Tori Spelling’s Struggles: Overcoming Health Scares, Marriage Drama, Family Feuds and Money Troubles

Tori Spelling, Dean McDermott
Tori Spelling, Dean McDermott

Tori Spelling has overcome a lot.

Some of it she couldn’t really help, like health issues. After not coming into much of an inheritance from her mega-producer father, she’s had her fair share of money troubles. And for awhile her marital drama was making for some explosive headlines, spurred along by the cameras she let into the house (and counseling sessions) to capture all of it.

Almost 25 years since Donna Martin graduated from West Beverly High School, Spelling has had to rally over and over again for the sake of her five kids, Tori and Dean McDermott having welcomed son Beau exactly a year ago tomorrow.

Tori Spelling, Dean McDermott
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But while Spelling has become known over the years for throwing elaborate birthday parties for their older children—Liam, 10 1/2; Stella, 9 1/2; Hattie, 6; and Finn, 5—and going all out for the holidays, she may have more pressing issues on her mind right now.

On Wednesday night Spelling called 911 to report a break-in at her L.A.-area home, but it turned out to be a false alarm—only McDermott coming home. E! News confirmed that police were called to the house again Thursday morning, however, with the caller saying, according to TMZ, that Spelling was suffering a breakdown. The dispatch call from 911 to authorities, obtained by The Blast, referred to a female with possible “mental illness.”

Spelling was last photographed out on Jan. 17, on date night with McDermott at the Comedy Store, and hasn’t posted on Instagram since Jan. 23. But she did just pop up in Bachelor alum Corinne OlympiosInstagram story yesterday afternoon, wearing a meta T-shirt with herself in Donna Martin mode on the front and otherwise comfortably hanging out in jeans and Uggs.

Tori Spelling, Corrine Olympios Instastory

Olympios told E! News Thursday that she just met Spelling yesterday, on the set of a Facebook digital video she was shooting for TLC’s new cooking show Secrets in the Sauce.

“When I arrived she was lovely and super sweet asked to take a selfie with me, which I know she’s been silent on social media,” Olympios said. “As I got my makeup done she proceeded to sit there and didn’t go home. She was talking openly about how she just had a baby and then another baby 10 months after, and how stressful that was, having five kids.

“Someone made a joke to her, like, ‘well don’t go home, just go get a manicure or something,'” and Tori signaled that she agreed with the sentiment and said something about how Dean was watching the kids.

“Other than that I am just as shocked as anyone and I really hope she’s okay,” Olympios said. “She was lovely and so nice, but she definitely stuck around longer than necessary. And I just pray everything is okay and her and her family are safe!”

There were reports that a trip to the hospital in October 2014, when she and McDermott were still living out a real-life soap opera in the public eye after she found out he had cheated, was due more to emotional stress and exhaustion than any particular physical ailment. She was briefly quarantined (it was during the height of the Ebola scare) after experiencing trouble breathing, and was ultimately said to be battling a sinus infection and bronchitis.

“This sick in hospital I finally see how quickly life can take it all away frm you,” Tori cryptically wrote on Instagram alongside a photo of her in her hospital bed, hooked up to an IV. “We all need 2 step up frm inside& go 4 it! W/our friends by our side. Sadly I’ve finally faced truth that 1 person will never be there 4 me #TrueTori.”

The second season of True Tori had just premiered, another installement of the oft-gut-wrenching parade of tearful arguments and drained conversations with Dean that had become her life in 2014.

Aaron Spelling Manor
Aaron Spelling Manor

Having grown up the daughter of prolific producer Aaron Spelling in the 56,600-square foot Holmby Hills estate known as The Manor, Spelling’s childhood and teen years didn’t exactly want for spectacle. Or real-life drama.

Tori eventually admitted that she encouraged her father—who in addition to Beverly Hills 90210 and Melrose Place was behind The Love Boat, Dynasty and Charlie’s Angels—to fire Shannen Dohertyfrom Beverly Hills 90210 for being tempestuous on the set. Jennie Garth has recalled explosive, wanted-to-kill-each-other fights with Doherty from those days, though they reunited for the CW’s 90210 with no apparent issue in 2008.

After Beverly Hills 90210 ended in 2000, Spelling—like a lot of actors from the show—struggled to find her second act, the magic of the O.G. Fox series in its hey day never to be replicated. She married Charlie Shanian in 2004, but then she met the also-married McDermott on the set of the 2005 Lifetime movie Mind Over Murder. Both disengaged from their respective unions and married each other on May 7, 2006. (“In the end, I didn’t screw up, she did,” Shanian told GQ in 2007. “Well, some might say she screwed down, but that’s a matter of opinion.”)

Aaron Spelling died a month later, on June 23, 2006, and it soon became apparent that Tori’s relationship with her father and mom Candy Spellinghad been on the rocky side for some time. Spelling wrote in her 2008 book sTori Telling that she got the news of her father’s passing in a condolence email from a friend, then from a creator of her based-in-reality sitcom So noTORIous; she didn’t hear from family for four hours,…

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