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
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 $10 million trust fund for Tori's eldest child, Liam.
In her sixth book, Spelling It Like It Is, Spelling admitted to having financial troubles, due to the cancellation of her reality series, poor real estate decisions, and a difficult fourth pregnancy, during which she was hospitalized for ten weeks. In explanation, Spelling said, "...as my real estate obsession persists, it's starting to look more compulsive. Moving is expensive, and I've put us in a precarious financial situation."
|1989||Troop Beverly Hills||Jamie|
|1996||Calls for Cthulhu||Susan||Video short|
|1997||The House of Yes||Lesly|
|Scream 2||Herself / "Stab" Sidney Prescott|
|2000||Perpetrators of the Crime||Lucy|
|2001||Scary Movie 2||Alex Monday|
|2002||Naked Movie||Iris Pytlak|
|Evil Alien Conquerors||Jan (uncredited)|
|2004||50 Ways to Leave Your Lover||Stephanie|
|2005||Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story||Donna Martin||Voice role|
|Kiss the Bride||Alex Golski|
|2016||Izzie's Way Home||April||Voice role|
|1981||Vega$||Julie||"Seek and Destroy"|
|1983||Matt Houston||Nelli Brant||"Fear for Tomorrow"|
|Shooting Stars||Jenny O'Keefe||TV film (ABC)|
|Fantasy Island||Christy / Laurie Shannon||2 episodes|
|The Love Boat||Penny Gibson / Sarah Toomey||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 (NBC)|
|1995||Awake to Danger||Aimee McAdams||TV film|
|Biker Mice from Mars||Romana Parmesana||Voice role; "Hit the Road, Jack"|
|1996||Deadly Pursuits||Meredith||TV film|
|Co-ed Call Girl||Joanna||TV film (CBS)|
|Malibu Shores||Jill||"The Competitive Edge"|
|Mother, May I Sleep with Danger?||Laurel Lewisohn||TV film (NBC)|
|1997||Alibi||Marti Gerrard||TV film|
|2003||So Downtown||Liz||TV series|
|A Carol Christmas||Carol Cartman||TV film (Hallmark)|
|2004||The Help||Molly the Dog Walker||Recurring role|
|Less than Perfect||Roxanne Fielder||"Claude's Roxanne"|
|2005||Family Plan||Charlie||TV film (Hallmark)|
|American Dad!||Kim||Voice role; "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 role; "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||Voice role; Recurring|
|2012||The Mistle-Tones||Marci||TV film (ABC Family)|
|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.
The 1993 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards was the sixth annual Kids Choice Awards event, which took place on November 14, 1993. It was hosted by Brian Austin Green, Holly Robinson Peete, and Tori Spelling. The event was held at the Pauley Pavilion at UCLA in Los Angeles, California. So far, this is the latest Kids' Choice Awards ceremony date to take place, with the earliest being the 2017 ceremony (March 11, 2017).A Carol Christmas
A Carol Christmas is a TV movie starring Tori Spelling, Dinah Manoff, William Shatner and Gary Coleman. It premiered on the Hallmark Channel in 2003. The film is an adaptation of the Charles Dickens story of a similar name.Beverly Hills, 90210
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—originally airing from October 4, 1990 to May 17, 2000. This, the longest-running show produced by Spelling, aired slightly longer than Dynasty. 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. The "90210" in the title refers to one of the city's five ZIP codes.The initial premise of the show was based on the adjustment and culture shock that twins Brandon (Jason Priestley) and Brenda Walsh (Shannen Doherty) experienced when they and their parents, Jim (James Eckhouse) and Cindy (Carol Potter) moved from Minneapolis, Minnesota to Beverly Hills. In addition to chronicling the characters' friendships and romantic relationships, the show addressed numerous of topical issues such as sex, date rape, homophobia, animal rights, alcoholism, drug abuse, domestic violence, eating disorders, antisemitism, racism, teenage suicide, teenage pregnancy, and AIDS.After a poor start in the ratings during its first season, the series gained popularity during the summer of 1991, when Fox aired a special "summer season" of the show while most other series were in reruns. Viewership increased dramatically, and 90210 became one of Fox's top shows when it returned that fall. The show became a global pop culture phenomenon with its cast members, particularly Jason Priestley and Luke Perry, who became teen idols; the series also made actresses Shannen Doherty and Jennie Garth household names in the US. The show is credited with creating or popularizing the teen soap genre that many other successful television shows followed in the years to come.
