Victoria Principal Poster


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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 3 January 1950Fukuoka, Japan
Birth NameVictoria Ree Principale
Height 5' 6" (1.68 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Victoria Principal is the elder of two daughters born to Bertha Ree (Veal) and Victor R. Principal. Her paternal grandparents were Italian, while her mother's family was from Gordon, Georgia, and South Carolina. Her father, a United States Air Force sergeant, was often transferred to different duty stations, so the family constantly moved, and Victoria grew up in London, Florida, Puerto Rico, Massachusetts and Georgia, among other places. She and her sister attended 17 different schools. Victoria's acting career began when she made a commercial at age five, and she began modeling in high school. She enrolled at Miami-Dade Community College, and wanted to study chiropractic medicine. However, being seriously injured in a car crash at age 18 made her refocus her energy on her love of acting. She moved to New York City, where she worked as a model and actress. She then studied at London's Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, and moved to Los Angeles, California in 1971.

Her first film was as a Mexican mistress in The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean (1972), starring Paul Newman. Four years later, she became so disappointed with her career that she quit acting and spent the next three years working as an agent. In 1978, she planned on going to law school and later become a studio executive, but Aaron Spelling offered her a year's tuition to accept a role in the pilot of Fantasy Island (1977). She agreed, and soon after that, she landed the role of Pamela Barnes Ewing on CBS' long-running soap opera Dallas (1978). She left the series after nine years, and began her own production company, Victoria Principal Productions. She continues to work as an actress and producer, and has also created a line of skin care products and written three books about beauty and skin-care.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: A. Nonymous

Spouse (2)

Harry Glassman (22 June 1985 - 27 December 2006) (divorced)
Christopher Skinner (1978 - 1980) (divorced)

Trivia (31)

Was honored by then President Ronald Reagan for her work on behalf of arthritis victims. Both of her parents suffered from the disease.
When on an airplane once, the pilot came on over the loudspeaker, and threatened not to land the plane unless Victoria told him "Who Shot J.R.?", during the summer before the third season of Dallas (1978).
Named John Huston, Uta Hagen, and Vanessa Redgrave as her greatest influences.
Stated during an interview with Howie Mandel that she refuses to disclose her height, but is comfortable telling people her age.
She spent two years studying at England's Royal Academy of Ballet, as one of the few Americans accepted into the program.
She worked as a model in New York and Europe while auditioning for early acting roles in films, such as for Goodbye, Columbus (1969), which she lost out to Ali MacGraw, who was 12 years older than Victoria. However, she did work with the film's director, Larry Peerce, later on in her career in the television movie, The Abduction (1996).
She worked as an agent for 3 years when she became unhappy with her acting career during the early 1970s.
Miss Miami of 1969
Her former husband, Harry Glassman, is a plastic surgeon in Beverly Hills.
Her father was a sergeant in the United States Air Force.
Studied at London's Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.
In 1973, she posed nude for Playboy to promote her second film, The Naked Ape (1973). However, the film's failure disappointed her, and she would later refer to it as the worst film of her career.
Is the national chairperson for the Los Angeles-based Victory Over Violence, a non-profit organization dedicated to ending violence against women.
Bought a house in Montecito, California, from Priscilla Presley. [March 2000]
Has sold the Montecito home. [October 2001]
She ranked #60 in 1995 in FHM's 100 Sexiest Women.
She ranked #3 in 1982 and #6 in 1984 on Richard Selzer's (aka Mr. Blackwell) Worst Dressed List.
Wore a wig for her role as "Rosa Amici" in Earthquake (1974)
Attended South Dade Senior High school, in south Miami-Dade County, Florida.
Currently battling a blood-clotting disorder [May 17, 2007].
Teamed up with Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic, planning an outer space journey in September 2008. Will began training in January 2008 [May 17, 2007].
Best remembered by the public for her role as Pamela Barnes Ewing on the 1980s soap opera Dallas (1978).
Was author Philip K. Dick's ideal choice for the character Rachael in Blade Runner (1982), a role that went to Sean Young instead.
Accused of pulling a gun on her maid for taking too long walking Principal's shin tze "Mei Ling" [May 5, 2009]. Victoria countersued, claiming that the maid was a lunatic, slamming doors, hurting her dog and demanding money. She said she pulled the gun and cocked it out of fear. The case reached a settlement, with the maid writing a letter of apology to Victoria.
President and formulator at "Principal Secret", the skin care company she founded in 1989. She is a member of the Society of Cosmetic Chemists.
Has a reputation as a savvy businesswoman. Her shrewd business sense extended into her personal life as well, since she had both of her husbands sign prenuptial agreements before she married them. When her marriages ended in divorce, the prenuptial agreements saved her from financial downfall.
Dated Anthony Perkins in the early 1970's.
Her acting mentors were the late Larry Hagman and Barbara Bel Geddes.
Credits Larry Hagman and Barbara Bel Geddes as her favorite acting mentors/best friends.
Like her ex-Dallas (1978) co-star, Larry Hagman, Principal resided in Malibu, California, herself.
Originally, Dallas (1978) was intended to be a soap opera vehicle for her, but thanks to Larry Hagman's popularity, he became she show's protagonist.

Personal Quotes (2)

Maybe my greatest fear in life is not to be challenged, is to grow weary of life, and not to be passionate about it.
Joking about her skin care line, Principal Secret, "I wanted to name it Victoria's Secret but that name was already taken."

Salary (2)

Earthquake (1974) $1,500 per week
Dallas (1978) $35,000 per week (season 10)

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