Tori Spelling: From daddy’s girl to wrestle reality star
A look at the career and the personal life of the ‘90210’ actress Tori Spelling
As the daughter of famous TV producer Aaron Spelling, the creator of megahits like “Charlie’s Angels” and “Dynasty” Tori Spelling was born into one of Hollywood’s richest and most famous families. She grew up in the largest house in Los Angeles, a 123-room, 56,000 square foot monster that her father built on Bing Crosby’s old estate called “The Manor.”
Due to its incredibly lush upbringing, the Spelling could not have foreseen in her life, here and now, living in a modest house, scraping for roles, living with a man who has admitted to cheating, and seeing her name in the news for all the wrong reasons. The details of the Spelling turbulent story read like a Hollwyood script, painting a complex picture of a life filled with obstacles, displeasure, sorrow, and the resiliance.
Silver spoon youth
Spelling got her big break in her role as Donna Martin on the hit Fox teen series ‘ Beverly Hills, 90210.” However, in contrast to the rest of her castmates, her part of the show came with a large astrix. Her father was at the helm of the show.
With her father in a position of power, she was the first to admit that they have a much easier time getting her big break than others. However, she says that it is her hard work that brought the Donna character from a supporting role to a leading.
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“I heard about the show from my agent. She said: ‘Your father.’ I was like, ‘I have heard nothing.’ I put it in his suitcase when he came home, and I was like, cool,” she told Entertainment Weekly in 2000. “I really wanted to play Andrea. I went under a different name, then I got the part of Donna — which I’m sure had something to do with my father.”
Because the show was a serious success, 10 seasons, Spelling said that financially, she was largely on her own, and having fun being rich and famous in her own right.
To spend much money overload
After the “Beverly Hills 90201” wrapped in 2000, her life and never have to worry about money or think twice about her expensive taste began to take a toll.
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“It is no mystery why I have money problems. I grew up rich beyond anyone’s wildest dreams. I never knew anything else. Even when I try a simpler lifestyle, I can’t let go of my expensive tastes. Even when my tastes are not fancy, they are still expensive. I moved houses to simplify my life, but lost almost a million dollars along the way,” she wrote in her 2013 book “Spelling it Like it Is.”
Despite her father’s wealth, Spelling, says she refused to ask for his help when times got tough.
“That means that, in my eyes, [that] I was what everyone thought that I was, taking money from my father, the rich girl that he paid for everything,” she told ABC News in 2008. “And I refused that. [I would] rather be bankrupt.”
To make ends meet, she began a whole series of bit parts in movies like “Scary Movie 2” and made-for-TV movies such as “A Christmas Carol,” Family “Plan”, “Hush” and more.
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Relationships gone wrong
With at least one foot still in the Hollywood limelight, Spelling married Charlie Shanian in 2004. The marriage would not last long.
While working on the set of the movie “Mind Over Murder,” she met her husband, Dean McDermott. Spelling has previously admitted to sleeping with McDermott on the night they first met, despite the fact that they were both married. It didn’t take long for their secret to come out.
“Fifteen months into my marriage, I opened the National Enquirer to see pictures of what seemed to be my woman gives a man a lap dance,” Shanian told GQ (via E! News) in 2007.
The marriage quickly dissolved and Spelling re-married, tying the knot with McDermott in 2006, two years after her marriage to Shanian. Later that year came the Spelling would be startled by the death of her father and the subsequent inheritance of a scandal that many believe solidified its financial issues on this day.
The famous TV producer of the estate is estimated at about $500 million. As a result, the public was shocked to discover that Tori Spelling and her brother Randy, received only about $800,000 after taxes. The rest went to their mother, Candy Spelling. By this time, Tori was estranged from Candy and was determined to live on her own dime for a year. Despite the relatively low amount of left to her from her father’s estate, Tori insists was sanguin, because she had previously discussed the situation with him.
