Aaron Spelling
American film and television producer
Aaron Spelling
Aaron Spelling was an American film and television producer. As of 2009, Spelling's eponymous production company Spelling Television holds the record as the most prolific television writer, with 218 producer and executive producer credits. Forbes ranked him the 11th top-earning dead celebrity in 2009.
Biography
Aaron Spelling's personal information overview.
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How Living With and Loving Bruce Jenner Changed My Life Forever
Huffington Post - almost 2 years
Editors' note: Though Jenner has come out as "for all intents and purposes a woman," he has not yet indicated that he would like to be known by a new name or female pronouns, so this story uses male pronouns. By now, Bruce Jenner has revealed his struggle with gender dysphoria. I never would have dared to speak on this issue before he was comfortable enough to do so first. It is, after all, his truth, so I knew he should be afforded the dignity to reveal that truth on his own time and in the way he sees fit. I have respectfully kept his secrets private and would have taken his confidences to my grave had he not spoken out. But now, many years into his remarkable life, he has spoken out. His legacy will likely be sprinkled with references like "Olympian," "decathlon gold medalist," "world's greatest athlete," "son," "brother," "husband," "father," "grandfather," "friend," and, hopefully, "pioneer" and "trailblazer for the civil rights of the transgender community." So ...
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A Prime-Time Life on Display
The Huffington Post - over 3 years
Last month I had the privilege of traveling to New England for the dedication of the Aaron Spelling Room at Boston University's Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center. The special exhibition is called Aaron Spelling: A Retrospective of Prime-Time Success. Aaron's written works starting with his early days on The Jane Wyman Show were part of a beautiful exhibition mounted by the students of the College of Communication. Visitors can see Aaron's annotated scripts, his typewriter and a collection of personal photos, which will now be alongside collections from stars like Gene Kelly, Humphrey Bogart and Fred Astaire as well as Boston University's most famous alumnus, Dr. Martin Luther King. It was a very emotional weekend for me. When I sold The Manor, of all the rooms in our home, packing up Aaron's study was the most difficult. So for me, the dedication was more than just a formality or photo op. It was a moment of profound meaning and it was also very healing for me. I am particularl ...
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Tori Spelling Receives Message From Her Father Beyond The Grave In Interview Special (VIDEO)
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Giuliana Rancic sat down for a one-on-one E! interview special with Tori Spelling, and Spelling proved open and willing to talk about virtually everything in her life. As expected, her father, the late Aaron Spelling, came up a lot. According to spiritual medium Rebecca Rosen, he was even there with the women during the interview. “Dad is sending you coins," Rosen told Spelling. "It serves as him winking at you, like you’re on the right track and he’s making sure that you’re taken care of.” Spelling revealed that her two older children are obsessed with coins and her daughter recently found one, calling it "magic." Rosen went on to tell Spelling that her father "wants you to know that he feels deep appreciation for you being his child in this lifetime, and he understands you now better that he ever did in life.” The special was timed with the release of Spelling's sixth book, "Spelling It Like It Is." The book has been making major headlines for its openness. Spelling talks about t ...
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Tori Spelling Broke? Actress Reveals Financial Issues To People Magazine
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Tori Spelling might be synonymous with the ritzy zip code 90210, but these days the actress' lifestyle is far more modest than it once was. The "Tori & Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood" star opened up in People magazine's latest issue about her family's financial setbacks and having to budget recently. Her family might be famous for their $50 million mega-mansion, "The Manor," but Spelling currently rents a home in the San Fernando Valley. She hasn't bought a handbag in years; her children wear hand-me-down clothing and her husband, Dean McDermott, couldn't even afford to get the vasectomy he wanted. "We're all about repurposing. It's a really good value to have," she told People. While they are by no means broke, she admitted: "[We're] in the entertainment business, and things change year to year. We don't have a series on the air right now, so we have to be more restrictive of what we can spend, just like anyone who currently doesn't have a steady job." "I haven't bought a purs ...
