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The Ladies of 'Hot in Cleveland' Are Hot in Hollywood — and Anywhere Else

Jane Leeves, Valerie Bertinelli and Wendie Malick talk about looking and feeling good at 50+

Jane Leeves, Valerie Bertinelli and Wendie Malick of Hot in Cleveland

It's gettin' hot here! "Hot in Cleveland" stars Jane Leeves, Valerie Bertinelli and Wendie Malick attend a theater benefit in March 2013. — David Livingston/Getty Images

Jane Leeves, Valerie Bertinelli and Wendie Malick, popular actresses now in their 50s and 60s, have starred in some of the highest-rated comedies and movies on television over the last four decades, and thus have aged as their fans have watched.

Yet the women, now working in their fourth season (along with Betty White, 91) of the TV Land series Hot in Cleveland, say they feel as good now as they did in their heydays on, for Malick, Just Shoot Me!, for Leeves, Frasier and for Bertinelli, One Day at a Time. (Watch the video playlist at the bottom of this page to see Hot in Cleveland's ladies in action.)

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Aging in Hollywood can be daunting, particularly when roles for women over 40 are harder to find than those for men of the same age. But the women of Hot in Cleveland, who play entertainment-industry types from Los Angeles who decide to move to Cleveland because in Ohio they will be seen as glamorous, are actually hot in Tinseltown, as well as anywhere else.

Here's how they do it.

1. They stay active

The actresses take to heart the fact that exercise is a key to good health and good looks, and all three women have incorporated exercise into their daily routines.

Malick, 62, has taken up Pilates, which she says helps her posture. That's combined with caring for her five horses, two dogs and two miniature donkeys, she says, and she starts every day "by hiking with my dogs and riding a horse and shoveling manure — which I find very life-affirming, and it sort of keeps you grounded."

Bertinelli, 53, who married second husband Tom Vitale in 2011, may not be shoveling manure, but she has been a serious fitness fanatic since she lost 40 pounds as spokesperson for the weight loss company Jenny Craig several years ago. She asks readers of her blog, "My Very Best," to "commit to just 30 minutes of exercise a day…. Maybe you walk the dog in the morning, do some sit-ups or push-ups in the afternoon and take a family walk after dinner. The benefits are immediate and long-lasting."

Leeves, 52, a former dancer, tries to exercise at least five times a week: "I'll do three miles on my treadmill," she says, "usually at an incline — just walking, because I don't like running."

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THAT'S SO HOT! See why the ladies of Hot in Cleveland — Jane Leeves, Valerie Bertinelli, Wendie Malick and, of course, Betty White — are so popular (dare we say, hot!) with TV viewers.

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