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Losing It: And Gaining My Life Back One Pound at a Time Paperback – November 18, 2008
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Valerie Bertinelli, then: bubbly sitcom star and America's Sweetheart turned tabloid headline and rock star wife. Now: actress, single working mother of teenage rock star, and weight-loss inspiration to millions.
We all knew and loved Valerie Bertinelli years ago when she was girl-next-door cutie Barbara Cooper in the hit TV show One Day at a Time, and more recently when she starred in numerous TV movies and co-starred in Touched by an Angel. From wholesome prime time in America's living rooms, Valerie moved to late nights with the hardest-partying band of the decadent eighties when she became, at twenty, wife to rock guitarist Eddie Van Halen. Losing It is Valerie's frank account of her life backstage and in the spotlight: the ups and downs of teen stardom, her complicated marriage to a brilliant, tormented musical genius, the joys of motherhood, and her very public struggle with her weight.
Surprising, uplifting, and empowering, Losing It chronicles Valerie's journey as she finds new love, raises a terrific kid, and motivates other women to take back their lives.
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This biography is a fine recollection of her life and offers insight into her relationships with her husband, relatives, and co-stars. I wished though that she had wrote more about her years on "One Day at a Time" though. I was hoping to read more about the series. I grew up watching the series in syndication and have followed her though on her television career. I never did get into "Touched by an Angel" series.
Valerie is still going strong with her current series, "Hot in Cleveland." She was awarded with a Television on the Hollywood Star on the Walk of Fame a couple of years ago and Bonnie Franklin passed away in 2013. Valerie needs to update her biography now. She has married her longtime boyfriend, Tom, too. Valerie comes across as beautiful, intelligent, and charming. I didn't care that she put on weight. Weight isn't everything. To me, she's perfect in her size.
It was interesting to hear that people thought she was fat when she was on the TV show and how much actresses are judged on their body image. I always thought she looked just about perfect in the show. It's easy to see how she ended up gaining weight with all the pressure of a show business career and then with the wild lifestyle during her marriage. Reading that the rich and famous have many of the same issues with weight and self image that the rest of us do is kind of surprising sometimes but why should they be any different?
It was an interesting book, and a quick read. I'd recommend it to anyone who followed Valerie's career and watched the show growing up.
rude she came across as. She was going to be the Grand Marshall at a Holiday Parade and I asked her some general questions, and she never
smiled. I wonder now how unhappy she must have been then. I wish her the best. People change, I hope she did.
I was surprised at the number of movie-of-the-weeks she apparently acted in and I've set my DVR to try to capture them, since I know what was going on with her behind the scenes now. She does talk a lot about food and her weight and her lifelong self-consciousness about it, which is understandable. With me it was my hair. If I wrote my biography, it'd be mostly about how my hair seemed to control everything I did or didn't do.
This is a great commercial for Jenny Craig, too. It seems like it worked when nothing else she tried did, except for cocaine. If I could afford it, I'd try it.