Tori Spelling

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Spelling at Ultimate Women's Expo in 2018
Born
Victoria Davey Spelling

(1973-05-16) May 16, 1973 (age 45)
Education Beverly Hills High School
Alma mater Harvard-Westlake School
Occupation
  • Actress
  • author
  • television personality
Years active1982–present
TelevisionBeverly Hills, 90210
Spouse(s)
Children5
Parents
Relatives Randy Spelling (brother)

Victoria Davey Spelling [1] (born May 16, 1973) [2] [3] is an American actress, television personality, socialite and author. She is most widely known from her first major role, Donna Martin, on Beverly Hills, 90210 beginning in 1990, produced by her father, Aaron. She has appeared in a string of 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 such as 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, 90210 , in 2009.

<i>Beverly Hills, 90210</i> American television series (1990–2000)

Beverly Hills, 90210 is an American teen drama television series created by Darren Star and produced by Aaron Spelling under his production company Spelling Television. The series ran for ten seasons on Fox from October 4, 1990, to May 17, 2000, and is the longest-running show produced by Spelling. It is the first of five television series in the Beverly Hills, 90210 franchise and follows the lives of a group of friends living in the upscale and star-studded community of Beverly Hills, California, as they transition from high school to college and into the adult world. "90210" refers to one of the city's five ZIP codes.

Aaron Spelling American film and television producer

Aaron Spelling was an American film and television producer. Some of his works include the TV programs Charlie's Angels (1976–81), The Love Boat (1977–86), Hart to Hart (1979–84), Dynasty (1981–89), Beverly Hills, 90210 (1990–2000), 7th Heaven (1996–2007), and Charmed (1998–2006). He also served as producer of Mod Squad (1968-1973), The Rookies (1972-1976), and Sunset Beach (1997-1999).

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Contents

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. [4]

<i>Stori Telling</i> book by Tori Spelling

Stori Telling, stylized as sTORI TELLING, is a 2008 book by Tori Spelling and Hilary Liftin. Published in March, by September it had risen to #1 on the New York Times Best Seller list for hardcover non-fiction books. In 2009, the book was awarded Bravo TV's A-List Award as the best celebrity autobiography of the year.

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). [5] 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. [5] [6] Her middle name comes from her paternal grandfather, David. She attended Beverly Hills High School in Beverly Hills, California, and graduated from Harvard-Westlake School [7] in 1991.

Candy Spelling American socialite, writer, and television personality

Carole Gene "Candy" Spelling is an American author, theater producer, and philanthropist. She was married to Aaron Spelling from 1968 until his death in 2006.

Randall Gene Spelling is an American former actor who became a life coach. He is the brother of Tori Spelling and the son of Candy and Aaron Spelling.

Beverly Hills High School major public high school in Beverly Hills, California

Beverly Hills High School is the only major public high school in Beverly Hills, California. The other public high school in Beverly Hills, Moreno High School, is a small alternative school located on Beverly's campus.

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. [8] [9]

<i>The Love Boat</i> television series

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<i>T. J. Hooker</i> television series

T. J. Hooker is an American police drama television program starring William Shatner in the title role as a 15-year veteran police sergeant. The series premiered as a mid-season replacement on March 13, 1982, on ABC and ran on the network until May 4, 1985. The show was then picked up for a further single season by CBS.

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While starring on Beverly Hills, 90210, Spelling was cast in a number of made-for-television films, including Co-Ed Call Girl (1992), 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). [10] [11]

An independent film, independent movie, indie film or indie movie, is a feature film or short film that is produced outside the major film studio system, in addition to being produced and distributed by independent entertainment companies. Independent films are sometimes distinguishable by their content and style and the way in which the filmmakers' personal artistic vision is realized. Usually, but not always, independent films are made with considerably lower budgets than major studio films.

