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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 TMZ.com, 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 Momlogic.com, 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

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

(1) Comments | Posted June 12, 2014 | 7:06 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 | 12:39 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 | 11:54 AM

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.

This...

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Last 'Call to Post' at Historic Hollywood Park

(0) Comments | Posted January 15, 2014 | 11:49 AM

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 | 1:10 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 | 10:49 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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Please DON'T Follow Me on Twitter

(5) Comments | Posted September 27, 2013 | 12:38 PM

Over the summer I went up north to visit my son Randy and his family. He has two adorable little girls who are both under the age of two. Randy is a wonderful, very hands-on dad who really enjoys the simple things in life. While I was up there he...

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Shot Heard 'Round the World

(6) Comments | Posted August 2, 2013 | 4:21 PM

At one time or another, we've all heard these famous words used to allude to an extraordinary event that shatters our view of life and of the world. American poet Ralph Waldo Emerson penned the iconic phrase in 1837 for an Independence Day dedication of the Battle Monument in Massachusetts...

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Lessons from Moore

(0) Comments | Posted May 30, 2013 | 6:35 PM

It was hard not to get emotional last night watching Miranda Lambert's vulnerable performance of "The House That Built Me" on the "Healing the Heartland" benefit. She had me reaching for the tissue as she struggled through the second verse of her ballad. The slideshow behind Lambert, my fellow ambassador...

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Weiner Re-emerges

(11) Comments | Posted May 1, 2013 | 7:15 PM

The last couple of weeks have certainly been big in the news business. The Boston Marathon bombing on Patriot's Day shocked us all and broke our hearts. The manhunt that followed along with the live coverage of the capture of the second suspect had us all glued to our televisions,...

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Falling Off the Glass Cliff

(4) Comments | Posted March 28, 2013 | 4:15 PM

In the early 1960s when Gloria Steinem inspired American women across the country to burn their bras, I was just another boy-crazy high school girl. I still remember sitting in the living room with my family watching these impassioned women set their Maidenforms alight. Even though I didn't quite understand...

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15 Minutes of Fame

(3) Comments | Posted February 19, 2013 | 3:01 PM

In the last couple of years the disturbing trend of teen suicides at the hands of bullying has launched the topic into the national spotlight. Since then, many sources ranging from ABC News to the Mayo Clinic have offered up strategies on avoiding and reducing the harm of emotional bullying....

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Love in the Time of Awards Season

(1) Comments | Posted January 29, 2013 | 6:21 PM

Once again it's that time of year that all of us movie buffs love -- awards season. The red carpets, designer gowns and beautiful hairstyles are all so glamorous and exciting. There are so many wonderful films up for Best Picture Oscars this year and they are all so different...

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The Legacy of Newtown

(4) Comments | Posted December 31, 2012 | 11:42 AM

Every year after Thanksgiving I get a little nostalgic about the approaching holidays and the end of yet another year. This year, the news was dominated by two doomsday prophecies -- the fiscal cliff and the end of the world as predicted by the Mayan Calendar. In a year that...

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Giving Thanks

(6) Comments | Posted November 21, 2012 | 7:09 PM

Just a month after Hurricane Sandy with residents of Staten Island, Long Island and the Jersey shore still recovering from the devastation, we find ourselves celebrating Thanksgiving. Not surprisingly, the idea of giving thanks in the aftermath of such unbelievable hardship must be difficult for everybody who suffered life-altering losses....

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A Proposition To Educate The Whole Child

(4) Comments | Posted October 25, 2012 | 4:45 PM

With the election just days away, the fate of the White House, key senate races and laws will soon be determined. Just like other election years we've heard a lot of rhetoric and controversy about the same old issues our two party system tends to drag out of the political...

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Voting in a Man's Shoes

(19) Comments | Posted September 17, 2012 | 4:17 PM

Just the other afternoon while I was sitting in the Los Angeles traffic I heard a very amusing news story about a woman who had thrown away her husband's absentee ballot after promising to mail it. Completely unrepentant, she was very proud of herself, claiming her husband had voted for...

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Fun For Women After 50

(3) Comments | Posted August 7, 2012 | 5:49 PM

Earlier this summer I was invited to the ultimate pajama party in Paris -- the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas, that is. Fifteen hundred dynamic women in their signature red hats converged upon Sin City for the annual convention of the Red Hat Society. Celebrating its fifteenth anniversary, the Red...

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Crafting Your Valentine's Day Into the Day You Want

(19) Comments | Posted February 13, 2012 | 6:59 PM

For many singletons, the anxiety starts as soon as the Valentine's Day advertising blitz kicks off. Those first big red hearts in store windows call out to us like strangers in a foreign land. The romantic television commercials for jewelry and flowers prompt cynical remarks out of us all.

Having...

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Hero Dogs

(11) Comments | Posted October 5, 2011 | 3:35 PM

We've always been a family of animal lovers. We've had dogs, birds, rabbits, goldfish and turtles! In fact, I'm only half joking when I say the reason I'm partial to oversized furniture is because I need to make sure there is a place for me to sit at home. At...

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