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Aaron Spelling
Aaron Spelling
(April 22, 1923 – June 23, 2006) was an American film and television producer. Some of his successes include the TV programs Charlie's Angels
Charlie's Angels
(1976–81), The Love Boat
The Love Boat
(1977–86), Dynasty (1981–89), Beverly Hills, 90210
Beverly Hills, 90210
(1990–2000), 7th Heaven (1996–2007), and Charmed
Charmed
(1998–2006). As of 2009, Spelling, through his eponymous production company Spelling Television, holds the record as the most prolific television writer and producer in US television history, with 218 producer and executive producer credits.[1][2] Forbes
Forbes
ranked him the 11th top-earning deceased celebrity in 2009. Aaron's favorite actor was Norman Alden.[3]

Contents

1 Personal life 2 Career 3 Death and legacy 4 References 5 External links

Personal life[edit] Spelling was born in Dallas, Texas. He was the son of Pearl (née Wald) and David Spelling, who were Jewish immigrants from Poland. His father worked as a tailor and changed his surname from Spurling to Spelling after immigrating to the United States.[4] Spelling had three brothers: Sam, Max, and Daniel, and a sister, Becky.[5] At the age of eight, Spelling psychosomatically lost the use of his legs due to trauma caused by constant bullying from his schoolmates, and was confined to bed for a year. He made a full recovery.[6] After attending Forest Avenue High School
Forest Avenue High School
in Dallas, he served in the United States Armed Forces
United States Armed Forces
during World War II. Spelling later graduated from Southern Methodist University
Southern Methodist University
in 1949, where he was a cheerleader.[7] He married actress Carolyn Jones
Carolyn Jones
in 1953, in California. They divorced in 1964.[8] Spelling married Candy Gene (née Marer) in 1968. The couple had daughter Tori in 1973 and son Randy in 1978.[9] In 1988, Spelling bought the 6-acre (2.4 ha) property of Bing Crosby's former Los Angeles
Los Angeles
house.[10] He demolished the property and built a 123-room home on the lot in 1991. Known as "The Manor", it has 56,500 square feet (5,250 m2) of floor space and is the largest single-family home in Los Angeles.[11][12] Spelling's widow Candy listed the home for sale in 2008 for $150 million.[12] Heiress Petra Ecclestone ultimately purchased the property for $85 million in 2011 through a brokered agreement that was developed by Brandon Davis, the brother of Jason Davis and grandson of wealthy industrialist, Marvin Davis.[13][14][15] Career[edit] Spelling made his first appearance as an actor in a film as Harry Williams in Vicki, directed by Harry Horner, in 1953. 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
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.)[16] Spelling sold his first script to Jane Wyman Presents
Jane Wyman Presents
in 1954. He guest starred that same year as a dogcatcher in the premiere episode of the CBS
CBS
situation comedy, Willy, starring June Havoc
June Havoc
as a young lawyer in New Hampshire, who later relocates to New York City to represent a vaudeville troupe.[17] Two years later, Spelling began to achieve considerable experience as a producer and additional credits as a script writer working on the Four Star television series Zane Grey Theater, which aired between 1956 and 1961. Of the 149 episodes in that series, he wrote no fewer than twenty of the teleplays and produced a significant number of others. In October 25, 1965, after his exit from Four Star Television
Four Star Television
as a staff writer prior to becoming a producer, Aaron Spelling
Aaron Spelling
formed his own company with Danny Thomas, Thomas Spelling Productions.[18][19][20][21] Thomas-Spelling Productions was a television production company formed by comedian Danny Thomas
Danny Thomas
and producer Aaron Spelling
Aaron Spelling
on April 15, 1966 as a partnership with 24 properties. Thomas continued his existing partnership, T&L Productions, with Sheldon Leonard. [22] The company adapted its name by July 18, 1966 when it announced the financial involvement of ABC with its first show, Range (later Rango), a half-hour comedy western starring Tim Conway.[23][24] and its rented space on Desilu Productions' Gower lot. ABC also pick up another show for a pilot, just in an outline treatment, in The Guns of Will Sonnett.[23] Thomas-Spelling Productions' active operations ended with the last season of The Mod Squad
The Mod Squad
in 1972. Spelling formed a new partnership with Leonard Goldberg, Spelling-Goldberg Productions. Beginning in 1965, Spelling began an award-winning legacy of producing successful television shows including The Mod Squad, The Rookies, Charlie's Angels, Fantasy Island, The Love Boat, Dynasty, Beverly Hills, 90210 (which starred his daughter Tori), 7th Heaven, Charmed, Jane's House and Sunset Beach.[25] Spelling founded Spelling Entertainment in 1965, alongside partnerships with comedian/actor Danny Thomas
Danny Thomas
(Thomas-Spelling Productions, 1966–1972), and television/film producer Leonard Goldberg (Spelling-Goldberg Productions, 1972–1986)[26] He produced the unsuccessful situation comedy The San Pedro Beach Bums in 1977. In 2004, Spelling was portrayed in two television movies: Dan Castellaneta portrayed Spelling in Behind the Camera: The Unauthorized Story of Charlie's Angels,[27] and Nicholas Hammond
Nicholas Hammond
portrayed Spelling in television movie Dynasty: The Making of a Guilty Pleasure.[28] Death and legacy[edit] In 2001, Spelling was diagnosed with oral cancer.[29] On June 23, 2006, Spelling died at The Manor, his estate in Holmby Hills, Los Angeles, from complications of a stroke he suffered five days prior.[30][31] A private funeral was held several days later, and Spelling was entombed in a mausoleum in Culver City's Hillside Memorial Park Cemetery. 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
Kate Jackson
and Jaclyn Smith. On April 4, 2007, it was announced that 7th Heaven's May 13, 2007, episode, the last before the series finale, would be dedicated to Spelling.[32] 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.[33] 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
Television
Hall of Fame. References[edit]