<i>The House of Yes</i> 1997 film by Mark Waters

The House of Yes is a 1997 American black comedy film starring Parker Posey, Josh Hamilton, Geneviève Bujold, Freddie Prinze Jr. and Tori Spelling. With screenplay and direction by Mark Waters, the film is based on the play of the same name, written by Wendy MacLeod. The film was produced by Robert Berger and was released in the United States by Miramax Films on October 10, 1997. It received a Sundance Award and mostly favorable reviews, though Spelling was nominated for a 1997 Razzie Award for Worst New Star.

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 [12] 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. [13]

VH1 American cable television network

VH1 is an American pay television network based in New York City owned by Viacom. It was originally created by Warner-Amex Satellite Entertainment, at the time a division of Warner Communications and the original owner of MTV, and launched on January 1, 1985, in the former space of Turner Broadcasting System's short-lived Cable Music Channel.

A sitcom, clipping for situational comedy, is a genre of comedy centered on a fixed set of characters who carry over from episode to episode. Sitcoms can be contrasted with sketch comedy, where a troupe may use new characters in each sketch, and stand-up comedy, where a comedian tells jokes and stories to an audience. Sitcoms originated in radio, but today are found mostly on television as one of its dominant narrative forms. This form can also include mockumentaries.

<i>So Notorious</i> television series

So Notorious, sometimes stylized So NoTORIous, is an American sitcom starring — and loosely based on the life of — actress Tori Spelling. The series debuted on VH1 on April 2, 2006, and despite lasting only ten episodes, received substantial acclaim from critics.

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. [14]

On January 7, 2009, it was reported that Spelling would reprise her role as Donna Martin on Beverly Hills, 90210 spin-off 90210 . [15] 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." [16]

Home Sweet Hollywood's spin-off series, Tori & Dean: sTORIbook Weddings premiered on April 6, 2011. [17] 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. [18] 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. [19]

On September 4, 2011, Spelling made an appearance on Big Brother 13 . [20]

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. [21] [22]

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. [23] [24]

It was announced on August 26, 2013, that production had started on a new reality television series titled Tori & Dean: Cabin Fever . [25] 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. [25] Eight half-hour episodes were produced and aired on CMT Canada and HGTV in 2014. [25]

Spelling starred in the short-lived ABC Family TV series Mystery Girls with former 90210 co-star Jennie Garth in 2014. [26]

In 2016, Spelling voiced April in the animated movie Izzie's Way Home . [27] The same year, she co-starred in the TV movie Mother, May I Sleep with Danger? alongside James Franco. [28]

Since June 24, 2018, Spelling is hosting the TV series The Look All Stars. [29] In the same time, she appears in the successful tv movie The Last Sharknado: It's About Time . [30]

On January 30, 2019, she was revealed to be the Unicorn on The Masked Singer . [31]

Personal life

On July 3, 2004, Spelling married actor and writer Charlie Shanian. [32] 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. [33] Spelling and Shanian separated in October 2005. [32] Shanian cited irreconcilable differences when he filed for divorce, which was finalized on April 20, 2006. [34]

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. [35] They have five children: Liam Aaron McDermott (born March 13, 2007), Stella Doreen McDermott (born June 9, 2008), [36] Hattie Margaret McDermott (born October 10, 2011), [37] Finn Davey McDermott (born August 30, 2012) [38] and Beau Dean McDermott (born March 2, 2017). [39] She is also the stepmother to Jack Montgomery McDermott (born October 10, 1998), who is McDermott's son with Eustace. [40] [41] [42]

Spelling was anticipated to inherit a sizable portion of 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, [43] although Randy was not estranged from Candy. [43] It was reported that Candy established a $10 million trust fund for Tori's eldest child, Liam. [44]

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. [45] [46] 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." [47]

Spelling is an ordained minister with the Universal Life Church Monastery. [48]

