From trying to study medicine to becoming a Golden Globe Award-nominated actress at first try, and then abandoning the profession to become an agent before deciding to return again to acting, Victoria Principal has certainly toiled with the indecisions of choosing and sticking with a career choice.
Thankfully, Principal went through with her acting career, thereby sharing her remarkable acting talent with us in the long-running soap opera series Dallas where she portrayed the character of Pamela Barnes Ewing. As the beginning stages of her career suggested, Principal was not satisfied with just being an actress so she became an entrepreneur and best-selling author. Here is a look at her life story and work.
Victoria Principal’s Bio, Age
Victoria Principal was born Vicki Ree Principal, the elder of two daughters to Ree (née Veal) and Victor Rocco Principal, on the 3rd of January, 1950 in Fukuoka, Japan. Her mother was a homemaker while her father was a United States Air Force sergeant that was stationed in the eastern Asian island country. Because of her father’s military career, the Principal family moved around a lot, living in different countries around the world as well as different states in the U.S.
Principal spent the first three months of her life in Japan before being raised in places like London, England, the U.S territory of Puerto Rico, and states like Florida, Massachusetts, and Georgia. Due to this, she reportedly attended over 17 different schools, including the famous Royal Ballet School in London. Principal ended up graduating from South Dade Senior High School in 1968 and went on to enroll at the medical program in Miami–Dade Community College.
She was just one year into her program when she got involved in an almost fatal car accident that required her to spend months in recovery and rehabilitation. During that time, Principal made the bold decision to abandon her studies and try to become an actress. Upon recovery, she moved to New York and the Europe where she got to study privately with a professor at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, Jean Scott.
After about a year, in 1971 to be exact, Principal returned to the United States and settled in Los Angeles where she began auditioning for various roles. She caught her big break in the movie The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean (1972) where she played the role of a Mexican mistress named Marie Elena. Principal’s performance in the movie propelled her to great heights as she earned a Golden Globe nomination in the Most Promising Newcomer category.
In the following year, as he career seemed to have now taken off, Principal appeared episodes of Love, American Style (1973), Love Story (1973), and in the movies The Naked Ape (1973) and Earthquake (1974). By 1975, however, Principal decided to abandon acting to instead work as a talent and booking agent. She later decided to return to acting in late 1977, only because she had hoped to study law and needed the money to pay tuition. Principal went on to appear in Fantasy Island (1977), The Night They Took Miss Beautiful (1977), and most significantly, Dallas (1978-1987), during which she decided to shelve her academic plans and fully focus on her entertainment career, among other entrepreneurial endeavors.
Victoria Principal is said to have a net worth of around $250 million. The two-time Golden Globe Award nominee has been able to amass such huge wealth thanks to her entrepreneurial ability. In the mid-80s, after leaving her long-running role on Dallas, Principal launched a skin-care product line called Principal Secret. The self-named line soon became a huge hit as it has been said to have generated over $1 billion in revenue. She further launched her own production company, Victoria Principal Productions, through which she has produced a number of television films.
In addition to what Principal has earned from acting and her businesses, she has raked in a few more millions from authoring books. The best-selling author has written books on beauty, skincare, fitness, well-being, and health. Principal has made sure to give back as in 2006, she launched her own charity organization named The Victoria Principal Foundation For Thoughtful Existence. She further participates and donates to other notable causes around the world.
Family – Children
The veteran actress has no children even though she has been married twice. Her first marriage was to Christopher Skinner, an actor turned writer-producer whom she first met in 1978, during the filming of her show Dallas where he played a bit part role. The couple got married almost soon after they began dating but their union only lasted for two years before they opted to get a divorce.
Principal’s next attempt at marriage was in 1985 with Dr. Harry Glassman, a high-profile Beverly Hills plastic surgeon. The pair exchanged vows on the 23rd of June, 1985, and shared a home in Beverly Hills together for 20-plus years, after which Principal opted to get a divorce, citing irreconcilable differences.
Victoria Principal is 5 feet 6 inches (168 cm) tall and weighs 56 kg (124 pounds). The light brown hair colored and brown eye colored actress further has body measurements of 36-24-35 inches (91-51-89 cm) with a bra size of 32D, dress size of 6 US, and shoe size of 8 US.