The show had many cast changes; Jennie Garth, Tori Spelling, Brian Austin Green, and Ian Ziering were the only actors to appear during its entire run and appeared on the first episode of Melrose Place.Co-ed Call Girl
Co-ed Call Girl is a 1996 American television film, starring Tori Spelling. It was directed by Michael Ray Rhodes and was first aired at CBS in 1996.Dean McDermott
Dean McDermott (born November 16, 1966) is a Canadian-American actor best known as a reality television personality with his wife, actress Tori Spelling, and as the host of the cooking competition Chopped Canada. He played the role of Constable Renfield Turnbull on the TV series Due South.Donna Martin
Donna Martin Silver is a fictional character from the Beverly Hills, 90210 franchise, portrayed by Tori Spelling from 1990 to 2000. Donna reprised her role in 90210 for a multi-episode arc in 2009.Hush (2005 film)
Hush is a 2005 made-for-television movie that stars Tori Spelling and Tahmoh Penikett as a married couple who move back to his hometown to work as a doctor, and are desperate to have a baby. Victoria Pratt also stars as the doctor's former high school girlfriend who will do anything to win him back including having his child. The film premiered on Lifetime channel on May 23, 2005.Katherine Cannon
Katherine Cannon (born September 6, 1953) is an American actress. Her early roles included Fools' Parade (1971), Private Duty Nurses (1971), Women in Chains (1972), Emergency! (1973), Baa Baa Black Sheep (TV series) (1977–1978) as LCDR Dottie Dixon (Head Nurse), and CHiPs (1978 and 1981) as female trucker Robbie Davis, but she first attracted notice in High Noon, Part II: The Return of Will Kane (1980) playing Amy Kane, the part originated by Grace Kelly in High Noon. She later played the school teacher, Mae Woodward, in the TV series, Father Murphy, and appeared in the sci-fi thriller The Hidden in 1987. She is currently best known for playing Felice Martin, the cheating and domineering mother of Donna Martin (Tori Spelling), on the long-running teen series, Beverly Hills, 90210.Kiss the Bride (2007 film)
Kiss the Bride is a 2007 romantic comedy film directed by C. Jay Cox and starring Tori Spelling, Philipp Karner and James O'Shea. It had a limited release in April 2008.Mother, May I Sleep with Danger? (2016 film)
Mother, May I Sleep with Danger? is a 2016 American television thriller film directed by Melanie Aitkenhead, written by Amber Coney, and starring James Franco (who conceived the story), Emily Meade, Tori Spelling, Leila George, Ivan Sergei, Nick Eversman, Emma Rigby, Amber Coney and Christie Lynn Smith. It is a remake of the 1996 film Mother, May I Sleep with Danger?, but with a vampire theme as well as original actors Tori Spelling and Ivan Sergei in different roles. The film premiered on Lifetime on June 18, 2016.Mystery Girls
Mystery Girls is an American sitcom starring Tori Spelling and Jennie Garth that aired on ABC Family on June 25 through August 27, 2014. The series follows Holly and Charlie, former stars of the fictional 1990s TV detective series Mystery Girls who reunite to solve actual mysteries.On September 8, 2014, it was cancelled after one season of ten episodes.Randy Spelling
Randall Gene Spelling (born October 9, 1978) 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.Scary Movie 2
Scary Movie 2 is a 2001 American horror comedy film and the second film in the Scary Movie franchise. The film stars Anna Faris, Regina Hall, Shawn Wayans, and Marlon Wayans (all reprising their roles from the first film, despite their characters having been killed off), as well as Tim Curry, Tori Spelling, Chris Elliott, Chris Masterson, Kathleen Robertson, David Cross, and James Woods. The film is the last in the series to feature the involvement of stars Marlon and Shawn Wayans, and director Keenen Ivory Wayans. The Wayans would eventually go on to produce a similar horror-themed parody, A Haunted House, and its sequel, both starring Marlon Wayans.
Where the original film was mainly based on the slasher films of the 1990s, Scary Movie 2 parodies an array of supernatural and haunted house films from various decades, including The Haunting (1999), The Exorcist (1973), The Amityville Horror (1979), Poltergeist (1982), The Legend of Hell House (1973), House on Haunted Hill (both the 1959 and 1999 versions), and The Changeling (1980). It also spoofs some contemporary films, such as Hannibal (2001) and Hollow Man (2000). Scary Movie 2 grossed $141.2 million worldwide from a $45 million budget. The consensus at Rotten Tomatoes calls it "a sloppy, rushed-out product".So Notorious
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.Stori Telling
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.The House of Yes
The House of Yes is a 1997 American black comedy film starring Parker Posey, Josh Hamilton, Geneviève Bujold, Freddie Prinze Jr. and Tori Spelling. The movie is based on the play of the same name, which was written by Wendy MacLeod. It 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 favorable reviews. Tori Spelling became one of the nominees for a 1997 Razzie Award for Worst New Star.Trick (film)
Trick is a 1999 American gay-themed romantic comedy film directed by Jim Fall and starring Christian Campbell, John Paul Pitoc, Miss Coco Peru, and Tori Spelling. Independently produced by Eric d'Arbeloff, Ross Katz and Fall, the film was written by Jason Schafer. Trick premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 1999, and was later released theatrically by Fine Line Features that July.
A sequel is planned for 2019.Troop Beverly Hills
Troop Beverly Hills is a 1989 American adventure comedy film. Produced by the Weintraub Entertainment Group and directed by Jeff Kanew, starring Shelley Long, Craig T. Nelson, Betty Thomas, Mary Gross, Stephanie Beacham and introducing Jenny Lewis as Hannah Nefler. The film also features a host of young stars including Tori Spelling, Carla Gugino, Emily Schulman, Ami Foster, and Kellie Martin.True Tori
True Tori is an American docu-series starring Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott. It premiered on April 22, 2014, on Lifetime. The series ostensibly chronicles the couple's life from three weeks after McDermott left for rehab and highlights the apparent uncertainty of their marriage due to an alleged affair. The first season consists of 8 episodes.The series has been renewed for a second 8-episode season, which premiered on October 21, 2014. The second season continued to focus on Tori and Dean's failing marriage as they try to rebuild their relationship and make decisions that would be the best for them and their four children. Tori tries to find her "true self" and ways how to juggle between her family relationships and business ventures.