"One Pound at a Time"

Did anyone catch Valerie Bertinelli today on Oprah? She has lost 40 pounds and looks fabulous! It's hard to believe she's 47. She looks very natural. One benefit of having a healthy build is that it helps disguise wrinkles. Once you get too thin the wrinkles really stand out. (I'll remember that tonight when I'm chowing down on Ben & Jerry's!)

It was a really interesting show. She really dished the dirt about her marriage to Eddie Van Halen and her fling with Steven Spielberg. Pretty juicy stuff!

I loved "One Day at a Time," but I was only allowed to watch it when my Dad wasn't around because he HATED the Ann Romano character played by Bonnie Franklin. He couldn't even look at her, so we had to sneak to watch it!

I looked up "One Day at a Time" on Wikipedia and here are some of the controversial plots the show covered: (This will be a trip down memory lane for the 40 plus crowd!)

  • Suicide: In a two-part episode, Barbara freaks out when a new girl at school begins hanging around her incessantly. When Barbara shuns the girl she attempts suicide by drug overdose. Though she survives, it is revealed her problems go much deeper, owing to, among other things, a neglectful mother.
  • Birth Control: When Ann confronts Barbara about "the pill" (Ann is informed of the situation by Julie), Barbara says that she's not on the pill, but just wanted guys to think she was. Ann replied "If they think you are, you'd better be."
  • Relationships/Pre-Marital Sex: In another two-parter, Ann is mortified when she learns that Julie is romantically involved with a man more than twice her age. When the man brings Julie home very late one night Ann berates him. But when Julie gets in Ann's face ("You lonely, Ma?? You want him??"), Ann angrily slaps Julie. (the slap loudly hit full force
  • In another episode dealing with pre-marital sex, teenager Barbara wrestles with the question of losing her virginity. After much self examination, Barbara decides not to have intercourse.
  • Sexual Harassment: Barbara decides to fight back against a teacher who makes a blatant pass at her. She later finds out the teacher made similar advances to a classmate. Initially the two decide to go against the teacher, but the classmate backs out at the last minute.
  • In another episode, Schneider has reservations when asked to become a sperm donor
In hindsight, maybe my Dad's annoyance with Bonnie Franklin was only one of the reasons he didn't want us watching the show!

Anyway, I hope she can stick with her healthy eating. For a girl who looked like she had it all, she really went through some nasty stuff. The things she endured throughout her marriage make the plots on "One Day at a Time" look tame.

She looks very happy now. Yay for her!


suburban prep said...

I remember watching One Day At a Time.
I saw Oprah this morning. It was quite the open talk that Valerie gave today. She was calm and relaxed about being that open.
I give her a lot of credit.

Maria said...

She looks AWESOME.
Now...let's see what Queen Latifah is going to do. My friend spotted her and Alicia Keys @ the local Gold's Gym here - they're filming a movie in our town. :)

Hair Girl said...

I am going to have to read that book. She was so candid!

LunaNik said...

I agree that women with a bit o' thickness look way younger! And, yes, I too remember that while wolfing down entire chocolate cakes in one sitting!

suchsimplepleasures said...

that's exactly the definition i found for hoomalimali...mean awful spiteful grandmother!!
and...guess what? it has just come to my attention that my mother in law found out about my blog...and she's having a temper tantrum!!

the mama bird diaries said...

That is so funny. I never see Oprah but was putting on Sesame Street and caught a few minutes of the interview. My daughter said, "put on Sesame Street." I'm like, "shhhhhh..."

She looked FANTASTIC. And I caught the part where she admitted to making out with one of her girlfriends.

My mom always let me watch that show. I think because she was a single mom too.

Thanks for the trip down memory lane.

Phyl said...

I have always thought Valeri was absolutely gorgeous. Have you heard the song Bon Jovi sings, "Wanna Make A Memory"? It's got to be for her...

Stacey @RealWorldMom said...

I loved "One Day at a Time" too! Didn't see Valerie on Oprah though, so thanks for filling me in!

so tired said...

She still looks so cute, so young and perky.

I did not see all of it. But what I did see was sure entertaining!

Momo Fali said...

Fling with Steven Spielberg?!! Huh?! Time to go turn off Curious George and turn on my taped Oprah!

Jerseygirl89 said...

I loved that show (and for the record, I am "only" 36.) I really wanted to look like Barbara.

Southern Fried Girl said...

I missed that one. I was such a fan of that show though.

I just can't deal with Oprah much anymore. I mean for real, she is fixin to dislocate a shoulder with that much patting of herself on the back.

Johnina said...

Wish I looked half as good!

Tara R. said...

I remember that show, and always liked Valerie's character and her in general, but I'm with your dad on the mom thing... couldn't stand Bonnie Franklin, and the Julie character was just a freak.

Tres Poshe Preppy said...

I bummed I missed the show. Valerie is so cute. I really hope she keeps it off, unlike Kirstie (hope she gets back on track). I remember my mom not liking when I watched the show too. At the time, it did tackle touchy issues. And, my friends who are super skinny at my age (near 40) have so many more wrinkles. So there, eat up! :)

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