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Sidney Sheldon (February 11, 1917 – January 30, 2007) was an American writer and producer. He came to prominence in the 1930s, first working on Broadway plays and then in motion pictures, notably writing the successful comedy The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer (1947) which earned him an Academy Award. He went on to work in television, where his works spanned a 20-year period during which he created The Patty Duke Show
The Patty Duke Show
(1963–66), I Dream of Jeannie (1965–70) and Hart to Hart
Hart to Hart
(1979–84). He became most famous after he turned 50 and began writing best-selling romantic suspense novels, such as Master of the Game (1982), The Other Side of Midnight (1973) and Rage of Angels
Rage of Angels
(1980). He is the seventh best selling fiction writer of all time.[1]

Contents

1 Early life 2 Career 3 Personal life 4 Death 5 Tilly Bagshawe 6 North Korea 7 Awards 8 Bibliography

8.1 Series 8.2 Novels 8.3 Autobiography 8.4 Broadway plays[15] 8.5 London plays 8.6 Films as Writer 8.7 Television

9 References 10 External links

Early life[edit] Sheldon was born Sidney Schechtel in Chicago, Illinois. His parents, of Russian Jewish
Russian Jewish
ancestry, were Ascher “Otto” Schechtel (1894–1967), manager of a jewelry store, and Natalie Marcus. At 10, Sidney made his first sale, US$5 for a poem. During the Depression, he worked at a variety of jobs, and after graduating from East High School (Denver), he attended Northwestern University
Northwestern University
on a scholarship and contributed short plays to drama groups. He had to drop out after six months during the Depression era to help support his family.[2] Career[edit] In 1937, Sheldon moved to Hollywood, California, where he reviewed scripts and collaborated on a number of B movies.[3] Sheldon enlisted in the military during World War II
World War II
as a pilot in the War Training Service, a branch of the Army Air Corps,[3] His unit was disbanded before he saw any action. Returning to civilian life, he moved to New York City where he began writing musicals for the Broadway stage while continuing to write screenplays for both MGM Studios and Paramount Pictures. He earned a reputation as a prolific writer; for example, at one time he had three musicals on Broadway: a rewritten The Merry Widow, Jackpot, and Dream with Music.[4] His success on Broadway brought him back to Hollywood where his first assignment was The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer, which earned him the Academy Award
Academy Award
for Best Original Screenplay of 1947. He was one of the writers on the screenplay for the 1948 musical film Easter Parade and sole writer for the 1950 musical film Annie Get Your Gun, both of which featured the songs of Irving Berlin. When television became the new popular medium, he decided to try his hand in it. "I suppose I needed money," he remembered. "I met Patty Duke one day at lunch. So I produced The Patty Duke
Patty Duke
Show, and I did something nobody else in TV ever did. For seven years, I wrote almost every single episode of the series."[4] Sheldon created, produced and wrote I Dream of Jeannie
I Dream of Jeannie
in his co-production capacity with Screen Gems. He wrote all but two dozen scripts in five years, sometimes using three pseudonyms (Mark Rowane, Allan Devon, Christopher Golato) while simultaneously writing scripts for The Patty Duke
Patty Duke
Show. He also used the same pseudonyms in writing all seventeen episodes of Nancy. He later admitted that he did this because he felt his name was appearing too often in the credits as creator, producer, copyright owner and writer of these series. He also created and wrote for the series Hart to Hart. Production for I Dream of Jeannie
I Dream of Jeannie
ended in 1970 after five seasons. It was "During the last year of I Dream of Jeannie, I decided to try a novel," he said in 1982. "Each morning from 9 until noon, I had a secretary at the studio take all calls. I mean every single call. I wrote each morning — or rather, dictated — and then I faced the TV business."[4] In 1969, Sheldon wrote his first novel, The Naked Face, which earned him a nomination for the Edgar Allan Poe Award from the Mystery Writers of America in the category of Best First Novel. His next novel, The Other Side of Midnight, climbed to #1 on The New York Times Best Seller list as did several ensuing novels, a number of which were also made into motion pictures or TV miniseries. His novels often featured determined women who persevere in a tough world run by hostile men.[4] The novels contained a lot of suspense and devices to keep the reader turning the page:[4]

I try to write my books so the reader can't put them down," he explained in a 1982 interview. "I try to construct them so when the reader gets to the end of it, he or she has to read just one more chapter. It's the technique of the old Saturday afternoon serial: leave the guy hanging on the edge of the cliff at the end of the chapter.

