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Candy Spelling
Candy Spelling, author of the bestseller, STORIES FROM CANDYLAND (hardcover published by St. Martin’s Press, April 2009; trade paperback in April 2010), had a 50-year hiatus from writing. In the meanwhile, she excelled in school cooking and sewing classes, was a cheerleader, model, interior designer, married twice, had two children, became one of Hollywood’s most-famous wives, built the largest home in Los Angeles, ran a gift store, designed dolls and jewelry for cable shopping networks, and performed public service work.

Candy’s first published work was 1957’s “How I Gave My Father An Ulcer,” a letter to her father apologizing if food she made using the Betty Crocker junior baking set he bought her gave him an ulcer. Her parents thought the letter was worthy of publication, and submitted it to the local Los Angeles newspaper. It ran, and readers were glad to learn that Candy’s father did not have an ulcer. Happily, she continued baking and went on to excel with a clear conscience as a Home Ec major in junior and senior high school.

Fifty years later, Candy was asked to start “blogging.” After looking up what that was, she began with celebrity website, offering advice and counsel to troubled young celebrities. She then became a columnist for The Huffington Post and a contributing editor to Los Angeles Confidential Magazine. She later added columns for, and started providing entertainment news reports for BBC Radio in Summer 2009. In 2010, she became a contributor to Yahoo’s site for women, “Shine,” writing and doing videos on the topic of “Make Home A Haven.”

Candy’s television series, “Bank of Hollywood,” made its debut on E! in December 2009, and aired internationally.

In December 2011, Candy starred in “Selling Spelling Manor,” a record-breaking 2-part series for HGTV that helped the network reach its highest ever fourth quarter day rating. The special drew in more than 4.2 million viewers who tuned in to watch Candy give a tour of the legendary 56,000 square foot Hollywood mansion that she and her husband built and shared with their family for over 20 years.

Then, in Spring 2010, she took on another role as a first-time Broadway co-producer of the award winning musical “Promises, Promises.” The show won a Tony Award and starred Sean Hayes and Kristin Chenoweth.

Broadway beckoned again. She signed on to produce her second Broadway show, “How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.” The Frank Loesser classic opened in February 2011 with Daniel Radcliffe in the lead role for almost a year. The show is a great success and Nick Jonas has now taken over as lead actor.

Candy has again signed on to produce another show on Broadway, “Nice Work if You Can Get It,” a new musical featuring a hit parade of iconic George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin songs. The show, opening on April 24, 2012, stars Tony Award winner Matthew Broderick, Tony Award nominee Kelli O’Hara and will be directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner Kathleen Marshall.

Her public service work keeps expanding. In Summer 2009, she was named “Ambassador for Tourism” for Los Angeles, joining Tom Hanks, Kobe Bryant and others representing the city for tourism. She was invited to join the Board of Directors for LA INC., the Los Angeles Convention and Visitors Bureau. In 2010, Candy became a board member of the Los Angeles World Affairs Council. In 2011, Candy was named Craft & Hobby Association’s Craft Ambassador.

She is a founding board member of the Los Angeles Parks Commission and was instrumental in creating the first non-profit Parks Foundation in Los Angeles. She is a Commissioner Emeritus for the Board of Recreation and Parks for the City of Los Angeles, an active panel overseeing hundreds of public parks and recreational areas serving millions of people who annually visit the public areas. She recently retired as a member of the Los Angeles Coliseum Commission, part of the on-going effort to attract more events to the historic site. She is an active Board of Governors Member of LA’s Best, the after-school enrichment program that serves children in need through the city in partnership with the Los Angeles Unified School District, the City of Los Angeles and the private sector.

“I was married to one of America’s greatest storytellers, a man who helped define pop culture for decades,” Candy says. “Aaron loved hearing my stories, but I never thought about writing them for anyone else. Now that I have written my book, I wish I would have started earlier, so Aaron could have read the stories.”

STORIES FROM CANDYLAND is a confection of stories and adventures in Candy Spelling’s magical life, with tales and revelations ranging from how her shyness made her hide out in Rock Hudson’s bathroom; a family vacation to Europe that combined a train trip, White House visit, ocean liner and 52 pieces of luggage; how she relies on her dogs’ good judgment to help her evaluate people; sharing parenting advice she received from experts such as Dr. Spock and Mr. Spock; how she created a modern-day Hollywood mogul’s office, and more. Her stories trace Candy’s pop culture influences and how they influenced her life with Aaron Spelling, motherhood and everyday experiences.

When Candy started writing, the reactions were immediate. “I was amazed by the instant responses, how accessible everything was to so many people and how passionate many people were about what everyone else wrote. Aaron would have loved the immediate responses to his work.”

The success of STORIES FROM CANDYLAND encouraged Candy to continue sharing her stories and she is currently in the process of writing her second book.

Entries by Candy Spelling

Who Rescued Whom?

(6) Comments | Posted November 24, 2015 | 2:22 PM

The holiday season is almost upon us, and there's no gift that brings more joy into your home than an adopted or rescued pet. I can't even think of a day without my beautiful dog, Madison! The unconditional love and warmth that a pet adds to your world is as...

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70 Is the New 50

(0) Comments | Posted October 14, 2015 | 5:18 PM

While of course I'm not the first person to use this catchphrase, I can honestly say that there is no truer statement.

Just a few weeks ago, I celebrated my 70th birthday. I really can't believe that's my age! I certainly don't feel it... I'm still the same girl I've...

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Gift Yourself a 'Staycation' This Labor Day!

