It has been suggested that this article be merged into Donna Martin character. Discuss Proposed since August Tori Spelling portrays Donna Marie Martin. She is very ditzy and sweet. She began dating David Silver in high school. David respected her decision to abstain from premarital sex, until he cheated on her with Ariel. She found out that she had a learning disability, which, undiagnosed, had caused her to have a tough time in school. After high school, she was in an abusive relationship with Ray Pruit, who was mean and manipulative from almost the start.
She later dated Joe Bradley, a quarterback at CU. She was beaten and almost raped by Garrett Slan and was held hostage at the CU television studio by a deranged stalker. She lost her virginity to David at the end of her senior year of college. She has had continued difficulty with her domineering mother, Felice, although she was close to her father, John. After college, where she studied fashion design, she opened a boutique with Kelly Taylor.
She was in a long-term relationship with Noah Hunter, although it went south because of his drinking and her affair with Wayne. She began taking multiple pills a day after she injures her back in a car accident with David; Noah's brother Josh gave her the pills. In the next episode, Law and Disorder, Noah finds her passed out on her livingroom floor. She continued running the boutique, Now Wear This, alone after Kelly left to pursue public relations and finally married David in the series finale.
Donna's birthday is Christmas Day. She is allergic to chocolate. In the spin-off it is revealed that Donna continued as a fashion designer, working internationally after closing her boutique in Los Angeles.
Also it is revealed that Donna and David are getting separated, but he sends her a card saying "Thinking of you". It is unknown what happens after she leaves. During the first five seasons, they were Brenda and Brandon's main source of stability and guidance.
They always keep an open door and a place at their table for whomever might need it. The Walshes' house is often used for holidays and celebrations like Mel and Jackie's wedding. Down-to-earth Cindy is a loving and sympathetic mother to her children but also to her children's often-troubled friends, especially Dylan and Kelly.
As a couple, they are stable, although not without their issues Jim and Cindy are both tempted to have extra-marital affairs in season one. Though Jim has a strong sense of morality, he is very committed to his work and loyal to his employers—so much that he finds himself at odds with Brandon, who often defends causes important to him, even at the expense of his father's business interests.
They remained a presence on the show with regular guest roles after Season 5, but were not regular characters themselves after a storyline where Jim received a promotion and huge raise in exchange for him and Cindy moving to the firm's offices in Hong Kong. Nat Bussichio[ edit ] Joe E. Tata portrays Nat Bussichio, main, season 6—10; recurring, season 1—5 , a former Hollywood character actor who is Brandon's boss and the owner and operator of the Peach Pit, a s-styled diner where the gang always gathers.
He often serves as a moral compass for the gang, particularly after Jim and Cindy Walsh leave the show. He loves the main cast, and often comes to the rescue of the characters. He is also a Little League baseball coach in a poor neighborhood.
Initially Nat is a recurring character, but after season 5, he becomes part of the cast. In season 4, it is revealed that Nat has a brother, Joey, who helps Brandon run the Peach Pit while Nat recovers from a heart attack and surgery. Joey and Jim Walsh decide that the Peach Pit should be sold due to Nat's condition, but Brandon protests, knowing it would kill him.
The matter is resolved when Dylan buys the Peach Pit, becoming Nat's business partner. During the sixth season, Nat rekindled his romance with his former girlfriend, Joan Diamond, whom he hadn't seen in over two decades. Joan became pregnant, and she and Nat got engaged.
She went into labor in the middle of the wedding ceremony and, at the hospital, insisted on completing the marriage vows before going into the delivery room. She gave birth to Nat's only child, a son named Frankie. Nat also escorted Donna Martin down the aisle at her wedding to David Silver in the series finale. John Martin, died of a stroke midway through the final season of the series.
In , he returns as a recurring character and the boss of Dixon Wilson. Jesse met Andrea while he was bartending at a party for the Walshes' 20th wedding anniversary with then-boyfriend Dan, and Andrea quickly fell for him.
