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Victoria Davey Spelling (born May 16, 1973) is an American actress and author. Her first major role was Donna Martin on Beverly Hills, 90210, beginning in 1990. She has appeared in made for television films, including A Friend to Die For (1994), A Carol Christmas (2003), The Mistle-Tones (2012), both versions of Mother, May I Sleep with Danger? (1996 & 2016) and The Last Sharknado: It's About Time (2018). She has also starred in several independent films including The House of Yes (1997), Trick (1999), Scary Movie 2 (2001), Cthulhu (2007), Kiss the Bride (2007) and Izzie's Way Home (2016). She reprised her role of Donna Martin in Beverly Hills, 90210's spin-off, BH90210, in 2019.

Spelling's autobiography, Stori Telling, debuted on top of the New York Times Best Seller list and was named the best celebrity autobiography of 2009.

Early life

Spelling was born in Los Angeles, California. She is the daughter of Candy Spelling (née Marer; born 1945) and television and film producer Aaron Spelling (1923–2006). She has a younger brother, Randy, a former actor who, as of 2009, works as a life coach. Spelling's parents were from Jewish families whose ancestors moved to the United States from Russia and Poland. Her middle name comes from her paternal grandfather, David. She attended Beverly Hills High School in Beverly Hills, California, and graduated from the elite private school Harvard-Westlake School in 1991.

Career

Early work

At age six, Spelling was given acting lessons from an acting coach hired by her father, and was subsequently given guest spots on television series such as The Love Boat, T. J. Hooker, Hotel, Fantasy Island, Vega$ and Saved by the Bell. At the age of 17, she was given the role of Donna Martin on Beverly Hills, 90210, co-produced by Aaron Spelling's company Spelling Television. Tori Spelling portrayed Donna for the show's entire run and was nominated for two Young Artist Awards.

While starring on Beverly Hills, 90210, Spelling was cast in a number of made-for-television films, including Co-ed Call Girl (1996), A Friend to Die For (1994), and Mother, May I Sleep with Danger? (1996), and several independent films, including The House of Yes (1997) and Trick (1999).

2006–2009

In 2006, Spelling starred as herself in the VH1 sitcom So Notorious, which parodied her public image. In January 2007, she and her second husband Dean McDermott pretended to purchase and operate a bed and breakfast hotel, Chateau La Rue in Fallbrook, California for their reality series, Tori & Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood, originally Tori & Dean: Inn Love, which aired on Oxygen from 2007 to 2012. In July 2007, Spelling became a minister to marry a gay couple at Chateau La Rue. A tape of the wedding ceremony was shown on Inn Love.

Spelling's fashion and jewelry line premiered on HSN.[when?] She released her autobiography, sTori TELLING, on March 11, 2008. Her second book, Mommywood, was released on April 14, 2009.

On January 7, 2009, it was reported that Spelling would reprise her role as Donna Martin on Beverly Hills, 90210 spin-off 90210. She appeared in the nineteenth and twentieth episodes of the first season as a special guest star.

2010–present

In 2010, Spelling released her third book, Uncharted TerriTORI. Spelling told People: "I love sharing my stories and experiences with people and connecting to them on both a humorous and emotional level. The response to my first two books has been so amazing that I wanted to write a third one for my fans."

Home Sweet Hollywood's spin-off series, Tori & Dean: sTORIbook Weddings premiered on April 6, 2011. Writers, who claimed they came up with the idea of a similar series starring Spelling and husband Dean McDermott, filed a $60 million lawsuit against the series, citing breach of implied-in-fact contract, breach of fiduciary duty, slander of title, false advertising, and unfair business practices among other charges. Later in 2011, Spelling voiced the Pirate Princess in Jake and the Never Land Pirates. She played a role in the comedy short film Hoarders: Untold sTori which premiered at the Outfest Film Festival in July 2011.[citation needed]

On September 4, 2011, Spelling made an appearance on Big Brother 13.

