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  • Father Victor was a sergeant in the US Air Force; she was raised on a series of Air Force bases in London, Georgia, Puerto Rico, Massachusetts and Florida.
  • Began her acting career at age 5, with an appearance in a commercial.
  • Went to college for chiropractic medicine, but left school to become a model.
  • Named Miss Miami in 1969. 
  • Made her film debut in The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean, starring Paul Newman, in 1972.
  • Posed nude for Playboy in September 1973.
  • Worked as a talent agent for three years during the 1970s, when she became unhappy about her acting career.
  • Planned on going to law school and becoming a studio executive in 1978, until Aaron Spelling offered her a year's tuition to accept a part in the pilot of Fantasy Island.
  • Best known for playing Pamela Barnes Ewing on Dallas for nine seasons.
  • Authored several health books focusing on womens' issues, including the 1983 best-seller The Body Principal: The Exercise Program for Life.
  • Made stage-acting debut in a 1990 production of Love Letters.


  • 1983, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama: Nominee
  • 1973, Golden Globe — New Star of the Year - Actress: Nominee


  • Victor Principal — Father
  • Harry Glassman — Ex-husband
  • Andy Gibb — Ex-significant Other
  • Bertha Ree Veal — Mother
  • Bernie Cornfeld — Ex-significant Other
  • Christopher Skinner — Ex-husband
  • Max Baer Jr. — Ex-significant Other


  • Attended Miami Dade Community College, Miami, Florida, United States; attended Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, London, England

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  • Birth Name: Victoria Ree Principal
  • Birth Place: Fukuoka, Japan
  • Profession: Actor, Model

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