(0) Comments | Posted September 3, 2015 | 1:37 PM

It is hard for me to believe that summer is over. It seems like just last week it was May, and now we are already past the first of September -- mere moments away from Labor Day.

When I was a child, summers seemed to last forever....

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Never Give Up on Your Dreams

(2) Comments | Posted July 29, 2015 | 12:58 PM

Show me a woman in this country, no matter their age, ethnicity, political party or any qualifier you care to name who did not feel a thrill when Serena Williams won Wimbledon earlier this month. I daresay you can't find one. Because deep inside, all of us celebrate when a...

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Summer 2015: What Are Your Plans?

(0) Comments | Posted June 25, 2015 | 1:25 PM

June - the gateway to summer - is wide open and we can now see through it to July and August. You can literally feel the seasonal vibe in the air. Kids getting on the bus to go to summer camp. Graduates on the cusp of adulthood. Summer books and...

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Are You on Top of Your Health?

(0) Comments | Posted May 14, 2015 | 2:56 PM

This past Sunday, Mother's Day, kicked off National Women's Health Week, an annual event that is led by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women's Health. It should serve as a wake-up call -- if you are lucky enough not to have had a health concern...

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Where Are You Getting Your News These Days?

(0) Comments | Posted April 30, 2015 | 1:57 PM

There's no doubt in anyone's mind that we're living through some very tough times. I won't list the litany of tragic news stories that seem to be even more rampant these days than ever before because, let's face it, we don't need to hear about them again right now. But...

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Women, It's Finally our Time

(0) Comments | Posted March 26, 2015 | 12:44 PM

I'm really excited about the thought of a woman running for President. Not because I'm a Hillary supporter -- I like to keep my politics to myself -- but because it proves that women are finally breaking that vaunted glass ceiling. We tried in 2008, but it just wasn't the...

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Solo Travel: Refreshing And Restorative

(15) Comments | Posted March 10, 2015 | 12:40 PM

With the first day of spring less than two weeks away, I am mulling over plans for a vacation to someplace tropical. Booking a trip for myself was one of my top "new year, new you" resolutions, and it's time to start planning!

A few years ago I took...

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Holiday Wishes and Dreams

(0) Comments | Posted December 24, 2014 | 1:57 PM

I'm a big fan of the holiday spirit this time of year. 2014 has been a difficult year for many, and it's time to ratchet down the drama and truly value our friends and family. There are so many reasons I love this time of year. For one thing, kindness...

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It's All About Gratitude

(12) Comments | Posted November 26, 2014 | 1:11 PM

I love this time of year. Not only is Southern California festive and bedecked with Christmas lights, but people just seem to be in a better mood all around. I like to believe that it's because we're all thinking about the coming Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, or, if you celebrate...

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Sweet September's Doves of Peace...

(0) Comments | Posted September 30, 2014 | 12:29 PM

As September comes to a close, I'd like to note its gifts that keep on remembering.

Last week the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles, a Simon Wiesenthal Museum named in honor of the Holocaust survivor, remembered the talents and efforts of children in LA's BEST After School Enrichment Program...

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Time to Pick America's Hero Dog, the Real Superhero of Unconditional Love

(1) Comments | Posted August 28, 2014 | 6:06 PM

Every dog has his day...

If only each could claim the winner's purse as America's Hero Dog... that is my wish for the exceptional eight nominees, real-life superheroes competing in the final round of the American Humane Association's (AHA) 2014 Hero Dog Awards. As a member of the board of...

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Summer's Lingering Pleasures...

(0) Comments | Posted August 4, 2014 | 8:00 PM

Every summer, I look forward to the chance to discover new books. With the month of August still ahead I thought it would be fun to share some of my favorite reads as well as a few that I've got piled up on my bedside table (and downloaded on my...

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'It's Always Been a Love Letter to Broadway...'

(1) Comments | Posted June 12, 2014 | 8:06 PM

When Mel Brooks said that about his long running hit comedy The Producers, now returning to the boards, he could have been talking about any of those who took home the coveted Tony Awards Sunday night.

I had the privilege of being a producer on one of those wonderful...

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On the Road Again...

(0) Comments | Posted May 20, 2014 | 1:39 PM

A funny thing happened on the way "through" the book tour: Validation.

To all the wonderful people I have met and revisited on the Candy At Last excursion, thank you for reminding the girl signing the title page that I am no longer an appendage of anyone or anything. I...

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LA's Spring Dandy Lions

(0) Comments | Posted April 18, 2014 | 12:54 PM

I've always loved spring's rites of passage with vibrant florals bursting of color and alluring scents -- along with it comes the whisper of newness and sometimes the roar of the familiarity. This season it will be a roar -- at least at the LA Zoo.


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Last 'Call to Post' at Historic Hollywood Park

(0) Comments | Posted January 15, 2014 | 12:49 PM

With a new year comes many beginnings, but one chapter in Los Angeles history will end this month with the closing of the historic Hollywood Park in Inglewood, Calif. It may be difficult to understand if you're not a native Angeleno, but the loss of the storied racetrack is the...

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Creating Your Own Holiday Tradition

(1) Comments | Posted December 5, 2013 | 2:10 PM

It was a big weekend with the Thanksgiving holiday and for the first time I can recall, many of us also celebrated Hanukkah. I love this time of year filled with tradition, gathering together and sharing. I was a little under the weather so I spent a lot of time...

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A Prime-Time Life on Display

(4) Comments | Posted November 7, 2013 | 11:49 AM

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...

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