If you have watched the comedy television programme, One Day At A Time or the religious drama series, Touched By An Angel, then you should or may be familiar with the name Valerie Bertinelli. She is an actress and TV personality who played the role of Barbara Cooper Royer in the former and Gloria in the latter. Let’s take a detailed look at Valerie Bertinelli’s career and personal life.
Valerie Bertinelli Bio, Age
Born Valerie Anne Bertinelli on April 23, 1960, in Wilmington, Delaware, she was raised alongside her siblings by her Roman Catholic parents, Andrew Bertinelli and Nancy Carvin. She has three younger brothers which would have been four (including an elder brother, Mark if he didn’t die before she was born). Her brothers include David, Patrick and Drew Bertinelli. Her father Andrew, worked at General Motors as an executive and is of Italian descent while her mother, Nancy, is of English descent. They moved around a lot while growing up because of the nature of her father job. They lived in places such as Michigan, Claymont, Delaware, Oklahoma city, Clarkston, Louisiana, Shreveport, and Los Angeles. Her academic progression was severely affected by the frequent movement as she attended Granada Hills High School but did not complete her high school education. She went on to the Tami Lynn School of Artists where she studied acting.
Valerie Bertinelli’s Career Synopsis
Valerie began her career with an appearance in the TV series, Apple’s Way and after that, she was invited to audition for a role in the 1970’s sitcom, One Day At A Time when she was just 15 years old. The show was aired between 1975 and 1984 before it went off air. Some other TV series and films she was featured in include; 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), among others.
Bertinelli, at some point, became obese but lost about 50 lbs (23kg) in March 2009 after which she became a weight-loss activist and participated in the Jenny Craig weight loss programme and adverts. She released two books in 2008 and 2009 respectively titled Losing it: And Gaining My Life Back One Pound At A Time and Finding It: And Satisfying My Hunger For Life Without Opening The Fridge. The books described her journey through her struggles with overweight. She has her own food show called Valerie’s Home Cooking which she started in 2015 and which is beamed live on the Food Network along with the popular kids’ baking show with cake artist, Duff Goldman.
What Is Her Net Worth?
Valerie Bertinelli has a net worth of $20 million which she has earned through her acting roles in movies, miniseries and television shows and also from her marriage to her ex-husband Eddie Van Halen.
Husband – Who is Eddie Van Halen?
Valerie Bertinelli has been married twice. She was first married to Eddie Van Halen on April 11, 1981, and the couple welcomed their first son, Wolfgang Van Halen on March 16, 1991. Their marriage didn’t last as they had issues and were separated in 2001 before finally getting their divorce process completed on December 20, 2007. Eddie Van Halen was born January 26, 1955, in Nijmegen, Netherlands. He is a Dutch-American musician, songwriter and producer. Eddie belongs to the American hard rock band called 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 include David Lee Roth, the lead singer and Micheal Anthony who is the bassist.
While they (Eddie and Valerie) were separated, Valerie started dating her would-be second husband, Tom Vitale, who is a financial planner. After dating for 6 years, she announced her engagement to Tom in May 2010 and by the next year, January 1, 2011, they tied the nuptial knots in Malibu, California.
Other Facts about Valerie Bertinelli
- Valerie Bertinelli’s son, Wolfgang is named after Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, her ex-husband’s favourite composer.
- She received a star award on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in August 2012.
- She owns a boutique, clothing line and home items store.
- In 2010, Valerie took part in the Boston Marathon.
- She has won two Golden Globe Awards and has been nominated for two more.
- She recently appeared in the Who Do You Think You Are? series where she discovered and traced her ancestry to the royal family in England.
- Her reason for divorcing Eddie Van Halen was mainly because of his strong addiction to cocaine and his refusal to quit smoking despite being diagnosed with oral cancer and losing one-third of his tongue in the course of the treatment.