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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."
Originally posted 12/06/2011 08:30AM
It was enough of a victory when Valerie Bertinelli shed 40 lbs. and then managed to keep off the weight – but now she's unlocked the secret to a more elusive goal: Dropping weight during the calorific holiday season.
"You know what, I lose weight, not gain it, during the holidays," she told PEOPLE recently at the Bloomingdale's Coat Kick-Off Drive with Sundance Channel's All on the Line with Joe Zee. "You have more days off, so you have more time to go to the gym and be active. I have so much more time to work out this time of year."
Bertinelli, 51, says preparing holiday food also sometimes leaves her cold.
Originally posted 08/03/2011 11:40AM
Valerie Bertinelli didn't skimp on trips to the gym when she was trying to lose weight. And now that she's 40 lbs. lighter, not much has changed.
"I mix treadmill running with exercises like push-ups, walking lunges, crunches," she tells Prevention magazine in its September issue of her exercise routine.
The Jenny Craig spokeswoman, 51, who displayed her bikini bod on the cover of PEOPLE in March 2009, gets a little help when she hits the gym – from personal trainer, Christopher Ross Lane.
Originally posted 03/09/2011 11:20AM
The pricier the engagement ring, the better – right, ladies?
Not according to Valerie Bertinelli, who says she was taken aback when Tom Vitale presented her with some expensive bling when he popped the question last year.
"It was from Tiffany's," the Hot in Cleveland actress says in an interview airing Wednesday on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. "I said, 'Why did you spend so much money? Why did you go to Tiffany's? You should've gone someplace else with cheaper jewelry.' "
She adds with a laugh: "I don't know why he married me."
Originally posted 02/10/2011 08:30AM
Valerie Bertinelli doesn't feel the need to get all dressed up to impress her new hubby Tom Vitale. In fact, the actress prefers to do the opposite.
"Tom and I like being able to walk around naked," the Hot in Cleveland star, 50, says in the March issue of Good Housekeeping.
But the couple's uninhibited pastime isn't always possible. "You can't [be naked] when the kids are in the house," Bertinelli says of Vitale's four children from a previous marriage and Bertinelli's son Wolfie, with ex-husband Eddie Van Halen.
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