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Victoria Principal
Victoria Principal at the 39th Emmy Awards cropped.jpg
Principal at the 39th Emmy Awards in 1987.
Born Victoria Principal
(1950-01-03) January 3, 1950 (age 64)
Fukuoka, Japan
Occupation Actress, Entrepreneur, singer
Years active 1970–2001 (Acting)
1987–present (Entrepreneur)

Victoria Principal (born January 3, 1950[1]) is an American actress, author and businesswoman best known for her role as Pamela Barnes Ewing on the CBS nighttime soap opera Dallas from 1978 to 1987.

Early life[edit]

Principal was born in Fukuoka, Japan, the eldest daughter of United States Air Force sergeant Victor Principal, after whom she was named and who was then stationed in Fukuoka. Her paternal grandparents were emigrants from Italy, originally surnamed Principale. Her mother, the former Bertha Ree Veal, was born in Georgia and was of English descent.[2] Because her father was in the US military, they moved often; she grew up in London, Puerto Rico, Florida, Massachusetts, and Georgia, among other places. She attended 17 different schools, including studying at the Royal Ballet School while her family was stationed in England.[3]

She began her career in TV commercials, appearing in her first at age five. After graduating from South Dade Senior High School in 1968, she enrolled at Miami-Dade Community College, intending to study medicine. However, months before completing her first year of studies, she was seriously injured in a car crash while driving home from the library. The other driver was convicted of drunk driving and served jail time. Principal spent months in recovery and was faced with the prospect of having to take her first year of studies over again. After a period of serious introspection, she drastically changed her life by moving to New York City to pursue her acting career, and shortly thereafter to Europe. She studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, and then in 1971 moved to Los Angeles.[4]

Career[edit]

Acting[edit]

In 1970, Principal moved to Hollywood. She had no money, no car, no agent, and no prior television or movie-making experiences beside the commercials she had made in her teenage years. She supported herself by teaching backgammon, which she had learned while living in London, that was becoming a popular game played by many in Hollywood. Nine months later Principal had a car, an agent, still little money but auditioned and won her first film role as Marie Elena, a Mexican mistress, in Paul Newman's The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean (1972), for which she earned a Golden Globe Nomination as Most Promising Newcomer.[5] Because of the response to Principal's footage in the film, the role was enlarged on a daily basis by the writer, John Milius. Producers, agents, and other interested parties began showing up at the remote location in Benson, Arizona. For the most part they were showing up to sign Principal to her next film. During this period of time Warren Cowan flew in, introduced himself to Principal, and offered to represent her free of charge for the next year. Principal has been a client of Rogers & Cowan ever since. She flew to Arizona a complete unknown; when she returned to Los Angeles three months later, the commercial flight she was on was greeted by throngs of paparazzi. Subsequently, she appeared in The Naked Ape (1973) with Johnny Crawford and appeared nude in Playboy magazine to promote the film.[6] The film's failure disappointed her.[7]

In 1974, she was cast in the disaster film Earthquake. Although the role had been narrowed down to three actresses, Principal won the role when she showed up for the third audition having cut off her waist-length brown hair, dyed it black, and put it into an afro. The producer was stunned and impressed by Principal's risky transformation in order to look more closely like the Italian character Rosa. Principal won the part in that moment. She continued to act in lesser-known films such as I Will, I Will... for Now and Vigilante Force with Kris Kristofferson. She was given a three-picture deal with Brute Productions. However, Principal decided to stop acting and became an agent, which was her profession from 1975 to late 1977.

In 1977, Aaron Spelling offered her a role in the pilot of his television series, Fantasy Island, which she accepted. Soon after, in 1978, she landed her most famous role, playing Pamela Barnes Ewing in the evening soap opera television series Dallas. In 1983, she earned a Golden Globe Nomination as Best Actress in a Television Series for her role in Dallas.[8]

After nine years, Principal left Dallas in 1987. She went on to star in various made-for-television movies such as Mistress, Blind Witness, Naked Lie, Sparks: The Price of Passion, and Don't Touch My Daughter, a few of which she co-produced. In 1994, she appeared in an episode of the hit sitcom Home Improvement. Principal returned to primetime soap operas in 2000, when she appeared in another Aaron Spelling production, the short-lived NBC television series Titans.

