Victoria Principal (born January 3, 1950) is an American actress, best known for her role as Pamela Barnes Ewing on the long-running CBS nighttime drama Dallas from 1978 to 1987.
Principal was born in Fukuoka, Japan, the older of two daughters of Bertha Ree (née Veal) and Victor R. Principal. Principal gave a 1950 year of birth in a 2007 interview with the official Dallas website. She stated that she "...felt that was the only way to clear this up once and for all. My name is my real name; my age is my real age. Someone on the internet, years ago, printed a different age than I am and Im in the process legally of clearing that up, because I have never lied about my age.
Her paternal grandparents were immigrants from Italy and her mother was of English descent. Her father was a sergeant in the Air Force and like most military brats, Principal moved often, growing up in London, Florida, Puerto Rico, Massachusetts, and Georgia, among other places, and attending 17 different schools. She studied at the Royal Academy of Ballet while in England.
She acted in a commercial when five, and began modeling in high school. She enrolled at Miami-Dade Community College, intending to study medicine eventually enrolling in, but not completing, chiropractic college. She continued modeling, winning the Miss Miami title in 1969, but serious injuries in a car crash made her refocus her energy on acting. She moved to New York City, working as a model and actress. After a modeling job in Europe, she studied at Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, and then moved to Los Angeles in 1971.
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