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Losing It: And Gaining My Life Back One Pound at a Time Paperback – Bargain Price, November 18, 2008
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A Note to Amazon Readers (and a Q&A) from Valerie BertinelliDear Amazon Customer, Glad to see you here and hopefully purchasing my book. I've heard if you buy multiple copies it's a better experience--a better one for me! But seriously, I'm usually on Amazon, too. I've been buying books through the site for ten years. I enjoy reading the reviews. I get a good sense of the book, and I like to hear what other people have to say. Like in a traditional bookstore, I can look at the cover, peek inside the book, and check out the bestseller lists. Valerie
- Do you have a favorite character from a book? I love Scout and Atticus from To Kill A Mockingbird.
- If you can be any character from a book, who would you like to be? I would like to be Scarlett and I would let Rhett know how much I love him.
- How do you decide what next book you want to read? If its for my book group, whoever hosts the next gathering picks the book, so its picked for me seven out of eight times. But on my own, I read reviews and ask people whose taste I like what theyre reading.
- Wheres your favorite place to read? Either lying in bed or on the sofa next to the fireplace.
- What is your favorite genre? I dont really have one.
About the Author
Valerie Bertinelli has been acting since the age of twelve, appearing in more than two dozen made-for-TVmovies. Most recognizably, she appeared on the long-running sitcom One Day at a Time and, more recently, on Touched by an Angel. Now a spokesperson for Jenny Craig, Bertinelli was raised in Claymont, Delaware, and in the San Fernando Valley, California, and was married for twenty years to Eddie Van Halen (they split up in 2001). Currently, she lives with her son, Wolfgang, in Los Angeles.
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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.
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.
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.