Charming Valerie Bertinelli born on April 23, 1960 is an American actress. She’s probably best recognized as Barbara Cooper Royer in “One day at a Time”, a popular television drama of back then. Besides, she’s also widely acknowledged for her leading role Gloria on “Touched by an Angel” and as Melanie Moretti on “Cleveland”. Native from Wilmington, Delaware she was born to a middle-level family. Her mother Nancy, a home maker and her dad, Luke Bertinelli was a General Motors executive. It was a pretty ordinary life for her while growing up. Her parents had three other children besides her and Valerie grew up together with them. In her adolescent years, as her father got transferred to another GM automotive plant in Van Nuys, California she befriended a television producer’s daughter and soon joined “Tami Lynn School of Artists to study acting”. It was about that time when she discovered her love for acting and decided on to becoming a professional someday.
Year 1974, Valerie made her debut on television. She made a guest appearance on CBS drama “Apple’s Way”. Lucky her, she didn’t have to wait long before she found a ground breaking role to establish herself. Just a year later after her debut, she was approached to audition for the role of cooperative daughter Barbara Cooper in new television situation comedy “One day at a time” and she got the part. Audiences loved the show and it became a colossal hit. During the nine years on that show, she transformed from awkward and chubby teenager to a sex symbol. Besides, she also simultaneously appeared on couple of television movies before the show went off air in 1984. As a matter of fact, the talented actress has also starred in three feature films “C.H.O.M.P.S” (1979), “Ordinary Heroes” (1986) and “Number one with the Bullet” (1987). Amidst her busy schedule with films and production, she always finds time to devote to television. As of now, she’s seen as Melanie Moretti on “Hot in Cleveland”, for which she has also earned Screen Guild award nomination.
Fifty three year old Valerie once had weight issues. She weighed massive 172 pounds which made her look older than her actual age. But later, she got help from nutritionist Jenny Craig and has now slimmed down amazingly. Her incredible weight loss has not only enhanced her exterior outlook but also set inspiration to many individuals fighting obesity. She claims that food plays an integral role on our body shape. It’s her strict discipline she maintained with healthy diet which has resulted in such fabulous change. She stands petite at five feet and four inches. Her miraculous body measurement has reduced to 36-21-32. Someone who used to wear lose clothing to hide her fats has now become so confident that she’s flaunting her newly achieved sleek look in bikini wear. She’s graced some of the health magazines wearing nothing but swim wear.
Speaking of her personal life, she was formerly married to now ex-husband Eddie Van Halen since April 11, 1981. Together, they have a son named Wolfgang born on March 16, 1991. However, she couldn’t sustain her relationship with Eddie for more than twenty five years. It’s his addiction to cocaine and smoking that ended their marriage. On December 20, 2007 after many years of togetherness, the two got their divorce finalized. Since 2004, she started dating financial planner Tom Vitale. She dated him for almost six long years before getting engaged in 2010. And a year later on January 1, 2011 she exchanged her “I do’s” with boyfriend cum fiancé Tom. She has now embarked on her new beginning and we wish her the best.
Other details about her can be obtained from wiki and other personal sites relating her. She has the estimated net worth of $ 20 million. She was raised Roman Catholic and belongs to Italian descendant. During eighties period, she had rejected many films because of its requirement of nudity.