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Also Known As: Died:
Born: January 3, 1950 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Japan Profession: actor, self-improvement non-fiction writer, television producer, model, agent

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Fondly remembered for her role as one of television's most beloved "good girls," Pamela Ewing, on the long-running primetime soap, "Dallas" (CBS, 1978-1991) actress Victoria Principal was a petite, wide-eyed leading actress of TV, whose luxuriant reddish-brown hair, angular, sculpted features and olive complexion give her a certain exotic look. A long-time favorite of celebrity gossip columnists, Principal's face was a regular sight on tabloid and movie magazine covers for many years, having dated such high profile men as Frank Sinatra, Desi Arnaz, Jr. and most famously, Andy Gibb. Due in no small part to her own much envied face and figure, Principal also found success marketing her beauty products and exercise videos/books.

Fondly remembered for her role as one of television's most beloved "good girls," Pamela Ewing, on the long-running primetime soap, "Dallas" (CBS, 1978-1991) actress Victoria Principal was a petite, wide-eyed leading actress of TV, whose luxuriant reddish-brown hair, angular, sculpted features and olive complexion give her a certain exotic look. A long-time favorite of celebrity gossip columnists, Principal's face was a regular sight on tabloid and movie magazine covers for many years, having dated such high profile men as Frank Sinatra, Desi Arnaz, Jr. and most famously, Andy Gibb. Due in no small part to her own much envied face and figure, Principal also found success marketing her beauty products and exercise videos/books.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
3.
 Abduction, The (1996) Kate Finley
4.
 Dancing in the Dark (1995) Anna Forbes
5.
 Beyond Obsession (1994) Eleanor Dicarlo
7.
 Seduction: Three Tales From the Inner Sanctum (1992) Joan ("Temptation"); Lisa ("Sacrifice"); Patricia; Sylvia ("Ecstasy")
8.
 Don't Touch My Daughter (1991) Linda Hemmings
9.
 Sparks: The Price Of Passion (1990) Patricia Sparks
10.
 Blind Witness (1989) Maggie Kemlich
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Milestones close milestones

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Grew up on a series of Air Force bases in London, Georgia, Puerto Rico, Massachusetts and Florida
1972:
Made feature film debut in "The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean"
1975:
Turned in her Screen Actors Guild card after having acted only in the "Fantasy Island" pilot and one other TV movie in three years; became a talent agent
1978:
Returned to acting; played Pamela Barnes Ewing on the CBS primetime serial drama, "Dallas"
1982:
Appeared onstage in "Night of 100 Stars"
1987:
Starred in change-of-pace role in TV movie, "Mistress", after leaving "Dallas"
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Created her own production company, Pryce Hill Principal Productions (named after a fantasy friend from childhood); later renamed company Victoria Principal Productions
1989:
Garnered first producing credit; executive produced (and starred in) TV movie, "Naked Lie"
1990:
Made stage acting debut in "Love Letters"
1999:
Returned to series work in recurring role as the mother of Amanda Peet's Jack in "Jack & Jill" (The WB)
2000:
Undertook regular role as a nightclub owner in the NBC fall drama "Titans", produced by Aaron Spelling
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Education

Miami-Dade Community College: Miami , Florida -

Notes

Principal has appeared on more covers of "TV Guide" than anyone else except for Lucille Ball.

Together Principal and Patrick Duffy (playing her on-screen husband) of "Dallas" were known as the "Romeo and Juliet of TV" because their characters came from two families engaged in a longstanding feud, the Ewings and the Barneses. Once during the yearly Ewing family barbecue, Principal's character, Pam, caught brother-in-law J.R. in the hayloft making love to someone other than his wife. During an argument with J.R., the pregnant Pam fell, inducing a miscarriage. Later on, some characters insisted that J.R. had been trying to get rid of the heir who would someday compete with his own son John Ross.

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companion:
Bernie Cornfeld. Financier. Lived together in London; gave Principal a Rolls Royce for her 19th birthday; left him when she was 21, telling reporters he tried to strangle her.
husband:
Christopher Skinner. Actor. Married c. 1978 for approximately 18 months; seven years her junior; divorced.
companion:
Frank Sinatra. Singer.
companion:
Lance Rentzel. Professional football player. Played with the Los Angeles Rams.
companion:
Andy Gibb. Singer. Came to the fore with such song hits as "I Just Want to Be Your Everything" and "Shadow Dancing"; hosted TV pop music show, "Solid Gold"; died March 10, 1988, aged 30, of heart ailment.
husband:
Harry Glassman. Plastic surgeon. Married 1985; born c. 1945; lived together for several years before getting married.
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Family close complete family listing

father:
Victor Principal. US Air Force officer.
mother:
Ree Principal.

Bibliography close complete biography

"The Body Principal: The Exercise Program for Life" Simon & Schuster
"The Beauty Principal: The Beauty Program for Life" Simon & Schuster
"The Diet Principal" Simon & Schuster
"The Living Principal: Looking and Feeling Your Best at Every Age" Villard Books
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