The ladies of Beverly Hills 90210 were the ones that men all over had crushes on while going through those troublesome years of puberty. Just like Betty and Veronica, the show had a blonde and a brunette whom we just couldn’t get enough of. 90210 was the story of two Minnesota twins who moved to Beverly Hills with their family and then had to try to fit in with the kids at West Beverly High School. We just loved all the drama that was involved with the rich kids who thought they could do no wrong.
In the ’90s, Beverly Hills 90210 was one of the most popular TV shows, and it went for a whopping ten seasons. Not too many shows ever make it that far. It was the show that made Tori Spelling, Jennie Garth, and Shannen Doherty famous.
The show was a phenomenon that was started by Aaron Spelling, who had a vision. With the help of Darren Star and E. Duke Vincent, he built a show that was so popular that it started off 90210 spinoffs and made us all obsessed with the lives of the rich and famous. The best part of the show was all the gorgeous, rich women that we got to see on a weekly basis. Although there was a regular cast, there were always new characters coming in and out of it. Stay tuned to see some of the hottest pictures of the ladies of Beverly Hills 90210.
15. Jennie Garth
Jennie Garth played Kelly, the rich sexpot who was determined to have any man that she wanted. She often went to bat against Brenda when it came to winning the heart of Dylan. When it came to being part of the show, Garth used to experience major anxiety the more fame that came her way. “I felt comfortable—almost comforted—by all of the workers buzzing around me during the day, but after hours, I’d find myself getting anxious when strangers approached me,” she said. “And so simple tasks, like going to the grocery store, or the mall, or to get gas, became overwhelming exercises in having to be ‘on’ when my natural inclination was to shut down and not interact with anyone. I… began to suffer a level of anxiety that was, at times, nearly paralyzing. When the panic attacks started to kick in, I became even more withdrawn.”
14. The Bad Girl
When they fired Shannen Doherty, they had to replace her with another bad girl, and that’s where Thiessen came in. She was portrayed as a bad girl, and we saw that right in the first episode when she was rolling a joint in Brenda’s old bedroom. They had to, however, get her a hand double for her first scene that required her to roll a joint because she sucked at rolling them herself. They could have changed the scene, but that was just too much work. “They wanted me to roll a joint with one hand so I looked like some kind of pro,” the actress told Entertainment Weekly. “I couldn’t do it. The person you see is actually somebody else’s hand rolling a joint.” It’s kind of funny that they had to bring in a body double for her hand just so that the joint could be rolled properly.
13. The Original Bad Girl
Part of the friction on the show was because Shannen Doherty was always showing up on set late. Executive Producer Charles Rosin said that Doherty never wanted to be on set. “She had habitual lateness. Her lateness was appalling, and she had a callous attitude and an indifference. She was clearly not very happy on this show anymore.” Doherty doesn’t disagree with those statements. “There was definitely a time that I did not want to be there. I was unhappy. It sounds odd to say that I was on a hit show making a lot of money and I was unhappy because it makes me sound unappreciative — I wasn’t,” she revealed to Entertainment Weekly. “It’s just that the sacrifice at the time seemed too large to me — the sacrifice of a camera pointed in my face 24 hours a day while I was desperately trying to grow up, to figure out my spirituality, to figure out my boyfriends. I mean, I was a teenager.”
12. All Grown Up
The girls are all grown up and looking smoking hot. Here are our favorite blonde and brunette who were always fighting over the same man. In real life, the two didn’t like each other and had an epic feud while on set. It was the reason why Doherty was originally kicked off of the show. “We were locked in this sound stage for 14-16 hours every day. There were times when we loved each other, and there were times when we wanted to claw each other’s eyes out,” Garth said. Jennie Garth wrote about it in a memoir that exposed the truths of what happened while on set. “It was more of just young girls finding their way and finding their individual voices. Shannen and I are both Aries women; we’re both very strong, independent women, so we butt heads a lot. Now, as grown women, we happen to get along as well.”
