Victoria Principal

Actor, Television producer, Self-improvement non-fiction writer
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 ... Read more »
Born: 01/03/1950 in Japan


Actor (57)

Dallas Reunion: The Return to Southfork 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)


Chicago Hope 1993 - 1994, 1998 - 2001 (Tv Show)


Jack & Jill 1993 - 1994, 1999 - 2001 (Tv Show)


The Practice 1993 - 1994, 1999 - 2001 (Tv Show)


Titans 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)


Family Guy 1999 - 2000 (Tv Show)


Providence 2000 (Tv Show)


Intimate Portrait: Victoria Principal 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)


Tracey Takes On... 1995 - 1999 (TV Show)


Michael Kael vs. The World News Company 1997 (Movie)

Leila Parker (Actor)

45th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)


Home Improvement 1993 - 1994 (Tv Show)


TV Guide: 40th Anniversary Special 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)


The 44th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)


Dallas 1977 - 1991 (TV Show)


Don't Touch My Daughter 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)


The 43rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards Presentation 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)


The 48th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)


Conquering Pain 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)


Conversation With Cassini 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)


Just Life 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)


The 16th Annual People's Choice Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)


The All-Star Pro Sports Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)


Memories Then & Now 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)


Mistress 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)


The 39th Annual Emmy Awards 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)


The 13th Annual People's Choice Awards 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)


The 12th Annual People's Choice Awards 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)


On Top All Over the World 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)


60 Years of Seduction 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)


Women Who Rate a "10" 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)


Celebrity Challenge of the Sexes 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)


Battle of the Network Stars VI 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)


Battle of the Network Stars IV 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)


Vigilante Force 1976 (Movie)

Linda (Actor)

Earthquake 1974 (Movie)

Rosa (Actor)

I Will... I Will... For Now 1974 (Movie)

Jackie Martin (Actor)

Love Story 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)


The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean 1972 (Movie)

Marie Elena (Actor)

The Naked Ape 1972 (Movie)

Cathy (Actor)

Beyond Obsession (TV Show)


Blind Witness (TV Show)


Dancing in the Dark (TV Show)


Fantasy Island (TV Show)


Last Hours Before Morning (TV Show)


Naked Lie (TV Show)


Nightmare (Movie)


Not Just Another Affair (TV Show)


Pleasure Palace (TV Show)


The Abduction (TV Show)


The Burden of Proof (TV Show)

Producer (1)

Midnight's Child (TV Show)

Executive Producer


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.

Born Concettina Ree Principale on Jan. 3, 1946 in Fukuoka, Japan, Principal was the eldest of two daughters born to Italian-American Victor Principale and his wife, Bertha Ree Veal. The daughter of an Air Force sergeant, Principal's family lived around the world, but settled in south Florida when Principal was in her mid-teens. In high school, Principal dabbled in some commercial modeling, but did not seriously consider it as a career. Instead, she opted for a future in chiropractic medicine. Halfway into her first year of schooling, however, Principal was involved in a serious car accident, which spurred her to re-evaluate her priorities. Deciding life was too short; Principal switched directions mid-stream, deciding to give modeling a shot.

In 1966, Principal moved to New York City, which is where things started to happen for her career. After appearing in a number of successful campaigns in both the U.S. and Europe, Principal moved to England where she took classes at London's prestigious Royal Academy of Dance. Hoping to branch out, she returned to the States in 1971, settling in Los Angeles, CA. Within a year of arrival, Principal landed her first role playing Paul Newman's Mexican mistress, Maria Elena, in John Huston's "The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean" (1972) - not a bad first attempt. The fledgling actress later upped her screen time with her role of bimbo du jour, Cathy, in her next picture, the laughable sexual satire "Naked Ape" (1973), in which she briefly appeared topless. Principal's big break, however, came the following year when she won the co-starring role of Rosa Amici in the star-studded disaster epic, "Earthquake" (1974). Unfortunately, although the special-effects laden film was a hit, it failed to fast track Principal's career as she had hoped.

In the mid-1970's, Principal's acting career entered enough of a dry spell that she actually quit acting entirely and switched careers. Not quite ready to leave the industry, however, Principal compromised by becoming a talent agent - her big plan, to earn enough money to put herself through law school in the hopes of becoming a studio executive. Fortunately, fate intervened.

In 1977, bigwig producer Aaron Spelling offered the comely Principal a co-starring role in a pilot called "Fantasy Island" (ABC, 1978-1984). Though the actress initially declined, Spelling sweetened the deal by offering to pay Principal's first year of tuition if she accepted the role. It was an offer no one in their right mind would refuse. As it turned out, it was the right decision to be made. Not only did the highly rated pilot win a spot in ABC's 1978-79 line-up, it also resuscitated Principal's acting career, sending her down the path to Southfork Ranch.