After she got pregnant, Jesse proposed to her, and after receiving her grandmother's blessing they were married in a civil ceremony. Jesse was a rock for Andrea during her difficult premature delivery and the scary months until their daughter Hannah was able to leave the NICU and go home, but the pressures of college, work, and raising their daughter began to drive them apart in Season 5.
Jesse admitted his own infidelity to Andrea and her own admission she had cheated on him nearly drove them apart for good. Jesse turned down a prestigious legal clerkship in Boise because Andrea didn't want to move there, and later arranged for them to head to New Haven, CT so they could both study at Yale. In Season 6, Andrea tells her friends that Jesse is about to make partner at his new law firm, but by Season 8 she has a furious fight with him over the phone and later reveals Jesse and she are getting divorced.
Clare Arnold[ edit ] Kathleen Robertson portrays Clare Arnold main, season 6—7; recurring, season 4—5 , who met the group while she was a senior in high school and they were college freshman. She stayed through a few middle seasons. She is known for her high IQ and for being the somewhat-wild daughter of a wealthy diplomat and CU chancellor. She first appeared midway through Season 4 when she aggressively, yet unsuccessfully, pursued Brandon while she was still a high school student and he was in college.
In Season 5, she became Kelly and Donna's roommate in the beach apartment and started CU as a college freshman. Clare evolved throughout the show; at first she was wild-child bad girl, but she eventually matured and became an intricate part of the gang. She was romantically involved with David in Season 5 and Steve in Seasons 6 and 7, becoming the first girl to nail Steve's feet to the ground.
The two almost moved in together but the relationship fell apart due to Clare's anger over Steve's mother breaking up with her father. Graduating a year early, Clare soon received an offer to attend an exclusive graduate school in France and the couple reluctantly split up for good after their CU graduation. Valerie Malone[ edit ] Tiffani-Amber Thiessen portrays Valerie Malone, main, season 5—9; special guest, season 10 an unwholesome and emotionally troubled family friend of the Walshes back in Minnesota.
Problems in the Malone family had been escalating for many years, mostly in secret, but it wasn't until Valerie's father was found dead in the bathroom of his home, an apparent suicide via gunshot wound to the head, that the family's issues seemed to come to light.
This marked the catalyst that led to Valerie's move to Beverly Hills , where she would live with the Walshes. Valerie came off to the gang as a naive young woman; however, at the end of the episode in which she first appeared she was seen rolling a joint. She was also seen and talking to a friend later revealed to be Ginger over the phone back in Buffalo, about the possibility of getting involved with Steve Sanders for his money, as well as insulting the gang and boasting of her natural-born ability to lie and act more innocent than she actually is.
Romantic interest in Valerie came quick, often, and usually all at once, leading to many situations where male members of the series became contentious over their similar affections for her. Valerie became involved with Dylan, then Steve, then Ray, Brandon, David, Noah, and many others during the course of the show, the most meaningful of them being her romance with David Silver.
Among the group, only Kelly took an immediate dislike to Valerie when they first met because Kelly quickly became aware that Valerie was not who she appeared to be. While Brandon and the rest of his friends usually gave Valerie the benefit of the doubt, and ultimately remained friends with her particularly when Valerie ceased her malicious ways or appeared to atone for them , she and Kelly remained constant enemies throughout the entire series, save for a few instances where both women were to be cordial with each other.
It was later revealed that prior to coming to Beverly Hills, Valerie's father had sexually assaulted her and she was forced to kill him in self-defense, and Valerie's mother was going to turn her in to the police before finally telling Valerie she was blameless and begging her to forgive herself. Valerie subsequently joins her mother in Buffalo. Valerie returns as a guest at Donna's bridal shower and wedding in the series finale and appears on good terms with everyone there.
