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Actress Valerie Bertinelli was 15 when she landed the sitcom role that would make her a household name. But, in the years since "One Day At a Time," she has had her ups and downs, most famously on the bathroom scale. Fans watched as she struggled with "Losing It," as she called her first memoir. Now, Bertinelli is, as a new memoir testifies, "Finding It" -- her own voice, a new perspective on her body, motherhood and her broken marriage to rocker Eddie Van Halen.
No wonder that she recently appeared on "Oprah" to support her "One Day at a Time" costar, Mackenzie Phillips, as Phillips revealed that she'd had a incestuous relationship with her father, singer John Phillips. Bertinelli said she had no idea any such relationship existed. Ironically, she'd spent her teenage days on the set jealous of Mackenzie Phillip's sex appeal, on and off camera. Your life revolves around yourself. And if my jeans were two sizes bigger I just didn't think highly of myself.
I always felt less-than. Those lifelong feelings of anxiety and insecurity don't go away easily, even after losing all the weight and feeling the love from her fans. Her new book, "Finding It," shows Bertinelli, 49, dealing with a host of new life challenges, and facing up to the far less-fabulous side of being slim: It's an everyday occurrence. There's no, like, 'Ta-da' moment during maintenance.
It's all like, 'Oh, ta-da, I had another good day. It's a task that is notoriously challenging for Bertinelli, as it was, for example, for her former Jenny Craig cohort, Kirstie Alley. Been there, done that, bought a million T-shirts, all different sizes, but maintaining it, that's what I'm going through right now.
Bertinelli was 20 in when she wed one of rock's greatest guitarists, Eddie Van Halen. In , the couple's son, Wolfgang, was born; named, they said, after classical composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. I just gave birth. In an "Arsenio Hall Show" appearance in and elsewhere, the couple publicly delighted in Wolfgang's high-spiritedness. But the marriage was damaged by mutual infidelities and Van Halen's personal demons.