Victoria Tennant: Steve Martin’s Ex-Wife is an Actress and Family Woman

With Steve Martin being one of the most iconic entertainers of all time considering his contribution to comedy, films, and shows alike, it’s no surprise he’s now getting the documentary treatment. In fact, Apple TV+’s ‘Steve! (Martin) A Documentary in 2 Pieces’ actually chronicles the same, with a particular focus on his early struggles, meteoric rise, steady success, plus current contentedness. It thus explores his personal experiences too — so now, if you simply wish to learn more about his ex-wife Victoria Tennant as well as her present standing, we’ve got all the essential details for you.

Who is Victoria Tennant?

Since Victoria was born in September 1950 in London, England, as one of three to Russian prima ballerina Irina Baronova and producer-talent agent Cecil Tennant, she grew up surrounded by the arts. Therefore, of course, by the time she was a teenager, she ended up developing a keen interest in ballet too, that is, before she found her true calling in drama, live performances, plus theater. She hence went as far as to attend the independent Elmhurst Ballet School to hone her skills prior to enrolling in the Royal Central School of Speech & Drama (now a part of the University in London).

All this truly helped Victoria launch her career as an actress in 1972 with ‘The Ragman’s Daughter,’ which was soon followed by ‘Inseminoid’ in 1981, ‘Strangers Kiss’ in 1983, and ‘All of Me’ in 1984. Though little did she know she’d find love with co-star Steve Martin while filming the latter, with whom she’d tie the knot in wondrous Rome in 1986 as well as do satirical rom-com ‘L.A. Story’ in 1991. She was actually a divorcee by this point — she’d been married to nightclub owner Peppo Vanini from 1969 to 1976 and was dating writer-director Matthew Chapman before coming across Steve.

“I threw everything at [L.A. Story]; my experience with love and romance,” Steve candidly conceded in the aforementioned original. “It just all came together in the movie. It was almost a vehicle for whimsy… But that was where my head was. Regarding the film itself, he’d once said, “I met my wife, you know, she brought something into my life. When you meet someone right, everything seems calm. That’s essentially what the story is about.” However, everything gradually turned upside down, resulting in the one-time happy couple getting a divorce following eight years of legal togetherness in 1994.

“When I married Victoria Tennant, I liked her a lot,” Steve said in the App le TV+ production. “She was really funny, very amusing, very smart, and English. It was a relationship that just kind of defaulted into a romance. Also, a part of it was, ‘I guess I should get married,’ which is not a good reason. There’s no way to force it. Going away and living in a hotel for 3 months [to film a movie], it’s almost like a bachelor life. You can’t really conduct a marriage in a hotel room. I always felt like, with romantic relationships, something was just about to go wrong,” and it internally did, sparking their split.

Where is Victoria Tennant Now?

Although Victoria seemingly prefers to lead a relatively quiet life in California these days, she has actually continued to be a part of the entertainment industry as an actress, producer, plus writer. She has featured in various movies as well as television shows since 1991, but her last significant appearance was in the 2018 rom-com ‘Alex & the List’ — though even this was filmed in 2013. It’s hence safe to assume this ‘Irina Baronova and The Ballets Russes de Monte Carl’ published author (2014) is currently primarily focusing on her family, including her lawyer for Warner Bros husband Kirk Justin Stambler alongside their two children, Katya and Nikolai.

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