Valerie Bertinelli

Active - 1979 - 2016  |   Born - Apr 23, 1960 in Wilmington, Delaware, United States  |   Genres - Comedy, Drama

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Biography by Hal Erickson

During her nine-year (1975-1984) tenure as Barbara Cooper on TV's One Day at a Time, Valerie Bertinelli grew from a chubby, awkward 15-year-old with only a smattering of bit-part credits into a polished actress and bona fide sex symbol. When Bertinelli "married" her One Day co-star Boyd Gaines in a 1982 episode, the ratings went through the roof, while many a male viewer's heart sank. One year earlier, Bertinelli had been a bride for real; her marriage to rock star Eddie Van Halen was kept under wraps by the series' producers for fear of damaging the actress' "Little Miss Perfect" image. Bertinelli's son by Van Halen was named Wolfgang, as in Mozart. While still a One Day regular, Bertinelli made the first of many TV-movie starring appearances in 1979's Young Love, First Love; later small-screen projects -- most of them packaged by Bertinelli's own production company, Bertinelli Inc. -- included The Princess and the Cabbie (1981), I Was a Mail Order Bride (1982), Shattered Vows (1984), The Seduction of Gina (1984), Silent Witness (1985), and Pancho Barnes (1988). Conversely, her theatrical-feature credits are limited, but include C.H.O.M.P.S. (1979) and Ordinary Heroes (1985). In the years since One Day at a Time, Valerie Bertinelli has starred in the short-lived TV series, Sydney (1990) and Café Americain (1993).

At the beginning of the 2000s, she landed a recurring role on Touched By an Angel. In 2005 she filed for divorce from Eddie Van Halen, and a few years later she would be the star of yet another series, the TV Land sitcom Hot In Cleveland opposite Wendy Malick, Jane Leeves, and Betty White.

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  • Best-known for her role as Barbara Cooper in the television series One Day at a Time.
  • Her son Wolfgang is named after Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, her then-husband's favorite composer.
  • Became a spokesperson for the Jenny Craig weight-loss program in 2007.
  • Wrote the memoirs Losing It: And Gaining My Life Back One Pound at a Time (2008) and Finding It: And Finally Satisfying My Hunger for Life Without Opening the Fridge (2010).
  • Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in August 2012.
  • Released a boutique line of clothing and home items.