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


"This always cracks me up, because when we first started taking the pictures for Jenny Craig, I was like, I don't want to do any 'before' pictures!" says Bertinelli, who had tipped the scales at 172 lbs. when she first started the diet program. "[Fellow company spokeswoman] Kirstie [Alley] was so great. She said, 'Do them! And just be fat. Just enjoy being fat. Go out, eat, have fun.' "