Vicious rumors and catty comments about nepotism have always surrounded Tori Spelling. Throughout the years, many haters have criticized Tori, saying that she would have never gotten acting gigs or fame without the help of her well-connected father. Well, Tori decided to clap back at the haters in the most Tori Spelling way possible: with a TV show.
“So Notorious” debuted on VH1 in 2006. The show was a hilarious, self-aware takedown where Tori played a fictionalized version of herself navigating the world after “90210.” The show was a way for Tori to poke fun at herself while acknowledging that she’s fully aware of what people say about her. “The Manor,” the messy family, and Tori’s reputation as an airhead were all incorporated into the show, which only lasted one season.
An Elopement in Fiji
Less than a year after meeting, Tori and Dean eloped in Fiji. While getting married on a private island sounds pretty romantic, there was probably another less romantic reason behind their small ceremony. When the two wed on May 7, 2006, Tori had only been divorced from her first husband, Charlie, for a few months.
Dean had also just wrapped up a divorce from his former wife, Mary Jo Eustace. Getting married so quickly after separating from their respective spouses made it pretty obvious that they started out at a problematic time. They got some major side-eye from news outlets, but the worst was yet to come.
Tori’s Marriage Caused Family Strife
Tori’s parents, Aaron and Candy, were none too pleased with Tori’s fast-paced divorce and secret elopement. Although they tried to be supportive of their daughter, Aaron, and Candy struggled with the fact that Tori had essentially left her husband for another person. Very scandalous. As a result, Tori became a bit estranged from her parents after the wedding.
Although she’s never publicly admitted it, Candy didn’t seem to be the biggest fan of Dean McDermott in the very beginning. In addition to Candy’s wariness with her new husband, Tori hadn’t even seen her parents for months before the two got married. In a fateful turn of events, Tori saw her father for the first time in months, just a few weeks before he passed away.
Tori’s Father Passes Away
On June 23, 2006, just over a month after Tori’s elopement, Aaron Spelling passed away. The 83-year-old producer and Hollywood legend died from stroke complications at “The Manor,” his sprawling Los Angeles mansion. Candy was by his side when he passed away, but Tori was still in Canada with Dean.
Tori announced that she would fly back to LA alongside Dean to be with her family. Rumors began to swirl in the tabloids about tense family strife and drama. Although Tori’s brother, Randy, denied the rumors, we can’t help but wonder if there was a kernel of truth in them. We’ll never know for sure.
An Unexpected Inheritance
Aaron Spelling was worth an estimated $600 million when he passed away in 2006. That’s a whopping amount of money, so it’s no surprise that tabloids immediately began speculating about how much inheritance Tori and her brother Randy would receive. While not exactly the classiest move, the gossip magazines eventually got their answer.
In a surprising twist of events, it was revealed that Tori and her brother only got $800,000 each. “Only” is a relative term here because most of us would do unspeakable things for that amount of money. However, considering Aaron’s massive wealth, inheriting less than a million seems like a snub. Apparently, the rest of Aaron’s estate was passed down to Tori’s mom, Candy.