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Victoria Tennant

Victoria Tennant
Tennant at the "Night of 100 Stars" for the 82nd Academy Awards viewing party at the Beverly Hills Hotel, California in 2010
Born (1950-09-30) 30 September 1950
London, England, United Kingdom
Education Elmhurst Ballet School
Alma mater Central School of Speech and Drama
Occupation Film and television actress
Years active 1972–present
Television The Winds of War
War and Remembrance
Spouse(s) Peppo Vanini (divorced)
Steve Martin (m. 1986; div. 1994)
Kirk Stambler (m. 1996)
Children 1 daughter, 1 son
Parent(s) Cecil Tennant
Irina Baronova

Victoria Tennant (born 30 September 1950 – some sources say 1953)[1] is an English film and television actress. She is known for her roles in the TV mini-series The Winds of War and War and Remembrance, in which she appeared as actor Robert Mitchum's on-screen love interest, Pamela Tudsbury.


  • Early life 1
  • Career 2
  • Personal life 3
  • Filmography 4
    • Film 4.1
    • Television 4.2
    • Music 4.3
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Early life

Tennant was born in London. Her mother, Irina Baronova, was a Russian prima ballerina who appeared with the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo; her father, Cecil Tennant, was a producer and talent agent for MCA.

Her maternal grandfather, Mikhail Baronov, was a senior officer in the Russian Navy; his wife, the former Lydia Vishniakova, was a general's daughter. Tennant has a sister, Irina, and a brother, Robert, both of whom were seriously injured in a car accident in 1967, in which their father was killed. Tennant's godfather was the actor Laurence Olivier.[2]

Like her mother, Tennant trained in ballet, first at the Elmhurst Ballet School and then (for two years) at the Central School of Speech and Drama.


Tennant, modelling under the pseudonym Angela Hyer, was Penthouse magazine's May 1978 Pet of the Month centerfold.[3]

After a number of roles in British and other European films, including The Ragman's Daughter and Inseminoid, she emigrated to the United States. She then appeared in the TV mini-series The Winds of War and War and Remembrance, and films such as The Handmaid's Tale and Best Seller. She starred in two films with Steve Martin, her future husband: All of Me,[4] and L.A. Story.[5]

In 2014, she published a memoir about her mother entitled, Irina Baronova and The Ballets Russes de Monte Carlo, published by the University of Chicago Press.[6] The book was presented at the Bel Air Country Club in Bel Air, Los Angeles.[7]

Personal life

Tennant's first marriage was to Peppo Vanini, a nightclub owner who owned the famous Xenon nightclub, in 1969 (divorced, 1976).[1] She dated Matthew Chapman, a writer and director from in 1978 until 1982, but ended their relationship upon meeting Steve Martin.[1] She was later married to the actor-comedian Steve Martin from 1986 to their divorce in 1994.[8] Since 1996, Tennant has been married to Kirk Justin Stambler, a lawyer for Warner Bros., with whom she has a daughter, Katya Irina, and a son, Nikolai.[8]



