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Candy Spelling
Candy Spelling is a best-selling author, columnist, Broadway producer and star of the record-breaking HGTV series, “Selling Spelling Manor.” Above all, she is best known and recognized for her involvement in numerous civic and charitable activities.

Candy’s first book, the best-selling STORIES FROM CANDYLAND (hardcover published by St. Martin’s Press, April 2009; trade paperback in 2010), is filled with stories and adventures in Candy Spelling’s life. Her stories trace pop culture influences and how they influenced her life with Hollywood mogul Aaron Spelling, motherhood and everyday experiences.

The success of STORIES FROM CANDYLAND encouraged Candy to continue sharing her stories. Her second book, CANDY AT LAST (published by Turner Publishing Company, May 2014), brings us up to speed on Candy’s life as a single woman from trying her hand at producing, and creating a successful new career as a Broadway producer. She also writes about her favorite role of all, being grandmother to six wonderful grandchildren.

Candy began her involvement on Broadway in the spring of 2010, co-producing her first Broadway musical, “Promises, Promises,” starring Sean Hayes and Kristin Chenoweth. The show was nominated for 4 Tony Awards with Katie Finneran winning for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical. Candy went on to produce her second Broadway show, “How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.” The Frank Loesser classic starred Daniel Radcliffe in the lead role for almost a year and then continued its great success with Nick Jonas as lead actor.

In 2012, Candy produced her third Broadway show, “Nice Work If You Can Get It,” a musical featuring iconic George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin songs. The show starred Matthew Broderick and Jessie Mueller, was nominated for 10 Tony Awards and won for Featured Actor (Michael McGrath) and Featured Actress (Judy Kaye).

In 2014, Candy produced “After Midnight,’ celebrating Duke Ellington’s years at the Cotton Club using his original arrangements and performed by a world-class big band of 17 musicians. It was nominated for 7 Tonys with Warren Carlyle winning for Outstanding Choreography.

She is currently a producer on “The Color Purple,” the musical revival adapted from the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Alice Walker. The show, which opened to rave reviews in December 2015, stars Academy Award-Tony-Grammy-award winner Jennifer Hudson, London-trained Cynthia Erivo and Danielle Brooks from Orange is the New Black.

Candy helped HGTV reach their highest ever fourth quarter day rating as star of the two-part series, “Selling Spelling Manor.” More than 4.2 million viewers watched Candy give a tour of the legendary 56,000 square foot Hollywood mansion she built and shared with her husband and family for more than 20 years. After the show aired the fall of 2012, HGTV extended the series to include three additional one-hour episodes that followed her to her new home, “Beyond Spelling Manor” which aired in 2013.

Candy proudly continues to expand her public service work. Most recent, Candy became a member of the UCLA Health System Board. She was extremely honored last year to become the Vice Chair of the American Humane Association’s Board of Directors, the country’s first and only national humane organization dedicated to protecting both children and animals.

Among many other contributions, she is an active Board of Governors Member of LA’s Best, the after-school enrichment program that serves children in need through partnerships with the Los Angeles Unified School District, the City of Los Angeles and private sector.

Candy is also a founding board member of the Los Angeles Parks Commission and was instrumental in creating the first non-profit Parks Foundation in Los Angeles; Commissioner Emeritus for the Board of Recreation and Parks for the City of Los Angeles, a panel overseeing public parks and recreational areas; “Ambassador for Tourism” for Los Angeles; on the Board of Directors for LA INC., the Los Angeles Convention and Visitors Bureau; board member of the Los Angeles World Affairs Council; and Craft Ambassador of the Craft & Hobby Association.

Centro De Niños, a downtown Los Angeles daycare center for underprivileged families, holds a special place in Candy’s heart. Her participation enabled the center to expand their facility and offer additional programs and services, of which the federal government took notice.

Candy is recognized for her thousands of hours of public service work by the President’s Council of Service and Civic Participation – noting her dedication signifies her service to her community and country with distinction.

Entries by Candy Spelling

Foodie Time in NYC

(0) Comments | Posted March 3, 2016 | 3:08 PM

One of the greatest things about visiting New York is all of the fabulous iconic restaurants and specialty food markets in New York City.

There are so many great places to choose from that when I come for a visit I never know where to begin. My "must-try" list is...

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Simplify for the New Year

(0) Comments | Posted January 27, 2016 | 7:54 PM

Happy 2016! I hope everyone has had a great start to the New Year.

If you're like most people I know, you may be trying to live up to a list of resolutions in order to fine-tune aspects of your life. For the record, when I say "most people I...

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Curtains Up, Light the Lights!

(0) Comments | Posted December 28, 2015 | 2:49 PM

As 2015 comes to a close I am so grateful for many things in my life: my family, my friends, and my good fortune in finding yet another fabulous Broadway show to produce. The Color Purple is both beautiful and meaningful with a powerful message that is really something to...

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Who Rescued Whom?

(14) Comments | Posted November 24, 2015 | 1:22 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 | 4:18 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 | 12:37 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 | 11:58 AM

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 | 12:25 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 | 1:56 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 | 12:57 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 | 11:44 AM

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

(14) Comments | Posted March 10, 2015 | 11:40 AM

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 | 12:57 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 | 12:11 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 | 11:29 AM

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 | 5:06 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 | 7:00 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 | 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.


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