Since the 49-year-old actress first appeared on One Day at a Time beside co-star “sister” Mackenzie Phillips, she’s been through the gamut of Hollywood headlines: After a more-than-20-year marriage to rocker Eddie Van Halen (they had one son, Wolfgang), she went through a public divorce.
In 2007 after reaching 172 pounds, Valerie became a spokeswoman for Jenny Craig and lost 50 pounds; she now stays around 128 pounds.
She’s since written two books: 2008’s Losing It was a number-one New York Times best-seller, and the follow-up, Finding It, just debuted in October.
Valeriewho looks as amazing in person as she does in pictureslives with her boyfriend of five years, investment-fund manager Tom Vitale, her son “Wolfie,” 18, and Tom’s 19-year-old son, Tony. Sitting on her patio overlooking the Pacific, Valerie fields all your questionsabout her weight, divorce, and happy, new life.