Most of his readers were women.[4] Asked why this was the case he said: "I like to write about women who are talented and capable, but most important, retain their femininity. Women have tremendous power — their femininity, because men can't do without it."[4] Books were Sheldon's favorite medium. "I love writing books," he commented. "Movies are a collaborative medium, and everyone is second-guessing you. When you do a novel you're on your own. It's a freedom that doesn't exist in any other medium."[4] He was the author of 18 novels which have sold over 300 million copies. Three years before his death, The Los Angeles Times
The Los Angeles Times
called Sheldon "Mr. Blockbuster" and "prince of potboilers."[5] Personal life[edit] Sheldon was first married to Jane Kaufman Harding (1945–1948). Later he wrote "Regretfully, in less than a month, Jane and I realized we had made a mistake. ... We spent the next nine months trying in vain to make the marriage work."[6] He was married for 30 years to Jorja Curtright, a stage and film actress who later became an interior designer. She appeared in a Season One episode of I Dream of Jeannie. She died of a heart attack in 1985. Their daughter, Mary Sheldon, became a novelist as well.[7] He married Alexandra Joyce Kostoff, a former child actress[8][9] in Las Vegas in 1989.[citation needed] He struggled with bipolar disorder for years; he contemplated suicide at 17 (talked out of it by his father, who found him with a bottle of whiskey and several bottles of sleeping pills), as detailed in his autobiography published in 2005, The Other Side of Me. Death[edit] A resident of Palm Springs, California,[10] Sheldon died on January 30, 2007, of pneumonia at Eisenhower Medical Center
Eisenhower Medical Center
in Rancho Mirage, California
California
12 days before his 90th birthday.[3][11] His remains were cremated, the ashes interred in Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery. Tilly Bagshawe[edit] Following Sheldon's death, Author Tilly Bagshawe has written several novels in Sheldon's style, sometimes featuring characters from Sheldon's previous novels. North Korea[edit] Despite generally limited access to foreign literature, it has been reported that members of North Korea's small English-speaking elite are familiar with Sheldon's work.[12][13] Awards[edit] Sheldon won an Academy Award
Academy Award
for Writing Original Screenplay (1947) for The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer, a Tony Award
Tony Award
(1959) for his musical Redhead, and was nominated for an Emmy Award
Emmy Award
for his work on I Dream of Jeannie, an NBC sitcom. Sheldon had a Golden Palm Star on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars
Palm Springs Walk of Stars
dedicated to him in 1994.[14] Bibliography[edit] Series[edit] Midnight

The Other Side of Midnight
The Other Side of Midnight
(1973) Memories of Midnight
Memories of Midnight
(1990)

Ambitious Women

The Stars Shine Down
The Stars Shine Down
(1992) The Best Laid Plans
The Best Laid Plans
(1997) The Sky Is Falling (2001)

Novels[edit]

The Naked Face
The Naked Face
(1970) A Stranger in the Mirror
A Stranger in the Mirror
(1976) Bloodline (1977) Rage of Angels
Rage of Angels
(1980) Master of the Game (1982) If Tomorrow Comes (1985) Windmills of the Gods
Windmills of the Gods
(1987) The Sands of Time (1988) The Doomsday Conspiracy
The Doomsday Conspiracy
(1991) Nothing Lasts Forever (1994) Morning, Noon, and Night (1995) Tell Me Your Dreams (1998) Are You Afraid of the Dark? (2004)

Autobiography[edit]

The Other Side of Me (2005)

Broadway plays[15][edit]

The Merry Widow
The Merry Widow
(1943) Jackpot (1944) Dream with Music (1944) Alice in Arms (1945) Redhead (1959) Roman Candle (1960)

London plays[edit]

Gomes

Films as Writer[edit]

Mr. District Attorney in the Carter Case
Mr. District Attorney in the Carter Case
(1941) She's in the Army (1942) The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer
The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer
(1947) Easter Parade (1948) The Barkleys of Broadway
The Barkleys of Broadway
(1949) Annie Get Your Gun (1950) Nancy Goes to Rio
Nancy Goes to Rio
(1950) Three Guys Named Mike
Three Guys Named Mike
(1951) Rich, Young and Pretty
Rich, Young and Pretty
(1951) No Questions Asked (1952) Just This Once (1952) Dream Wife
Dream Wife
(1953) (also director) Remains to be Seen (1953) You're Never Too Young
You're Never Too Young
(1955) Pardners
Pardners
(1956) Anything Goes (1956) The Birds and the Bees (1956) The Buster Keaton Story
The Buster Keaton Story
(1957) All in a Night's Work (1961) Billy Rose's Jumbo (1962) The Other Side of Midnight
The Other Side of Midnight
(1977) Bloodline (1979)

Television[edit]