In 1978, Principal landed her breakthrough role as resident good girl on the Stetson-wearing, whisky-swilling primetime soap, "Dallas." Principal's Pamela Barnes Ewing was the dramatic catalyst of the entire series - a forbidden star-crossed romance of Shakespearean proportions and the rifts that erupt because of it. Only in the world of 1970s sudsy TV, instead of Verona's Capulets and Montagues, the feuding clans were oil baron families, the Barnes vs. the Ewings. Cast as the usually virtuous, always long-suffering wife of Texas oilman Bobby Ewing (Patrick Duffy), Principal enjoyed considerable media exposure, though the limitations of the role, combined with her breathy line delivery and modest histrionic capacity, left viewers enjoying the glamour of a personality rather than the craft of an actress. Principal was generally at her best in the show in romantic encounters with Bobby or arguments with his slimy sibling J.R. (Larry Hagman). In addition to the overnight fame enjoyed by each cast member (Linda Grey, Charlene Tilton, et al), the stratospheric success of "Dallas" not only ushered in a slew of successful primetime soaps ("Knot's Landing," "Falcon Crest," "Dynasty") - it helped make the season finale cliffhanger a TV staple - most memorably, with the 1980 season ender, "Who Shot J.R?" In fact the furor surrounding this particular finale, culminating in a kind of mania - money exchanging hands, Vegas bets, bribes - reached its personal peak for Principal, when during a flight, the pilot reportedly came on over the loudspeaker, and threatened not to land the plane unless Principal told him did the deed to ole J.R.

At the same time Principal was enjoying her success on "Dallas," tabloids enjoyed profiling her every move as it pertained to the men in her life. After dating Frank Sinatra and Desi Arnaz, Jr. early on, Principal dated and married actor Christopher Skinner in 1978 - just as her career was about to take off. However, after only three years of marriage, the couple divorced in 1980. It was at that sensitive time that Principal met the much younger, but equally successful in his own right, singer/actor, Andy Gibb. After hearing of his very public crush on her, Principal surprised the "Baby Bee Gee" by popping up unannounced during one of his talk show interviews. The couple was inseparable shortly thereafter, moving in with each other in a matter of weeks. With Gibb in his early twenties and Principal in her mid-to-late 30s - this May-December romance was quite the scandal in those pre-Ashton/Demi times, which made them even more desirable to the press and tabloid-buying public. The couple lasted for over a year - long enough to weather the embarrassment of their recorded duet of the Everly Brothers' single "All I Have to Do is Dream" - which was one year longer than most cynics predicted. However, in the end, it was not shifting fame nor the age difference which split them apart - it was Gibb's cocaine problem. After giving him the ultimatum of her or the drugs, Gibb chose the drugs and the couple broke up in 1982. Although Principal would move on and marry plastic surgeon Dr. Harry Glassman, Gibb reportedly never recovered from the break-up, losing himself in drugs and drink and dying of an undiagnosed infection of the heart in 1988 at age 30.

Despite the spotlight on her private life, Principal enjoyed nine successful seasons on "Dallas" before leaving the show, just as it stepped onto its inevitable downhill slope. The determined, feisty and now-experienced Principal campaigned for the title role in the TV-movie, "Mistress" (1987), in order to escape the confines of her "Dallas" image. A restless, energetic woman, Principal formed her own production company and began executive producing a series of TV-movies, including "Naked Lie" (1989) and "Sparks: The Price of Passion" (1990). While these and other efforts did not garner her any new critical acclaim as an actress, they suggested not only an increased confidence and savvy, but also that Principal's true forte may been as a commercially-minded TV producer.

Her most notable achievement outside of acting, was the creation of Principal Secrets, a successful line of beauty and skin-care products. The actress also wrote three books on the subject of health and beauty, starting with 1983's The Body Principal. In 2000, a mature but still beautiful Principal made a brief return to primetime in the role of matriarch Gwen Williams in the short-lived drama "Titans" (NBC, 2000-01).

In 2003, the actress returned to the glare of the tabloid spotlight when her second husband, Dr. Glassman was arrested for domestic battery. The incident left Principal hospitalized, but the charges against Glassman were eventually dropped. Their reconciliation did not last. In 2006, Principal filed for divorce citing irreconcilable differences.


Ree Principal


Bernie Cornfeld

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

Andy Gibb Actor

Met in 1981 on the set of "The John Davidson Show" Couple split in March 1982

Harry Glassman

born c. 1945 married 1985 lived together for several years before getting married divorced December 2006 after more than 20 years of marriage

Anthony Perkins Actor


Victor Principal


Lance Rentzel

played with the Los Angeles Rams

Frank Sinatra Actor


Christopher Skinner

married c. 1978 for approximately 18 months seven years her junior divorced


trained for the stage with Max Croft, Al Sacks, Jean Scott and Estelle Harman

Miami-Dade Community College

Miami , Florida
left the first year



Undertook regular role as a nightclub owner in the NBC fall drama "Titans", produced by Aaron Spelling


Returned to series work in recurring role as the mother of Amanda Peet's Jack in "Jack & Jill" (The WB)


Made stage acting debut in "Love Letters"


Garnered first producing credit; executive produced (and starred in) TV movie, "Naked Lie"


Starred in change-of-pace role in TV movie, "Mistress", after leaving "Dallas"


Appeared onstage in "Night of 100 Stars"


Returned to acting; played Pamela Barnes Ewing on the CBS primetime serial drama, "Dallas"


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


Made feature film debut in "The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean"

Created her own production company, Pryce Hill Principal Productions (named after a fantasy friend from childhood); later renamed company Victoria Principal Productions

Grew up on a series of Air Force bases in London, Georgia, Puerto Rico, Massachusetts and Florida

Bonus Trivia


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.


In June 2010, Principal made a $200,000 donation to help with the Gulf Coast oil disaster cleanup efforts.