Principal declined reviving her role on the 2012 revival of Dallas since the sudden passing of Larry Hagman - the ending of the second season reveals the mystery where she died of pancreatic cancer.[9][10]

Entrepreneur[edit]

Principal at 1993 Emmy Awards

When Principal signed her Dallas contract, she omitted the clause that would have given the network the right to consent and profit from her outside endeavors. She explained, "As a result that's why, you can only notice in hindsight, I was the only person in the cast who did commercials, who was doing movies of the week, who wrote books and these all belong to me. I retained the control and ownership of my image. No one owns me."[11]

When she left the show in 1987, she began her own production company, Victoria Principal Productions, producing mostly movies for television. In the mid-1980s, she became interested in natural beauty therapies and in 1989 she created a self-named line of skin care products, Principal Secret. In August of 2013 the CEO of Guthy Renker revealed to Women's Wear Daily that Victoria Principal's Principal Secret Skincare Business had amassed over 1.5 billion dollars to date, an increase of more than a half billion dollars over the revenue up to 2007. [12]

In 1993 Principal received an honorary Law Degree from The University of West Los Angeles.[13] In 1995, she was named "Entertainment Business Woman of the Year" by the National Association of Women Business Owners and received an honorary degree from Drexel University's Business School. In 1999, Principal became the youngest ever recipient of the Genii Lifetime Achievement Award for women in television.[14] In 2003, Principal became a member of the Society of Cosmetic Chemists. In January 2011, Principal launched a line of jewelry called Keys & Hearts available on the same site as her skin care line, Principal Secret.[15] She became a best-selling author, writing three books about beauty, skin care, and health: The Body Principal (1983), The Beauty Principal (1984), and The Diet Principal (1987). She published a fourth book, Living Principal (2001). After twelve weeks on the The New York Times Best Seller list in the general non-fiction category, The Body Principal was the first "Advice, How-To, and Miscellaneous" number one best seller when that list debuted January 1, 1984.[16]

Personal life[edit]

Principal met Christopher Skinner in 1978 when he played a bit role on Dallas. Soon after, they married but divorced two years later in 1980. She dated teen idol Andy Gibb after meeting him on The John Davidson Show in 1981. The two hit it off immediately and she sang a duet with Gibb. A year later, she gave him an ultimatum: "Choose me or choose drugs". Principal split with Gibb in March 1982.[17]

Principal married Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Dr. Harry Glassman in June 1985. The couple divorced in December 2006 with Principal stating, "We have had a loving relationship for over 20 years".[18] She later moved to Malibu, California.[19] She also owns homes in Big Sur, California, and Switzerland.

In 2006, Principal formed a charitable organization to help subsidize the environmental movement, which she had been a part of since 1978.[20]

In 2007, it was reported that she was training for her booked flight on Richard Branson's commercial space flight venture.[21] Principal stated, "Going into space fulfills many desires I have of seeing the planet, going fast, going someplace very few people have been — and hopefully coming back down!"[22] Principal and Branson held a joint worldwide press conference in New Mexico where the space center is to be built.[23][24] In 2012 Principal quietly withdrew from the program. [25]

Philanthropy[edit]

Principal provided assistance to aid those in need after the 2008 California wildfires.[26] On June 2, 2010, she donated $200,000 to the cleanup effort in the Gulf Coast region. Her donations brought together two huge environmental non-profits, Oceana and Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), to work together on the cleanup.[27]

In 2003, a Golden Palm Star on the Palm Springs, California, Walk of Stars was dedicated to her.[28]

Principal appeared with other celebrities on June 21, 2010, in a CNN Larry King-sponsored Telethon to support the Gulf Coast Region following the Deepwater Horizon explosion. Principal was on a panel with King, answered phones, and spoke to donors for the entire two hours. The telethon raised over $1.8 million.[29]

