Victoria Tennant

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Victoria Tennant
Victoria Tennant 2010.jpg
Tennant at the "Night of 100 Stars" for the 82nd Academy Awards viewing party at the Beverly Hills Hotel, California in 2010
Born (1950-09-30) 30 September 1950 (age 69)
EducationElmhurst Ballet School
Alma materCentral School of Speech and Drama
Years active1972–present
TelevisionThe Winds of War
War and Remembrance
Peppo Vanini
(m. 1969; div. 1976)

Steve Martin
(m. 1986; div. 1994)

Kirk Stambler
(m. 1996)
Parent(s)Irina Baronova
Cecil Tennant

Victoria Tennant (born 30 September 1950) is an English film and television actress. She is known for her roles in the TV miniseries The Winds of War and War and Remembrance, in which she appeared as actor Robert Mitchum's on-screen love interest, Pamela Tudsbury.

Early life[edit]

Tennant was born in London. Her mother, Irina Baronova, was a Russian prima ballerina who appeared with the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo; her father, Cecil Tennant, was a producer and talent agent for MCA.

Her maternal grandfather, Mikhail Baronov, was a senior officer in the Russian Navy; his wife, the former Lydia Vishniakova, was a general's daughter. Tennant has a sister, Irina, and a brother, Robert, both of whom were seriously injured in a car accident in 1967, in which their father was killed. Tennant's godfather was the actor Laurence Olivier.

Like her mother, Tennant trained in ballet, first at the Elmhurst Ballet School and then (for two years) at the Central School of Speech and Drama.


After a number of roles in British and other European films, including The Ragman's Daughter and Inseminoid, she emigrated to the United States. She then appeared in the TV mini-series The Winds of War and War and Remembrance, and films such as The Handmaid's Tale and Best Seller. She starred in two films with Steve Martin, her future husband: All of Me[1] and L.A. Story.[2]

In 2014, she published a memoir about her mother titled Irina Baronova and The Ballets Russes de Monte Carlo, published by the University of Chicago Press.[3][4] The book was presented at the Bel Air Country Club in Bel Air, Los Angeles.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Tennant's first marriage was to Peppo Vanini, a nightclub owner who owned the Xenon nightclub, in 1969 (divorced, 1976).[6] She dated Matthew Chapman, a writer and director from in 1978 until 1982, but ended their relationship upon meeting actor–comedian Steve Martin.[6] She married Martin in 1986, and they divorced in 1994.[7] Since 1996, Tennant has been married to Kirk Justin Stambler, a lawyer for Warner Bros., with whom she has a daughter, Katya Irina, and a son, Nikolai.[7]



Year Title Role Notes
1972 The Ragman's Daughter[8] Doris Randall
1980 The Dogs of War Dinner Party Guest
1981 Inseminoid[9] Barbra
1981 Sphinx[10] Lady Carnarvon
1982 Ich bin dein Killer[11] Annette Dorberg
1983 Strangers Kiss[12] Carol Redding / Betty
1984 All of Me[13] Terry Hoskins
1985 The Holcroft Covenant[14] Helden von Tiebolt / Helden Tennyson
1987 Best Seller Roberta Gillian
1987 Flowers in the Attic[15] Corinne Dollanganger
1989 Fool's Mate Alice Gordon
1990 The Handmaid's Tale[16] Aunt Lydia
1990 Whispers Hilary
1991 L.A. Story[17] Sara McDowel
1992 The Plague[18] Alicia Rieux
1996 Edie & Pen[19] Blonde with Dog
1998 Bram Stoker's Legend of the Mummy Mary
2008 The Awakening of Spring Mrs. Woodman
2009 Irene in Time[20][21] Eleanor Jensen
2010 Dante's Inferno: An Animated Epic Beatrice (voice) Video
2013 Pasadena[22] Elizabeth Utley
2013 Louder Than Words Lydia Thorsby
2018 Alex & the List Barbara Filmed in 2013


