Victoria Davey Spelling (born May 16, 1973) 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 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 appeared also 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.
Spelling at Ultimate Women's Expo in 2018
|Born||Victoria Davey Spelling|
May 16, 1973
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Education||Beverly Hills High School|
|Alma mater||Harvard-Westlake School|
|Television||Tori & Dean series|
|Relatives||Randy Spelling (brother)|
Spelling was born in Los Angeles, California. She is the daughter of Candy (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 Harvard-Westlake School in 1991.
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 (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).
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: Inn Love (later Tori & Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood), 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.
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.
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 new 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.
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 an affair 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. They have five children: Liam Aaron McDermott (born March 13, 2007), Stella Doreen McDermott (born June 9, 2008), Hattie Margaret McDermott (born October 10, 2011), Finn Davey McDermott (born August 30, 2012) and Beau Dean McDermott (born March 2, 2017). She is also the stepmother to Jack Montgomery McDermott (born October 10, 1998), who is McDermott's son with Eustace.
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, although Randy was not estranged from Candy. It was reported that Candy established a $10 million trust fund for Tori's eldest child, Liam.
In her sixth book, Spelling It Like It Is, Spelling admitted to having financial troubles, due to the cancellation of her reality series, poor real estate decisions, and a difficult fourth pregnancy, during which she was hospitalized for ten weeks. In explanation, Spelling said, "...as my real estate obsession persists, it's starting to look more compulsive. Moving is expensive, and I've put us in a precarious financial situation."
|1989||Troop Beverly Hills||Jamie|
|1996||Calls for Cthulhu||Susan||Video short|
|1997||The House of Yes||Lesly|
|Scream 2||Herself / "Stab" Sidney Prescott|
|2000||Perpetrators of the Crime||Lucy|
|2001||Scary Movie 2||Alex Monday|
|2002||Naked Movie||Iris Pytlak|
|Evil Alien Conquerors||Jan (uncredited)|
|2004||50 Ways to Leave Your Lover||Stephanie|
|2005||Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story||Donna Martin (voice)|
|Kiss the Bride||Alex Golski|
|2016||Izzie's Way Home||April (voice)|
|1981||Vega$||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 Roomey||2 episodes|
|1984||T. J. Hooker||Toni Polnoi||"Grand Theft Auto"|
|1987||Hotel||Jody 'Jo' Payne||"Barriers"|
|1989||Monsters||Beverly||"The Match Game"|
|1990||Saved by the Bell||Violet Bickerstaff||"House Party", "The Glee Club", "Check Your Mate"|
|Beverly Hills, 90210||Donna Martin||Main role|
|1992||Melrose Place||Donna Martin||"Pilot", "Friends & Lovers"|
|1994||Burke's Law||Mary McKenna||"Who Killed the Host at the Roast?"|
|A Friend to Die For||Stacey Lockwood||TV film|
|1995||Awake to Danger||Aimee McAdams||TV film|
|Biker Mice from Mars||Romana Parmesana (voice)||"Hit the Road, Jack"|
|1996||Deadly Pursuits||Meredith||TV film|
|Co-ed Call Girl||Joanna||TV film|
|Malibu Shores||Jill||"The Competitive Edge"|
|Mother, May I Sleep with Danger?||Laurel Lewisohn||TV film|
|1997||Alibi||Marti Gerrard||TV film|
|2003||So Downtown||Liz||TV series|
|A Carol Christmas||Carol Cartman||TV film|
|2004||The Help||Molly the Dog Walker||Recurring role|
|Less than Perfect||Roxanne Fielder||"Claude's Roxanne"|
|2005||Family Plan||Charlie||TV film|
|American Dad!||Kim (voice)||"Stan Knows Best"|
|Hush||Nina Hamilton||TV film|
|Mind Over Murder||Holly Winters||TV film|
|2006||So Notorious||Tori Spelling||Sitcom|
|2007||The House Sitter||Elise Crawford||TV film|
|2008||Mother Goose Parade||Grand Marshall||TV film|
|2009||Rick & Steve: The Happiest Gay Couple in All the World||Gina Michaels (voice)||"The Only Straight in the Village"|
|RuPaul's Drag Race||Herself||Season 1, Episode 3; guest for the main challenge.|
|90210||Donna Martin||"Okaeri, Donna!", "Between a Sign and a Hard Place"|
|2011||Jake and the Never Land Pirates||Pirate Princess||Recurring voice role|
|2012||The Mistle-Tones||Marci||TV film|
|2014||True Tori||Herself||Main role|
|2014||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||Host|
|2018||The Last Sharknado: It's About Time||Raye Martin||TV film|
|1988||Hotel||Young Artist Award||Best Young Actress - Guest Starring in a Television Drama||Nominated|
|1991||Beverly Hills, 90210||Young Artist Award||Best Young Actress Supporting or Re-Occurring Role for Television Series||Nominated|
|1991||Saved by the Bell||Young Artist Award||Best Young Actress Guest Starring in a Television Series||Won|
|1992||Beverly Hills, 90210||Young Artist Award||Best Young Actress Co-Starring in a Television Series||Nominated|
|1992||Beverly Hills, 90210||Young Artist Award||Best Young Actress Guest Starring or Recurring Role in a Television Series||Nominated|
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|
media venues have sung the same tune, claiming that Spelling used her $800,000 inheritance to purchase the bed and breakfast.A trip down to the San Diego County Assessors office on April 19 proved to be quite interesting. An assessment clerk, Ms. Lerma, easily pulled up the Chateau La Rue property address and reported that there had been no activity since 2004.
plaintiffs allege that in 2007 they came up with a show idea called "Wedding Rescue" that would star Spelling and McDermott. Their idea was filed with the Writers Guild, and they pitched it to both the couple and an Oxygen executive. The parties passed on the project only to debut an "uncannily similar" show four years later.