Check out PEOPLE's exclusive look at sTORI Telling, which gives the inside dish on her life
At 16, Tori Spelling landed the role of Donna in her father Aaron Spelling’s show. Beverly Hills, 90210, and “I had an insta-crush on Brian Austin Green,” she writes in her new memoir, sTORI Telling, which is excerpted exclusively in the new issue of PEOPLE, on sale Friday.
“Shannen Doherty, Jennie Garth and I became friends. Ian Ziering and Jason Priestley seemed much older; we became friends years later. As for Luke Perry, he called me ‘Camel’ because I had long eyelashes. Trust me, Luke Perry can call you ‘Camel’ and make it sexy.”
Among the backstage battles Spelling describes is one that involves Doherty. “Shannen had everything, but she could be arrogant and carefree,” Spelling writes. “I knew she was a ‘bad influence,’ but I liked her anyway. Still, I saw her treating people in a way that made me uncomfortable.”
Finally, by the fourth season, “Everyone wanted Shannen gone. The rest of the cast told me they had decided to call my father and say that she had to go, but they needed a consensus. I didn’t want to betray her. Finally I said I agreed. When Shannen left, I felt the same as everyone, like I could breathe again.”
She also tells what drew her to her first husband, Charlie Shanian, in 2002, while starring opposite him in a play he wrote. “Charlie was different from anyone I’d dated. He cared about me the way a man should. His family was a major part of the attraction. He took me to his mother’s house in Peabody, Mass. It was total suburbia, something I’d only experienced on TV, and I loved it.”
For the complete excerpt, including how Tori was indulged as a child, why she left Charlie for Dean McDermott, and her eventual reconciliation with her mother Candy, pick up this week’s PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday