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VINTAGE BEAUTY ~ Valerie Bertinelli

Updated on July 18, 2008

Everybody complains that people are so flaky in LA. I'd rather be flaky than mean.


I remember watching the sitcom "One Day at a Time" during the late seventies and thinking "I wish I was Barbara Cooper!" She had a carefree sexy persona and a "who me?" appeal. The series ran a good nine year stint from 1975 until 1984. A series considered groundbreaking for it's frank discussion of teen sexuality and the unique problems that arose from single parenthood and the 70's pop culture. The role of "Barbara", who was uncommonly obedient, was like a breath of fresh air to many parents who at the time were struggling with their more rebellious youth.

All be it, a bit awkward at times, she managed to subdue her male fans with her charm and innocent allure. You really believed she had no idea just how gorgeous she was. The girl-next-door who simply, but readily, took your breath away.

Valerie Bertinelli was born on April 23, 1960 in Wilmington, Delaware to a GM executive and was the only daughter in the middle of an older brother and two younger. She admittedly viewed herself as mostly a tomboy growing up and claims humble surprise to her then sex-symbol status.

Before marrying Eddie Van Halen, one of the most successful and talented lead guitarists to ever front a rock band, Valerie Bertinelli gave the less-known but now blockbuster director, Steven Spielberg a go. Also in the dating pool, she had her fun with actors, Scott Baio and Scott Columby, before deciding that a rocker would be a perfect choice to settle down with. Snagging a very cute Rock Star, at that. And although her marriage to Eddie didn't last, she showed the wisdom of being able to stay friends with her ex no matter how tumultious the relationship turned out to be. Her first priority was and always is for the sake of her son.

For a man to say I love you, crying, it's like, God, it was really sweet.

Honesty is very sexy.

I had a very good family that really protected me from everything, and it was a different era.

I see how raw I was and how green I was. But I think, Oh, what a cute little girl. But that's about it.

I'm a good girl. I am, pretty much.

I'm just not a confident person.

I'm proud of what I did, like when I was scared to do a scene and I got through it and I was good.

I run into Bonnie, I'll run into Mac. But it's been a good 20 years since we've all four been in a room together.

Valerie and Eddie


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      gchicnotes 6 years ago

      I always thought Valerie was so beautiful and classy and I loved to watch One day at a Time.Great pictures in your hub. Voted up and beautiful.

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      Claudette Valery 8 years ago

      I really have enjoyed watching your series in One day at a Time, including your movies a 100 miles. You have been an inspiration in my life. Thank you very much.

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      trish1048 9 years ago

      I used to love that show.  Valerie was and is a beautiful woman.  She mastered being wholesome and sexy at the same time.

      Great pictures, thanks for sharing,


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      Erica Campbell 9 years ago

      Valerie was a total fox back in the day. Eddie really messed her up.