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Valerie Bertinelli
Bertinelli in 2012
Valerie Anne Bertinelli

(1960-04-23) April 23, 1960 (age 63)
Occupation Actress, television personality, cook
Years active 1971–present
(m. 1981; div. 2007)

Tom Vitale
(m. 2011; div. 2022)
Children Wolfgang Van Halen

Valerie Anne Bertinelli (born April 23, 1960) is an American actress. Known for her work in television acting and presenting, her accolades include two Emmy Awards, two Golden Globe Awards and nominations for a Screen Actors Guild Award. In 2012, she was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Bertinelli first achieved recognition as a child actress, portraying Barbara Cooper Royer on the sitcom One Day at a Time (1975–1984) for which she won two Golden Globe Awards for Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Miniseries or Television Film. She subsequently earned adult stardom as Gloria on the religious drama series Touched by an Angel (2001–2003) and Melanie Moretti on the sitcom Hot in Cleveland (2010–2015), the latter of which gained her a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination.

Bertinelli has hosted several programs for Food Network, such as the cooking shows Valerie's Home Cooking (2015–present) and Kids Baking Championship (2015–present), winning two Daytime Emmy Awards for the former out of six nominations. In December 2021, Bertinelli signed a new deal with Food Network.

Bertinelli was married to musician Eddie Van Halen from 1981 to 2007, with whom she has one child, Wolfgang. In 2011, she married Tom Vitale, later filing for divorce from him in 2021.

Early life

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. An elder brother, Mark, died at 17 months from 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 and was raised Roman Catholic.


Valerie Bertinelli
Bertinelli in 2008

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; she won two Golden Globe Awards for her performance. 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. .....

After the run of One Day at a Time, Bertinelli starred in several made-for-TV films and miniseries, as well as making many guest appearances on various television shows. In the 1990s, she starred in two short-lived sitcoms: Sydney, as the title character, a private detective (with Matthew Perry and Craig Bierko), and Café Americain. In 2001, Bertinelli joined the cast of Touched by an Angel for the show's last two seasons. In 2007, Bertinelli became a spokeswoman for the Jenny Craig program and appeared in several commercials. The following year, 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 diet experience. In 2009 she wrote a follow-up book Finding It: And Satisfying My Hunger for Life Without Opening the Fridge. 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.

In 2015, Bertinelli began hosting two shows, Valerie's Home Cooking and Kids Baking Championship with cake artist Duff Goldman on the Food Network. She won two Daytime Emmy Awards for her work on Valerie's Home Cooking. In 2019, Bertinelli hosted two other Food Network shows, Family Food Showdown and Family Restaurant Rivals. In June 2021, it was announced that Bertinelli will star opposite Demi Lovato in NBC's single-camera comedy pilot, Hungry. In December 2021, Bertinelli signed a new deal with Food Network. In January 2022, Bertinelli released her memoir Enough Already: Learning to Love the Way I Am Today.

Personal life

Eddie Van Halen and Valerie Bertinelli at the 1991 Emmy Awards
Bertinelli with Eddie Van Halen at the 1991 Emmy Awards

Bertinelli married Eddie Van Halen in 1981. They had a son, Wolfgang (born March 16, 1991). Bertinelli is said to have given her only child an elaborate name rather than an Americanized one (e.g. “Bob Van Halen”). The couple separated in 2001 and divorced on December 20, 2007. .....

In May 2010, Bertinelli announced her engagement to financial planner Tom Vitale, with whom she had begun a relationship in 2004. Bertinelli and Vitale were married on January 1, 2011 in Malibu, California, with Bertinelli in a custom-made dress by designer David Meister. She has four step children through her marriage to Vitale. Both her ex-husband, Eddie Van Halen, and their son, Wolfgang Van Halen, attended the wedding. Bertinelli filed for legal separation from Vitale on November 24, 2021, citing irreconcilable differences.

Bertinelli ran in the April 2010 Boston Marathon to benefit the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, completing it in a time of 5:14:37. In 2014, she appeared on Who Do You Think You Are? and found out that she is descended from King Edward I of England.


Film and television
Year Title Role Notes
1974 Apple's Way Peggy Episode: "The Flag"
1975–1984 One Day at a Time Barbara Cooper Royer 209 episodes, main role
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 C.H.O.M.P.S. Casey Norton
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
1981–1982 Fridays Herself / Host 2 episodes
1982 I Was a Mail Order Bride Kate Tosconi TV movie
1982 PM Magazine Herself Interview
1984 The ... 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 Saturday Night Live Herself / Host
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 Silvano-Cimarelli TV movie
1992 What She Doesn't Know Molly Kilcoin TV movie a.k.a. Shades of Gray
1993 Murder of Innocence Laurie Wade TV movie
1993–1994 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
2000 Personally Yours Susannah Stanton TV movie a.k.a. Wilderness Love
2001–2003 Touched by an Angel Gloria 59 episodes
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"
2010–2015 Hot in Cleveland Melanie Moretti Main role
2013 Hollywood Game Night Herself Episode: "Don't Kill My Buzz-er"
2013 Iron Chef America Herself / Judge Episode: "Battle Oktoberfest"
2014 Signed, Sealed, Delivered Rebecca Starkwell 2 episodes
2015 Cutthroat Kitchen Herself / Guest Judge Episode: "Who Tarted?"
2015–present Valerie's Home Cooking Herself / Host
2015–present Kids Baking Championship Herself / Host / Judge
2016 Food Network Star Herself / Guest Judge Episode 12.1
2019 Family Food Showdown Herself / Host
2019 Family Restaurant Rivals Herself / Host
0TBA Hungry Lisa Lead role; Currently in production

Awards and nominations

The following is a list of awards and nominations received by Bertinelli. On August 22, 2012, Bertinelli received the 2,476th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Year Award Category Work Result
1981 Young Artist Awards Best Young Comedienne One Day at a Time Nominated
Golden Globe Awards Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television Won
1982 Won
1983 Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television Nominated
2005 TV Land Awards Favorite Singing Siblings Nominated
2007 Lady You Love to Watch Fight for Her Life in a Movie of the Week N/A Won
2011 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Hot in Cleveland Nominated
2018 Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Culinary Program Valerie's Home Cooking Nominated
2019 Won
Outstanding Culinary Host Won
2020 Nominated
Outstanding Culinary Program Nominated
2021 Outstanding Culinary Host Nominated

See also

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