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Short Info

Net Worth$200 million
Date Of BirthJanuary 3, 1950
SpouseHarry Glassman, Christopher Skinner
FactCurrently battling a blood-clotting disorder [May 17, 2007].
PaymentsEarned $1,500 per week from Earthquake (1974)

Victoria Principal (born January 3, 1950) is an American actress, author, and businesswoman best known for her role as Pamela Barnes Ewing on the CBS nighttime soap opera Dallas. She also served as the executive producer of the show during its final season.

Born in Fukuoka, Japan, to an American military family, Principal is the eldest of three children. Her father, Victor Principal, was a career officer in the United States Air Force and her mother, Jeanne Principal, was a homemaker. The family moved around frequently due to her father’s job, living in various places including England, Spain, and Puerto Rico.

Principal was educated at a number of schools, including Ramstein American High School in West Germany and Miami Beach Senior High School in Florida. She later attended the University of Southern California, where she studied acting.

Principal’s acting career began in the early 1970s with guest appearances on various television shows such as The Love Boat and Marcus Welby, M.D.. In 1972, she landed her first major role in the film The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean opposite Paul Newman.

In 1978, Principal was cast as Pamela Barnes Ewing on Dallas. She played the role for nine seasons until 1987, when she left the show to pursue other projects. During her time on Dallas, Principal also appeared in a number of made-for-television movies.

In the 1990s, Principal returned to television with a leading role in the short-lived series Panama Deception. She also starred in the made-for-television movie A Stranger’s Heart and had a recurring role on the television series Spy Game.

In recent years, Principal has appeared in a number of stage productions. She made her Broadway debut in The Mystery of Edwin Drood in 1985 and has also appeared in regional productions of Love Letters and The Vagina Monologues.

In addition to her acting career, Principal is also a successful businesswoman. In 1986, she founded her own production company, Victoria Principal Productions. She has also released two books: The Beauty Book: A Guide to Looking Your Best at Any Age and The Diet Book: A Guide to Eating Right for Your Body Type.

Principal has been married twice. Her first marriage was to actor Gary Lockwood from 1971 to 1976. Her second marriage was to businessman Harry Glassman from 1985 to 1995. She has no children.

General Info

Full NameVictoria Principal
Net Worth$200 million
Date Of BirthJanuary 3, 1950
Height1.68 m
Weight124 lbs
ProfessionEntrepreneur, Film producer, Author, Actor, Model, Businessperson
EducationSouth Dade High School, Miami Dade College, Royal Academy of Dramatic Art


SpouseHarry Glassman, Christopher Skinner
ParentsRee Veal, Victor Principal


NominationsGolden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress In A Television Series - Drama, Golden Globe Award for Best New Star of the Year – Actress, People's Choice Award for Favorite Actress in a New TV Series
MoviesThe Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean, The Abduction, Vigilante Force, Naked Lie, Sparks: The Price of Passion, The Naked Ape, Blind Witness, Love in Another Town, Earthquake, I Will, I Will... for Now, River of Rage: The Taking of Maggie Keene, The Burden of Proof, The Night They Took Miss Beautiful...
TV ShowsTitans, Dallas, Fantasy Island, Banacek, Greatest Heroes of the Bible, Love Story

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


1Joking about her skin care line, Principal Secret, "I wanted to name it Victoria's Secret but that name was already taken."
2Maybe my greatest fear in life is not to be challenged, is to grow weary of life, and not to be passionate about it.