Principal was honored at the opening of Legacy Park in Malibu on October 2, 2010. She was a founding member of the park in 2004, and was honored at the opening for helping get the 15-acre park off of the Pacific Coast Highway off the ground.[30] Over a 12-year period, she served the Arthritis Foundation as Honorary Chairperson and Ambassador to Government.[31]

She is the co-chair of Victory Over Violence, the LA County Domestic Violence Council Community Advisory Board. The Community Advisory Board is a coalition of representatives from the entertainment industry, business, government, and community who have come together with the dual purposes of increasing public awareness of issues surrounding domestic violence and increasing shelter and victim resources.[citation needed]

On December 13, 2011, it was announced that Principal donated a substantial sum to OCEANA and NRDC to stop the expansion of offshore drilling in the Gulf of Mexico and Arctic Ocean, fearing such activity could lead to another disastrous oil spill.[32][33] On December 20, 2011, The Giving Back Fund named Principal as one of the Top 30 Celebrity Charity Donations for 2011.[34]

In 2012 Principal funded and participated in an online campaign with the NRDC in an effort to stop sonic blasting along the California coastline, and prevent the deaths of hundreds of marine mammals and marine life.[35] In 2012 Principal funded, through Tree People, the creation of a mobile, emergency Fire Warning System for the Los Angeles area. In 2013 this system was completed and implemented, the first of its kind in California.[36]

In 2013 Principal funded an ad bringing awareness to the plight of Sea Lion pups washing up along the California Coastline and provided funds to Wildlife Org. for their rescue and rehabilitation.[37] In 2013 after the deadly Moore, Oklahoma EF5 Tornado, Principal funded the American Humane Association's famous Red Star Rescue Team to help search, rescue, and shelter injured and missing animals with the ultimate goal of reuniting them with their families.[38] In August 2013 Principal funded in collaboration with Tree People a new mobile system that allows citizens to participate in critical wildfire prevention by texting.[39]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1972 The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean Maria Elena Nominated - Golden Globe Award for Most Promising Newcomer - Female
1973 The Naked Ape Cathy
1974 Earthquake Rosa
1976 I Will, I Will...for Now Jackie Martin
1976 Vigilante Force Linda Christopher
1998 Michael Kael vs. the World News Company Leila Parker

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1973 Love, American Style Valerie Stephens 2 episodes
1973 Love Story Karen Episode: "When the Girls Came Out to Play"
1974 Banacek Brooke Collins Episode: "Fly Me- If You Can Find Me"
1975 Last Hours Before Morning Yolanda Marquez TV movie
1977 Fantasy Island Michelle Pilot episode
1977 The Night They Took Miss Beautiful Reba Bar Lev TV Movie
1978–1987 Dallas Pamela Barnes Ewing Series regular, 251 episodes
Nominated - Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama (1983)
Nominated - Soap Opera Digest Award for Outstanding Actress in a Leading Role on a Prime Time Serial (1986)
Nominated - Soap Opera Digest Award for Favorite Super Couple: Prime Time (1988)
1979 Greatest Heroes of the Bible Queen Esther Episode: "The Story of Esther"
1979 Hawaii Five-O Dolores Kent Sandover Episode: "The Year of the Horse"
1980 Pleasure Palace Patti Flynn TV movie
1982 Not Just Another Affair Dr. Diana Dawson TV movie
1982 Fridays Herself Live TV comedy variety show. ABC
1987 Mistress Rae Colton TV movie
1989 Naked Lie Joanne Dawson TV movie
1989 Blind Witness (film) Maggie Kemlich TV movie
1990 Sparks: The Price of Passion Patricia Sparks TV movie
1991 Don't Touch My Daughter Linda TV movie
1992 The Burden of Proof Margy Allison TV movie
1992 Seduction: Three Tales from the 'Inner Sanctum' Patty/Sylvia TV movie
1993 River of Rage: The Taking of Maggie Keene Maggie Keene TV movie
1994 Beyond Obsession Eleanor DiCarlo TV movie
1994 Home Improvement Les Thompson Episode: "Swing Time"
1995 Dancing in the Dark Anna Forbes TV movie
1996 The Abduction Kate Finley TV movie
1997 Love in Another Town Maggie Sorrell TV movie
1999 Tracey Takes On... Herself Episode: "Tracey Takes On... Erotica"
1999 Just Shoot Me! Roberta Episode: "Love Is in the Air"
1999-2001 Jack & Jill Mrs. Cecilia Barrett 3 episodes
1999-2000 Family Guy Pamela Barnes Ewing Made a second appearance in 2000, as 'Dr. Amanda Rebecca'
2000 Providence Donna Tupperman 3 episodes
2000 The Practice Courtney Hansen Episode: "Black Widows"
2000-2001 Titans Gwen Williams Series regular, 13 episodes

