She completed the 26.2-mile Boston Marathon in April in 5 hours, 14 minutes, and she's planning to compete in a triathlon later this year. I hope it just gets better, because this is really fun." Life was far less rosy back in 2001.
In between she'll be filming her new TV Land sitcom Hot in Cleveland, costarring Jane Leeves, Wendie Malick, and Betty White. That's when Bertinelli discovered that her husband of two decades, rocker Eddie Van Halen, had boarded a plane with their young son, Wolfie, while carrying a packet of cocaine in his wallet. In 2003 Bertinelli was spending most of her time in Salt Lake City, filming her CBS series Touched by an Angel (co-starring Roma Downey and Della Reese).
with Betty White and worked as a Jenny Craig spokeswoman who lost nearly 50 pounds.
“I’m dying to take some amazing baking course, because it feels so artistic. I used to sketch, I can fill that need in the kitchen. What does she make of the latest sexual-assault scandals to come out of Hollywood, involving Harvey Weinstein and other male directors and producers?
“I’m incredibly proud of the women who’ve stepped forward and who have given all women a voice now.
What’s been happening for the last few years will be difficult to happen again in the next few years.
I think a lot of these people should be in jail.” Still friendly with ex-husband Van Halen, Bertinelli was remarried in 2011 to businessman Tom Vitale, and they maintain a blended family.
Jalapeño-and-cheese poppers, to be exact: each night she'd come home from the set, heat up a dozen, and pour herself a vodka and cranberry juice.
"After Ed and I separated, I thought, 'I'll finish raising my son, and I'll go away, have about 40 cats, and just get nice and fat.' I thought I would be alone for the rest of my life, because I didn't want the responsibility.
We asked Bertinelli — who is headlining the “55 Thrive” event hosted by the Inquirer and Philadelphia Media Network on Nov.
19 at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown — how she went about reinventing herself, and how that can motivate others to do the same. “Is it really reinventing my life or just growing into the next phase of my life?
Acknowledging that completing a marathon on the eve of her 50th birthday is no small feat, she sits back, laughs deeply, and says, "I've never been a big age person. Angel was on its way to cancellation that year, and Bertinelli's TV-movie options—a big part of her adult career—had dried up.
As she often did in times of stress, she turned to food.
In early 2007, after she'd ballooned to 172 pounds, she launched a very public weight-loss campaign with the Jenny Craig company, dropping more than 40 pounds.