1Originally, 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.
2Like her ex-Dallas (1978) co-star, Larry Hagman, Principal resided in Malibu, California, herself.
3Credits Larry Hagman and Barbara Bel Geddes as her favorite acting mentors/best friends.
4Her acting mentors were the late Larry Hagman and Barbara Bel Geddes.
5Dated Anthony Perkins in the early 1970's.
6Has 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.
7President and formulator at "Principal Secret", the skin care company she founded in 1989. She is a member of the Society of Cosmetic Chemists.
8Accused 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.
9Was author Philip K. Dick's ideal choice for the character Rachael in Blade Runner (1982), a role that went to Sean Young instead.
10Best remembered by the public for her role as Pamela Barnes Ewing on the 1980s soap opera Dallas (1978).
11Teamed 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].
12Currently battling a blood-clotting disorder [May 17, 2007].
13Attended South Dade Senior High school, in south Miami-Dade County, Florida.
14Wore a wig for her role as "Rosa Amici" in Earthquake (1974)
15She ranked #3 in 1982 and #6 in 1984 on Richard Selzer's (aka Mr. Blackwell) Worst Dressed List.
16She ranked #60 in 1995 in FHM's 100 Sexiest Women.
17Has sold the Montecito home. [October 2001]
18Bought a house in Montecito, California, from Priscilla Presley. [March 2000]
19Is the national chairperson for the Los Angeles-based Victory Over Violence, a non-profit organization dedicated to ending violence against women.
20In 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.
21Studied at London's Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.
22Her father was a sergeant in the United States Air Force.
23Her former husband, Harry Glassman, is a plastic surgeon in Beverly Hills.
24Miss Miami of 1969
25She worked as an agent for 3 years when she became unhappy with her acting career during the early 1970s.
26She 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).
27She spent two years studying at England's Royal Academy of Ballet, as one of the few Americans accepted into the program.
28Stated during an interview with Howie Mandel that she refuses to disclose her height, but is comfortable telling people her age.
29Named John Huston, Uta Hagen, and Vanessa Redgrave as her greatest influences.
30When 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).
31Was honored by then President Ronald Reagan for her work on behalf of arthritis victims. Both of her parents suffered from the disease.




Titans2000-2001TV SeriesGwen Williams
Family Guy1999-2000TV SeriesDr. Amanda Rebecca Pamela Barnes Ewing
The Practice2000TV SeriesCourtney Hansen
Providence2000TV SeriesDonna Tupperman
Just Shoot Me!1999TV SeriesRoberta
Jack & Jill1999TV SeriesCecilia Barrett
Michael Kael contre la World News Company1998Leila Parker
Love in Another Town1997TV MovieMaggie Sorrell
The Abduction1996TV MovieKate Finley
The Larry Sanders Show1995TV SeriesVictoria Principal
Dancing in the Dark1995TV MovieAnna Forbes
Home Improvement1994TV SeriesLes Thompson
Beyond Obsession1994TV MovieEleanor DiCarlo
River of Rage: The Taking of Maggie Keene1993TV MovieMaggie Keene
Seduction: Three Tales from the 'Inner Sanctum'1992TV MoviePatty / Sylvia
The Burden of Proof1992TV MovieMargy Allison
Don't Touch My Daughter1991TV MovieLinda
Just Life1990TV MovieClaire
Sparks: The Price of Passion1990TV MoviePatricia Sparks
Blind Witness1989TV MovieMaggie Kemlich
Naked Lie1989TV MovieJoanne Dawson
Mistress1987TV MovieRae Colton
Dallas1978-1987TV SeriesPamela Barnes Ewing Rebecca Barnes
Not Just Another Affair1982TV MovieDr. Diana Dawson
Pleasure Palace1980TV MoviePatti Flynn
Hawaii Five-O1979TV SeriesDolores Sandover
Greatest Heroes of the Bible1979TV SeriesQueen Esther
The Night They Took Miss Beautiful1977TV MovieReba Bar Lev
Fantasy Island1977TV SeriesMichelle
Vigilante Force1976Linda Christopher
I Will... I Will... For Now1976Jackie Martin
Last Hours Before Morning1975TV MovieYolanda Marquez
Banacek1974TV SeriesBrooke Collins
Love Story1973TV SeriesKaren
The Naked Ape1973Cathy
Love, American Style1973TV SeriesValerie Stephens (segment "Love and the Mr. and Mrs.") / Sandy (segment "Love and the Perfect Set-Up")
The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean1972Maria Elena


Midnight's Child1992TV Movie executive producer
Seduction: Three Tales from the 'Inner Sanctum'1992TV Movie executive producer
Don't Touch My Daughter1991TV Movie executive producer
Sparks: The Price of Passion1990TV Movie executive producer
Blind Witness1989TV Movie co-executive producer
Naked Lie1989TV Movie executive producer


