Tori Spelling

Tori Spelling

Birth name: Victoria Davey Spelling
Born: May 16, 1973
Age: 45
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, U.S.
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Biography

Victoria Davey Spelling (born May 16, 1973) 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 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 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.

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Early life

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.

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 (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).

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: 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.

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.

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 two episodes (19 and 20) 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.

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 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.

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.

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 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 Dean 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."

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

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
1996 Calls for Cthulhu Susan Video short
1997 House of Yes, TheThe 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)
2007 Cthulhu Susan
Kiss the Bride Alex Golski
2016 Izzie's Way Home April (voice)

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 Roomey 2 episodes
Hotel Lisa Walker "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 "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
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"
RuPaul's Drag Race Herself Season 1, Episode 3; guest for the main challenge.
Smallville Linda Lake "Infamous"
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)

Multimedia

Soundtrack

  • Trick (January 27, 1999)

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.

  • Her first book, sTORI TELLING (2008) was a New York Times bestseller.
  • In 2009, Mommywood was published about her experiences with her children.
  • UNCHARTED TERRITORI (2010).
  • A picture book, Presenting Tallulah (2010)
  • The party-planning book, CelebraTORI (2012)
  • Spelling It Like It Is (2013)
Charities

Tori Spelling supports the following charitable causes: Vision, Animals, Multiple Sclerosis.

[ Source: Wikipedia ]