“It was a difficult conversation to have with him. I also didn’t know that he thinks that I asked him for the money, or even talk about something so morbid as if he would succeed. But I thought that it was a conversation I need to have … for myself and for my brother,” she said in the same 2008 interview. “We had lunch and he said, ‘you’re gonna be OK. I took care of it. You get something less than a million.”
“I think it’s a part of me, in the back of my head, maybe hoped it would be different? But I hated myself in the hope that it would otherwise be, because I did not want to make, I did not want that girl that needed or wanted my father’s money.”
With debts mounting of self-admitted transgressions, Spelling financial problems will only get worse as they welcomed the first of what would become five children with McDermott in 2007. In addition, he brought a child from a previous marriage in her life.
Tori is not often open about her mother to help financially, but when she was contacted by American Express about failed payments in the amount of approximately $38,000 in 2016, Candy told TMZ that she helps her daughter financially with supplies, but does not help her with indulgence.
“I have to help her. I am paying her bills now,” she told the outlet at the time. “Except that I will not pay the extras, like that. No, I’m not paying any back payments. Just before the house and the kids at school and eating, that’s all.”
“I’m paying her bills now”
– Candy Spelling
With her problems to TV
It was clear that, in 2007, the Spelling had to build a career of more than a made-for-TV movies. Then she turned to reality tv.
They first began with the VH1 sitcom “So Notorious,” in which she played a fake version of himself. From there, they turn to reality TV with her husband when the cameras have been documented in the few operation of a bed and breakfast in “Tori & Dean: Inn Love” (later titled “Tori & Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood”). This series lasted until 2012 and has led to a short-lived spin-off, “Tori & Dean: sTORIbook Weddings.” They have also agreed to reprise her role as Donna in the 2008 reboot of “90210.”
The reality-TV work kept Spelling in show business, but the family remained plagued by financial struggles. In 2014, E! News reported that the state of California hit the couple with a tax lien for $259,108 with respect to unpaid state taxes. In 2011 they sold their home for a loss. In addition, her lawsuit with American Express came in 2016, and McDermott himself narrowly avoiding jail after not paying his ex-wife agreed child support.
“My husband and I work really hard. I am constantly working there. It is so important for my children to see that both parents work,” Tori said at the time. “And we talk with them about.”
In 2013, it was revealed that McDermott had a relationship with Emily Goodhand while he was working as the host of “Chopped Canada in Toronto. He went to rehab for substance abuse and sex addiction, and Spelling eventually decided to stay with him, so the fact few in the public eye. The actress told People in 2016 that she felt she had no choice, but to go public with the circumstances of their reconciliation in a another reality show, “True Tori.”
“This was not the way to go. Everyone said: “This happens all the time. Look at the A-list celebrities. They used to complain about. Then they go on and do a big film, and it just goes away.’ That is not my life,” she said. “That is not my relationship with my fans. I’m not the type that just go to talk about everything, and then it’s like, ‘No personal questions,” the next time I do something.”
By 2017, Spelling was a mother of five with a man she had only recently reconciled with after a controversial process of healing that was captured on camera. In public, she was not above to let her fans know that she was overwhelmed.
“I feel so responsible for so many people and I can’t do it. [I can’t deal with] have the responsibility to take care of so many people financially, the fear of that,” Tori said on her 2014 reality show. “[It] doesn’t matter. I know that people look at me and they say: ‘Oh, poor you.” Like, ‘Boohoo, you have so many problems.'”
Spelling responsibilities may have finally caught up with her this month in the form of back-to-back interactions with the police. Officers both scenes without incident, but the sources said that an emotional breakdown may have been the culprit in both situations. However, the rumors that the couple are on the rocks once again were off to bed after Us Weekly snapped a picture of the two involved in some heavy PDA on the set of “Sharknado 6.”
In a stroke of odd timing, Spelling posted a picture on Instagram in the midst of all the negative reports to announce that they hope to reunite with her “90210” costar Jennie Garth for a new CBS series is loosely based on their characters. According to reports, they’ll be playing exaggerated versions of themselves. Other plot details are not yet known.
Reps for Spelling not respond to Fox News request for comment.
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