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Being Story
Huffington Post - over 3 years
I want to talk to you not about writing stories, but about being story. Being story means taking action to shape the story of your own life. It means making that story the foundation that your work comes from. It means choosing to live the life you want. The inventor Buckminister Fuller said, "If you want to change how a person thinks, give up. You cannot change how another person thinks. Give them a tool the of use of which will gradually lead them to think differently." Well, this weekend was all about gathering tools from all the classes that you took on story. When you leave, I want you to apply those tools not only to your writing, but also to your life. What is more important than the story that you are living? If you spent as much time developing your own personal character arc as you do polishing your spec script, how would your life change? What if you could create the story you want to live by taking action? What if you could learn to become the active hero of your own ...
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Jennie Garth, Shannen Doherty Reunite With Shirtless Ian Ziering at Chippendales Show: Pictures
US Magazine - over 3 years
What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas -- unless you're a beloved '90s TV actor whose former costars like to post about it on Instagram and Twitter. Ian Ziering got a blast from the past on Sunday, June 30, when his former Beverly Hills, 90210 cast mates Jennie Garth and Shannen Doherty showed up at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino on the Las Vegas strip to catch the end of his run as a guest headliner for famed male dance revue Chippendales. PHOTOS: '90s TV stars, then and now "Look out, Vegas," Garth, 41, captioned a picture of herself and Doherty on the plane to Sin City, where Ziering, 49, has been heating up the stage for four weeks. "I don't know what to say," she wrote a few hours later, alongside a shot of the two standing with a couple of shirtless dancers. PHOTOS: Hot shirtless hunks "What a night," Doherty, 42, added on the photo-sharing site, next to her own pic of five Chippendales stars dressed as cowboys. Ziering -- who played Steve Sanders on the Aaron ...
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Dr. Franklin Ruehl, Ph.D.: Two More Starlets Who Met Tragic Demises!
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
Noted TV actress Inger Stevens and silent screen star Martha Mansfield are two female thespians who suffered tragic, premature deaths! Inger Stevens (1934-1970): This Swedish blue-eyed blonde captivator (born Inger Stensland in Stockholm) starred in the doomsday epic, The World, The Flesh, And The Devil(1959), as Sarah Crandall, the survivor of a nuclear holocaust. A white racist (Mel Ferrer, who was a pianist with new hands in 1967's The Hands of Orlac) and a miner (Harry Belafonte, who was a Jewish angel named Alex Levine in 1970 The Angel Levine) joined her as the only other surviving humans on the planet. This dark, apocalyptic work had a surprise ending: after it appeared certain that one of the men would kill the other as they hunted each other through Manhattan's deserted canyons, the trio wound up skipping off hand-in-hand, determined to make the best of what fate had offered them. Of course, Inger is best remembered for two superb 1960 episodes of The Twilight Z ...
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Jay Weston: City National Bank -- A "Neighborhood" Bank for the World
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
Its Head Preaches Building Up L.A.'s Superstructure! When Frank Sinatra's son was kidnapped in 1993, the singer called his banker to obtain the necessary cash for the ransom. Within an hour, the banker appeared at Frank's home with a suitcase containing $240,000 in cash. The ransom was paid, the son was released, and the kidnappers were captured. The banker at City National Bank only charged his client the $2,000, which was missing from the returned cash. Just another example of the personal service for which that bank is noted. Many years ago, when I was active in producing a raft of motion pictures, I began banking with what I thought of as a neighborhood bank in Beverly Hills, City National. I remember an evening when my friend, Ginny Mancini, and I dined with the bank's president, Bram Goldsmith and his lovely wife at the Hollywood Bowl, and I was struck by how widely the banker's knowledge ranged... from opera to films to politics and economics. As the years went ...
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Regina Weinreich: Bowling for Our Time and West Side Story on Broadway
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Among the many theater talents donning their bowling shoes at Lucky Strike on Monday night in support of Our Time -- Paul Rudd, Steve Kazee, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Eve Plumb, Noah Emmerich, Mariska Hargitay, to name a few, one stood out: Julianna Padilla. A young woman who bravely introduced herself in a determined effort, illustrating a mastery of strength over stutter, then blew the crowd away singing "Put Your Hand Up," her own composition. Her act illustrated the success of an organization committed to helping young people who stutter step forward in school, theater, and life with skill and confidence. Steve Kazee, the star of this year's Tony-winning Once said he was moved to participate because he lisped as a kid, not the same thing, he said, but he could relate. The evening's host, Paul Rudd on his night off from Grace at the Cort Theater, played a stutterer in a play, Three Days of Rain, a few seasons ago and came to Taro Alexander, Our Time's founder, to learn how to d ...