On April 21, 2012, Spelling hosted My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic 'Royal Wedding' special, celebrating the series' second-season finale, called A Canterlot Wedding. She also hosted the series premiere of Craft Wars, where three new contestants each episode battle against each other crafting for a chance to earn $10,000.

On December 18, 2012, Spelling appeared on Nick Jr.'s Yo Gabba Gabba! and performed a skit where she baked cookies for the characters on the show. This was part of a Christmas special for the series. The special included other famous guests such as Tony Hawk and My Chemical Romance.

It was announced on August 26, 2013, that production had started on a reality television series titled Tori & Dean: Cabin Fever. The series chronicles Spelling, McDermott, and their four children as they move to a lakeside cabin in Ontario, Canada while renovating it into their vacation home. Eight half-hour episodes were produced and aired on CMT Canada and HGTV in 2014.

Spelling starred in the short-lived ABC Family TV series Mystery Girls with former 90210 co-star Jennie Garth in 2014.

In 2016, Spelling voiced April in the animated movie Izzie's Way Home. The same year, she co-starred in the TV movie Mother, May I Sleep with Danger? alongside James Franco.

Since June 24, 2018, Spelling is hosting the TV series The Look All Stars. In the same time, she appears in the successful TV movie The Last Sharknado: It's About Time.

On January 30, 2019, Spelling competed in The Masked Singer as "Unicorn".

In November 2020, Spelling began a podcast with Beverly Hills 90210 co-star Jennie Garth titled 9021OMG, where the two re-watch and share memories from their time on the show and chat about their experiences, along with TV and radio personality Sisanie Villaclara.

Personal life

On July 3, 2004, Spelling married actor and writer Charlie Shanian. In July 2005, Spelling was filming the Lifetime TV-movie Mind Over Murder in Ottawa, during which she met actor Dean McDermott, who was then married to actress Mary Jo Eustace. Spelling and McDermott began cheating on their spouses the night they met. Spelling and Shanian separated in October 2005. Shanian cited irreconcilable differences when he filed for divorce, which was finalized on April 20, 2006.

Spelling married McDermott less than a month later, on May 7, 2006, in a private ceremony in Wakaya, Fiji. Spelling and McDermott renewed their vows on May 8, 2010 in Beverly Hills, California. The couple have five children together: three sons, Liam Aaron (born March 13, 2007), Finn Davey (born August 30, 2012) and Beau Dean (born March 2, 2017) and two daughters, Stella Doreen (born June 9, 2008) and Hattie Margaret (born October 10, 2011). She is also the stepmother to Jack Montgomery McDermott (born October 10, 1998), who is McDermott's son with Eustace.[citation needed]

Spelling anticipated a sizable inheritance from her father's $500 million estate after his death in 2006. The estate was to be divided primarily between Spelling, her brother Randy, and their mother Candy. Candy Spelling was the estate executor, but she and Tori Spelling were estranged. Tori and Randy Spelling each inherited $800,000, although Randy was not estranged from Candy. Candy established a $10 million trust fund for Tori's eldest child.

In her sixth book, Spelling It Like It Is, Spelling admitted to having financial troubles, due to the cancellation of her reality series, poor real estate decisions, and a difficult fourth pregnancy, during which she was hospitalized for ten weeks. In explanation, Spelling said, "...as my real estate obsession persists, it's starting to look more compulsive. Moving is expensive, and I've put us in a precarious financial situation."

Spelling is an ordained minister with the Universal Life Church Monastery.

2013 cheating scandal and aftermath

In December 2013, after welcoming their second son, Us Weekly broke the news that McDermott was unfaithful to Spelling. The couple worked through the aftermath of the affair on a Lifetime series titled True Tori.

While Spelling and McDermott's marriage was back on track, the couple once again made headlines in 2016 for owing $39,000 to American Express in unpaid credit card bills. Candy, who was also on good terms with her daughter, told TMZ at the time that she was helping out Spelling and her family financially.

