03:37 PM EDT 06/07/2013
Originally posted 06/06/2013 07:00PM
L.A. comic Mara Shapshay isn't finding her life very funny right now.
On May 29, Shapshay filed a negligence lawsuit in L.A. Superior Court against Jenny Craig, claiming she got 1,000 gallstones after using the weight-loss program.
Shapshay, an L.A.-based stand-up comedian who is also a contributing writer to the Huffington Post, says in the lawsuit that about one year after signing up for Jenny Craig, she "developed severe pain in her right abdomen" that sent her to the emergency room in October 2012.
Originally posted 03/01/2013 03:00PM
Bonnie Franklin, who died of pancreatic cancer Friday, and Valerie Bertinelli go back nearly 40 years, to the sitcom One Day at a TIme, on which Franklin played her mother, Ann Romano.
Two years ago the actresses reunited professionally, on Bertinelii's series Hot in Cleveland.
Bertinelli said in a statement Friday: "My heart is breaking. Bonnie has always been one of the most important women in my life and was a second mother to me."
Originally posted 03/01/2013 01:30PM
One Day at a Time star Bonnie Franklin, who announced last September that she was suffering from pancreatic cancer, died of complications of the disease on Friday, her family told the Los Angeles Times. She was 69.
Franklin died at her Los Angeles home, and is survived by her mother, Claire Franklin, and stepchildren Jed Minoff and Julie Minoff, said the paper.
On the long-running CBS series, which was developed by Norman Lear and on the air from 1975-1984, Franklin starred as divorced mom Ann Romano, alongside Mackenzie Phillips and Valerie Bertinelli, who played her teenage daughters.
Originally posted 11/14/2012 06:00AM
Pink took a break from mommy duties to perform at Sony Studios in Culver City,Calif., benefitting the Margie Petersen Breast Center at Saint John's Health Center on Monday.
The "Blow Me (One Last Kiss)" singer wore a black long-sleeved top and a black leather skirt to perform an 11-song set. The star-studded audience included Heather Locklear, Valerie Bertinelli, Melanie Griffith and Rita Wilson.
"It's been a while since I sang. I'm usually in sweatpants singing 'Shoo Fly, Don't Bother Me,'" joked the mother of 17-month-old old Willow.
Earlier in the night, Locklear and Bertinelli were seen sitting together and chatting in the VIP area close to the stage.
Guests at the event enjoyed hors d'oeuvres by Wolfgang Puck, including tuna tartare, crab cakes, mini sliders, and fire-roasted eggplant tarts, as well as cocktails and Stella Artois.
Getting ready for the #PowerOfPinkBenefit and so thankful for all of the support and donations and we bout to bring it girls and boys— P!nk (@Pink) November 13, 2012
– Gabrielle Olya
Originally posted 10/21/2012 08:00AM
These days, Valerie Bertinelli is looking good, feeling good and happily married to husband Tom Vitale.
But that wasn't always the case. On an episode of The Dr. Oz Show airing Monday, the Hot in Cleveland star frankly discusses her past drug use and addiction to food.
"[Using drugs] wreaked havoc on [my body], because one day I'm eating a healthy meal and the next day I'm just putting a bunch of white powder up my nose," Bertinelli, 52, tells Dr. Mehmet Oz during the appearance.
Bertinelli blames not taking care of herself on the fact that she had low self-worth. "I'm not being good to myself ... I'm not worth being treated well anyway, so I'll just treat myself even worse," she says. "I'm so glad I'm not that person anymore."
Originally posted 10/07/2012 12:30PM
For Valerie Bertinelli, heating up the romance with husband Tom Vitale came down to whipping up a hearty helping of … cold soup.
The 40 lbs. lighter-Jenny Craig success story, 52, already admitted, "The first time I made gazpacho for him, I thought I was going to be made love to the entire night!"
This tomato-based concoction is just one of the healthy (did we say delicious?) recipes included in Bertinelli's new cookbook, One Dish at a Time (available Oct. 16).
"Tom looooooves tomatoes, which is why they appear so often in this book," she writes in the book.
Originally posted 10/02/2012 09:40AM
Valerie Bertinelli is one feisty foodie.
After losing 40 lbs., the Jenny Craig success's new cookbook, One Dish at a Time, showcases her love of making healthy, delicious food – but that's not the only joy of cooking for Bertinelli.
Opening up about her husband Tom Vitale's surprising turn-ons in the kitchen, she tells the new issue of Prevention magazine, "I told [Tom] a long time ago, 'You know what foreplay is to me? Emptying the dishwasher.' "
Still she adds, "I think he took it too literally … I'm like, 'No, honey, it takes more than emptying the dishwasher.' But that's part of it."
Originally posted 06/01/2012 11:30AM
Three years after she first donned the itsy-bitsy green bikini on a cover of PEOPLE, Valerie Bertinelli is ready to break it out again.
"The green bikini is in my drawer just waiting for me to put it back on," the Hot in Cleveland star, 52, said at Thursday's American Heart Association's Wall Street Run & Heart Walk in New York. "When these 5 lbs. come off, then I will put that back on."
"It's like the 5 lbs. that creeps on and then you have to take it back off, creeps on and take it back off," she said, "and I think that a lot of people go through that before the summer."
Originally posted 04/11/2012 04:15PM
What if Betty White isn't so crazy about Ryan Seacrest after all?
Amid much publicity, the star of the new NBC show Off Their Rockers finally started Tweeting at age 90, posting a flirty message about the American Idol host on her verified account.
But the next morning, Valerie Bertinelli, who costars on White's other show, TV Land's Hot in Cleveland, stirred up the Twitter-verse by suggesting White's account (which now has more than 144,000 followers) was not legit.
Originally posted 01/23/2012 06:45PM
Apparently Jennifer Love Hewitt isn't a bring-home-to-mom kind of gal – at least not on Hot in Cleveland.
In a Jan. 25 episode of the TV Land series (airing at 10 p.m.), the actress, 32, reprises her role as Wendie Malick's daughter Emmy, and disappoints Valerie Bertinelli's character Melanie when she announces that she is engaged to her son Will, played by Joe Jonas. (See clip, below.)
"Our moms are shocked to find out that we're engaged," Hewitt tells PEOPLE. "I'm the wrong person for him because his character is really nice and down to earth, and mine is ridiculous and rude and has all the wrong priorities."
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