Entertainment Tonight1986-2009TV SeriesHerself
Dallas Reunion: Return to Southfork2004TV Movie documentaryHerself / Pamela Barnes Ewing
After Dallas2002TV MovieHerself / Pamela Barnes Ewing
After They Were Famous2002TV Series documentaryHerself
Tracey Takes On...1999TV SeriesHerself
Television: The First Fifty Years1999Video documentaryHerself - Interviewee / Pamela Barnes Ewing
Chicago Hope1998TV SeriesHerself
Intimate Portrait1998TV Series documentaryHerself
Behind the Music1997TV Series documentaryHerself
The Rosie O'Donnell Show1996-1997TV SeriesHerself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno1995TV SeriesHerself
TV Guide: 40th Anniversary Special1993TV Movie documentaryHerself
Hollywood Women1993TV Mini-Series documentaryHerself
The 45th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1993TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
The 50th Annual Golden Globe Awards1993TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
The 44th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1992TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
One on One with John Tesh1992TV SeriesHerself
The 43rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1991TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
The 15th Annual Women in Film Crystal Awards1991TV SpecialHerself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1973-1991TV SeriesHerself / Herself - Guest / Herself - Fourth Guest
The 16th Annual People's Choice Awards1990TV SpecialHerself
The 35th Annual Genii Awards1990TV SpecialHerself
The Arsenio Hall Show1989-1990TV SeriesHerself
The Annual National Jewish Fund Awards Dinner1989TV SpecialHerself
The Pat Sajak Show1989TV SeriesHerself
The Princess Grace Foundation Special Gala Tribute to Cary Grant1988TV MovieHerself
Memories Then and Now1988TV Movie documentaryHerself - Host
Hour Magazine1980-1987TV SeriesHerself
The 39th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1987TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
The 13th Annual People's Choice Awards1987TV SpecialHerself - Presenter & Accepting Award for Favourite Television Night Time Dramatic Series
The 12th Annual People's Choice Awards1986TV SpecialHerself - Presenter: Favourite Male Performer in New Television Program
Wogan1984TV SeriesHerself
The 36th Primetime Emmy Awards1984TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
The 10th Annual People's Choice Awards1984TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
exclusiv1983TV Series documentaryHerself
The 9th Annual People's Choice Awards1983TV SpecialHerself - Presenter: Favourite New Male Television Performer
The 40th Annual Golden Globe Awards1983TV SpecialHerself - Nominee & Presenter
The 8th Annual People's Choice Awards1982TV SpecialHerself - Co-Presenter: Favourite Male TV Performer
Night of 100 Stars1982TV SpecialHerself
The Barbara Walters Summer Special1982TV SeriesHerself
Fridays1982TV SeriesHerself - Guest Host
An Evening at the Improv1982TV SeriesGuest host
The American Music Awards1982TV SpecialHerself
The Merv Griffin Show1973-1981TV SeriesHerself - Guest / Herself
Sixty Years of Seduction1981TV Movie documentaryHerself - Presenter
The 7th Annual People's Choice Awards1981TV SpecialHerself - Accepting Award for Favourite Television Dramatic Program
Women Who Rate a 101981TV MovieHerself
The John Davidson Show1981TV SeriesHerself
Omnibus1980TV SeriesHerself
The Mike Douglas Show1978-1980TV SeriesHerself - Actress / Herself - Co-Host
The 6th People's Choice Awards1980TV SpecialHerself - Accepting Favourite Dramatic Television Show
The 31st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1979TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
The Hollywood Squares1979TV SeriesGuest Appearance
Battle of the Network Stars VI1979TV SpecialHerself - CBS Team
All-Star Family Feud Special1979TV SeriesHerself - Celebrity Contestant
Family Feud1979TV SeriesHerself
Battle of the Network Stars IV1978TV SpecialHerself - CBS Team

Archive Footage

American Masters2012TV Series documentaryHerself
La imagen de tu vida2006TV Series
Tvist2005TV SeriesPamela Barnes Ewing
SoapTalk2003TV SeriesPamela Ewing
E! True Hollywood Story2000TV Series documentaryHerself
Doing Dallas2000TV SpecialPamela Barnes Ewing


Won Awards

1982Bravo Otto GermanyBravo OttoBest Female TV Star (TV-Star w)
1981Bravo Otto GermanyBravo OttoBest Female TV Star (TV-Star w)

Nominated Awards

1988Soap Opera Digest AwardSoap Opera Digest AwardsFavorite Super Couple: Prime TimeDallas (1978)
1986Soap Opera Digest AwardSoap Opera Digest AwardsOutstanding Actress in a Leading Role on a Prime Time SerialDallas (1978)
1983Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - DramaDallas (1978)
1982Sour AppleGolden Apple Awards
1973Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USAMost Promising Newcomer - FemaleThe Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean (1972)

3rd Place Awards

1983Bravo Otto GermanyBravo OttoBest Female TV Star (TV-Star w)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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