Year Title Role Notes
1972 Ragman's Daughter, TheThe Ragman's Daughter [9] Doris Randall
1980 Dogs of War, TheThe Dogs of War Dinner Party Guest
1981 Inseminoid[10] Barbra
1981 Sphinx [11] Lady Carnarvon
1982 Ich bin dein Killer [12] Annette Dorberg
1983 Strangers Kiss [13] Carol Redding / Betty
1984 All of Me [14] Terry Hoskins
1985 Holcroft Covenant, TheThe Holcroft Covenant [15] Helden von Tiebolt / Helden Tennyson
1987 Best Seller Roberta Gillian
1987 Flowers in the Attic [16] Corinne Dollanganger
1989 Fool's Mate Alice Gordon
1990 Handmaid's Tale, TheThe Handmaid's Tale [17] Aunt Lydia
1990 Whispers Hilary
1991 L.A. Story[18] Sara McDowel
1992 The Plague [19] Alicia Rieux
1996 Edie & Pen[20] Blonde with Dog
1998 Bram Stoker's Legend of the Mummy Mary
2008 Awakening of Spring, TheThe Awakening of Spring Mrs. Woodman
2009 Irene in Time[21][22] Eleanor Jensen
2010 Dante's Inferno: An Animated Epic Beatrice (voice) Video
2013 Pasadena [23] Elizabeth Utley
2013 Louder Than Words Lydia Thorsby Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
1979 Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson Helen Stoner Episode: "The Case of the Speckled Band"
1981 La Guerre des insectes Helen Curtiss TV film
1982 Tales of the Unexpected Bernice Episode: "Who's Got the Lady?"
1983 Winds of War, TheThe Winds of War Pamela Tudsbury TV miniseries
1983 Dempsey Estelle Taylor TV film
1983 Chiefs Trish Lee TV miniseries
1985 George Burns Comedy Week Episode: "The Funniest Guy in the World"
1986 Under Siege Gloria Garry TV film
1986 Twilight Zone, TheThe Twilight Zone Valentina Episode: "Red Snow"
1986 Alfred Hitchcock Presents Bride Episode: "Deadly Honeymoon"
1988-1989 War and Remembrance Pamela Tudsbury 12 episodes
1989 Voice of the Heart Francesca Cunningham TV film
1989 Act of Will Audra TV series
1994 Man from Snowy River, TheThe Man from Snowy River [24] Anita Hargraves Recurring role (5 episodes)
1997 Diagnosis: Murder [25] Victoria Larkin Episode: "Deadly Games"
1999 Providence Dr. Toynton Episode: "Blind Faith"
2001 Chris Isaak Show, TheThe Chris Isaak Show Irene Episode: "Dancin'"
2001 Sister Mary Explains It All [26] Bitter Divorcee TV film
2004 JAG Marta Sperling Episode: "The Man on the Bridge"
2007 Scrubs Maggie Kent Episode: "My Scrubs"
2008 Monk Ms. Benson Episode: "Mr. Monk Paints His Masterpiece"
2009 Beast, TheThe Beast Susan Redman Episode: "Infected"
2011 William & Kate Celia TV film


  • Hussy – theme song lyrics[8]


  1. ^ a b c Contemporary Theatre, Film and Television (2008)
  2. ^ Victoria Tennant Biography - Yahoo! Movies
  3. ^ [2]
  4. ^ Keith Staskiewicz (Apr 12, 2013) "All of Me", Entertainment Weekly
  5. ^ "FILM; Steve Martin Targets L.A." (Feb 3, 1991) The New York Times
  6. ^ University of Chicago Press
  7. ^ "Blue Ribbon Book" (Nov 21, 2014) The Beverly Hills Courier, Vol. 49, No. 46, p. 8
  8. ^ a b c "Victoria Tennant Biography (1950?-)". Retrieved 13 February 2013. 
  9. ^ "'"Review: ‘The Ragman’s Daughter (Dec 31, 1971) Variety
  10. ^ "Film Review: Inseminoid (1981)" (Jan 5, 2012) HN
  11. ^ "'"Schaffner's 'Sphinx (Feb 11, 1981) New York Times
  12. ^ "Ich Bin Dein Killer (1979)" New York Times
  13. ^ "'"Review: 'Stranger’s Kiss (Dec 31, 1982) Variety
  14. ^ "'"Review: ‘All of Me (Dec 31, 1983) Variety
  15. ^ "'"Review: 'The Holcroft Covenant (Dec 31, 1984) Variety
  16. ^ "'"Review: 'Flowers in the Attic (Dec 31, 1986) Variety
  17. ^ "'"Review: ‘The Handmaid’s Tale (Dec 31, 1989) Variety
  18. ^ "Martin's 'L.A. Story' revels in its chaotic diversity" (Feb 12, 1991) Doylestown Intelligencer, Doylestown, PA
  19. ^ "'"Review: ‘The Plague (Sep 1, 1992) Variety
  20. ^ Rooney, David (27 May 1996) "Edie & Pen", Variety, p. 70
  21. ^ "Film in review" (Sep 23, 2009) The New York Times
  22. ^ "'"Review: ‘Irene in Time (Jun 18, 2009) Variety
  23. ^ "'"Film Review: 'Pasadena (Apr 15, 2013) Variety
  24. ^ "'"Review: 'Snowy River: The Mcgregor Saga the Race (Aug 31, 1993) Variety
  25. ^ "H’w’d talks on tragedy" (Sep 3, 1997) Variety
  26. ^ "'"Review: 'Sister Mary Explains It All (May 24, 2001) Variety

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