Who is Victoria Vetri?

An actress and model, Victoria Cecilia Vetri, also known as Angela Dorian, was born under the zodiac sign of Libra on 26 September 1944, in Los Angeles, California USA; she holds American nationality although she comes from a family of Italian descent. She has over 30 acting credits to her name, but is still perhaps known best for her role as Terry in the 1968 Oscar-awarded movie “Rosemary’s Baby”, starring Mia Farrow, Ruth Gordon and John Cassavetes, directed by Roman Polanski – this horror drama, based on the novel of the same title written by Ira Levin, had 12 award nominations, and won 11, including the Oscar – Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Ruth Gordon), in 1969.

Early life and education

Victoria was raised in Los Angeles by her parents, whose names she hasn’t revealed, but it’s known that they were both Italian immigrants; her mother was a singer, born in Rome, while her father, a restaurateur, was a Sicilian native.

Victoria attended Hollywood High School, and upon matriculating in 1962, enrolled at the Los Angeles City College, from which she graduated with a BA degree, in 1964.

Modeling career

Victoria used her professional name, Angela Dorian when she started modeling for Playboy – in September 1967 she was a Playmate of the Month, and in 1968 the Playmate of the Year, winning $20,000 and a new car, a pink-colored AMC AMX.

Victoria thought that posing nude for the Playboy would bring her an opportunity to pick her acting roles, however, according to her, it actually hindered her career.

In April 1984, she posed topless for Playboy’s pictorial Playmates Forever! Part Two, but that was her last photo session.

Roles in movies

Victoria made her acting debut in the 1962 movie “The Pigeon That Took Rome”, although her role was uncredited, then in the following year she was cast to play Ixzubin in “Kings of the Sun”, followed by her role as Senorita Helena Chavez in “Chuka”, before portrayed Terry in “Rosemary’s Baby”, in 1968.

In the following years, she was seen as Barbara Hagen in “The Pigeon”, and then starred alongside Patrick Allen and Robin Hawdon in the 1971 movie “When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth” which was nominated for the Oscar Best Effects, Special Visual Effects. Victoria portrayed Sanna, and her character was imagined with blonde hair but Victoria refused to have her natural hair turned blonde, and requested a wig. Her appearance in the movie, according to columnist Hy Gardner, was the raising of ‘a new sex symbol on the Hollywood horizon’.

In 1973, Victoria was seen starring in the science-fiction horror “Invasion of the Bee Girls”, which was her last movie role.

Roles in series

Victoria made her first television appearance portraying Carmel in “Going My Way” in 1962, followed by her roles in “Cheyenne”, “Hawaiian Eye”, and “The Galant Men”, among others.

During her acting career, Victoria acted in an episode or two of various series, and some of the most popular were “Bonanza”, “Perry Mason”, and “The Big Valley”.

In the early ‘70s, she was seen in “Land of the Giants”, “To Rome with Love”, and then in 1975, she made her last television appearance in an episode of the series “Lucas Tarner”.

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Love life and relationships

There were various rumors concerning Victoria’s love life and sexual orientation, however, she hasn’t spoken about any man or woman whom she has been with, before she met her future first husband Hugh Terry Whettam.

The two married on 7 April 1963, and on 8 September 1963 welcomed their son Bret B. Whettam, however, Victoria divorced Hugh Terry in 1966.

On 29 December in the same year, she married John Lee Hage but divorced him in the following year – they didn’t have any children together.

Her third husband was Heinz Gottfried Schwetz, whom she married on 13 November 1978 – Victoria didn’t have children with him, and they were divorced on 25 February 1983.

Victoria married her fourth husband, Bruce Rathgeb, in 1986; in 2010, the news about her being arrested floated the internet and newspapers. Victoria was charged with the attempted murder of her husband – according to the police report, they were fighting and in one moment she shot him in the chest.

Bruce was rushed to the hospital, and he survived, – the Los Angeles Police Department’s Hollywood Division arrested Victoria, who claimed that she was not guilty, and that her husband was shot by a drug dealer. She remained in jail, and the judge set bail at $1.5 million, and denied her attorney’s request for a reduction of the charge of attempted murder.

In 2011, the charge against Victoria was reduced to attempted voluntary manslaughter, and she was sentenced to nine years in a state prison – she was released on parole in April 2018,.

As of February 2022, it seems that Victoria is single.

Interesting facts about Victoria Vetri

Numerous sources incorrectly identified Victoria for playing the role of the ‘human form of shape-shifting cat’ in the episode “Assignment: Earth” of the epic series “Star Trek, that role actually played by April Tatro. Victoria made a comment about this, saying: ‘I was never in an episode of STAR TREK. I know that people think I was, I am not sure who she was. Look close enough and you can see that she has blue eyes and I, of course, have brown.’

There is a Facebook profile dedicated to Victoria, run by one of her fans, and according to him, he is in contact with Victoria, and she is now living in a Californian state community house, and that her fans bought her a cell phone so that they can be in contact with her.

Bruce Rathgeb talked about that night when Victoria shot him, saying that for years, she had been afraid of Charles Manson and his followers and that when she shot Bruce, she was allegedly thinking that she had shot the murder cult leader, whose followers killed her best friend, Sharon Tate.

Sharon was the wife of the director, Roman Polanski, and Victoria and her became close friends during the filming of “Rosemary’s Baby”.  One night, when Roman was away, Sharon invited Victoria to their house, however, Victoria was feeling sick, so she stayed at home.

Victoria Vetri – Angela Dorian

Posted by Fashion, Music & Stuff from the 60's and 70's on Thursday, February 13, 2020

That was the night when Sharon and four other women were killed by Charles Manson’s followers.

In 2018, Victoria stated that she would return to acting, and although we don’t have information about her work, it’s confirmed that she was seen as a celebrity guest at the Monster Bash in Mars, Pennsylvania, in October 2021.

Age, height, and net worth

As of February 2022, Victoria’s age is 77, she now has dyed blonde hair, although her natural hair color is auburn and her eyes are brown; she weighs around 110lbs (50kgs) and is 5ft 5ins (1.65m) tall, with vital statistics of 36-24-35.

According to sources, her net worth has still estimated at $500,000.

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