Wednesday, June 20, 2007

The Original Spelling of Spelling

Actress Tori Spelling (Beverly Hills, 90210) is the daughter of producer Aaron Spelling. As told in Aaron Spelling’s autobiography, his mother, Pearl Wald, had fallen in love with a Polish Jew named David Spurling, whom her grandfather had forbidden her to marry. Soon after, she came with her family to America, arriving at Ellis Island, and from there they migrated to Texas. Here, she married a professional boxer and had two children. Her husband, Sam Seltzer, was stabbed to death by a stranger in Dallas in 1911. Concerned for the welfare of their widowed daughter and her two children, the Wald family is said to have written David Spurling, asking him to come to America. He did, and with a new name — Dave Spelling — immediately married their widowed daughter. See “A Look at Tori Spelling’s Family Tree.”

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