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Overview (3)

Born in Wilmington, Delaware, USA
Birth NameValerie Anne Bertinelli
Height 5' 3½" (1.61 m)

Mini Bio (2)

Valerie Bertinelli was born in Wilmington, Delaware. Her father was a General Motors executive. In her early teens, her father was transferred to a GM assembly plant in the Detroit, Michigan area and her family resided in Clarkston, Michigan where she attended Clarkston Middle School. A short time later, her father again was transferred to another GM automotive plant in Van Nuys, California. At this time, Ms. Bertinelli became neighborhood friends of the daughter of a TV producer and soon enrolled in the Tami Lynn School of Artists to study acting. Tami Lynn launched Valerie's career in the CBS hit TV series, One Day at a Time (1975). Tami Lynn was Valerie's Personal Manager from 1971 through 1979.

In December 1975, the situation comedy One Day at a Time (1975), produced by Norman Lear, premiered on CBS with Bertinelli as "Barbara Cooper", one of two daughters of a recently divorced woman. The show was a long-time hit and ended production in 1984, without being canceled.

Ms. Bertinelli has starred in three feature films: C.H.O.M.P.S. (1979), Ordinary Heroes (1986), and Number One with a Bullet (1987). She was also the protagonist of the miniseries, I'll Take Manhattan (1987), based on a novel by Judith Krantz. She has appeared in made-for-TV movies almost annually since 1979. She was also the star of two other situation comedies, Sydney (1990) and Cafe Americain (1993), both of which were canceled after short runs. In 1981, she married rock guitarist Edward Van Halen. They had homes in the Hollywood Hills and Malibu and have a son, Wolfgang Van Halen. They separated in 2001, when Van Halen had tongue cancer. In 2005, Bertinelli filed for divorce for irreconcilable differences and, it was finalized two years later. Ms. Bertinelli is still chiefly remembered by her television fans for her work on One Day at a Time (1975).

An adored actress, Bertinelli's long and celebrated career has expanded to include equally beloved TV personality, spokesperson and best-selling author. She stars as "Melanie Moretti" on the Emmy® Award-winning series, Hot in Cleveland (2010), which in 2011 was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award® for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series. The comedy revolves around three fabulous LA women of a certain age, and best friends (Bertinelli, Jane Leeves and Wendie Malick) whose lives are changed forever when their plane, bound for Paris, unexpectedly lands in Cleveland. Once safely on the ground, they soon rediscover themselves in this new "promised land" -- meeting their new landlord, played by Betty White, along the way.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Anonymous

The only daughter of a General Motors executive, Bertinelli was born in Wilmington, Delaware, and raised with one older and two younger brothers. The family traveled through so many cities that she still calls herself a "GM brat". At fourteen, Bertinelli got the idea she would like to do some acting. "I did one commercial, for J.C. Penney", she says, "and did nothing else for months. Then, I got a call for One Day at a Time (1975). Everyone at home was jubilant when the show went on the air. But the young actress' mood darkened when she realized that she had to work and go to school, as well. Her high school graduation in 1978 was "a real relief". Bertinelli has a home in Los Angeles and a production company (named Tuxedo Limited after one of the stray cats she's always taking in). She owns a Corvette and an MG.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Anonymous

Spouse (2)

Tom Vitale (1 January 2011 - present)
Edward Van Halen (11 April 1981 - 20 December 2007) ( divorced) ( 1 child)

Trivia (24)

Mother, with Edward Van Halen, of son Wolfgang Van Halen, born on March 16, 1991.
Turned down several feature film roles in the 1980s because of gratuitous nudity.
Was considered for Lori Singer's role in Footloose (1984) and Meg Tilly's role in The Big Chill (1983).
Legally separated from Edward Van Halen in 2001, filed for divorce in December 2005, and finalized the divorce in December 2007.
Ex-sister-in-law of Alex Van Halen.
Best remembered by the public for her starring role as daughter Barbara Cooper Royer in One Day at a Time (1975).
Remains close to her former One Day at a Time (1975) co-star Glenn Scarpelli.
Her father was of Italian descent and her mother was of mostly English, and some Irish, ancestry. Valerie was raised Catholic.
Completed the Boston Marathon on April 19, 2010.
Ranked #29 on VH1's list of "100 Greatest Kid Stars".
Friends with Jane Leeves and Faith Ford.
Engaged to Tom Vitale after six years together [May 19, 2010].
Daughter of Andrew Bertinelli and Nancy Bertinelli. Sister of Mark, Drew, David and Patrick Bertinelli.
Her manager is Jack Grossbart.
Her agent is Marc Schwartz.
Acting mentor was Bonnie Franklin.
Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6912 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on August 22, 2012.
Tried out for the role of "Iris" in Taxi Driver (1976) but lost out to Jodie Foster.
Stepmother of Angela Vitale and Andie Vitale.
Raised in Claymont, Delaware.
Is a descendant of England's King Edward I, on her mother's side.
Aunt-in-law of David Vitale Jr. and Anthony Vitale.
Sister-in-law of David Vitale with Robin Vitale, Stacy Bertinelli.
Inducted into the Hair Fan's Hall of Fame in 2014.

Personal Quotes (2)

If you say you're fat, all of a sudden people like you!
Happiness is a choice. You can choose to be happy. There's going to be stress in life, but it's your choice whether to let it affect you or not.

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