16. Tori Spelling Tells All


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Who is Tori Spelling?

Tori is the daughter of a famous television producer, Aaron Spelling. She peaked at 90210 in the 1990s.

Highlights from sTori Telling by Tori Spelling (autobiography written in 2008)

  • Nose job comment from Mom
  • Relationship with her nanny
  • Tone Deaf narrative

What happened to her?

Parents: Aaron & Candy Spelling (her dad was a major producer in Hollywood for TV + Film)

Aaron Spelling Credits:

  • Charlie’s Angels
  • The Love Boat
  • Dynasty
  • Melrose Place
  • 90210
  • 7th Heaven

*Most prolific TV producer in American History – 218 Producer/Exec. Producer credits

Forbes ranked him the 11th top-earning deceased celebrity in 2009 (he died in 2006).

We will get to the inheritance part later….

Net worth at Death – $600 million

Tori & Randy (brother) – each got $800,000 (WHAT?!)

Whatever happened to her after 90210?

Tori played Donna Martin in 90210 (produced by her father).

She was on the show for the entire run (1990-1999).

She starred in many made for tv movies while also on 90210 (think Lifetime). My favorite was Co-Ed Call Girl… no that’s not a porno.

2004 – Marries Charlie Shanian (writer & actor), small tv roles (Charmed) I think that’s where they possibly met. They met in 2002, he was on Charmed in 2002, and Tori’s Dad was a producer of Charmed. She’s married to Charlie and in July 2005 she’s filming a movie with Dean McDermott, Mind over Murder. Dean is also married at the time of their meeting to Mary Jo Eustace. They were married for 13 years before they eventually divorced when Dean & Tori began having an affair.

Tori’s marriage to Charlie was VERY short-lived compared to Dean’s marriage to Mary Jo. Dean and Mary Jo also had 2 children together, Jack & Lola (who they were in the process of adopting when he started his affair with Tori).

May 2006 – Marries Dean McDermott

Also in June 2006 – her father passes away and Tori anticipates a very large inheritance.

($600 million estate)

Randy & Tori each get $800k while Candy Spelling (mom) gets the remaining $598 million inheritance.


Candy Spelling told the NY Times that Tori would squander his hard-earned cash.

2013 Memoir “It’s 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 to embrace a simpler lifestyle, I can’t seem to let go of my expensive tastes. Even when my tastes aren’t fancy, they’re still costly.”

Dec 2013 – Dean’s cheating scandal – Emily Goodhand (Mystery woman)

Jan 2014 – checks himself into rehab ($70k)

2017 – IRS drained bank accounts due to back taxes (Tori & Dean)

Between state and federal taxes – owed $959,000

2011-2017: Moved several times, losing money on each property sale and rental jumping

2011 – Antique Boutique, closed down in 2014

2017 – Dean owed back child support to $100,000 – facing charges and paid $2500 to basically not go to jail.

2018 – The show, True Tori; chronicled their marriage in shambles. In March 2018 police come to her house for an alleged meltdown she was having. Then, 1 week later Dean calls the cops on her after taking one of their sons out of the home.

February 2019 – couple reported they had no relationship problems

Tori Tried and True on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/c/ToriTriedandTrue (2020 last videos)

May 2021 – divorce rumors, June 2021 Tori removes “Wife” from her IG bio

Tori’s Recent Credits

  • Masked Singer,
  • #AtHomeWithTori on Vizio
  • #messyness on MTV

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