Tori Spelling

Tori Spelling

Spelling at The Heart Truth Fashion Show in February 2009
Born Victoria Davey Spelling
(1973-05-16) May 16, 1973[1]
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Alma mater
  • Actress
  • author
  • television personality
Years active 1981–present
Television Tori & Dean series
Children 4
Relatives Randy Spelling (brother)

Victoria Davey "Tori" Spelling[2] (born May 16, 1973)[3] is an American actress, television personality, socialite and author. Her first major role was Donna Martin on Beverly Hills, 90210 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) and Mother, May I Sleep with Danger? (2016), and rose to prominence through her roles in independent films such as The House of Yes (1997), Trick (1999), Cthulhu (2007), Kiss the Bride (2007) and Izzie's Way Home (2016). She reprised her prominent role of Donna Martin in Beverly Hills, 90210's spin-off, 90210, in 2009.

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]

Early life

Spelling was born on May 16, 1973 in Los Angeles, California. She is the daughter of Candy (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.


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 shows 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]

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]


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: 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.[13]

Spelling's fashion and jewelry line premiered on HSN. 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 two episodes (19 and 20) as a special guest star.


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 of April in the animated movie Izzie's Way Home.[27] The same year, she's co-star in the tv movie Mother, May I Sleep with Danger? alongside James Franco.[28]

Personal life

From 1993 to 1995, Spelling was in a relationship with Nick Savalas. She said she ended the relationship because he was "verbally abusive" towards her.[29][30]

On July 3, 2004, Spelling married actor and playwright Charlie Shanian in a lavish $1 million ceremony. They separated in October 2005.[31][32] Shanian cited irreconcilable differences when he filed for divorce, which was finalized on April 20, 2006.[33]

Spelling married Dean McDermott less than a month later, on May 7, 2006, in a private ceremony in Wakaya, Fiji. McDermott was married to Mary Jo Eustace (1993–2006), but they separated and divorced after his affair with Spelling.[34] Spelling and McDermott renewed their vows on May 8, 2010 in Beverly Hills, California.[35] They have four children: Liam Aaron (born March 13, 2007), Stella Doreen (born June 9, 2008),[36] Hattie Margaret (born October 10, 2011)[37] and Finn Davey (born August 30, 2012).[38] In October 2016, it was announced that Spelling was expecting her fifth child with McDermott.[39]

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,[40] although Randy was not estranged from Candy.[40] It was reported that Candy established a $10 million trust fund for Tori's eldest child, Liam.[41]

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.[42][43] In explanation, Spelling said, " 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."[44]

In December 2013, it was reported that McDermott had cheated on Spelling with a woman named Emily Goodhand.[45] The aftermath of the alleged affair was chronicled on a 16-episode Lifetime documentary, True Tori.[46]

Spelling is an ordained minister with the Universal Life Church Monastery.[47]


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


Year Title Role Notes
1989 Troop Beverly Hills Jamie
1996 Calls for Cthulhu Susan Video short
1997 House of Yes, TheThe House of Yes Lesly
1997 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
2003 Evil Alien Conquerors Jan (uncredited)
2004 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover Stephanie
2005 Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story Donna Martin (voice) Direct-to-DVD
2007 Cthulhu Susan
2007 Kiss the Bride Alex Golski
2016 Izzie's Way Home April (voice) Direct-to-DVD


Year Title Role Notes
1981 Vega$ Julie "Seek and Destroy"
1983 Matt Houston Nelli Brant "Fear for Tomorrow"
1983 Shooting Stars Jenny O'Keefe TV film
1983 Fantasy Island Christy / Laurie Shannon 2 episodes
1983-1984 Love Boat, TheThe Love Boat Penny Gibson / Sarah Roomey 2 episodes
1984 T. J. Hooker Toni Polnoi "Grand Theft Auto"
1983 Hotel Lisa Walker "Christmas"
1985 Hotel Sara "Cry Wolf"
1987 Hotel Jody 'Jo' Payne "Barriers"
1989 Monsters Beverly "The Match Game"
1990-1991 Saved by the Bell Violet Bickerstaff "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 "Who Killed the Host at the Roast?"
1994 Friend to Die For, AA Friend to Die For Stacey Lockwood TV film
1995 Awake to Danger Aimee McAdams TV film
1995 Biker Mice from Mars Romana Parmesana (voice) "Hit the Road, Jack"
1996 Deadly Pursuits Meredith TV film
1996 Co-ed Call Girl Joanna TV film
1996 Malibu Shores Jill "The Competitive Edge"
1996 Mother, May I Sleep with Danger? Laurel Lewisohn TV film
1997 Alibi Marti Gerrard TV film
2003 So Downtown Liz TV series
2003 Carol Christmas, AA Carol Christmas Carol Cartman TV film
2004 Help, TheThe Help Molly the Dog Walker Recurring role
2004 Less than Perfect Roxanne Fielder "Claude's Roxanne"
2005 Family Plan Charlie TV film
2005 American Dad! Kim (voice) "Stan Knows Best"
2005 Hush Nina Hamilton TV film
2005 Mind Over Murder Holly Winters TV film
2006 So Notorious Tori Spelling Sitcom
2007 The House Sitter Elise Crawford TV film
2007 Smallville Linda Lake "Hydro"
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"
2009 RuPaul's Drag Race Herself Season 1, Episode 3; guest for the main challenge.
2009 Smallville Linda Lake "Infamous"
2009 90210 Donna Martin "Okaeri, Donna!", "Between a Sign and a Hard Place"
2011-2015 Jake and the Never Land Pirates Pirate Princess Recurring voice role
2012 Mistle-Tones, TheThe Mistle-Tones Marci TV film
2014 Mystery Girls Holly Hamilton Main role
2016 Mother, May I Sleep with Danger? Julie Lewisohn TV film




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.


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