Filmography

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

Film

YearTitleRoleNotes
1989 Troop Beverly Hills Jamie
1996Calls for CthulhuSusanVideo short
1997 The House of Yes Lesly
Scream 2 Herself / "Stab" Sidney Prescott
1999 Trick Katherine
2000Perpetrators of the CrimeLucy
2001 Scary Movie 2 Alex Monday
2002Naked MovieIris Pytlak
2003 Sol Goode Tammie
Evil Alien Conquerors Jan (uncredited)
200450 Ways to Leave Your LoverStephanie
2005 Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story Donna MartinVoice role
2007 Cthulhu Susan
Kiss the Bride Alex Golski
2016 Izzie's Way Home AprilVoice role

Television

YearTitleRoleNotes
1981 Vega$ Julie"Seek and Destroy"
1983 Matt Houston Nelli Brant"Fear for Tomorrow"
Shooting Stars Jenny O'KeefeTV film
Fantasy Island Christy / Laurie Shannon2 episodes
The Love Boat Penny Gibson / Sarah Toomey
Hotel Lisa WalkerEpisode: "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 BickerstaffEpisodes: "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 McKennaEpisode: "Who Killed the Host at the Roast?"
A Friend to Die For Stacey LockwoodTV film
1995Awake to DangerAimee McAdams
Biker Mice from Mars Romana ParmesanaVoice role; "Hit the Road, Jack"
1996Deadly PursuitsMeredithTV film
Co-ed Call Girl Joanna
Malibu Shores JillEpisode: "The Competitive Edge"
Mother, May I Sleep with Danger? Laurel LewisohnTV film
1997AlibiMarti Gerrard
2003So DowntownLiz
A Carol Christmas Carol CartmanTV film
2004 The Help Molly the Dog WalkerRecurring role
Less than Perfect Roxanne FielderEpisode: "Claude's Roxanne"
2005 Family Plan CharlieTV film
American Dad! KimVoice role; Episode: "Stan Knows Best"
Hush Nina HamiltonTV film
Mind Over MurderHolly Winters
2006 So Notorious Tori Spelling
2007-2012 Tori & Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood Herself
2007The House SitterElise CrawfordTV film
2007 & 2009 Smallville Linda LakeEpisodes: "Hydro" & “Infamous”
2008Mother Goose ParadeGrand MarshallTV film
2009 Rick & Steve: The Happiest Gay Couple in All the World Gina MichaelsVoice role; Episode: "The Only Straight in the Village"
RuPaul's Drag Race HerselfSeason 1, Episode 3; guest for the main challenge.
90210 Donna MartinEpisodes: "Okaeri, Donna!", "Between a Sign and a Hard Place"
2011 Jake and the Never Land Pirates Pirate PrincessVoice role; Recurring
2012 The Mistle-Tones MarciTV film
Craft Wars Herself/Host
2014 True Tori HerselfMain role
Tori & Dean: Cabin Fever
Mystery Girls Holly HamiltonMain role
2016 Mother, May I Sleep with Danger? Julie LewisohnTV film
2017 RuPaul's Drag Race HerselfSeason 9, Guest Judge (1 episode)
2018The Look All StarsHost
The Last Sharknado: It's About Time Raye MartinTV film
2019 The Masked Singer Unicorn/Herself
2019-present BH90210 Donna Martin/Herself

Multimedia

Soundtrack

Books

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.

Awards and nominations

YearTitleAccoladeCategoryResult
1988 Hotel Young Artist Award Best Young Actress - Guest Starring in a Television DramaNominated
1991 Beverly Hills, 90210 Young Artist Award Best Young Actress Supporting or Re-Occurring Role for Television SeriesNominated
1991 Saved by the Bell Young Artist Award Best Young Actress Guest Starring in a Television SeriesWon
1992 Beverly Hills, 90210 Young Artist Award Best Young Actress Co-Starring in a Television SeriesNominated
1992 Beverly Hills, 90210 Young Artist Award Best Young Actress Guest Starring or Recurring Role in a Television SeriesNominated
1998 Scream 2
The 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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