Candy and Aaron Spelling welcome daughter Victoria Davey Spelling. The child grows up in the largest single-family home in the state of California, the result of the more than $250 million fortune her father made from producing TV hits Charlie's Angels, Dynasty and Fantasy Island. The house, a 56,000-square-foot mansion dubbed the Manor, features 100-plus rooms, including a gift-wrapping room, doll museum, bowling alley and elevator.
At six years old, Spelling (here with her brother, Randy, who's five years younger) wants to be an actress and screenwriter. Her father gives her a part on his TV show, Vega$. To sharpen his daughter's skills, Aaron hires an acting coach who gives lessons at the house twice a week. Spelling appears on her father's other hit shows T.J. Hooker starring Heather Locklear and The Love Boat with Teri Hatcher.
A 16-year-old Spelling goes under the knife for a nose job, according to EW. While it takes the actress years to admit to having plastic surgery, she strongly denies having breast implants. "I lost my baby fat, and people say I got work done instead. But I haven't. And these [points to chest] are real. It's Miracle Bra. Not the Wonderbra. Miracle Bra is the real secret."
Spelling uses the alias "Tori Mitchell" when she auditions for the role of Kelly Taylor in her father's new teen drama Beverly Hills, 90210, but she gets recognized. Jennie Garth wins the role, but Spelling is cast as the earnest virgin Donna Martin. Soon after, Spelling graduates from Westlake School for Girls, a private school in Beverly Hills.
Beverly Hills, 90210 premieres on FOX and becomes the most popular show among teens, ranking in the Top 20. The cast – Gabrielle Carteris, Shannen Doherty, Jennie Garth, Brian Austin Green, Luke Perry, Jason Priestley and Ian Ziering – become teen idols. "I think I've finally stopped being 'Aaron Spelling's daughter,'" Spelling tells PEOPLE. "The greatest thing is when we go out together and the photographers say, 'Uh, Tori, could we get some of you alone?'"
Spelling ends a two-year relationship with live-in boyfriend Nick Savalas, son of Kojak star, Telly. "It was a nightmare," Spelling tells Entertainment Weekly in 1996. "He was never physically abusive, but he was verbally abusive, telling me 10 times a day how ugly I was." However, she rebounds by dating a string of actors who appear in her father's TV shows. "My past record seems to be chiseled pretty-boy actors. I gotta say it: I always pick the ones that are 10 times better looking than me," she tells Harper's Bazaar in 1999.
Spelling stars in six top-rated TV movies in less than two years. "I've been stalked, raped, murdered, everything," Spelling tells Playboy in 1998. Father Aaron tells PEOPLE she has a strong work ethic: "She's more determined than people realize." According to Village Voice columnist Michael Musto, that determination is part of Spelling's appeal: "Tori epitomizes the plain Jane, who through sheer will and money transformed herself, if not into a swan, then at least into a duck."
Kelly loses it in 7th grade; Brenda loses it to Dylan in the first season; and even brainiac Andrea loses it in the fourth season, but due to her dad's edict, Spelling's 90210 character Donna Martin becomes TV's most famous virgin. It takes Donna seven seasons to finally cash in her V-card to ever-patient boyfriend David Silver, played by Brian Austin Green. "FOX said, 'C'mon, she's not a baby anymore!'" Aaron tells PEOPLE in 2000.
Spelling stars in her first feature film, The House of Yes with Parker Posey and Freddie Prinze Jr. Although the indie comedy is a Spelling Films presentation, the film's director Mark Waters insists to Time that Aaron came aboard long after Tori was cast. It grosses a little more than $600,000 at the box office. "Tori's got acting chops – she's just been doing awful material," Waters says.
90210 comes to an end after 10 seasons, nearly 300 episodes and, for Spelling, years of negative press. "For other young people you can have bad hairdos and no one sees it. Mine live in infamy," Spelling tells Harper's Bazaar. "I was reading the most appalling stuff – 'she's ugly,' 'she has bug eyes,' 'her hair looks like straw.' I was like 'Okay, I could use a little conditioner,' but…God."
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