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While I’m hard at work getting the gallery updated with all of the latest events, I wanted to post this cute little article that I found online. Check it out:
|Say cheese! Tori Spelling goes behind the camera as she turns photographer for the day|
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Tori Spelling is famous for her work in front of the camera, acting in Beverly Hills 90210 and starring in her own reality TV show.
But the mother of two decided to cross over at the weekend and have a go behind the camera for a change.
Spelling turned photographer for the day, snapping photos of friends and family as she hosted the Sony Nexus Cameras Back To School BBQ in Los Angeles.
37-year-old Spelling wielded the camera like a pro, posing her subjects and trying all angles in the quest for the perfect picture.
She had plenty of cute subject material to experiment with – taking snaps of her baby Godchild, Simone Lynn Masterson-Horn, who was wearing a large pair of pink sunglasses to add to the comedy value, and her own daughter, Stella.
The little two-year-old posed happily for her mother, dressed in a pink polka dot swimsuit and yellow inflatable armbands, half-eaten ice-cream in hand.
Like any great artist before her, Spelling sought out the help of a muse to add to her creative spirit.
In the reality star’s case she chose husband Dean McDermott – proudly showing off her day’s work to him as he cradled their Godchild who was taking a well deserved break from her modelling duties.
Spelling grew up as a fully fledged member of Hollywood royalty.
Her father was Aaron Spelling, the hugely successful and mega-wealthy TV producer that created hit after hit show, including Charlie’s Angels, Dynasty and Starsky and Hutch.
As a child Tori got plenty of on-camera experience, guesting on shows such as Love Boat, T.J. Hooker and Saved By The Bell.
She shot to fame though portraying virtuous Donna Martin on her father’s hit show, Beverly Hills 90210.
Tori has also starred in two different reality TV shows – So NoTORIous and Tori and Dean: Inn Love.
The later followed Tori and her second husband, Dean McDermott as they endeavoured to run a bed and breakfast in Fallbrook, California.
Spelling is also an author, having written and published three books.
She released her first autobiography in March 2008, titled sTori Telling, following up with Mommywood in April 2009 and a third book this year called Unchartered TerriTORI.
She says of her writing experience: ‘I love sharing my stories and experiences with people and connecting to them on both a humorous and emotional level.’
From the Daily Mail
|Tori Spelling: Why I Got So Skinny|
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Tori Spelling’s wafer-thin frame has been the topic of much debate — and in her new book, TerriTORI, she reveals why she shed so much weight.
According to USA Today, Spelling, 37, blames swine flu, stomach pain, migraines and nerve problems for her weight loss. She says she had to take three rounds of antibiotics that caused severe stomach pain. “I’ve never had a great stomach, but (being ill) just completely tore up my stomach and broke down my immune system, and I’ve basically just been a mess ever since, stomach-wise,” she says. “It’s about rebuilding my immune system.”
Last year, tabloid rumors got so wild that it prompted the 90210 alum to declare last fall on Twitter that she weighs 107 lbs.
“I’m a role model for a lot of women out there, so I hate that they say these things unwarranted, without any research and facts,” she says. “I think it’s doing a disservice to women out there that look up to any celebrity.”
She says she worries “every single day” how the coverage will affect her daughter Stella, now 2, down the road.
“I’m so grateful that she can’t read yet,” she says. “I’m hoping they’ll let up on that by the time she gets old enough to understand, but I’m going to have to explain to her that this is what happens.”
Spelling — who recently renewed her vows with husband Dean McDermott, as Us Weekly exclusively reported – also weighs in on their marriage, admitting that things got rocky last year.
“We had problems that we never thought we would have,” she vaguely says. “We thought we had the perfect relationship. We realized we love each other, but the communication had completely broken down and a lot of our issues, honestly, came from parenting.”
And how are things with her once-estranged mother, Candy?
