Famous Migraineurs: Tori Spelling

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  • Tori Spelling, busy actress, mother of three small children and a Migraineur, was rushed to the hospital last in October with a severe Migraine attack. Victoria Davey Spelling was born on May 26, 1973, in Los Angeles, California. Her parents, Aaron and Candy, also have a son Randy, who is five years younger than Tori. Her father was the famous Hollywood producer who created TV such as like "Charlie's Angels," "Fantasy Island," "Dynasty," and "Beverly Hills 90210." Her mother is an author and blogger.


    Tori has lived a charmed life. She grew up in a luxurious home, boasting over 100 rooms, which included three kitchens, two swimming pools, a beauty salon, a doll museum, a bowling alley, and enough parking for 100 cars. When Tori was six-years-old, her father sought out an acting coach so she would be able to take acting lessons twice a week. Thanks to her father, she was a lucky little girl and had parts on a few of the shows he produced such as "The Love Boat" and "T. J. Hooker."  She later graduated from Harvard-Westlake High School in Los Angeles.

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    In 1990, Tori's father was producing a new television series, "Beverly Hills 90210." Tori tried to audition for the part of Kelly Taylor, using the name Tori Mitchell in hopes she wouldn't be recognized. Unfortunately, it was very clear she was Aaron Spelling's daughter, and the role went to Jennie Garth. Tori did get a different role, the sweet, nice girl - Donna Martin. "Beverly Hills 90210" lasted for 10 seasons and finally ended in 2000.


    The first film she was featured in was "The House of Yes" (1997), which unfortunately was a box office flop. It received horrible reviews from the critics, but she didn't let this deter her. In 2001, she had a part in "Scary Movie 2," which made over $130 million at the box office.


    Tori expanded her acting career, taking a lead role in the play "Maybe Baby, It's You.The show ran at the Coronet Theatre in Los Angeles receiving good reviews from critics who doubted Tori had any natural acting talent. It was during this play she met and dated co-star and co-writer Charlie Shanian.


    By 2004, Tori and Charlie were married in an expensive over-the-top ceremony at the Spelling family mansion. The million-dollar affair was wasted, because within 15 months, the marriage was over. Tori met co-star Dean McDermott in 2005 while filming the television movie, "Mind over Murder." The co-stars were smitten with other, and within a month, they both filed for divorce. Dean and Tori were married four months later in a private ceremony in Fiji. Her father was so devastated about her divorce and sudden remarriage the two were didn't speak for nine months. In June of 2006, Tori rushed home to be with her father after receiving word he had a stroke. He didn't recover and passed away on June 23, 2006. 


    Tori and Dean have a television show on the Oxygen Network that is starting its fourth season. The original concept for the show was to be about Tori, Dean, and their lives as newlyweds and innkeepers. However, their hectic schedules, motherhood, and issues with the paparazzi made it difficult for them to continue with this theme. The show is now called "Tori & Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood" and focuses on their family life, careers and business adventures.


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    Tori has been having trouble with Migraines since the birth of her third child, it has been reported. She was very unhappy in October when the paparazzi followed and photographed her as she went to the hospital with a severe Migraine attack. She recently tweeted:

    "I never intended2have 2tell peeps I had to Goto ER yesterday4 migraine but paparazzi followed us&told;story All time low... Following a sick new mom to hospital&photographing;her in that condition. Is nothing off limits to them compassion wise? But,I'm doing better now. Thx 4 all your concern."

    Hormones can fluctuate greatly during pregnancy and after childbirth. This in turn can make our bodies more prone to our Migraine triggers. Hormone fluctuations themselves can trigger a Migraine. Identifying and tracking Migraine triggers is an essential part of a Migraine management plan and may be even helpful after childbirth. One of the best tools for identifying triggers is a good Migraine diary. Some of us may have food triggers, some of us may not, but there are certain triggers we cannot avoid like changes in the barometric pressure and hormone fluctuations. To read more about Migraine Triggers, continue reading Common Migraine Triggers.  You can download a free diary workbook from our article Your Migraine and Headache Diary.  For more information and a workbook on this, see Managing Migraine - Migraine Trigger Foods.   




    "Biography for Tori Spelling." IMDb.com. November 21, 2011.


    Julia."Spelling Manor: Most Expensive House in U.S. Finally Sells." Hooked on Houses. June 14, 2011. 


    "Tori and Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood." Oxygen.com. November 20, 2011. 


    "Tori Spelling Biography." Bio.com. November 20, 2011. 


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    Last updated November 23, 2011.

Published On: November 23, 2011