In March 2018, Spelling and McDermott were in contact with the police three times over the course of nine days. On Thursday, March 1, McDermott called the police around 7:00 am to say that Spelling was going through some sort of mental breakdown. Per an LAPD spokesperson, the situation ended up being a “domestic incident” and that “no crime” was committed. Nearly a week later, on Wednesday, March 7, the Ventura County Sheriff's Office showed up at Spelling's doctor's office around 9:45 am because of her husband raising a concern. McDermott called the police to check up on his wife after she had left their house with one of their children and that he was worried about her well-being. The deputies located Spelling at the doctor's office, spoke to her and determined she and their kids were okay. Because no crime had been committed, no further action was taken. On Friday, March 9, Spelling and McDermott went out to dinner with their five children at the Black Bear Diner in Tarzana, California. However, the LAPD arrived at the restaurant and it appeared that the couple were having a serious conversation inside. Their meal was cut short when the family was escorted out the back of the restaurant. It was later reported that the reason the police were called to the diner was because the paparazzi would not allow them to eat in peace and for the safety of Spelling, McDermott and their children, they needed a police escort from the restaurant.

In February 2019, Spelling claimed they no longer had relationship problems, as they communicated.

In June 2021, it was reported that the couple's marriage had been in "trouble for over a year". They sparked split rumors after fans noticed that Spelling and McDermott stopped sharing photos of each other on social media, and both were seen out and about without their wedding rings on. A source told Us Weekly that things between the couple were "not great". Spelling appeared on Jeff Lewis' radio show, Jeff Lewis Live, on June 16, 2021 and revealed that she and McDermott don't sleep in the same bedroom anymore. On October 18, 2021, Spelling was spotted outside an attorney's office having a heated phone call, sparking more split rumors. She was seen holding a notebook that listed a 3 p.m. meeting with a lawyer and the topics of discussion included "assets", "support", and "custody."

As of January 2022, Spelling and McDermott are still "going through a rough patch and a tough space." However, they are attempting to work on their marriage for the sake of their five children.

Filmography

Spelling and Tim Gunn co-presenting at an event in November 2007.

Film

Year Title Role Notes
1989 Troop Beverly Hills Jamie
1996 Calls for Cthulhu Susan Video short
1997 The House of Yes Lesly
Scream 2 Herself / Stab Sidney Prescott
1999 Trick Katherine
2000 Perpetrators of the Crime Lucy
2001 Scary Movie 2 Alex Monday
2002 Naked Movie Iris Pytlak
2003 Sol Goode Tammie
Evil Alien Conquerors Jan (uncredited)
2004 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover Stephanie
2005 Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story Donna Martin Voice role
2007 Cthulhu Susan
Kiss the Bride Alex Golski
2016 Izzie's Way Home April Voice role

