Valerie Bertinelli

Valerie Ann Bertinelli[1] (born April 23, 1960)[1] is an American actress and television personality. She 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. She starred 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. In 2012, she was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She hosts the cooking shows Valerie's Home Cooking (2015–present) and Kids Baking Championship (2015–present) on Food Network, winning two Daytime Emmy Awards for the former.

Valerie Bertinelli
Bertinelli in 2012
Born (1960-04-23) April 23, 1960
OccupationActress, television personality
Years active1971–present
  • (m. 1981; div. 2007)
  • Tom Vitale
    (m. 2011)
ChildrenWolfgang Van Halen

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.[2] She has three brothers: David, Patrick and Drew. An elder brother, Mark, died at 17 months from accidental poisoning before she was born.[3]

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[4] and was raised Roman Catholic.[5]


Bertinelli in One Day at a Time in 1975

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. 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 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 spokesperson for the Jenny Craig program and appeared in several commercials.[6] The following year, she released the autobiography Losing It: And Gaining My Life Back One Pound at a Time,[7] 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.[8] From 2010 to 2015, she starred in the TV Land sitcom Hot in Cleveland, alongside Betty White, Wendie Malick and Jane Leeves.[9][10] 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.[11][12] 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.[13] In July 2021, it was announced that Bertinelli will be releasing her new memoir Enough Already: Learning to Love the Way I Am Today, in January 2022.[14]

Personal life

Bertinelli in 2008

Bertinelli married Eddie Van Halen on April 11, 1981.[1] They had a son, Wolfgang (born March 16, 1991).[15] The couple separated in 2001 and divorced on December 20, 2007.[16] 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.[3]

Bertinelli, who has struggled with her weight, lost a total of 40 lb (18 kg).[17]

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.[18][19] 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.[18]

Bertinelli ran in the April 2010 Boston Marathon to benefit the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, completing it in a time of 5:14:37.[20] In 2014, she appeared on Who Do You Think You Are? and found she was related to King Edward I of England.[21]


Film and television
Year Title Role Notes
1974Apple's WayPeggyEpisode: "The Flag"
1975–84One Day at a TimeBarbara Cooper RoyerWon – 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)
1977Battle of the Network Stars IIIHerself on the CBS TeamABC Special
1978The CBS Festival of Lively Arts for Young PeopleMamie DickensEpisode: "The Secret of Charles Dickens"
1978The Hardy BoysWendy Chase/GwynnEpisode: "Campus Terror"
1978The Magic of David CopperfieldHerselfCBS special
1979Young Love, First LoveRobin GibsonTV movie
1979C.H.O.M.P.S.Casey Norton
1979The Magic of David Copperfield IIHerselfCBS special
1980The Promise of LoveKathy WakemanTV movie
1981The Princess and the CabbieJoanna JamesTV movie
1981–82FridaysHerself/host2 episodes
1982I Was a Mail Order BrideKatarine "Kate" TosconiTV movie
1982PM MagazineHerselfInterview
1984The Seduction of GinaGina BreslinTV movie
1984RosieFelicia DuplainEpisode: "Here Comes Alice Cottontail"
1984Shattered VowsMary GilliganTV movie
1985Silent WitnessAnna DunneTV movie
1986Ordinary HeroesMariaTV movie
1986Faerie Tale TheatrePrincess SabrinaEpisode: "Aladdin and His Wonderful Lamp"
1986RockabyeSusannah BartokTV movie
1987Number One with a BulletTeresa Barzak
1987I'll Take ManhattanMaxime "Maxi" Amberville (Cipriani)TV miniseries
1988Pancho BarnesPancho BarnesTV movie
1989Taken AwayStephanie MonroeTV movie
1990SydneySydney Kells13 episodes
1991In a Child's NameAngela CimarelliTV movie
1992What She Doesn't KnowMolly KilcoinTV movie a.k.a. Shades of Gray
1993Murder of InnocenceLaurie WadeTV movie
1993–94Café AmericainHolly Aldridge18 episodes
1995The Haunting of Helen WalkerHelen WalkerTV movie
1996A Case for LifeKelly PorterTV movie
1996Two Mothers for ZacharyJody Ann ShaffellTV movie
1997Night SinsSBI Agent Megan O'MalleyTV movie
2000Personally YoursSusannah StantonTV movie a.k.a. Wilderness Love
Touched by an AngelGloria59 episodes
2001Family GuyHerself (as TV Bonnie)Episode: "Ready, Willing and Disabled"
2003Crazy LoveWifeTV movie
2003Finding John ChristmasKathleen McAllisterTV movie
2004Saved!Cameo (as herself)
2007ClaireClaire BannionTV movie
2008True Confessions of a Hollywood StarletAunt TrudyTV movie
2008Boston LegalCarol HoberEpisode: "Mad Cows"
2010–15Hot in ClevelandMelanie MorettiMain role
Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
2013Hollywood Game NightHerselfEpisode: "Don't Kill My Buzz-er"
2013Iron Chef AmericaHerself (as a judge)Episode: "Battle Oktoberfest"
2014Signed, Sealed, Delivered[22]Rebecca Starkwell2 episodes
2015Cutthroat KitchenHerself/guest judgeEpisode: "Who Tarted?"
2015–Valerie's Home CookingHerself/host
2015–Kids Baking ChampionshipHerself/host and judge
2016Food Network StarHerself/guest judgeEpisode 12.1
2019Family Food ShowdownHerself/host
2019Family Restaurant RivalsHerself/host
TBAHungryLisaLead role; Currently in production[23]

Awards and nominations

The following is a list of awards and nominations received by Bertinelli.[24] On August 22, 2012, Bertinelli received the 2,476th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.[25]

Year Awards Category Nominated Work Outcome
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
2012 Hollywood Walk of Fame N/A N/A Won
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


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  2. Stated on Who Do You Think You Are?, August 13, 2014
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  22. "Valerie Bertinelli Reunites with "Touched by an Angel" Executive Producer Martha Williamson for Hallmark Channel's "Signed, Sealed, Delivered," A New, Original Primetime Series Premiering April 20, 2014" (Press release). Hallmark Channel. March 13, 2014. Retrieved December 14, 2014 via The Futon Critic.
  23. Reslen, Eileen (July 15, 2021). "Demi Lovato and Valerie Bertinelli share laughs while filming 'Hungry'". Page Six. Retrieved July 21, 2021.
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  25. "Valerie Bertinelli receives star on Hollywood Walk of Fame". Los Angeles Daily News. City News Service. August 22, 2012.

Further reading

  • Dye, David. Child and Youth Actors: Filmography of Their Entire Careers, 1914–1985. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Co., 1988, p. 18.
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