11. Tiffani Amber Thiessen
It seems as if Tiffani Amber Thiessen just got sexier every single year. She’s been a major crush of boys from all over the world, and as she got older, she became more and more of a sexpot. She didn’t start on the show until its fifth season, but she was an immediate hit because of her bad girl nature. When she joined the cast as Valerie Malone, she was actually dating Brian Austin Green in real life. It made for some really awkward moments on set. After all, she spent a lot of time kissing a lot of boys before she dated David. Luke Perry was her first kiss, and she wasn’t about to apologize for it. “That was probably the more awkward thing,” Thiessen said. “Literally having your boyfriend on the show and then literally kissing another man, ‘I get paid for this, honey. I don’t know what to tell you.'”
10. Tori Spelling
She was sort of the sidekick blonde in the show who was also the peacemaker and friend to everyone. Donna was the virgin who didn’t want to have sex until she was married. She was in and out of a relationship with David because of it. A lot of people assumed she got the role because she was the daughter of Aaron Spelling, but she claimed that she went in to audition for the role under a different name. “I heard about the show from my agent,” Tori told Entertainment Weekly, “She said, ‘Your dad is doing it.’ I was like, ‘I haven’t heard anything about it.’ I popped into his briefcase when he got home, and I was like, cool. I really wanted to play Andrea. I went in under a different name, then I got the part of Donna—which I’m sure had something to do with my Dad.”
9. Gabrielle Carteris
Gabrielle Carteris played such an innocent and wholesome character on set, but she was the same type of person in real life as well. In fact, she was so wholesome that we had a hard time finding a “hot” photo of the actress. So, we revert back to an episode of Beverly Hills 90210 when Andrea dreamed she went back to school naked. Now, there’s just something about that innocent expression and all that skin. In order to play the character of Andrea, Carteris had to lie about her age during the audition. At the time, she was 29 years old, and she went in there and told them she was 16. “Then a magazine… did an interview on the show with somebody else, and they went and asked my agent [my age]. I said, ‘I don’t talk about my age,’ or whatever, [and] they found it in the DMV, illegally. So, then they were printing it, and I thought, ‘This is it! I’m gonna lose the job; there’s no way.’ By that time, the show had been on long enough, so it was ok.”
8. Shannen Doherty
Shannen Doherty was the bad girl of the ’90s; she was the girl whom we loved to hate. She used to cause disruptions while on set, showing up late and having a huge attitude wherever she went. Fame definitely got to her head, and her diva attitude got her kicked off of two shows, Beverly Hills 90210 and Charmed. Shannen actually didn’t think that she was going to get the role of Brenda Walsh because she had a horrible audition. “My audition was horrible,” she said. “I actually remember walking out and saying: ‘I lost that job. I blew it.’ And the casting director came out and sort of winked at me and said, ‘I wouldn’t count yourself out yet, kiddo.’ And I was like, ‘O.K., whatever.’” She did, of course, end up with the role, and it may have had something to do with her look. She had the perfect look for Brenda Walsh; she was a total hottie.
7. Kathleen Robertson
Kathleen Robertson also came into the season later on, around the same time that Tiffany joined the show, and she at first appeared to be a problem for the group, but then it wasn’t long before she became one of the gang. She actually has a long list of movies and shows that she’s appeared in, and of course, she’s absolutely beautiful. She’s been in The Business and Girls Club TV series as well as Boss. She’s worked consistently in Hollywood, and no one really knows why she left the show in season seven. She was dating Steve at the time, and the two just went their separate ways. The last show that we saw her in was Murder in the First, and that was in 2016. She was one of the hotties of the show, and we missed her when she left.