^ Aaron Spelling
Aaron Spelling
on IMDb ^ Idato, Michael (September 19, 2005). "The Great Escape". The Sydney Morning Herald. SMH.com. Archived from the original on January 30, 2009. Retrieved February 25, 2009.  ^ Miller, Matthew (October 27, 2009). "Top-Earning Dead Celebrities". Forbes. Archived from the original on June 13, 2013.  ^ "A Look at Tori Spelling's Family Tree". Genealogymagazine.com. Archived from the original on October 19, 2013. Retrieved October 18, 2013.  ^ "AARON SPELLING BIOGRAPHY". Biography Channel. Archived October 25, 2013, at the Wayback Machine. ^ " Aaron Spelling
Aaron Spelling
biography". NYTimes.com Movies & TV. The New York Times (All Movie Guide and Baseline). Archived from the original on June 26, 2012.  ^ " Aaron Spelling
Aaron Spelling
and SMU - News and Communications - SMU". Smu.edu. Archived from the original on October 31, 2013. Retrieved October 18, 2013.  ^ Spelling, Aaron; Graham, Jefferson (1996). A Prime-Time Life: An Autobiography. New York: St. Martin's Press. p. 51. ISBN 978-0-312-14268-1.  ^ Aaron Spelling. Contemporary Authors Online. Detroit: Gale. 2006.  ^ "Spelling's Widow Fires Back at House Sale Reports". Hollywood.com. Archived from the original on February 20, 2012. Retrieved July 7, 2006.  ^ Brown, Len (June 13, 2011). "UK Heiress Purchases Aaron Spelling Mega Mansion". Archived from the original on October 18, 2013.  ^ a b Jose, Katharine (July 5, 2006). "Aaron Spelling's Widow Puts Infamous Mansion On Market For $150 Million..." Huffington Post. Archived from the original on July 6, 2006. Retrieved July 5, 2006.  ^ Chung, Juliet; Jackson, Candace (June 14, 2011). "L.A. Mansion for U.K. Heiress". The Wall Street Journal. Archived from the original on October 2, 2013. Retrieved June 13, 2011.  ^ "Brandon Davis Key Person in Spelling Mansion Sale". TMZ. Retrieved 14 November 2017.  ^ "Petra Ecclestone, Candy Spelling, Aaron Spelling
Aaron Spelling
and the Spelling Mansion". The Daily Beast. Retrieved 14 November 2017.  ^ " Aaron Spelling
Aaron Spelling
at IMDb". IMDb.  ^ "First Case". Internet Movie Data Base. Archived from the original on April 3, 2012. Retrieved March 12, 2011.  ^ "Spelling forms own production company" (PDF). Broadcasting. Broadcasting Publications: 66. October 25, 1965. Retrieved September 1, 2017.  ^ "Thomas/Spelling Productions". IMDb.  ^ "A Prime-Time Life on Display By Candy Spelling". Huffington Post.  ^ Josh Dean (2011). Encyclopedia of the Sixties: A Decade of Culture and Counterculture. ABC-CLIO. p. 629. ISBN 9780313329449.  ^ "Spelling, Thomas join in TV production firm" (PDF). Broadcasting. Broadcasting Publications: 10. April 18, 1966. Retrieved August 23, 2017.  ^ a b Broadcasting, Dec 12, 1966, pg. 103 " Aaron Spelling
Aaron Spelling
-partner with Danny Thomas
Danny Thomas
in Thomas/Spelling Productions and president, Aaron Spelling Productions. " ^ Broadcasting, Jul 18, 1966, pg. 48 ^ " Aaron Spelling
Aaron Spelling
Awards". IMDb.  ^ " Aaron Spelling
Aaron Spelling
biography". biography.com. Archived November 14, 2013, at the Wayback Machine. ^ "Behind the Camera: The Unauthorized Story of "Charlie's Angels"". IMDB.com. Archived from the original on March 26, 2012. Retrieved March 8, 2004.  ^ "Dynasty: The Making of a Guilty Pleasure". Variety. December 28, 2004. ^ "Prime time patriarch". Oralcancerfoundation.org. Archived from the original on September 19, 2013. Retrieved July 11, 2001.  ^ Carter, Bill (June 24, 2006). "Aaron Spelling, Prolific Television Producer, Dies at 83". The New York Times. Archived from the original on April 29, 2011. Retrieved June 24, 2006.  ^ "TV innovator Aaron Spelling
Aaron Spelling
dies at 83". MSNBC. June 26, 2006. Archived November 9, 2012, at the Wayback Machine. ^ "7th Heaven: Will Camdens Reunite for Last Episode?". TVSeriesFinale.com. Archived from the original on April 10, 2007. Retrieved April 5, 2007.  ^ "10th Season Pick-Up Earns "7th Heaven" A Place In Television History". TimeWarner.com. Archived from the original on February 16, 2005. Retrieved February 15, 2005. 

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"Spelling's final print interview". The Sydney Morning Herald. September 2004. Archived from the original on October 15, 2012.  Aaron Spelling
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on IMDb Aaron Spelling
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