The Patty Duke
Patty Duke
Show I Dream of Jeannie Nancy Hart to Hart
Hart to Hart
(Co-wrote pilot: 1979) Rage of Angels
Rage of Angels
(1983 miniseries, based on his book) Rage of Angels: The Story Continues (1986 miniseries, based on his book, a sequel to Rage of Angels) Master of the Game (1984 miniseries, based on his book) If Tomorrow Comes (1986 miniseries, based on his book) Windmills of the Gods
Windmills of the Gods
(1988 miniseries, based on his book) Memories of Midnight
Memories of Midnight
(1991 miniseries, based on his book)

References[edit]

Book: Sidney Sheldon

^ "Bonhams : Alexandra and Sydney Sheldon's exceptional collection up for auction at Bonhams Los Angeles". bonhams.com.  ^ "Sidney Sheldon: A chat with the best-selling author Sidney Sheldon about his book Tell Me Your Dreams", CNN, July 13, 1999 ^ a b c "Welcome to SidneySheldon.com: The Official Website of the World's Master Storyteller". hachettebookgroup.com.  ^ a b c d e f g h "Author Sidney Sheldon dies at 89", Associated Press, January 30, 2007. Archive copy. ^ "Mr. Blockbuster", The Los Angeles Times, September 25, 2004. ^ Sheldon, Sidney, The Other Side of Me, Warner Vision Books, 2005 ^ Los Angeles Times: "Author Mary Sheldon, daughter of Sidney Sheldon, sells in Beverly Hills" by Neal J. Leitereg March 19, 2016 ^ Alexandra Sheldon herself received a Golden Palm Star on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars Frenzel, Gerhard G. (1999). Portrait of the Stars. Palm Springs, CA: Palm Springs Walk of Stars. p. 99. LCCN 98093956. OCLC 41260876.  ^ Sidney Sheldon Archived February 2, 2007, at the Wayback Machine. ^ Johns, Howard (2004). Palm Springs Confidential: Playground of the Stars!. Fort Lee, NJ: Barricade Books. pp. 55, 86. ISBN 9781569802694. LCCN 2004041116. OCLC 54392060. LCC PN2285 .J56 2004 ^ "Sidney Sheldon, Author of Steamy Novels, Dies at 89", The New York Times, January 31, 2007. ^ Kim, Suki (2014-10-14). Without You, There Is No Us: Undercover Among the Sons of North Korea's Elite. Crown. ISBN 9780307720665. Retrieved 16 July 2017.  ^ Power, John. "Foreign fiction present in North Korea, though restricted". NK News. Retrieved 16 July 2017.  ^ Palm Springs Walk of Stars: By Date Dedicated Archived December 8, 2012, at the Wayback Machine. ^ Internet Broadway Database
Internet Broadway Database
(IBDB)

Abbott, Alana Joli (2009). "Sheldon, Sidney." Newsmakers 2008 Cumulation. Gale. Retrieved January 9, 2013, from HighBeam Research

External links[edit]

"Sidney Sheldon: Meet Sidney Sheldon (Former official site)". HachetteBookGroupUSA.com (Internet Archive). Archived from the original on January 5, 2007. Retrieved January 5, 2007.  Sidney Sheldon interview video at the Archive of American Television "Sidney Sheldon: Meet Sidney Sheldon (Official tribute)". HachetteBookGroupUSA.com (Internet Archive). Archived from the original on December 10, 2007. Retrieved December 10, 2007.  "Sidney Sheldon: Timeline". HachetteBookGroupUSA.com (Internet Archive). Archived from the original on December 10, 2007. Retrieved December 10, 2007.  Sidney Sheldon Papers at the Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research. Sidney Sheldon on IMDb Sidney Sheldon at the Internet Broadway Database
Internet Broadway Database
Sidney Sheldon interview video at the Archive of American Television 1987 audio interview with Sidney Sheldon at Wired for Books.org by Don Swaim Two Sidney Sheldon Interviews on Sidewalks Entertainment Sheldon's obituary at NYTimes.com Sidney Sheldon at Find a Grave Roy, Pinaki. "Sidney Sheldon: Reviewing his Oeuvre". The Atlantic Critical Review Quarterly 12(3), July–September 2013 (ISSN 0972-6373, ISBN 978-81-269-1902-4): 1-14.

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Works by Sidney Sheldon

Novels

The Naked Face The Other Side of Midnight A Stranger in the Mirror Bloodline Rage of Angels Master of the Game If Tomorrow Comes Windmills of the Gods The Sands of Time Memories of Midnight The Doomsday Conspiracy The Stars Shine Down Nothing Lasts Forever Morning, Noon and Night The Best Laid Plans Tell Me Your Dreams The Sky is Falling Are You Afraid of the Dark?