6. Spelling Love
Tori Spelling’s father was super protective over his daughter while she was on the show and watched her story lines carefully. If you ever wondered why Donna was such a naive and innocent character, you can blame her father for that. He was continually asking the writers, “What’s Donna doing today?” He wanted her to stay a virgin on the show and to not have any risky story lines. “Maybe, at first [he was being protective],” Spelling said of Donna’s virginity storyline. “I’m not sure. When I was first cast, Donna was a just a smaller side character. She was a friend of Kelly and Brenda’s. So, there was never a discussion about her character staying a virgin. I think she stayed a virgin because once we established that she was a fan favorite, people really started relating to her. Teens constantly would approach me and tell me that they were virgins and they had times where they were scared that being a virgin would make them seem uncool, but then Donna made it okay.”
5. The Hot Blonde
Jennie Garth has said multiple times that the tension on the set of Beverly Hills 90210 was often a toxic one. Not everyone got along while on set, and it made it bad for everyone else. It seemed like everyone was fighting over who was getting what in their contracts. “There were times when it was worse than high school,” Garth said. “The environment there was like: Are you kidding me? There was a lot of tension and unnecessary drama on the set, a certain amount of competition, and a certain—probably—anger about different salaries as the years progressed. People would find out how much someone was making, and then they’d be angry and want that, or if you got days off in your contract, they’d want that. Nobody was brave enough to step in and set us straight and have a serious talk with us about it.”
4. Rebecca Gayheart
Rebecca Gayheart was the love interest of Dylan McKay’s. She was the girl who finally had the bad boy wanting to settle down and daughter of the mob boss responsible for killing Dylan’s father. Gayheart was only there for one season. She fell in love with Dylan, and they were married, and then all of a sudden, she was accidentally murdered by her own father. She died before Dylan could save her, and he went into despair over her loss. It was an emotional scene for everyone, and then Dylan left town, and off the show he went. It only took the couple eight episodes to fall in love, and everyone thought the relationship was a little rushed. When she left the show, she went on to star in Ugly Betty and Nip/Tuck. She’s a beautiful woman, and she has the kind of face that you just can’t help but stare at.
3. Spelling Bee
Tori Spelling came from a wealthy family, so she really didn’t have to work if she didn’t want to. So, when it came time for her to do the show, she picked it over getting a college degree. She kept saying that she would go back to school and get a degree, but she kept putting it off the more popular the show became. “Every year, I was like, ‘It probably won’t go another year.’ I was going to go to USC, so I deferred a year. Then the show went again. It was like, ‘I’ll go when I’m done.’ Now it’s 10 years later, and I’m 26.” She probably regrets that decision now that her mother took her out of her father’s will and she got none of the fortune that she thought she would get after his death. The tabloids are routinely calling her broke, so who knows what’s going on with her?
2. Beach Babe
Jennie Garth knew that the show had truly hit the top when they got a bomb threat. “We got a bomb threat once. While we were filming a graduation scene, someone hid a bomb underneath the bleachers. It was like, ‘Ooh! We hit it big!’” Could you imagine how scary that would be for people on the set? Another fact that you may not know about involves the high school. Oddly enough, the actual Beverly Hills High School wanted nothing to do with the show; maybe they regretted that once the show became popular. That’s why the show has West Beverly High School, a fictional name for a fictional school. The scenes in the school took place at Torrance High School, 20 miles from the city. That high school was also used in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, She’s All That, and the reboot of 90210.
1. Biker Girl
The cast had a lot of weird rules while on set, including not changing hairstyles as well as not being allowed to wear sunglasses. Aaron Spelling hated when a cast member would go on a break and then come back with a changed hairstyle. “If someone came back after hiatus with a completely different haircut, Aaron would go crazy,” Spelling’s publicist, Kevin Sasaki said. “Hair was very important to my dad,” Tori confirmed, adding, “And if you watch, there are never sunglasses on 90210. He’d always say, ‘Let them see it in your eyes before they hear it in your words.’ Luke Perry’s famous squint was probably because my dad wouldn’t let him wear sunglasses.” That’s hilarious and also really weird considering they were in a sunny place where everyone was probably wearing sunglasses. That’s just one of the few things that the audience doesn’t notice.
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