Valerie Bertinelli: America's Sweetheart Gets Inspired to Be Fit & Healthy

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Adored as an actress, Valerie Bertinelli’s long and celebrated resume has expanded to include equally beloved TV personality, spokesperson and best-selling author. In 2007, she dared cross the Rubicon of weight and body image, declaring publicly, “I’m fat!” and challenging herself to lose weight. Lo and behold, she not only lost more than 40 pounds, her amazing before and after story brought Valerie new and remarkable success as the face of Jenny Craig®. Valerie Bertinelli authored the New York Times No. 1 best-seller Losing It, and inspired millions of people to try to become their best and healthiest selves.

Of course, there’s always been something special about Valerie. A two-time Golden Globe winner, she made her acting debut in TV commercials, public service announcements and the TV series Apple’s Way. She landed her big break at age 14 on One Day at a Time, Norman Lear’s 1975 breakthrough series about a divorced mother raising her two daughters. The series ran on CBS for nine years, ending in 1984.

By then, Valerie was one of Hollywood’s brightest and most liked young talents. She had starred in, and helped develop and produce, the highly rated TV movies I Was a Mail Order Bride and The Seduction of Gina. She stayed extremely busy as one of prime time’s go-to actresses for movies and mini-series, including Shattered Vows, Judith Krantz’s I’ll Take Manhattan, Silent Witness, Rockabye, Murder of Innocence, In a Child’s Name, What She Doesn’t Know, Pancho Barnes, Ultimate Betrayal, Two Mothers for Zachary and Night Sins. More recently she co-starred in True Confessions of a Hollywood Starlet and guested on Boston Legal in a part David E. Kelly wrote specially for her. Her other forays into the series world include starring for two years on the hit Touched by an Angel, as well as the sitcoms Café Americain and Sydney, which she also executive produced.

But Valerie’s best and favorite production is her teenage son, Wolfgang, who achieved his own notoriety as the bassist for the legendary rock group Van Halen on its 2007-2008 North American Tour. Valerie has also served as a correspondent for The Rachel Ray Show.

She has continued to help and inspire millions of people through her work with Jenny Craig, which now includes the workout video Losing it and Keeping Fit produced with Gaiam. She recently put the finishing touches on her second book, Finding It, which came out from Simon & Schuster’s Free Press imprint in October 2009. Valerie lives in Los Angeles and has just completed her first half-marathon. Her before and after story continues to inspire thousands.

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