Year Title Role Notes
1979 Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson Helen Stoner Episode: "The Case of the Speckled Band"
1981 La Guerre des insectes Helen Curtiss TV film
1982 Tales of the Unexpected Bernice Episode: "Who's Got the Lady?"
1983 The Winds of War Pamela Tudsbury TV miniseries
1983 Dempsey Estelle Taylor TV film
1983 Chiefs Trish Lee TV miniseries
1985 George Burns Comedy Week Maggie Episode: "The Funniest Guy in the World"
1986 Under Siege Gloria Garry TV film
1986 The Twilight Zone Valentina Episode: "Red Snow"
1986 Alfred Hitchcock Presents Bride Episode: "Deadly Honeymoon"
1988 Maigret Victoria Portman TV film
1988–89 War and Remembrance Pamela Tudsbury 12 episodes
1989 Voice of the Heart Francesca Cunningham TV film
1989 Act of Will Audra TV series
1994 The Man from Snowy River[23] Anita Hargraves Recurring role (5 episodes)
1997 Diagnosis: Murder[24] Victoria Larkin Episode: "Deadly Games"
1999 Providence Dr. Toynton Episode: "Blind Faith"
2001 The Chris Isaak Show Irene Episode: "Dancin'"
2001 Sister Mary Explains It All[25] Bitter Divorcee TV film
2004 JAG Marta Sperling Episode: "The Man on the Bridge"
2007 Scrubs Maggie Kent Episode: "My Scrubs"
2008 Monk Ms. Benson Episode: "Mr. Monk Paints His Masterpiece"
2009 The Beast Susan Redman Episode: "Infected"
2011 William & Kate Celia TV film



  1. ^ Staskiewicz, Keith (3 April 2013). "All of Me". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 1 March 2016.
  2. ^ Benenson, Laurie Halpern (3 February 1991). "Steve Martin Targets L.A." The New York Times. Retrieved 1 March 2016.
  3. ^ University of Chicago Press
  4. ^ Victoria Tennant Irina Baronova and the Ballets Russes de Monte Carlo, University of Chicago Press, 15 October 2014 г.
  5. ^ "Blue Ribbon Book" (21 Nov 2014) The Beverly Hills Courier, Vol. 49, No. 46, p. 8
  6. ^ a b Contemporary Theatre, Film and Television (2008)
  7. ^ a b c "Victoria Tennant Biography (1950?-)". Retrieved 13 February 2013.
  8. ^ "Review: ‘The Ragman’s Daughter'" (31 December 1971) Variety
  9. ^ "Film Review: Inseminoid (1981)" (5 Jan 2012) HN
  10. ^ "Schaffner's 'Sphinx'" (11 Feb 1981) New York Times
  11. ^ "Ich Bin Dein Killer (1979)" New York Times
  12. ^ "Review: 'Stranger’s Kiss'" (31 Dec 1982) Variety
  13. ^ "Review: ‘All of Me'" (31 Dec 1983) Variety
  14. ^ "Review: 'The Holcroft Covenant'" (31 Dec 1984) Variety
  15. ^ "Review: 'Flowers in the Attic'" (31 Dec 1986) Variety
  16. ^ "Review: ‘The Handmaid’s Tale'" (31 Dec 1989) Variety
  17. ^ "Martin's 'L.A. Story' revels in its chaotic diversity" (12 Feb 1991) Doylestown Intelligencer, Doylestown, PA
  18. ^ "Review: ‘The Plague'" (1 Sep 1992) Variety
  19. ^ Rooney, David (27 May 1996) "Edie & Pen", Variety, p. 70
  20. ^ Catsoulis, Jeannette (22 September 2009). "A Foray into Female Obsessions". The New York Times. Retrieved 1 March 2016.
  21. ^ "Review: ‘Irene in Time'" (18 Jun 2009) Variety
  22. ^ "Film Review: 'Pasadena'" (15 Apr 2013) Variety
  23. ^ "Review: 'Snowy River: The Mcgregor Saga the Race'" (31 Aug 1993) Variety
  24. ^ "H’w’d talks on tragedy" (3 Sep 1997) Variety
  25. ^ "Review: 'Sister Mary Explains It All'" (24 May 2001) Variety

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