“We do talk on the phone. We do e-mail. We see each other for dinners. We do the normal stuff I think families do. There’s no strain,” she says. “We’re still building our relationship, of course, but she’s great with the kids (Stella and Liam, 3). She’s completely involved, which is all I ever wanted. We’re just moving forward.”
|Tori Spelling: My life is a show|
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Tori Spelling finally has everything she thought she wanted — a loving family and a successful career — but it wasn’t always easy. In her new book, “Uncharted TerriTori,” the star opens up about her struggle to balance work, marriage, motherhood and reality TV cameras all while learning to find her happy ending. An excerpt.
A few weeks ago my friend Jacob was flying Virgin American from New York to L.A. As the plane began its final descent into LAX, the cute and obviously gay lead flight attendant made an announcement to the cabin. He said, “Welcome to Los Angeles, birthplace and residence of Tori Spelling.” When my friend reported this story to me via email, I thought it was hilarious, but I also didn’t know exactly what to make of it. I was born in L.A. Fact. I still live here. Fact. But on what grounds is that of common interest to an airplane full of diverse travelers? Is it a compliment? Is it a joke? A little of both? Of all the famous people, of all the actors, of all the tabloid darlings, of all the gay icons (if I can call myself that), why me?
But as someone who produces and stars in a show that follows my daily life for the entertainment of millions of people (holy crap!), I can’t spend too long on questions like that. After “90210” and so many TV movies, my career had slowed, and recently, in my reality show, it has found new life. The name Tori Spelling draws viewers, and it sells magazines, books, a jewelry line, a children’s clothing line. And my name also, apparently, occasionally welcomes certain unsuspecting travelers as they arrive in Los Angeles. So it goes. I’ve come to accept that the small moments of my life, my relationship, my family, my business ventures — usually in edited, broadcast form — are a spectacle. My life is a show. My self is my business. My name is my brand. It’s a weird way to live, and maybe I’ll never get used to it, but at the same time business is booming. My life has changed dramatically in the past several years. I married Dean; we moved several times; we had two children; we created a show that has gone into its fifth season on the air. I have love. I have a family. I have a home. I have work. It’s all I ever wished for. But trying to be a perfect wife, mother, and mini mogul has its challenges, especially if, like me, you want to be perfect at all of them at the same time.
Turns out I’m officially a workaholic. I think I’ve always been a bit more driven than anybody realized, myself included. I have ideas. I want to try new things. I see business opportunities. The difference is that before “Tori & Dean” was a success, nobody ever cared what harebrained scheme I was dreaming up. Nobody expected anything of me. Nobody took me seriously. Nobody would have wanted to partner with me. I didn’t have the means to make any of it come to pass. Now I have the power. Now there’s no excuse not to act on a big idea. Now I can back it up. I have a show. I have two successful lines. I have two bestselling books. I own a well-known brand. (You know, Tori Spelling. Who’d a thunk it?)
I was poised to be a workaholic. In the seven years between “90210” and “Tori & Dean,” my acting work came and went. Being an underemployed actor as I was puts the fear in you. I am nobody. I’ll never work again. If I can just get a break I’ll make the most of it, I swear. I developed a strike-while-the-iron’s-hot mentality. I don’t want to miss a single opportunity.
I’m finally in a position where ideas that I have can actually blossom into businesses. When I shop for new bedding, I can’t help thinking, Maybe I could do a line of Hollywood Regency-inspired shams. I spend a day doing crafts with the kids and start fantasizing about developing a kids’ crafts show or magazine sharing the joys of homemade play dough and pipe cleaner animals. I cook dinner and envision a recipe book with my nanny’s special shepherd’s pie. I hobble out of an event, barefoot, with four-inch heels in hand, and fantasize about Tori Spelling–branded disposable micro flip-flops. (Somebody please run with that.)
I want to do a show with Dean where we put together dream weddings on a budget: it’s on! There’s an opportunity for me to do the talk show I’ve always dreamed of? So what if it’s all day, every day, forty-four weeks a year, I want to do it! My agent’s worried I’m going to drop dead. Can we clone me? I wonder. Nah, the clone wouldn’t do it right. Yeah, I got the whole workaholic package, which means I’m so completely incapable of delegating that I couldn’t even delegate to my own clone. People talk all the time about leaving work behind at the end of the day, about how important it is to draw a dividing line between your job and your life. But my job is to be Tori Spelling. I can’t exactly take a break. In some ways I feel like I’m turning into my father. Dad was a workaholic. He was productive, work was lucrative, but it never stopped. When I was little I hardly noticed. I thought every father came home long after dinner and baths were over, just in time to kiss his children good night.
