Victoria Principal born January 3, 1950 is an American actress, best known for her role as Pamela Barnes Ewing on the CBS nighttime drama Dallas from 1978 to 1987.
* 1 Biography
o 1.1 Early life
o 1.2 Personal life
* 2 Career
o 2.1 Acting
o 2.2 Entrepreneur
* 3 Filmography
o 3.1 Feature films
o 3.2 Television
* 4 Books
* 5 References
* 6 External links
Victoria Principal was born in Fukuoka, Japan, the eldest daughter of United States Air Force sergeant Victor Principal, after whom she was named and who was then stationed in Fukuoka. Her paternal grandparents were immigrants from Italy; her mother, the former Bertha Ree Veal, was born in Georgia and was of English descent. Because her father was in the US military, they moved often; she grew up in London, Puerto Rico, Florida, Massachusetts, and Georgia, among other places. She attended 17 different schools, including studying at the Royal Academy of Ballet while her family was stationed in England.
Principal acted in her first TV commercial when five, and enjoyed a successful career in commercials. After graduating from high school, she enrolled at Miami-Dade Community College, intending to study medicine. But months before completing her first year of studies, she was seriously injured in a car crash while driving home from the library. The other driver was convicted of drunk driving and served jail time. Principal spent months in recovery and was faced with the prospect of having to take her first year of studies over again. After a period of serious introspection, she drastically changed her life by moving to New York to pursue her acting career, and shortly thereafter to Europe. While living in London, she studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, and then in 1971, she moved to Los Angeles.
Principal met Christopher Skinner in 1978 when he played a bit role on Dallas. Soon after, they married, but divorced in 1980. She dated teen idol Andy Gibb after meeting him on The John Davidson Show in 1981. The two hit it off immediately, and she sang a duet with Gibb. A year later, she gave him an ultimatum, "Choose me, or choose drugs"; Principal split with Gibb in March 1982.
Victoria remarried in 1985 and divorced after 21 years in 2006.
Subsequently, Principal moved to Malibu. She maintains other homes in Big Sur, California, and Switzerland.
In 2006 Principal formed a charitable organization to help subsidize the environmental movement, which she had been a part of since 1978.
In 2007 it was reported that she was training for her booked flight on Richard Branson's commercial space flight venture. Principal and Branson flew to New Mexico and held a joint world-wide press conference on the space center to be built in New Mexico.
In 2008 Principal quietly stepped up to aid those in need after the California wildfires.
On June 2, 2010, Principal donated $200,000 to the cleanup effort in the Gulf Coast region. Principal's donation brought together two huge environmental non-profits, Oceana and NRDC, to work together on the cleanup.
Principal appeared with other celebrities June 21, 2010 on a CNN Larry King sponsored Telethon to support the Gulf Coast Region. Victoria was on a panel with Larry and also answered phones and spoke to donors for the entire two hours. The telethon raised over $1.8 million in just two hours.
Principal was honored at the opening of Legacy Park in Malibu on October 2. Principal was a founding member of the park in 2004, and was honored at the opening for helping get the 15 acre park off of Pacific Coast Highway off the ground.