She reveals that she is in a committed relationship back in Buffalo and that she and her mother have reconciled after going through therapy together. At the wedding reception, she also gets the last upper hand with Kelly when she relays Matt Durning's request for Kelly to come talk to him while Kelly and Dylan are figuring out their relationship; Kelly asks in an irritated tone what Matt wants and Valerie coolly says "As usual, I'm just the messenger here" and Kelly gets up and walks away from their final interaction as Valerie shares an unrelated laugh with Dylan after asking him if he missed her.
Gina Kincaid replaced her after her departure. Ray Pruit[ edit ] Jamie Walters portrays Ray Pruit main, season 6; recurring, season 5; guest, season 7 , a talented musician with a violent temper whom Donna met while she was doing interviews for CUTV.
She was dating Griffin at the time but quickly fell for Ray's charm and talent and dumped Griffin for Ray on Halloween. Ray's background—his mother was an alcoholic and his absent father used to abuse her and Ray, leaving them poor when they fled him—led Donna's mother to distrust him and try to break them up. Later on, Ray became increasingly violent towards Donna, culminating with two ugly incidents when he pushed her against a wall in Oregon and knocked her down a flight of stairs in Palm Springs.
Ray then filed charges against Joe, but some straight truth from Brandon led Ray to both admit on the stand he was trying to hurt her and having Joe's charges dismissed and to apologize to Donna before leaving L. Ray made one appearance in Season 7, called in by the friends when David had a breakdown in Las Vegas, and was critical of them for not stepping in and helping him during his downward spiral. Carly Reynolds[ edit ] Hilary Swank portrays Carly Reynolds main, season 8 , was a waitress and single mom who had some unfriendly first meetings with Steve Sanders getting angry when he tried to help her son from getting pushed around at a soccer game, and later insulting his bimbo date and getting fired in the process.
Later she accepted his help in getting a job at the Peach Pit, and soon after realized he was a nice guy who was good with her son. They began dating and all was well until midway through the season when Carly's father suffered a heart attack in her Montana hometown, and Carly decided she had to leave L. They broke up and Steve was heartsick for a while, though he later decided that he would have joined her in Montana if he was truly in love with her.
In an interview given shortly after her Best Actress Oscar win for Boys Don't Cry , Swank revealed that she had been fired from the show because the producers didn't think that Carly was connecting with the show's audience.
He was originally smitten with Valerie, who liked him but assumed he was a poor boat worker, and he broke things off with her when he found out she was also dating a rich guy. It was later revealed that his family was very wealthy, and he used his money to buy out the PPAD Peach Pit After Dark club, around the same time that he began dating Donna.
His father later committed suicide in the next episode, unable to bear the thought of living in poverty or going to prison for income tax evasion. After this, the IRS then confiscated all of his family's assets including Noah's yacht and bank accounts and his father's life insurance policy and leaving his widowed mother in destitute.
Having lost everything save for the PPAD club , Noah descended into a drunken depression that led to reckless driving charges and other acts which almost cost him Donna's love, before he cleaned himself up and focused on running the PPAD. It was assumed he went to Harvard, but in Season 10 he admitted that his acceptance there was withdrawn after he drove drunk and had a crash where his girlfriend was killed, only escaping jail because of his father's connections.
Noah and Donna ended things for good after this, and he resumed heavy drinking until he was kidnapped and nearly killed. He ended the series by committing to AA and falling in love with a troubled young single mom he met there. Janet Sosna[ edit ] Lindsay Price portrays Janet Sosna main, season 9—10; recurring, season 8 , who joined the Beverly Beat as the new editor after her predecessor got married and left without notice.
She liked Steve from the start, but he thought she was too conservative, and ignored her on their disastrous first date at West Beverly's 5-year reunion. She ignored Steve's entreaties until they began sleeping together and then turned the Beat into a tabloid, and by later in Season 9 they started seriously dating, even though Janet's conservative Japanese parents cut her off for being with a non-Japanese man.
Janet learned she was pregnant in Season 10, and refused to be with Steve at first, but he won her over and she accepted his marriage proposal. Their daughter Madeline was born after a protracted struggle around Thanksgiving, and Steve later brought Janet's parents back into their lives as well.