First Titans Episode:Pilot
Birth Date: January 3, 1950
Birth City: Fukuoka, Japan
Currently Resides: Montecito, California (former home of Priscilla Presley)
Parents: Victor Principal and Ree Veal
Personal Status: married to 'Harry Glassman' (1985 - present), previously 'Christopher Skinner' (1978 - 1979/80) (divorced).
Greatest Influences: John Huston, Uta Hagen, and Vanessa Redgrave
Dated: Andy Gibb, Frank Sinatra, Desi Arnaz Jr., Anthony Perkins
Nudes: Once posed nude for Playboy, in early 1970s
Modeling: She worked as a model in New York and Europe while pursuing early acting jobs. Miss Miami of 1969.
Other Jobs: She worked as an agent for 3 years when she became unhappy with her acting career during the early 1970s.
Schooling: She spent two years studying at England's Royal Academy of Ballet, as one of the few Americans accepted into the program. Studied at London's Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and at Miami-Dade Community College
Charity: Is the national chairperson for the LA-based Victory Over Violence, a non-profit organization dedicated to ending violence against women. Was honored by then President Ronald Reagan for her work on behalf of arthritis victims. Both of her parents suffered from the disease.
Quirky Facts: When on an airplane once, the pilot came on over the loudspeaker, and threatened not to land the plane unless Victoria told him "Who Shot J.R.?", during the summer before the third season of Dallas. Stated during an interview with Howie Mandel that she refuses to disclose her height, but is comfortable telling people her age.
About Gwen: The savvy owner of hot nightclub Pulse, Gwen is Richard's ex-wife. She is the adoptive mother of Chandler and the biological mother of Peter, Jenny, and Laurie. Gwen is also raising her nephew, Ethan.
About Victoria: (From NBC.com) Victoria Principal stars as Gwen Williams, the strong-willed matriarch of a powerful Beverly Hills family on NBC's "Titans." The role of Gwen, a devoted mother and savvy businesswoman, appealed to Principal because she "loved the idea of playing a mature, multi-dimensional woman on national television."
Principal was born in Fukuoka, Japan, to an Air Force family that moved frequently throughout her childhood years. Her extensive travels took her to Georgia, Puerto Rico, Massachusetts, Florida and London. While in England, she studied with the prestigious Royal Academy of Ballet for two years, but dreamed of becoming an actress. After a brief, successful career as a model in New York and Europe, Principal returned to England to study acting privately with Jean Scott of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts.
In 1971, Principal returned to the U.S. to pursue her dreams of acting in film. She recalls, "I arrived in California with no job, no car and no money… but, like millions of girls, a dream." Within six months of her arrival, she landed the role of Paul Newman's mistress in John Huston's "The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean," which earned her a Golden Globe nomination for "Most Promising Newcomer." Subsequent motion pictures included "The Naked Ape," "Earthquake," "I Will … I Will … For Now," "Vigilante Force" and "Michael Kael."
In 1975, anxious to explore the entertainment industry from the other side of the desk, Principal resigned from the Screen Actors Guild, entered an agent-trainee program and began representing actors, writers, directors and producers. After seeing a script for "Dallas" in 1978, Principal acted as her own agent and arranged a meeting with the producers before they had even begun casting. She won the highly coveted role of Pamela Ewing and continued for nine successful years on the hit series.
Following her work on "Dallas," Principal starred in the television movie "Mistress" and subsequently produced and/or starred in the television movies "Blind Witness," "Sparks: The Price of Passion," "Don't Touch My Daughter," "Inner Sanctum," "Beyond Obsession" and "Dancing in the Dark." Additionally, she starred in the miniseries "Burden of Proof." Principal has also made guest appearances on "The Practice" and NBC's "Providence" and "Just Shoot Me." She had a recurring role on "Jack and Jill."
In addition to her successful career as an actress and producer, Principal is a best-selling author. In 1983, she authored the #1 best-selling book "The Body Principal" and went on to write two other successful non-fiction works, "The Beauty Principal" in 1984 and "The Diet Principal" in 1987.
Principal currently resides in Beverly Hills, California, with her husband, Dr. Harry Glassman.