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Valerie Bertinelli: Engaged (which is cool) and working with Betty White (which almost seems cooler)

May 20, 2010 |  4:51 pm


Valerie Bertinelli is engaged to beau Tom Vitale, she tells AARP the Magazine, after he surprised her with a proposal at the oldest restaurant in Florence during their recent vacation there -- her first trip to Italy.

Bertinelli's also coming back to the small screen with the white-hot Betty White in the pilot of "Hot in Cleveland," a TV Land sitcom that got the green light a while back and premieres June 16. The premise: On the way to Paris, Bertinelli and two friends (Wendy Malick and Jane Leeves) find themselves in Cleveland, where they decide rent a house that comes with White as the caretaker.

(OK, we're sure the actual pitch was better than that, but you get the idea.)

If onscreen chemistry is the key to sitcom success, "Hot" may deliver. Don't believe it? Check out two very funny ladies one-upping each other in the Access Hollywood interview above. 

Other topics in the AARP interview: More about her years with Vitale and the details of the engagement, her split from Eddie Van Halen, her acting career, the whole Jenny Craig thing, and her new attitude on life.

-- Christie D'Zurilla

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