Books[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Interviews of Principal at UltimateDallas from 2003 and 2007 (retrieved 2007-07-07) list 1950, as does The World Almanac & Book of Facts. World Almanac Books. 2007. p. 225. "1/3/50." 
  2. ^ Stated on Lifetime Television's Intimate Portrait
  3. ^ Official website bio Accessed 2012-01-17.
  4. ^ Biography at her official website. Accessed 2007-06-15.
  5. ^ The 30th Annual Golden Globe Awards (1973). GoldenGlobes. Accessed 2008-02-16.
  6. ^ Gritten, David. (1981-03-30) Dallas Darling – Dallas, Victoria Principal. People.com. Retrieved on 2012-06-03.
  7. ^ Jarvis, Jeff. (1983-05-23) Darling of Dallas – Dallas, Dallas, Victoria Principal. People.com. Retrieved on 2012-06-03.
  8. ^ The 40th Annual Golden Globe Awards (1983). GoldenGlobes. Accessed 2008-02-16.
  9. ^ [1] Ultimate Dallas. Accessed 2013-03-02
  10. ^ [2] Deadline Hollywood. Accessed 2013-03-01
  11. ^ Colin Hunter (2007). UltimateDallas.com interview. Accessed 2007-07-07.
  12. ^ [3]. Women's Wear Daily. Retrieved on 2013-08-09.
  13. ^ [4]
  14. ^ [5].
  15. ^ Keys & Hearts by Victoria Principal. Principal Secret. Retrieved on 2012-06-03.
  16. ^ "The New York Times Book Review Best Sellers", NYT January 1, 1984, page BR28.
    "Best Sellers", NYT December 25, 1983, page BR13.
  17. ^ Appearance with Phil Donahue (May 26, 2006), YouTube
  18. ^ Silverman, Stephen M.; Breuer, Howard (May 25, 2006). "Victoria Principal Files for Divorce". People.com. Retrieved 2012-03-24. 
  19. ^ Reportage on Principal, TMZ, January 21, 2010.
  20. ^ d'Estries, Michael (November 9, 2009). Victoria Principal donates $25k for Forest Restoration Efforts, ecorazzi.com.
  21. ^ Finn, Natalie (April 17, 2007). "Victoria to Be Principal Character in Space". EOnline.com. Retrieved 2012-03-24. 
  22. ^ Breuer, Howard (December 8, 2009). "Victoria Principal to go into Space". CNN. Retrieved 2012-03-24. 
  23. ^ "Richard Branson unveils Spaceship Enterprise". The Telegraph. December 8, 2009. 
  24. ^ Hennigan, W.J. (October 17, 2011). "Virgin Galactic Moves into New Mexico Spaceport". Retrieved 2012-03-24. 
  25. ^ IMDB [6]
  26. ^ Deborah Netburn Helping Hand latimes.com.
  27. ^ "Victoria Principal donates to oil-spill cleanup". The Victoria Advocate. June 2, 2010. Retrieved 2012-02-15. 
  28. ^ Palm Springs Walk of Stars by date dedicated
  29. ^ AP Larry King Telethon for Gulf Coast aid
  30. ^ Malibu Times Legacy Park in Malibu
  31. ^ Official website bio. Victoriaprincipal.com. Retrieved on 2012-06-03.
  32. ^ Niland, Kurt (December 14, 2011). "Victoria Principal funds oil-spill research & response". Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles, P.C. Retrieved 2012-02-15. 
  33. ^ Victoria Principal puts up money to prevent oil spills. Cnn.com (2011-12-13). Retrieved on 2012-06-03.
  34. ^ Principal named to Top 30 Celebrity Charity Donations. Looktothestars.org. Retrieved on 2012-06-03.
  35. ^ "Help Stop the Assault on Whales and Dolphins With Just Your Facebook Photo | OnEarth Magazine". Onearth.org. 2012-10-09. Retrieved 2013-10-21. 
  36. ^ "Angeles Forest Fire Restoration, $25,000 Gift Kicks Off $250,000 Goal - LOS ANGELES, Oct. 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/". Prnewswire.com. 2009-10-30. Retrieved 2013-10-21. 
  37. ^ "Specific Funding Needs". Cawildlife.org. Retrieved 2013-10-21. 
  38. ^ "Victoria Principal Joins Americans Across The Country To Support American Humane Association And... - WASHINGTON, May 31, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/". Prnewswire.com. Retrieved 2013-10-21. 
  39. ^ TreePeople (2013-08-02). "Victoria Principal to the (Fire Prevention and Reforestation) Rescue!". Blog.treepeople.org. Retrieved 2013-10-21. 