Even late in his career, my father never stopped caring about every detail of every show. On weekends he would come home with a briefcase full of scripts. We’d go out to the pool together, I’d click open the briefcase, and we’d sit next to each other reading. He dog-eared the pages where he had notes, just as I now do with scripts. By the time he was finished with a script, every single page would be folded over and every line of the script would be rewritten. When we first started “90210” he even brought home Polaroids of the wardrobe options for Brenda and Brandon. He couldn’t delegate either.
Ultimately I feel like my father died because he could no longer work. When he stopped working he went quickly downhill. There was no adjusting to a new focus and pace at that age. He didn’t know how to just be.
Twitter — the way I use Twitter, is a perfect example of how it never stops, how I never stop. Sometimes Dean is sleeping next to me in bed while I tweet until one a.m. I tweet what I’ve prepared for the kids’ holiday parties at school. I post what movie I watched that night. I check to see how many followers I have. I check to see how many followers Brooke Burke and Denise Richards have (they’re in the big leagues, each with over a million followers). I’m obsessed with how many followers I have and what makes them decide to follow me or to stop following me. If I talk about cute things the kids are doing, my followers drop off. If I retweet news items, people sign on. If I don’t tweet for a day, I gain a hundred followers. When I posted that I watched “Paranormal Activity,” I gained fifty-six followers. Why, why, why?
I tell myself I’m doing it for the fans and for my business; I’m building my brand. And I do use Twitter that way. For Little Maven, my kids’ clothing line, I went on Twitter to do a model search. People posted photos of their children to Twitter, and I selected models for our look book — a catalogue for retail buyers — and website. My “followers” know that it’s me looking at the pictures. I’m the one who’s picking their kids. They know that I’m not doing a celebrity endorsement, that I’m actually at the helm of my business. And they also know that I’m the one who’s dropping my kids off at school. Because I tweet about it afterwards. It’s kind of like I’m stalking myself, but it doesn’t feel creepy. It makes me feel connected to people. If I’m going to be a brand, it’s nice to feel like people really know me. But I also see how my obsessive twittering can be unhealthy. Nothing is private, nothing is sacred. Dean is asleep next to me, and I should be sleeping too. I’m more stressed than I’ve ever been in my life.
I haven’t found a good balance, and (when he’s awake) it doesn’t sit well with Dean. A couple of nights ago Dean came into the kitchen and told me he’d run a bubble bath for me — an overt effort to get me to relax. Liam and Stella were running around the kitchen, waiting for me to make them dinner. Dean said, “Don’t worry, I’ve got it.” Dean is perfectly capable of making dinner for the kids. Nonetheless, I started pulling out the broccoli, rice, and hot dogs. Just to get him started. Dean stood there staring at me. “What are you doing?” he said, “I just said I’ve got it.” But I couldn’t stop myself.
I’m not just controlling when it comes to the kids. I came into the kitchen the other night to find Dean, who is self-sufficient in all things, eating a dinner he’d made for himself. When I saw him sitting there, alone at the table, I felt deflated. “I was going to do that for you,” I told him. I wanted to make dinner for him. I wanted us to eat together even if I got home too late. I want to be able to do everything. Then I’m resentful of having to do everything.
|25 Things You Don’t Know About Me: Tori Spelling|
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Tori Spelling, 36, (her reality series, Tori & Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood airs Mondays at 10 p.m. on Oxygen) shares the 25 things you don’t know about her with UsMagazine.com.
1. I love horror films! I’ve seen almost every one ever made. Even obscure B-flicks like I Spit Your Grave. Genius!
2. My favorite color is Kelly green. I used it on my Mommywood cover.
3. I’m allergic to cats, but I had three of them for years because they’re supercute and I work with rescue animals.
4. I hate roller coasters!
5. My kids [Stella, 22 months, and Liam, 3] are obsessed with Yo Gabba Gabba! It’s a dream to guest on the show and do a dance-y dance!
