Sidney Sheldon

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Sidney Sheldon was an Academy Award-winning American writer. His TV works spanned a 20-year period during which he created The Patty Duke Show, I Dream of Jeannie and Hart to Hart. But he became most famous after began writing best-selling novels such as Master of the Game, The Other Side of Midnight and Rage of Angels. Image courtesy: http://www.grandesmensagens.com.br

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Childhood

Sidney Sheldon was born in Chicago, Illinois. His parents, were Ascher "Otto" Schechtel, who was manager of a jewelry store, and Natalie Marcus. At 10, Sidney made his first sale, $5 for a poem. During the Depression, he worked at a variety of jobs, and after graduating from Denver East High School, he attended Northwestern University and contributed short plays to drama groups. Image courtesy: http://www.allstarpics.net

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Writing career

In 1937 Sheldon moved to Hollywood, California, where he reviewed scripts and collaborated on a number of movies. He enlisted in the military during World War II as a pilot in the War Training Service, but his unit was disbanded before he saw any action. He then 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. Image courtesy: http://photos.lucywho.com

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Writing career
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The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer

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 for Best Original Screenplay of 1947. Image courtesy: http://annyas.com

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The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer
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The Patty Duke Show

When television became the new popular medium, he produced The Patty Duke Show. Sheldon created, produced and wrote 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 Show. Image courtesy: http://jaydeanhcr.wordpress.com

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The Patty Duke Show
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Hart to Hart

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 wrote for the series Hart to Hart. Image courtesy: http://stefaniepowers.tripod.com

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Hart to Hart
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Career as a novelist

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. The novels contained a lot of suspense and devices to keep the reader turning the page. Image courtesy: http://www.pastposters.com

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Career as a novelist
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Family

Sheldon 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. He married Alexandra Kostoff, a former child actress and an advertising executive of Bulgarian origin, in Las Vegas in 1989. His daughter, Mary Sheldon, became a novelist as well. He struggled with bipolar disorder for years, as detailed in his autobiography published in 2005, The Other Side of Me. Image courtesy: http://www.fanpix.net

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Awards

Sheldon won an Academy Award for Writing Original Screenplay (1947) for The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer, a Tony Award (1959) for his musical Redhead, and was nominated for an Emmy Award for his work on I Dream of Jeannie, an NBC sitcom. Image courtesy: http://steelturman.typepad.com

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Death

Sheldon died on January 30, 2007 from complications arising from pneumonia at Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage, California. Image courtesy: http://withfriendship.com

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