Valerie Anne Bertinelli is an American actress, best known for her roles as Barbara Cooper Royer on the television series One Day at a Time, Gloria on the television series Touched by an Angel and Melanie Moretti on the sitcom Hot in Cleveland.
Bertinelli was born in Wilmington, Delaware to Irish/Italian-American parents Nancy (née Carvin) and Luke Bertinelli (a General Motors executive). She had an older brother, Mark, who died at 17 months from an accidental poisoning before Valerie was born. Along with her other three brothers, one older and two younger, the family lived in Claymont, Delaware, and Clarkston, Michigan. They later moved to Oklahoma City before moving to 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 until 1978 but did not graduate. As of January 2008, she was pursuing the last few credits needed for her high school diploma. She was raised Roman Catholic.
Bertinelli married Eddie Van Halen on April 11, 1981. They have a son Wolfgang (born March 16, 1991) together. On December 5, 2005, she filed for divorce, which was finalized two years later on December 20, 2007. She said in her book "Losing It: And Gaining My Life Back One Pound at a Time" that two main reasons led to her divorce from Eddie. First, that her husband became addicted to cocaine. Second, was Eddie's continued smoking, despite losing one-third of his tongue and undergoing treatment for tongue cancer. Bertinelli has been in a relationship with financial planner Tom Vitale since 2004. On May 20, 2010, they announced their engagement to be married and were married on January 1, 2011, in Malibu, California. She wore a dress made especially for her by the designer David Meister
On April 19, 2010, Bertinelli ran in the Boston Marathon to benefit the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. She completed the marathon with a time of 5:14:37.
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