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Thu, 17 Apr 2014 06:18:45 -0700

I want it to be like when Dallas had dead Patrick Duffy alive and well in the shower, and Victoria Principal realizing that the whole previous season had been a dream, a terrible, terrible dream. Anything less is a dereliction of duty. Want to get into ...
 
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Tue, 15 Apr 2014 02:11:15 -0700

Also present were Education director-general Datuk Dr Khair Mohamad Yusof and SMK Victoria principal Maslan Buniran. Muhyiddin said the public confidence in the blueprint must have been intensified after the overall performance of SPM candidates last ...

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Mon, 14 Apr 2014 04:41:16 -0700

Produced by Hugh Hefner and co-starring Victoria Principal, “The Naked Ape” is described by Turner Classic Movies as “the evolution of mankind, with a primary focus on sexuality… examined through various stories, sketches, and animated sequences.
 
The Edwardsville Intelligencer
Wed, 02 Apr 2014 10:03:41 -0700

The picture, “Last Hours Before Morning,” starred the late Ed Lauter and Victoria Principal. “It was about a gumshoe detective solving a murder,” he said. “The movie wraps up and we had screenings with people off the street to get their opinion of the ...
 
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Wed, 09 Apr 2014 09:59:17 -0700

1978: On DALLAS, Pam (Victoria Principal) took Lucy (Charlene Tilton) under her wing. 1979: Lanna Saunders made her first appearance as Marie Horton in DAYS OF OUR LIVES. 1981: Charles Bateman aired for the final time as Maxwell Jarvis in DAYS OF ...
 
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Wed, 26 Mar 2014 10:26:15 -0700

Victoria Principal even talked about a movie. After lengthy rehabilitation, John enrolled at the University of Mary near Bismarck, but didn't graduate. Instead, he went on a speaking tour for a couple of years and then wrote "Home in One Piece," which ...
 
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Thu, 20 Mar 2014 05:30:45 -0700

Late night infomercials with Cindy Crawford and Victoria Principal can't be far behind.. Posted by: Astro | Mar 20, 2014 10:42:12 AM. Hate it or love it, she is laughing all the way to the bank. :). Posted by: Omar | Mar 20, 2014 11:19:11 AM. Nice ...
 
Der Bund
Tue, 08 Apr 2014 20:13:23 -0700

... diesem Vintage Chanel Outfit aussehen «like she's been electrocuted back to life»; ich frage mich also, indem ich diese Heidegger-Runde betrachte: Was würde wohl Joan Rivers zur Frisur von Peter Trawny sagen – «looks like Victoria Principal in 1984»?
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