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MOB DOCTOR Diagnosis: Not Good
Boom Tron - over 4 years
Probably the biggest challenge Mob Doctor presents is the urge to make a bad medical joke in the title of any articles about it.  As you can see, I’ve already failed in that minor task, but the way I rationalize it is that the show itself fails on so many levels, I can be given a pass on something like this. Allow me to begin by trying to focus on the positive, in this case, Kevin Corrigan.  Earlier this summer, I upgraded Mob Doctor from so-what to must-see on the basis of Corrigan being added to the cast alone, and I stand by that even now.  So far he’s only been in one episode, as has Oz‘s Terry Kinney, but it’s hoped they will return soon in their supporting roles as the Amato brothers.  So far, their characters don’t quite match up to early reports, but such is the nature of the beast.  Corrigan brings to his part that same easy intensity that he brings to every part, where he can be scary and still somehow vulnerable.  His character’s not as cuddly as his role in, say, Buffal ...
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Holy Batman! City's Real Estate World Rocks With Talk Of $150 Million Listing
Huffington Post - over 4 years
The #1 Rule of Real Estate: You can ask any price you want; it doesn't mean you'll get it. The #2 Rule of Real Estate: If you have the highest price listing out there, you'll get a lot of attention. The #3 Rule of Real Estate: With a "one-of-a-kind" house, there are no comparable sales and the eventual selling price will be whatever the market will bear. So, with trumpets blaring, we introduce the Owlwood Estate in Holmby Hills. A number of top real estate agents told the Huffington Post that they have seen the property, and confirmed it is on the market -- although not listed in the MLS -- for $150 million, making it the most-expensive residential home for sale in the city. The property is reportedly represented by The Agency of Beverly Hills. When a property is being guerilla-marketed, as this one is at the moment, it's called a pocket listing. That means either the owner will sell it only if his price is met -- in this case $150 million -- or he's just test ...
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Liz Smith: 'Anger Management'--Charlie Sheen's Second Act (Oh, And He's The Shark In 'Jaws' too)
Huffington Post - over 4 years
"If 'Anger Management' wins an audience...it'll most likely be due not to the quality of the show but to the immense appeal and charm of Charlie Sheen on the small screen," writes Erik Hedegaard in Rolling Stone. (The show bows on June 28 on Fox.) This is the article, titled "Still Crazy After All These Years" that reports on a week "on the edge with Hollywood's last wild man." It is just full of fascinating details and concludes that Charlie, after his recent public acting out, "has never gotten a conventional grip on his personal life." Did you know that Charlie Sheen has a contract with FX that says anytime the actor steps out in public, his gold upper left tooth must be camouflaged with paint to cover the gold? On his refrigerator door are photos of his children, along with bagged mementos -- a cigar half smoked by football star Ray Lewis, an empty cigarette pack from Sean Penn, a Sharpie that Russell Brand used to sign autographs. On his walls, baseball collectib ...
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Spelling's widow sues Md. auction house over dolls
Yahoo News - almost 5 years
The widow of TV producer Aaron Spelling is suing a Maryland auction house that sold part of her extensive collection of antique dolls, claiming it owes her money and failed to return unsold items.
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Love Letters: Love Letters: Marlo Thomas's Beverly Hills
Huffington Post - almost 5 years
Marlo Thomas is an award-winning actress, author and activist. She has been honored with four Emmy Awards, the Peabody, a Golden Globe, a Grammy and an induction into the Broadcasting Hall of Fame. In 2010, she released her sixth book -- and only memoir -- Growing Up Laughing: My Story and the Story of Funny, and launched her own web site, MarloThomas.com. She is also well known for her work with St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. --- The name Beverly Hills conjures up Rodeo Drive and glamour. But for the kids who grew up there, it was just our neighborhood: We called it "The Village." "I'm going into The Village," Mom would say. "Anyone want to come?" We'd all rush to join her. The Village's hotspot was Nate 'n Al's, the New York-style deli where my Dad and his comedian pals met for lunch and laughs. Down the street were J.J. Newberry's --where you could buy items for just a dollar then sit at the soda fountain and have a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and a ...
