Victoria Davey Spelling
May 16, 1973
|Television||Beverly Hills, 90210|
(m. 2004; div. 2006)
|Partner(s)||Nick Savalas (1992-1995)|
|Relatives||Randy Spelling (brother)|
Victoria Davey Spelling (born May 16, 1973) is an American actress and author. She is widely known for her first major role, Donna Martin, on Beverly Hills, 90210 beginning in 1990, produced by her father, Aaron. She has appeared in 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 including 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, BH90210, in 2019.
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). She has a younger brother, Randy, a former actor who, as of 2009[update], 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 (1996), 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: 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.
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 the nineteenth and twentieth episodes of the first season 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."
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 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.
In November 2020, Spelling began a podcast with Beverly Hills 90210 co-star Jennie Garth titled 9021OMG, where the two re-watch and share memories from their time on the show and chat about their experiences, along with TV and radio personality Sisanie Villaclara. 
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 cheating on their spouses 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. The couple has five children together: three sons; Liam Aaron (born March 13, 2007), Finn Davey (born August 30, 2012), and Beau Dean (born March 2, 2017) and two daughters; Stella Doreen (born June 9, 2008) and Hattie Margaret (born October 10, 2011). She is also the stepmother to Jack Montgomery McDermott (born October 10, 1998), who is McDermott's son with Eustace.
Spelling was anticipating 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. Candy established a $10 million trust fund for Tori's eldest child.
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."
2013 cheating scandal and aftermath
In December 2013, after welcoming their second son, Us Weekly broke the news that McDermott was unfaithful to Spelling. The couple worked through the aftermath of the affair on a Lifetime series titled True Tori.
While Spelling and McDermott's marriage was back on track, the couple once again made headlines in 2016 for owing $39,000 to American Express in unpaid credit card bills. Candy, who was also on good terms with her daughter, told TMZ at the time that she was helping out Spelling and her family financially.
In March 2018, Spelling and McDermott were in contact with the police three times over the course of nine days. On Thursday, March 1, McDermott called the police around 7:00 am to say that Spelling was going through some sort of mental breakdown. Per an LAPD spokesperson, the situation ended up being a “domestic incident” and that “no crime” was committed. Nearly a week later, on Wednesday, March 7, the Ventura County Sheriff's Office showed up at Spelling's doctor's office around 9:45 am because of her husband raising a concern. McDermott called the police to check up on his wife after she had left their house with one of their children and that he was worried about her well-being. The deputies located Spelling at the doctor's office, spoke to her and determined she and their kids were okay. Because no crime had been committed, no further action was taken. On Friday, March 9, Spelling and McDermott went out to dinner with their five children at the Black Bear Diner in Tarzana, California. However, the LAPD arrived at the restaurant and it appeared that the couple were having a serious conversation inside. Their meal was cut short when the family was escorted out the back of the restaurant. It was later reported that the reason why the police were called to the diner was because the paparazzi would not allow them to eat in peace and for the safety of Spelling, McDermott and their children, they needed a police escort from the restaurant.
As of February 2019, Spelling claims they no longer have relationship problems, as they now communicate.
|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|
|Fantasy Island||Christy / Laurie Shannon||2 episodes|
|The Love Boat||Penny Gibson / Sarah Toomey|
|Hotel||Lisa Walker||Episode: "Christmas"|
|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||Episodes: "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||Episode: "Who Killed the Host at the Roast?"|
|A Friend to Die For||Stacey Lockwood||TV film|
|1995||Awake to Danger||Aimee McAdams|
|Biker Mice from Mars||Romana Parmesana||Voice role; "Hit the Road, Jack"|
|1996||Deadly Pursuits||Meredith||TV film|
|Co-ed Call Girl||Joanna|
|Malibu Shores||Jill||Episode: "The Competitive Edge"|
|Mother, May I Sleep with Danger?||Laurel Lewisohn||TV film|
|A Carol Christmas||Carol Cartman||TV film|
|2004||The Help||Molly the Dog Walker||Recurring role|
|Less than Perfect||Roxanne Fielder||Episode: "Claude's Roxanne"|
|2005||Family Plan||Charlie||TV film|
|American Dad!||Kim||Voice role; Episode: "Stan Knows Best"|
|Hush||Nina Hamilton||TV film|
|Mind Over Murder||Holly Winters|
|2006||So Notorious||Tori Spelling|
|2007-2012||Tori & Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood||Herself|
|2007||The House Sitter||Elise Crawford||TV film|
|Jeopardy!||Herself||1 episode, presenter|
|2007, 2009||Smallville||Linda Lake||Episodes: "Hydro" & “Infamous”|
|2008||Mother Goose Parade||Grand Marshall||TV film|
|2009||Rick & Steve: The Happiest Gay Couple in All the World||Gina Michaels||Voice role; Episode: "The Only Straight in the Village"|
|RuPaul's Drag Race||Herself||Season 1, Episode 3; guest for the main challenge.|
|90210||Donna Martin||Episodes: "Okaeri, Donna!", "Between a Sign and a Hard Place"|
|2011||Jake and the Never Land Pirates||Pirate Princess||Voice role; Recurring|
|Big Brother 13||Herself||Guest appearance|
|2012||The Mistle-Tones||Marci||TV film|
|2014||True Tori||Herself||Main role|
|Tori & Dean: Cabin Fever|
|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|
|The Last Sharknado: It's About Time||Raye Martin||TV film|
|2019||The Masked Singer||Unicorn/Herself|
|Masterchef Celebrity Family Showdown||Herself with Stella Spelling||Episode 2|
|2020||Celebrity Show-Off||Herself||Contestant; winner|
|2021||Overserved with Lisa Vanderpump||Herself||Guest|
|"We Wish You a Merry Christmas"||2012||Tia Mowry-Hardrict, Melanie Lewis, Tanisha Lang, Sydney T. Sorensen||The Mistle-Tones|
|"The 12 Days of Christmas||Tia Mowry-Hardrict, Andy Gala, Megan Kathleen Duffy, Jason Rogel, Britani Bateman Underwood, Melanie Lewis, Tanisha Lang, Sydney T. Sorenson|
|"All I Want for Christmas"||Britani Bateman Underwood, Melanie Lewis, Tanisha Lang, Sydney T. Sorenson|
- sTORI Telling (2008)
- Uncharted TerriTORI (2010).
- Presenting Tallulah (2010)
- CelebraTORI (2012)
- Spelling It Like It Is (2013)
Awards and nominations
|1988||Hotel||Young Artist Award||Best Young Actress - Guest Starring in a Television Drama||Nominated|
|1991||Beverly Hills, 90210||Best Young Actress Supporting or Recurring Role for Television Series||Nominated|
|1991||Saved by the Bell||Best Young Actress Guest Starring in a Television Series||Won|
|1992||Beverly Hills, 90210||Best Young Actress Co-starring in a Television Series||Nominated|
|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|
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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.
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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.
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