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Donna and Kelly Forever! Tori and Jennie's Friendship Over the Years


Donna Martin and Kelly Taylor have nothing on Tori Spelling and Jennie Garth! The two women have been besties for three decades.

Spelling and Garth met on the set of Beverly Hills, 90210, which premiered on Fox in 1990. For the next 10 years, the pair played onscreen BFFs. While the iconic ‘90s drama wrapped in 2000, the duo stayed in touch.

Nine years later, Spelling and Garth reprised their roles from the hit series for the CW reboot, 90210, for several episodes. In 2014, they reunited on screen again for ABC Family’s sitcom Mystery Girls.

“It’s a true friendship,” the True Tori alum gushed on The View while promoting the comedy series with Garth. “We were friends when we were in teens. And you never know. In our 40s, you don’t have those friendships that are lasting and ours have.”

The What I Like About You alum added that the duo have a “a lot in common,” including “being moms.”

Garth shares three daughters — Luca, Lola and Fiona — with her ex-husband Peter Facinelli. Spelling, meanwhile, is a mother of five. The sTORI Telling author and husband Dean McDermott share sons Liam, Finn and Beau and daughters Stella and Hattie.

While Mystery Girls only aired for one season, Spelling and Garth were determined to work together again. In 2019, the twosome co-created a quasi-revival of Beverly Hills, 90210 and enlisted their former costars for a six-episode series titled BH90210.

“I mean, I don’t know if it’s art imitates life or life imitates art — but we have had a close friendship, she’s one of my best friends, for 30 years,” Spelling told Entertainment Weekly in May 2019. “And we have gotten to the point in our lives where we just want to work together. Our kids are friends, and we want our families together all the time, so we wanted to develop something together. And that’s when we started talking about, ‘Was it the right time to do something with 90210 finally?’”

Scroll through to revisit Spelling and Garth’s friendship over the years:

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Spelling and Garth spent time together on and off screen in the ‘90s.

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The pair matched in sparkles at the 49th Annual Golden Globe Awards.

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Spelling and Garth’s friendship has stood the test of time — and a variety of hairstyles!

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The costars filmed nearly 300 episodes of Beverly Hills, 90210 together. 

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Spelling once described Garth as “one of the most spectacular women and human beings” she knows.

“You see life in black and white and I see it thru the brightest color together we blend our visions and create the most beautiful picture of life…” Spelling gushed in April 2019 via Instagram. 

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Five years after Beverly Hills, 90210 ended, the actresses proved nothing had changed between them on stage at the 2005 TV Land Awards.

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Spelling and Garth’s behind-the-scenes reunion on the set of the 90210 reboot was documented on Oxygen’s Tori and Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood.

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Spelling often referred to Garth as her “partner in crime for life” while promoting their short-lived detective series. 

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Spelling revealed via Instagram in 2017 that her kids refer to Garth as “Aunt Jennie.” 

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Spelling evacuated her family to Garth’s home during the California wildfires in November 2018. 

“Thank you most of all to my childhood, adulthood, everything in between, and lifelong friend @jenniegarth for giving our ginormous family flesh and fur your entire house to stay at in a moments notice,” the Masked Singer star gushed at the time via Instagram. “I’m not good at asking for what I need. But only my best friend would know that and jump in and just make it happen!”

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The twosome celebrated National Best Friends Day on the set of BH90210.

“It’s #nationalbestfriendsday so I want to say how grateful I am for this beautiful lady @jenniegarth. She’s seen me up, down, turned around and loved me and supported me unconditionally,” Spelling gushed in June 2019 via Instagram. “She’s my partner in life and business. My #workwife. My BFF. I Love you ❤️ #bh90210 #bestfriends #creators #yinandyang.”

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Spelling celebrated International Women’s Day with a tribute to Garth in March 2020. “This beautiful woman, my sister in this lifetime, my best friend, my co-star, the Lucy to my Lucy, the Thelma to my Louise, and my producing partner~ @jenniegarth We’ve been thru so much together,” she wrote. “If anyone even knew the half of it 😂 Yet thru it all, we are always there to support each other, be completely honest with each other, and love each other unconditionally. We are true bosses onscreen and off! #bff #strongwomen #blondebosses #yinyang.”

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Spelling and Garth launched their Beverly Hills, 90210, rewatch podcast, “9021OMG,” in 2020.

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