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Shannen Doherty On Foes Becoming Friends & Reality TV Stress
Huffington Post - almost 5 years
Shannen Doherty is nothing if not brutally honest -- and she wouldn't have it any other way. In a career move that would soften the image of almost any Hollywood bad girl, Doherty let a reality TV crew film her planning her wedding for "Shannen Says" (Sundays, 10 p.m. ET on WE tv) ... but is it working? Doherty, who tied the knot with photographer Kurt Iswarienko back in October, seems pretty happy with how she's being portrayed on the show, but admits that because they set out to make the show really honest and authentic, "sometimes I'm not gonna come across great." And although this is her third marriage -- the other two being to Ashley Hamilton in 1993 (whom she divorced after five months of marriage) and Rick Salomon in 2002 (which was annulled after seven months and one infamous leaked sex tape with Paris Hilton) -- it was her first real wedding, which brought added stress. WE's resident wedding planner David Tutera is working hard to make the event perfect, but ...
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Weekend TV in Review: Fringe, Nikita, Birdsong on Masterpiece
Seattle Pi - almost 5 years
Weekend TV in Review: Fringe, Nikita, Birdsong on Masterpiece Seattle Post-Intelligencer Copyright 2012 Seattle Post-Intelligencer. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Published 07:58 a.m., Friday, April 20, 2012 There are familiar faces and familiar locales, all changed by time, as we once again adjust to a new world, new rules, new surprises and new dangers: in other words, Fringe business as unusual. (To draw her out, someone in Nikita's world is going to pay a terrible price.) The abuse this thug inflicts on Nikita is nothing compared to the emotional self-flagellation she inflicts upon herself, as she recalls her dark period of Division servitude and is forced to acknowledge the evil that lurks within. The memory of love pierces the thunderous fog of war in Birdsong (Sunday, PBS, check local listings), a wrenching new Masterpiece Classic that covers some of the same historic ...
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I Love Televison
The Portland Mercury - almost 5 years
The top 10 best/worst Fox shows EVARR! by Wm.™ Steven Humphrey DID YOU KNOW the Fox network is turning a creaky 25 years old this year? That's the age when most people realize they're no longer children and may very well end up lonely underemployed potheads living in their grandmother's garage. (Not you, of course.) (Yes, you.) Anyway, Fox is celebrating its anniversary this Sunday, April 22, starting with a rebroadcast of the 1987 premiere episode of Married... with Children at 7 pm, followed by a repeat of The Simpsons 500th episode, and THEN at 8 pm, the star-studded Fox's 25th Anniversary Special featuring classic clips from That '70s Show, In Living Color, and more! Note: Don't expect any mention of The Chevy Chase Show (1993–1993, RIP). Now, while Fox has certainly produced a J.Lo-sized assload of great TV—QUICKLY! Here's my top 10 list of Best Fox Shows EVARRR! (10) New Girl, and, YES, I AM putting New Girl on this list, a ...
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Josh Hutcherson to Receive GLAAD Media Award
The Hollywood Gossip - almost 5 years
Josh Hutcherson, a co-founder of LGBT group Straight But Not Narrow, will receive the Vanguard Award at the 23rd annual GLAAD Media Awards on April 21. The organization made the announcement today, adding of The Hunger Games star: "Emerging as a leader in a new generation of equality advocates, Josh Hutcherson has consistently used his platform to help young people understand that no one should face discrimination simply because of who they are. Josh's commitment to achieving equality for every American is a message he carries in his work both on screen and off, earning him the honor of being GLAAD's youngest-ever Vanguard Award recipient." Josh Hutcherson PSA Ellen DeGeneres will host the ceremony, which will include a performance by Jason Mraz and appearances by Betty White, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Joshua Jackson, Kat Graham and others. Past recipients of the Vanguard Award - which recognizes a celebrity who has made a significant difference in promoting equal rights fo ...
