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One of our very favorite celebrities has announced that she is engaged. Valerie Bertinelli and her long time partner Tom Vitale have decided to tie the knot. She graces the cover of AARP magazine July/August 2010 issue and tells how she got fit, found faith and fell in love – check out the video below.

The pair, who met in 2004, were recently in Italy and spent a romantic night in Florence when he shocked her with a marriage proposal. She said, “We’d talked about getting married, but I was still shocked. It was sweet when he asked me, because he was so scared. I was like, ‘Are you kidding me?'”

Bertinelli, 50, indicates the wedding will be this fall and her 48-year-old groom-to-be is in charge of planning the event. She said, “He already knows the different kinds of bells he wants to go off during the ceremony.”

Valerie saw a resurgence in her career after becoming a spokeswoman for Jenny Craig and losing 40 pounds in 2007. Who can forget her transformation moment in that super sexy green bikini!

The actress was previously married to rocker Eddie Van Halen. They have a 19-year-old son Wolfgang Van Halen, who is also a musician.

Check out more photos and see what Valerie has to say about her engagement on the video below: