Tori Spelling has been in the spotlight for most of her life. From starring on a hit series and headlining a reality TV show to her headline-making relationships with Charlie Shanian and Dean McDermott, Tori's had a lot of ups and downs over the years. In honor of her announcement that she's expecting her fifth child, Wonderwall.com is taking a look back at the highlights from her life so far...
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Little Rich Girl
Victoria Davey Spelling was born on May 16, 1973, to TV and movie producer Aaron Spelling and his wife, Candy. Her brother, Randall Gene Spelling, was born five years later. The Spellings lived in a sprawling 56,000-square-foot estate in the posh Holmby Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles, the largest single family home in the county. Nicknamed The Manor, the Spelling compound included more than 120 rooms, including a doll museum, a gift-wrapping room and a bowling alley. Tori attended Beverly Hills High School, but graduated from prestigious private school Westlake School for Girls in 1990.
By the time she was 6, Tori Spelling knew she wanted to join the family business. She began taking private acting lessons twice a week and, in 1981, scored a role on dad Aaron Spelling's TV show "Vega$." She later appeared on many more Aaron Spelling series, including "T.J. Hooker," "The Love Boat," "Glitter" and "Hotel." She also nabbed parts in productions unassociated with her famous father, including the part as Jamie in "Troop Beverly Hills" and a recurring role as Screech's girlfriend Violet on "Saved by the Bell" [pictured]. Think Tori looked different back then? There's good reason for that: At 16, she got a nose job.
In 1990, Aaron Spelling was putting together a new teen drama, "Beverly Hills, 90210." Tori Spelling auditioned for the role of Kelly Taylor using the name Tori Mitchell, but she didn't fool anyone. Still, being the boss's daughter didn't score her the role. Instead, she was cast as perennial virgin Donna Martin, a role that was originally a supporting character. The show premiered in October 1990. "I think I've finally stopped being 'Aaron Spelling's daughter,'" Tori told People. "The greatest thing is when we go out together and the photographers say, 'Uh, Tori, could we get some of you alone?'" Still, she couldn't completely cut herself off from her father's reign. At Aaron's mandate, Donna Martin stayed a virgin until the night she graduated from college.
In 1993, Tori Spelling found love with another member of the Hollywood Offspring Club: Nick Savalas, son of Telly Savalas of "Kojak" fame. But after two years, including some time cohabitating, the relationship imploded. "It was a nightmare," Tori later told Entertainment Weekly. "He was never physically abusive, but he was verbally abusive, telling me 10 times a day how ugly I was."
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TV Movie Star
While "Beverly Hills, 90210" kept Tori Spelling quite busy, she found time for some roles outside of the famous zip code. Although her movie career never fully took off, she did become a mainstay in TV movies. In fact, she starred in six during the mid-'90s alone, including "A Friend to Die For" [pictured], "Awake to Danger" and "Co-ed Call Girl."
Fans always think actors have off-screen flings with their on-screen loves. But in Tori Spelling's case, it's totally true. "I had an insta-crush on Brian Austin Green," Tori revealed in "Stori Telling." "Brian was the only guy on the show my age. We had something going over the years we worked together. We were always fighting, making up, having fun and hating each other. We were just young." But that wasn't her only show-related hookup. From 1999, Tori began dating Vincent Young, who played Noah Hunter on the series. And although their relationship outlasted the show, which ended in May 2000, Tori and Vincent split the following year.
Be My Baby
In January 2002, Tori Spelling made her stage debut in "Maybe Baby, It's You," a play about finding your soul mate. Love was apparently in the air because the actress fell for her co-star, Charlie Shanian, who also co-wrote the play. The couple wed on July 3, 2004, in a lavish $1 million wedding at The Manor, complete with a champagne fountain, rose-covered gazebo and the couple's dogs serving as flower girl and ring bearer.
An Affair to Remember
Less than a year after tying the knot with Charlie Shanian, Tori Spelling went to Ottawa, Canada, to film TV movie "Mind Over Murder." Tori's mind, however, was on her co-star Dean McDermott. Like Tori, Dean was also married at the time, but that didn't stop them from striking up a romance. Tori announced her split from Charlie in September. "I went into the marriage with the best intentions, hopes and dreams," she told People. "I feel that I've really disappointed people. I've disappointed everyone who came to my wedding. I'm disappointed in myself." Also disappointed was Tori's dad, Aaron Spelling. In fact, the two became estranged as a result of Tori's affair. That Christmas Eve, Dean popped the question after a horse-drawn carriage ride through a forest in Toronto. "We're so incredibly happy and in love. We cannot wait to start our lives together," the couple said in a statement.
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You've gotta be able to laugh at yourself, right? Well, Tori Spelling did just that with her VH1 sitcom, "So NoTORIous," which she produced and starred in. The show, which premiered in April 2006, spoofed her life and her desire to distance herself from being known as Aaron Spelling's daughter. "So NoTORIous" also starred Loni Anderson, Zachary Quinto and Ariel Winter. However, despite some acclaim, the series only lasted one season. This likely made Candy Spelling very happy -- she was portrayed as an obnoxious shopaholic on the series.
Wedding No. 2
Tori Spelling's second walk down the aisle was much different from her first. When the actress wed Dean McDermott on May 7, 2006, on a private island in Fiji, there were no guests -- just an officiant and the barefoot bride and groom. "We didn't want to wait another day to get married," Tori told People of the intimate affair.
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Tori Spelling had been on the outs with her father, Aaron Spelling, for nine months before they mended their relationship in June 2006. Later that month, on June 23, Aaron died after having a stroke. Not only was Tori hit hard by her father's death, she was also hurt by the fact that she found out via a friend's email, not through her mother, Candy Spelling. Still, the actress was happy she had the chance to patch things up with Aaron before his death. "I am grateful I recently had the opportunity to reconcile with my father and most grateful we had the chance to tell each other we loved one another before he passed away," she told People. Though people thought Tori would inherit millions from her father's $300 million estate, the case was quite the contrary. In fact, she and her brother, Randy, each received "only" $800,000.
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In late 2006, Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott made the jump to reality TV. "Tori & Dean: Inn Love" followed the couple as they bought and managed bed and breakfast Chateau La Rue in Fallbrook, Calif. (The show, which premiered on March 20, 2007, also chronicled the beginning of Tori's pregnancy with her first child.) But in reality, the story was quite different: Though it was reported that Tori and Dean bought the B&B with Tori's inheritance and their earnings from a two-day garage sale, the couple never actually owned it, but instead rented it. After season 2, the series was renamed "Tori & Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood" and relocated to Los Angeles. The couple also had a spin-off series, "Tori & Dean: sTORIbook Weddings," on which they planned weddings.
Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott welcomed their first child together, son Liam Aaron, on March 13, 2007. (Dean also had a son, Jack, from his marriage to Mary Jo Eustace.) "When I heard the cry of a little human life, I felt so connected to him," Tori told Us Weekly. "I will never experience anything like that for the rest of my life. Then the nurses brought him over, and he was the most gorgeous thing I had ever seen. I was like, 'I've been waiting to see you for nine months!" By her side during the delivery was her mom, Candy Spelling, with whom she reconciled during her pregnancy.
Despite spending lots of time in the tabloids, Tori Spelling had a lot of secrets to reveal. So in March 2008, she released a memoir, aptly titled "sTORI telling." The book, which became a New York Times best-seller, dished dirty details about her lavish childhood, her feud with her mother, her "Beverly Hills, 90210" co-stars and more. She also revealed that she had gotten a boob job, which she previously had denied. "I wanted to come clean that I had my boobs done in my 20s because people falsely write that I've had all these things done," she told USA Today. "I've had the two procedures that probably every other woman in Hollywood has had done." Tori would later follow up "sTORI telling" with five more books: "Mommywood," "uncharted terriTORI," "Presenting Tallulah," "CelebraTORI" and "Spelling It Like It Is."
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I Do, Take Two
In April 2010, the fifth season of "Tori and Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood" premiered. But were things really so sweet at home? Rumors swirled that the couple were on the rocks. Still, they denied that anything was amiss. "We're not headed for divorce," Tori said on "Today." "We're committed to each other, we're committed to this family." To prove that commitment, Tori and Dean renewed their vows on May 8, 2010. "Beautiful day to remarry ;)" Tori tweeted that morning. The ceremony was attended by friends and family, including kids Liam and Stella.