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Fulfillment Fund to Honor Rich Ross, Chairman of the Walt Disney Studios, at ... - PR Newswire (press release)
Google News - over 5 years
... Jeffrey Katzenberg (2001), Robert Iger (2000), Edgar Bronfman, Jr. (1999), Rupert Murdoch (1998), Barbara Lazaroff and Wolfgang Puck (1997), Candy and Aaron Spelling (1996), Darlene and Steven Fogel and Jackie and Howard Banchik (1995)
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Aaron Spelling
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  • 2006
    Age 82
    On August 27, 2006, Spelling was posthumously honored at the 58th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards by former employees Joan Collins, Stephen Collins, Heather Locklear, Farrah Fawcett, Kate Jackson and Jaclyn Smith.
    More Details Hide Details On April 4, 2007, it was announced that 7th Heavens May 13, 2007 series finale would be dedicated to Aaron Spelling. When 7th Heaven ended its run, it was touted by the network as being Spelling's longest-running series and the longest-running "family drama" in American television history. On September 15, 1978, Spelling was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame located at 6667 Hollywood Blvd. In 1996, he was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame.
    On June 18, 2006, Spelling suffered a severe stroke at The Manor, his estate in Holmby Hills, Los Angeles, California.
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  • 2001
    Age 77
    In 2001, Spelling was diagnosed with oral cancer.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1977
    Age 53
    He produced the unsuccessful situation comedy The San Pedro Beach Bums in 1977.
    More Details Hide Details In 2004, Spelling was portrayed in two television movies: Dan Castellaneta portrayed Spelling in Behind the Camera: The Unauthorized Story of Charlie's Angels, and Nicholas Hammond portrayed Spelling in television movie Dynasty: The Making of a Guilty Pleasure.
  • FORTIES
  • 1972
    Age 48
    Spelling founded Spelling Entertainment in 1972.
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  • 1968
    Age 44
    Beginning in 1968, Spelling began producing successful television shows including The Mod Squad, The Rookies, Charlie's Angels, The Love Boat, Dynasty, Beverly Hills, 90210 (which starred his daughter Tori), 7th Heaven, Charmed, Jane's House and Sunset Beach.
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    Spelling married Candy Gene (née Marer) in 1968.
    More Details Hide Details The couple had daughter Tori in 1973 and son Randy in 1978. In 1988, Spelling bought the property of Bing Crosby's former Los Angeles house. He demolished the property and built a 123-room home on the lot in 1991. Known as "The Manor", it has of floor space and is the largest single-family home in Los Angeles. Spelling's widow Candy listed the home for sale in 2008 for $150 million; heiress Petra Ecclestone ultimately purchased the property for $85 million in 2011.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1956
    Age 32
    Two years later, Spelling began to achieve considerable experience as a producer and additional credits as a script writer working on the CBS television series Zane Grey Theater, which aired between 1956 and 1961.
    More Details Hide Details Of the 149 episodes in that series, he wrote no fewer than twenty of the teleplays and produced a significant number of others.
  • 1954
    Age 30
    Spelling sold his first script to Jane Wyman Presents in 1954.
    More Details Hide Details He guest starred that same year as a dogcatcher in the premiere episode of the CBS situation comedy, Willy, starring June Havoc as a young lawyer in New Hampshire, who later relocates to New York City to represent a vaudeville troupe.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1953
    Age 29
    Spelling made his first appearance as an actor in a film as Harry Williams in Vicki, directed by Harry Horner, in 1953.
    More Details Hide Details That same year, he appeared in the TV series I Led Three Lives and in two episodes of Dragnet. Spelling appeared in an episode of I Love Lucy in 1955 ("Tennessee Bound"), and continued to appear in films and TV (often uncredited) over 25 times by 1957, appearing briefly as an actor in 1963, 1995, and 1998 (all uncredited.)
    He married actress Carolyn Jones in 1953, in California. They divorced in 1964.
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  • 1949
    Age 25
    Spelling later graduated from Southern Methodist University in 1949, where he was a cheerleader.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1923
    Born
    Born on April 22, 1923.
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