Victoria Principal Files for Divorce

The former Dallas star splits with her plastic surgeon husband

Dallas actress Victoria Principal has filed for divorce from her husband of nearly 21 years, prominent Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Harry A. Glassman, M.D., according to papers filed Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court.

Principal, 56, is citing irreconcilable differences. The couple have no children and separated on March 25, according to the papers, which were obtained by PEOPLE.

Principal’s petition states that the couple have a pre-nuptial agreement, which lists all the couple’s assets and debts.

Principal also requests that the court determine property rights and “terminate the court’s jurisdiction” to award spousal support to Glassman.

It is unclear whether the divorce has anything to do with a domestic violence incident three years ago that led to Principal’s brief hospitalization and Glassman’s arrest.

At the time, a spokesman for the Los Angeles District Attorney said, “Our office declined to file any charges, and as far as we are concerned, that is the end of the matter.”

Meanwhile, Principal stated in a press release: “We have had a loving relationship for over 20 years. We’ve been and remain happily married. It is outrageous to believe we would inflict injury on one another or harm each other in any way.”

On Wednesday, Principal’s publicist, Alan Nierob, said, “We have no further comment at this time, other than what is in the court file.”

Principal’s previous marriage, to writer-producer Christopher Skinner, lasted from 1978 to 1980 and ended in divorce.

She and Glassman wed on June 23, 1985, when Principal was seven years into her role as Pamela Barnes Ewing on the CBS evening soap about the backstabbing Texas oil dynasty. She stayed with the show until 1987 (it went off the air in 1991).

Glassman’s professional Web site describes him as a 20-year practitioner of plastic surgery in Beverly Hills. “He has used his talents to enhance the appearance of some of the most famous people in the world and to reconstruct birth defects, damage from injuries and defects caused by cancer,” his online bio says.

Today, Principal sells her Principal Secret skin-care products on QVC and has authored three books: 1983’s The Body Principal, 1984’s The Beauty Principal and 1987’s The Diet Principal.

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