6. I’ve never had a cavity! God bless dental floss.
7. I love making Jello molds. So retro chic, and I want to bring them back!
8. Can’t whistle! After 25 years of trying, I’ve finally come to grips.
9. I dream of living on a farm. I want chickens, goats, cows and horses! We want to grow our own veggies and fruits and make our own milk and cheese!
10. I want to be Martha Stewart! A life of crafting, cooking and party planning — three of my favorite things!
11. One day, I want to open an animal sanctuary to house all the homeless, unwanted and abandoned animals.
12. I pray to Christian Louboutin (JK…kinda).
13. I love collecting antiques and want to go antiquing across the country and then open my own store!
14. My godmother was Barbara Stanwyck, and my godfather was Dean Martin.
15. I want a VW van — old school.
16. I’m obsessed with avocados. Eat one daily. Passed the obsession on to Stella too.
17. I hate drinking water. Can’t understand why something flavorless is enjoyable.
18. I can do flying splits! I think that’s why my husband Dean [McDermott, 43] fell in love with me!
19. Terrified of tarantulas. Spiders shouldn’t have fur!
20. Could live on sushi and be really happy!
21. I think truffle oil is god’s gift to cooking.
22. I don’t drink coffee. I know…weird!
23. I don’t grow armpit hair. Too much information?
24. I have never had chicken pox.
25. I played Humpty Dumpty in my high school play. Ironic, I know!
From US Magazine
|Tori Spelling Has a New Book, New Season of Reality TV Show Due Out This Spring|
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Tori Spelling is Busy Juggling Motherhood, a Reality Show and Work on a New Book
Tori Spelling is one of those celebrities that people either love or hate. While she’s been pegged in the past as a spoiled princess (her dad, the legendary Aaron Spelling, was one of the biggest television producers in history), she’s also managed to establish a successful career as an actress, author, and entrepreneur (she has a jewelry collection on HSN as well as a children’s clothing line, Little Maven).
Tabloid fodder for most of her life, Spelling has been in the spotlight for things out of her control (like living in the biggest house in California as a teen) to things well in her control (like her affair with current husband, Dean McDermott, and her well publicized estrangement from her mother, Candy). Still, Spelling has managed to keep her fans happy, by letting them into her life via an Oxygen reality show Tori and Dean Home Sweet Hollywood and by penning books about her personal life. Now she’s also keeping herself happy too.
Tori and Dean Road Trip
Fans of Spelling’s hit Oxygen reality show, Tori and Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood, are no doubt excited for the new season to start up this spring. Last fall, USA Today reported that Tori and Dean would go on a cross country road trip for the new season of their show. Without the luxuries of her Hollywood home, it’s anyone’s guess how Tori will do.
Tori’s New Book
Spellings’ previous books, sTori Telling and Mommywood, were both New York Times bestsellers. Now fans can look forward to her latest book, unchartered terriTORI. The book is slated for release on June 15, 2010. Based on the book’s product description, it looks to be a collection of essays about Spelling’s life.
Family Matters: Resolved?
Spelling’s widely publicized estrangement from her mom, Candy, made it seem like the duo’s differences were practically irreconcilable. The rift allegedly started after Aaron Spelling died in 2006, although in her books Tori details an often- difficult relationship with her mom throughout her life. But in December, People Magazine reported that Tori and Candy’s relationship was on the mend. So will Candy Spelling appear on the new season of Tori and Dean? That remains to be seen, but after the scathing letter she sent to TMZ after last season’s finale, it still seems pretty unlikely.
|Meet the “Guncles”|
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Mom Logic has done an interview with the “Guncles”, otherwise known as Bill and Scout, and since these two awesome men are a big part of Tori’s life and family, I thought I would post it for you all to read!
Bill Horn and Scout Masterson are the adorable “guncle” (gay uncle!) couple you wish you had in your corner on “Tori & Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood.”
Vivian Manning-Schaffel: When we last saw them, Bill and Scout announced their intention to adopt a child. And from their vantage point on that journey, they were kind enough to share their thoughts about “gunc” life, love, and the pursuit of fatherhood.
Momlogic: Congrats on your decision to adopt! I cried when I saw that episode of the show. How long have you guys been in the process?
Scout: We started the process last February, but there were a good five to six months of just getting everything done, from paperwork to clearances to fingerprints to physicals to home visits. I think we went on the books when we were finally able to look for a birth mom in August.
Bill: I would say it was September.
Scout: That’s about right.
ML: Have you guys always known you wanted to be parents?
Bill: I think I’ve always known it. I probably had a slightly selfish streak in my 20s and early 30s. I was having a good time; then Scout and I met and we were traveling and I thought I could maybe live without kids. But then the years went by and the feeling came back up on me (that I knew I’d have them). So yes, I always knew I wanted kids.
Scout: I always thought I wanted children, but I hadn’t met the right person, you know? For me, it was all about the home chemistry. I grew up in a single parent home, so I had to grow up very quickly. I always knew I wanted a family, but it had to be in the right scenario. And this is right. We’re so excited.
ML: Have you gotten inquiries from fans of the show?
Scout: It’s very interesting because I feel like, on a certain level, people assume that we’re taken care of as far as meeting a birth mom. But we aren’t. We’ve called and e-mailed everyone we can. It takes two years on average, but we’re ready, like, NOW. We’re with this nonprofit called The Independent Adoption Center. They have a high success rate — 98% of heterosexual and gay couples adopt within two years. We’re very careful about the inquiries from people who may want to be on TV or something. But we haven’t found a birth mom yet.
Bill: We just want to be parents. It’s all about getting the word out there.
ML: What are you most looking forward to when you become parents? When the day comes and you bring that beautiful child home? I know you’re looking forward to all of it, but what’s the first thing that comes to your mind?
Scout: For me, I can say that until I was around Liam and Stella, I never had any really close friends who had children that I was exposed to as much. So now every little thing we do with them — now they are so talkative and their personalities are forming — it’s so amazing just to teach them things, like how to kick a ball. I can’t wait to take our kids to see a petting zoo, just teach them about the little things.
Bill: I love bath time!
Scout: Kids love when Uncle Bill gives them a bath. They get to use the tub paints.
Bill: If my mother saw those, she’d think they were real paints and have a heart attack!
ML: Ha! When you guys dream about what your family life would be like 10 years from now, what would that ideal be? How many kids?
Scout: I say two. I would love to have a baby and after a few years, have another. I don’t see having five or six children. The balance of our lives, as far as spending quality time, would be fine with two. I grew up in a single parent home and want to spend as much time as I can with my children. My mom balanced being at work with being with me. So that’s what I want in our lives.
ML: Do you guys have siblings with kids? On screen you seem pretty schooled at gunc life.
Bill: We’re both only children. I know, interesting, right? And we’re together. And we have two VERY excited grandmas!
ML: I bet Tori and Dean are excited to be auntie and uncle. What’s the straight term for that? Breeder Auntie — Brauntie? Breeder Uncle — Bruncle?
Bill: (laughs) Just auntie and uncle!
Scout: Tori and Dean have been so amazing throughout the process. Like with the recommendations you saw on the show. When we saw those forms, it’s tough because you have to be cautious and you have to be very precise, and they were amazing. Dean took the pictures for our adoption brochure. He’s an amazing photographer. And they are over the moon about our finally having a baby.
Bill: They are more anxious than we are!
ML: They want those cousins for Liam and Stella!
Bill: Right? Tori’s like, “We need a baby in the house by Christmas!” She’s so excited.
ML: I bet she’s so psyched to hook you guys up!
Scout: Already in our house, we have an organized wall of bins full of baby stuff Liam and Stella have outgrown. Organized by size: 3-6 months, 6-12 months, etc.
Bill: All we need is the Orbit and our lives will be complete.
ML: What advice would you give to a new mom who’s having trouble balancing her family life with her friendships? From the BFF perspective?