Non-fiction

The Other Side of Me

Television

The Patty Duke
Patty Duke
Show I Dream of Jeannie Nancy Hart to Hart

Adaptations

The Other Side of Midnight
The Other Side of Midnight
(1977) Bloodline (1979) Rage of Angels
Rage of Angels
(1983) Master of the Game (1984) If Tomorrow Comes (1986) Windmills of the Gods
Windmills of the Gods
(1988) Memories of Midnight
Memories of Midnight
(1991) Kshana Kshana (2007)

Tilly Bagshawe novels

Sidney Sheldon's Mistress of the Game
Sidney Sheldon's Mistress of the Game
(2009) Sidney Sheldon's After the Darkness
Sidney Sheldon's After the Darkness
(2010) Sidney Sheldon's The Tides of Memory (2013)

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Academy Award
Academy Award
for Best Original Screenplay

1940–1960

Preston Sturges
Preston Sturges
(1940) Herman J. Mankiewicz
Herman J. Mankiewicz
and Orson Welles
Orson Welles
(1941) Michael Kanin
Michael Kanin
and Ring Lardner Jr.
Ring Lardner Jr.
(1942) Norman Krasna (1943) Lamar Trotti (1944) Richard Schweizer (1945) Muriel Box and Sydney Box (1946) Sidney Sheldon (1947) No award (1948) Robert Pirosh (1949) Charles Brackett, D. M. Marshman Jr. and Billy Wilder
Billy Wilder
(1950) Alan Jay Lerner
Alan Jay Lerner
(1951) T. E. B. Clarke (1952) Charles Brackett, Richard L. Breen and Walter Reisch (1953) Budd Schulberg
Budd Schulberg
(1954) Sonya Levien and William Ludwig (1955) Albert Lamorisse
Albert Lamorisse
(1956) George Wells (1957) Nathan E. Douglas and Harold Jacob Smith (1958) Clarence Greene, Maurice Richlin, Russell Rouse and Stanley Shapiro (1959) I. A. L. Diamond and Billy Wilder
Billy Wilder
(1960)

1961–1980

William Inge
William Inge
(1961) Ennio de Concini, Pietro Germi, and Alfredo Giannetti (1962) James Webb (1963) Peter Stone and Frank Tarloff (1964) Frederic Raphael (1965) Claude Lelouch
Claude Lelouch
and Pierre Uytterhoeven (1966) William Rose (1967) Mel Brooks
Mel Brooks
(1968) William Goldman
William Goldman
(1969) Francis Ford Coppola
Francis Ford Coppola
and Edmund H. North (1970) Paddy Chayefsky
Paddy Chayefsky
(1971) Jeremy Larner (1972) David S. Ward
David S. Ward
(1973) Robert Towne
Robert Towne
(1974) Frank Pierson
Frank Pierson
(1975) Paddy Chayefsky
Paddy Chayefsky
(1976) Woody Allen
Woody Allen
and Marshall Brickman (1977) Robert C. Jones, Waldo Salt, and Nancy Dowd (1978) Steve Tesich
Steve Tesich
(1979) Bo Goldman
Bo Goldman
(1980)

1981–2000

Colin Welland (1981) John Briley (1982) Horton Foote (1983) Robert Benton (1984) William Kelley, Pamela Wallace and Earl W. Wallace (1985) Woody Allen
Woody Allen
(1986) John Patrick Shanley
John Patrick Shanley
(1987) Ronald Bass and Barry Morrow (1988) Tom Schulman (1989) Bruce Joel Rubin (1990) Callie Khouri
Callie Khouri
(1991) Neil Jordan
Neil Jordan
(1992) Jane Campion
Jane Campion
(1993) Quentin Tarantino
Quentin Tarantino
and Roger Avary
Roger Avary
(1994) Christopher McQuarrie
Christopher McQuarrie
(1995) Joel Coen and Ethan Coen (1996) Ben Affleck
Ben Affleck
and Matt Damon
Matt Damon
(1997) Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard
Tom Stoppard
(1998) Alan Ball (1999) Cameron Crowe
Cameron Crowe
(2000)

2001–present

Julian Fellowes
Julian Fellowes
(2001) Pedro Almodóvar
Pedro Almodóvar
(2002) Sofia Coppola
Sofia Coppola
(2003) Pierre Bismuth, Michel Gondry
Michel Gondry
and Charlie Kaufman
Charlie Kaufman
(2004) Paul Haggis
Paul Haggis
and Bobby Moresco (2005) Michael Arndt
Michael Arndt
(2006) Diablo Cody
Diablo Cody
(2007) Dustin Lance Black
Dustin Lance Black
(2008) Mark Boal
Mark Boal
(2009) David Seidler (2010) Woody Allen
Woody Allen
(2011) Quentin Tarantino
Quentin Tarantino
(2012) Spike Jonze
Spike Jonze
(2013) Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris Jr., and Armando Bo (2014) Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer (2015) Kenneth Lonergan
Kenneth Lonergan
(2016) Jordan Peele
Jordan Peele
(2017)

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