Valerie Bertinelli: My Body Then & Now

Almost 49 and in bikini-ready shape, the actress takes PEOPLE on a photo tour of her looks through the years. By Elizabeth Leonard

1982

"Look at how sad my eyes look. I'm such a miserable person there. This has been airbrushed because I remember the bones were just scary sticking out. I have a flat tummy. No breasts. Nothing. I just see a sad little girl," Bertinelli recalls. At the time, the actress was doing drugs. "[Back then] I thought, 'Oh my God, look at how thin I am! This is amazing.' But I look back at it and I know how I got thin."