Television

Year Title Role Notes
1981 Vega$ Julie "Seek and Destroy"
1983 Matt Houston Nelli Brant "Fear for Tomorrow"
Shooting Stars Jenny O'Keefe TV film
Fantasy Island Christy / Laurie Shannon 2 episodes
The Love Boat Penny Gibson / Sarah Toomey
Hotel Lisa Walker Episode: "Christmas"
1984 T. J. Hooker Toni Polnoi "Grand Theft Auto"
1985 Hotel Sara "Cry Wolf"
1987 Hotel Jody 'Jo' Payne "Barriers"
1989 Monsters Beverly "The Match Game"
1990 Saved by the Bell Violet Bickerstaff Episodes: "House Party", "The Glee Club", "Check Your Mate"
1990-2000 Beverly Hills, 90210 Donna Martin Main role
1992 Melrose Place Donna Martin "Pilot", "Friends & Lovers"
1994 Burke's Law Mary McKenna Episode: "Who Killed the Host at the Roast?"
A Friend to Die For Stacey Lockwood TV film
1995 Awake to Danger Aimee McAdams
Biker Mice from Mars Romana Parmesana Voice role; "Hit the Road, Jack"
1996 Deadly Pursuits Meredith TV film
Co-ed Call Girl Joanna
Malibu Shores Jill Episode: "The Competitive Edge"
Mother, May I Sleep with Danger? Laurel Lewisohn TV film
1997 Alibi Marti Gerrard
2003 So Downtown Liz
A Carol Christmas Carol Cartman TV film
2004 The Help Molly the Dog Walker Recurring role
Less than Perfect Roxanne Fielder Episode: "Claude's Roxanne"
2005 Family Plan Charlie TV film
American Dad! Kim Voice role; Episode: "Stan Knows Best"
Hush Nina Hamilton TV film
Mind Over Murder Holly Winters
2006 So Notorious Tori Spelling
2007-2012 Tori & Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood Herself
2007 The House Sitter Elise Crawford TV film
Jeopardy! Herself 1 episode, presenter
2007, 2009 Smallville Linda Lake Episodes: "Hydro" & “Infamous”
2008 Mother Goose Parade Grand Marshall TV film
2009 Rick & Steve: The Happiest Gay Couple in All the World Gina Michaels Voice role; Episode: "The Only Straight in the Village"
RuPaul's Drag Race Herself Season 1, Episode 3; guest for the main challenge.
90210 Donna Martin Episodes: "Okaeri, Donna!", "Between a Sign and a Hard Place"
2011 Jake and the Never Land Pirates Pirate Princess Voice role; Recurring
Big Brother 13 Herself Guest appearance
2012 The Mistle-Tones Marci TV film
Craft Wars Herself/Host
2014 True Tori Herself Main role
Tori & Dean: Cabin Fever
Mystery Girls Holly Hamilton Main role
2016 Mother, May I Sleep with Danger? Julie Lewisohn TV film
2017 RuPaul's Drag Race Herself Season 9, Guest Judge (1 episode)
2018 The Look All Stars Host
The Last Sharknado: It's About Time Raye Martin TV film
2019 The Masked Singer Unicorn/Herself
Masterchef Celebrity Family Showdown Herself with Stella Spelling Episode 2
BH90210 Herself/Donna Martin Co-producer
2020 Celebrity Show-Off Herself Contestant; winner
2021 Overserved with Lisa Vanderpump[citation needed] Herself Guest
2021 Messyness Co-host

Discography

Guest appearances

List of non-single guest appearances, showing year released, other artist(s) featured, and album name
Title Year Other artist(s) Album
"Enter You" 1999 None Trick
"We Wish You a Merry Christmas" 2012 Tia Mowry-Hardrict, Melanie Lewis, Tanisha Lang, Sydney T. Sorensen The Mistle-Tones
"The 12 Days of Christmas Tia Mowry-Hardrict, Andy Gala, Megan Kathleen Duffy, Jason Rogel, Britani Bateman Underwood, Melanie Lewis, Tanisha Lang, Sydney T. Sorenson
"All I Want for Christmas" Britani Bateman Underwood, Melanie Lewis, Tanisha Lang, Sydney T. Sorenson

Bibliography

Spelling has written six books. Three were published by Gallery Books, while one was published by Aladdin Books and another published by Simon Spotlight Entertainment.

  • sTORI Telling (2008)
  • Mommywood
  • Uncharted TerriTORI (2010).
  • Presenting Tallulah (2010)
  • CelebraTORI (2012)
  • Spelling It Like It Is (2013)

Awards and nominations

Year Title Accolade Category Result
1988 Hotel Young Artist Award Best Young Actress - Guest Starring in a Television Drama Nominated
1991 Beverly Hills, 90210 Best Young Actress Supporting or Recurring Role for Television Series Nominated
1991 Saved by the Bell Best Young Actress Guest Starring in a Television Series Won
1992 Beverly Hills, 90210 Best Young Actress Co-starring in a Television Series Nominated
Best Young Actress Guest Starring or Recurring Role in a Television Series Nominated
1998 Scream 2The House of Yes Golden Raspberry Award Worst New Star Nominated
2000 Trick Satellite Award Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical Nominated
2001 Scary Movie 2 The Stinkers Bad Movie Award Worst Supporting Actress Won
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