Valerie Bertinelli first became a household name in 1975 when she played Barbara Cooper on the CBS sitcom “One Day at a Time” for nine seasons. While Mackenzie Phillips as older sis Julie was the rebellious daughter in a household headed by Bonnie Franklin‘s divorced mom, Bertinelli’s upbeat character was more adept at making wisecracks. She would earn two Golden Globes as Best TV Supporting Actress but never competed for an Emmy. Even when she starred in a string of popular TV movies in the ’80s and ’90s with such ripe titles as “I Was a Mail Order Bride,” “The Seduction of Gina” and “Shattered Vows,” she was overlooked by TV’s top acting honor.
Bertinelli, 59, would spend three years starting in 2001 as a heavenly being named Gloria on “Touched by an Angel” and more recently appeared on TV Land’s “Hot in Cleveland” for five seasons until 2015 alongside of Betty White, Jane Leeves and Wendie Malick. But despite spending more than 40 years entertaining the public on the small screen, she was never nominated for an individual Emmy. That is, until now
Thanks to her second career as a celebrity chef on the Food Network, the likable actress has finally gotten her TV awards due for her Sunday morning show, “Valerie’s Home Cooking.” As the title of one of her best-selling cookbook says, Bertinelli did it “One Dish at a Time.” Last year, the homey show that often features her family’s Italian recipes and appearances by her husband, financial planner Tom Vitale, and Wolfgang, her 28-year-old rocker son by first husband Eddie Van Halen, got its first Daytime Emmy nom for Best Culinary Show. This year, however, the show that just wrapped its eighth season is up for the same prize while its star is in the running for Best Culinary Host.
“This is all brand new and exciting,” Bertinelli tells Gold Derby. “I didn’t know that Emmy nominations were coming out that day. I was doing my normal ritual in the morning, doing my crosswords, kind of checking Twitter. And all of a sudden my name came up. And I started sobbing.” Watch the video above or listen to the audio below.
“They were definitely tears of joy, however. It just felt like such a validation. Because I have impostor syndrome like nobody’s business. I know that I love cooking. I loved it longer than I loved acting. So for me, it was a beautiful validation of what I am doing. I’m in the right lane.”
These days, Bertinelli’s work schedule could be called “three shows at a time.” Early this year, she launched a new cooking competition concept, “Family Food Showdown,” a sort of “Family Feud” variation that pits two clans against one another in the kitchen. It airs at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Mondays.
Since 2015, she has shared hosting and judging duties with “Ace of Cakes” Duff Goldman on “Kids Baking Championship,” as young bakers whose ages range from 9 to 13 go head to head with their sweet creations and vie for a $25,000 prize. In 2018, it became Food Network’s highest-rated series in the cable channel’s history.
“Duff and I are very excited to get started on that again,” Bertinelli says. “That will start happening at the end of May. We’ll shoot a couple of seasons.” And you heard it here first. She reveals there will also be two specials this year. She will definitely be among the crowd of contenders attending the Daytime Emmys on May 5. “I wouldn’t miss it, she says. “I have no delusions about winning it all. I just want to be there and support my show and support all the people that make my job easier.”
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