If you have seen the comedy television show “One Day At A Time” or the religious drama series “Touched By An Angel”, you should know the name, Valerie Bertinelli. She is an actress and television personality who played the role of Barbara Cooper Royer in the former and Gloria in the latter. Let us take a detailed look at Valerie Bertinelli’s career and her private life.
Valerie Bertinelli Bio, Age
Born as Valerie Anne Bertinelli on April 23, 1960, in Wilmington, Delaware, she was raised with her siblings by her Roman Catholic parents, Andrew Bertinelli and Nancy Carvin. She has three younger brothers, which would have been four (including an older brother, Mark if he had not died before her birth). Her brothers include David, Patrick, and Drew Bertinelli. Her father Andrew worked as an executive at General Motors and is of Italian descent, while her mother, Nancy, is of English descent. Due to the nature of their father’s work, they moved around a lot during their childhood. They lived in places like Michigan, Claymont, Delaware, Oklahoma City, Clarkston, Louisiana, Shreveport, and Los Angeles. Her academic career was severely affected by the frequent moves, as she attended Granada Hills High School but did not complete her high school education. She attended the Tami Lynn School of Artists, where she studied acting.
Valerie Bertinelli’s Career Synopsis
Valerie began her career with an appearance in the television series “Apple’s Way”. She was then invited to audition for a role in the 1970s sitcom “One Day At A Time” when she was just 15 years old. The series was aired between 1975 and 1984 before it was discontinued. Among some other television series and films she has starred in: Battle of the Network Stars III (1977), The Magic of David Copperfield (1978), Young Love, First Love (1979), The Promise of Love (1980), Shattered Vows (1984), Silent Witness (1985), Sydney (1990), Café Americain (1993-1994), A Case for Life (1996), Touched by an Angel (1997-2003), Claire (2007), Signed, Sealed, Delivered (2014), and others.
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Bertinelli eventually became obese but lost about 23 kg (50 lbs) in March 2009, whereupon she became involved in weight loss and participated in the Jenny Craig weight loss program and ads. She published two books in 2008 and 2009, each entitled Losing it: And my life by one pound and finding it: And satisfying my hunger for life without opening the refrigerator. The books describe her journey through her struggle with overweight. She has her own cooking show called Valerie’s Home Cooking, which she started in 2015 and will be broadcast live on the Food Network along with the popular children’s baking show featuring cake artist Duff Goldman.
Husband – Who is Eddie Van Halen?
Valerie Bertinelli was married twice. She first married Eddie Van Halen on 11 April 1981 and on 16 March 1991, the couple welcomed their first son, Wolfgang Van Halen. Their marriage did not last long, as they had problems and were separated in 2001, before finally completing the divorce process on December 20, 2007. Eddie Van Halen was born on 26 January 1955 in Nijmegen, the Netherlands. He is a Dutch-American musician, songwriter, and producer. Eddie is a member of the American hard rock band, Van Halen. The band was founded by his brother, Alex Van Halen, and he is the main songwriter of the group. Other members of the band are David Lee Roth, the lead singer, and Micheal Anthony, the bassist.
While they (Eddie and Valerie) were separated, Valerie started dating her future second husband Tom Vitale, who is a financial planner. After six years together, she announced her engagement to Tom Vitale in May 2010, and the following year, on January 1, 2011, the wedding knot was tied in Malibu, California.
What Is Her Net Worth?
Valerie Bertinelli has a net worth of $20 million, which she has acquired through her acting roles in films, mini-series, and television shows, and also through her marriage to her ex-husband Eddie Van Halen.
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Other Facts about Valerie Bertinelli
- The son of Valerie Bertinelli, Wolfgang, is named after Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, her ex-husband’s favorite composer.
- She received a star prize on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in August 2012.
- She owns a boutique, a clothing line, and a household goods store.
- In 2010 Valerie participated in the Boston Marathon.
She has won two Golden Globe Awards and has been nominated for two more.
- Recently she appeared in the series Who Do You Think You Are? in which she discovered and traced her descent from the royal family in England.
- Her reason for divorcing Eddie Van Halen was mainly his heavy cocaine addiction and his refusal to stop smoking, although he was diagnosed with oral cancer and lost a third of his tongue during the course of treatment.