Valerie Bertinelli's New Body And New Life

Valerie Bertinelli opens up about staying friends with her ex, Eddie Van Halen, supporting Mackenize Phillips, and transforming her shape and whole world.

Robert Ascroft
Youd expect a TV icon to live in a fabulous home in Malibu, California. You may not expect her to greet you in the driveway wearing jeans, a T-shirt, and bare feet. But Valerie Bertinelli is not your typical TV icon.

Since the 49-year-old actress first appeared on One Day at a Time beside co-star “sister” Mackenzie Phillips, shes 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.

Shes since written two books: 2008s Losing It was a number-one New York Times best-seller, and the follow-up, Finding It, just debuted in October.

Valerie—who looks as amazing in person as she does in pictures—lives with her boyfriend of five years, investment-fund manager Tom Vitale, her son “Wolfie,” 18, and Toms 19-year-old son, Tony. Sitting on her patio overlooking the Pacific, Valerie fields all your questions—about her weight, divorce, and happy, new life.

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Amy Spencer
Last Updated: November 19, 2009

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