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Pregnant Again ... and Again
On Oct. 10, 2011, Tori Spelling popped out Hattie Margaret, her third child with husband Dean McDermott. "Our family's so happy 2 announce [that on] 10/10/11 [our] baby girl Hattie Margaret McDermott was born at 7:08am! Xoxo," Tori announced via Twitter alongside a photo of Hattie's feet. She didn't have much time to rest though. A month later, she got pregnant with her fourth child.
By the time she got to her fourth child, Tori Spelling was already a pregnancy pro. But things got dicey when she was diagnosed with severe placenta previa, a condition in which the placenta covers the cervix. The actress was rushed to the hospital after a near-death bleeding incident and then spent 10 weeks in the hospital and four months on bed rest. On Aug. 30, 2012, Tori gave birth to "miracle baby" Finn Davey. "When they put him in my arms I was like, 'We made it.''" she told Us Weekly. "We have an insane bond. We've been through hell and back." But that wasn't the end of her scary ordeal. Two weeks later, she was rushed to the emergency room when her C-section scar burst. Ouch!
Romance on the Rocks
Once a cheater, always a cheater? Perhaps, in the case of Dean McDermott. In late 2013, the rumor mill was fueled by stories that Dean had been unfaithful to Tori. Then, in December, it was revealed that the actor cheated with a 28-year-old woman named Emily Goodhand while he was promoting his show "Chopped Canada." "He was my soulmate, but he completely broke my heart," Tori told Us Weekly of the affair. In January 2014, Dean checked into rehab to treat sex addiction, staying for three months. Amid the stressful situation, Tori spent a week in the hospital because of disintegrating discs in her back, but the actress reportedly refuses to go under the knife for the painful cervical spine condition because she's afraid of what Dean might do if she were out of commission.
With her family life spinning out of control, Tori Spelling dealt with things the best way she knew how: by filming a reality-TV show. "Our family has been going through an incredibly difficult and trying time, and the story of what I've been going through has been told by everyone … except for me," Tori wrote on her blog. "So, it's time for me to set the record straight." "True Tori" premiered on Lifetime on April 22, 2014. The dramatic show chronicles her and husband Dean McDermott's attempts to make their relationship work in light of his affair. However, Jezebel.com alleges that the show and Dean's affair could be completely fake, citing an inconsistent time line and Tori's own assertion that she knows how to drum up publicity. ("I'm Aaron Spelling's daughter," she wrote in "Spelling It Like It Is." "I knew how to write the story. I knew what would tug on heartstrings.") Still, Lifetime maintains that the story is completely legit.
Return to Acting
Tori Spelling and Jennie Garth remained close friends long after "Beverly Hills, 90210" wrapped. So it seemed like a no-brainer when they reunited on the 2014 ABC Family sitcom "Mystery Girls." The short-lived series followed two former TV actresses (played by Jennie and Tori) who starred in a detective show and are brought back together by a real-life mystery.
Burned at Benihana
Ouch! in April 2015, Tori Spelling was out celebrating a family event at a Los Angeles area Benihana when something terrible happened: The reality star tripped, fell backwards and landed on the grill at her table. The accident resulted in major burns, which required Tori to get skin grafts. Later that year, she sued not only the Benihana location where the accident occurred but the entire corporation.
Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott have been plagued with money issues over the years. In 2015, their family of six moved out of their home in Encino, California, because the lease was up -- not because they were downsizing as had been widely reported. Then in the summer of 2016, Tori and Dean were hit with a $707K federal tax lien. Earlier in the summer, it was also reported that the couple had a massive American Express bill -- to the tune of almost $38,000. Yikes!
Baby Makes Seven!
In October 2016, Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott announced that their family is expanding once again. The new baby will join older siblings, Finn, 9, Stella, 8, Hattie, 5, and Liam, 4. "It was a total surprise, but we always wanted a big family," Tori told People magazine. "I'm really excited." Added the actress, "For the first time this year, they're all in school. So it's like, wow. We're basically starting over." Congrats!