Bill: Certainly when we have a child, some of our relationships will change — some for the better and some will fall away. We’ve known Tori and Dean since the beginning of their relationship and I can honestly say, we’ve become even closer since they’ve had children because we just love the kids. Kids are work. People need to work at it.
Scout: People don’t always get that they sometimes need to bring dinner to their friend’s house because they have the baby. For us, it was a natural thing to always think of their kids first. Maybe it’s our personalities, where we think of the kids. Honestly, we’ve become so close, I can’t imagine not having them here as our family. Our families are East Coast. Anything any of us need, we take care of each other and help. It’s a lot of understanding. Because we want a family, we get it (where they are coming from). We know we’ll be in a situation where people need to be more flexible.
Bill: It’s Saturday night and your night needs to start at 4 PM — not AM!
ML: Your lifestyle is already gearing toward kids …
Scout: I love to cook, so I’ll just make extra and bring it over to Tori and Dean. I can’t wait until we have our own family to cook for!
ML: Last question … we’re going into Prop 8 territory.
Bill: The reverend who officiated at our ceremony is at the hearing now! She has a strong voice in the community.
ML: That’s amazing!
Bill: We would’ve loved to have had a wedding. When it was legal here for 18 months, we didn’t get married because we’d already been domestic partners for years. I was disheartened with the fact that it wasn’t legal in other states. I was put off. As soon as Prop 8 passed, I was furious that it was taken away. If it was repealed tomorrow, we’d get our friends and family and run down to City Hall. And now we don’t know how long it’s going to take to be legal again. We went on a mini trip to Mexico last month, and the immigration guy said we couldn’t go up to the stand together because we weren’t married.
And by all means, if you can in any way help them find a suitable birth mom, get in touch through their adoption agency by clicking on their profile at I Heart Adoption.org!
|Tori Spelling Shares Her Favorite Holiday Memories, Both Past and Present|
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‘Beverly Hills: 90210′ sweetheart turned doting mom, Tori Spelling, is no stranger to multitasking. Her daily agenda includes balancing a family, a reality show, a jewelry line and a children’s clothing line … and along the way, she found the time to pen two best-selling books. It seemed only natural when the constantly on-the-go mother of two paired up with eBay’s Mobile Boutique at Hollywood & Highland. While finishing up some holiday shopping, Tori sat down with PopEater to dish on how becoming a mom has changed her, what to expect from the next season of ‘Tori & Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood’ and what Christmas at the Spelling mansion was really like (Hint: there’s no snow machine, despite what you may have heard).
Tori’s best purchase on eBay: Oh my goodness. Well, I’ve been an avid eBay fan probably, gosh, for like 15 years! Literally, I love eBay. Now that I’m a mom, it’s taken on a whole new meaning because it’s so much easier. I don’t have the time to go out. I don’t believe in the word no, that you can’t find something. If it’s sold out somewhere, it’s the popular big ticket item, you can find it on eBay. I go to eBay for literally everything. I’m a big vintage person, I love antiques, so I have a lot of collectibles. I’m also a big party planner and decorator so I’ve added a lot of things from eBay to what I call my ‘party arsenal.’
On her eBay bidding style: I used to be really competitive, I’m talking back in the Beanie Baby days. No joke, I used to be that person, when Beanie Babies were all the rage, I was on there at every second. I used to have my laptop and I’d be on the set of ’90210′ and I would literally be like ‘that person can’t outbid me!’ Now I’m a mom, I’m not competitive. If there’s something I want, I go bid and if it’s not meant to be, it’s not meant to be.
On searching for her own jewelry line, Tori Spelling Collection, on eBay: It’s on there all the time! It’s funny. It’s good because I love HSN and I love eBay, so it’s great, my stuff is selling on HSN and it’s selling on eBay. Two for the price of one!
On holiday shopping for her son, Liam, age 2:
On rumors of ‘snow on Christmas morning’ at the Spelling mansion: A snow machine on Christmas morning would have been awesome if it had been real. That never happened. The game of telephone is a dangerous game. Maybe that came from me saying my dad had brought in bags of ice on our little side lawn he put on to make it snow.