It’s been 12 years since the death of superstar TV producer Aaron Spelling, whose credits included the Charlie’s Angels television series, The Love Boat and Beverly Hills, 90210, the show which gave his daughter, Tori, her big break. On what would have been his 95th birthday on Sunday, Tori went on her Instagram to honor her late father with some sweet vintage photos.
In the first, a young Tori beams at the camera while her dad holds her close and bends to fit into the frame. She captioned the photo, “Today is the birthday of my hero… A creative genius that touched the lives of everyone he came into contact with. An inspiration on every level. The kindest and most gentle soul ever. He was loved by all but I’m lucky because I got to call him Dad. Happy Birthday, Daddy. We were all blessed to have had the time we had with you. Toto.”
In the second post, which she likely grabbed from fan account @the9021bro, Tori shares a memory with her late father: “I loved when my Dad took me in the pool on the weekends. In our jacuzzi we used to play ‘restaurant’. Chasen’s ( an iconic LA landmark restaurant in [Beverly Hills] when I was a kid) to be exact. We played waiter and customer. He always ordered ‘Steak Aaron’ ( named after him at Chasen’s). miss you Daddy.” Be still, our beating hearts — these memories are too precious!
For those who may have forgotten, Aaron Spelling died at age 83 from complications following a stroke in 2006 according to Entertainment Tonight. Tori’s relationship with her parents is famously strained, something her mom, Candy, wrote about in her 2014 memoir. The same year her mother’s memoir came out, Tori told Access Hollywood Live that problems with her mom date all the way back to her childhood and were largely because of their individual relationships with the late Aaron. Us Weekly quoted Tori’s interview, in which she said, “Obviously I’ll never know what really went on, but growing up, I definitely was closer with my dad. I was very much a daddy’s girl. And as an adult, I can go back and look at the relationship and see that he kind of always positioned her as, like, he was good cop, she was bad cop. And he kind of created a little bit of that dynamic. It wasn’t just all her.”
It seems that where her father is concerned, time has softened any remaining negative feelings, and now, there is nothing but love and good memories of her father.