||Crazy Love||Wife||TV movie|
|2003||Finding John Christmas||Kathleen McAllister||TV movie|
|2004||Saved!||Cameo (as herself)|
|2007||Claire||Claire Bannion||TV movie|
|2008||True Confessions of a Hollywood Starlet||Aunt Trudy||TV movie|
|2008||Boston Legal||Carol Hober||Episode: "Mad Cows"|
|2010–15||Hot in Cleveland||Melanie Moretti||Main role
Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
|2013||Hollywood Game Night||Herself||Episode: "Don't Kill My Buzz-er"|
|2013||Iron Chef America||Herself (as a judge)||Episode: "Battle Oktoberfest"|
|2014||Signed, Sealed, Delivered||Rebecca Starkwell||2 episodes|
|2015||Cutthroat Kitchen||Herself/guest judge||Episode: "Who Tarted?"|
|2015–||Valerie's Home Cooking||Herself/host|
|2015–||Kids Baking Championship||Herself/host and judge|
|2016||Food Network Star||Herself/guest judge||Episode 12.1|
|1972||J.C. Penney||Herself||At age 12|
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