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Candy at Last

Candy at Last

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by Candy Spelling

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The followup to the New York Times bestseller Stories from Candyland has even better stories to tell—about Candy Spelling’s notorious rift and reconciliation with her daughter, Tori, her misadventures in dating and sex, and her new life as a producer, writer, and businesswoman.

After thirty-eight happy years of marriage to


The followup to the New York Times bestseller Stories from Candyland has even better stories to tell—about Candy Spelling’s notorious rift and reconciliation with her daughter, Tori, her misadventures in dating and sex, and her new life as a producer, writer, and businesswoman.

After thirty-eight happy years of marriage to influential producer Aaron Spelling, raising two children in Hollywood, and co-managing one of the largest estates in the country (finally selling Spelling Manor, as detailed on her HGTV series, for $85 million), Candy is now adjusting to life on her own. In her new uncharted territory, she’s ready to share the most intimate details of her life with Aaron; how his illness caused her to question her identity; and how she’s reinvented herself as an independent woman, businesswoman, and television personality. Along the way, Candy reveals all-new dishy stories including those of Hollywood friends Joan Crawford, Bette Davis, Michael Jackson, Janet Leigh, Dean Martin, and Elizabeth Taylor (her lifelong rival over their jewelry).

Engaging, heartwrenching, intimate, and hilarious, Candy at Last shares her story of how family, friends, and her husband’s inspiring advice to “follow your dreams” has made her determined to live life to the fullest.


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Hollywood memoir 101. Depending on whom you ask, Aaron Spelling (1923-2006) is either a genius who helped chart a course for modern TV or a schlockmeister who completely destroyed the tube. The creator of Charlie's Angels, Beverly Hills 90210 and The Mod Squad was as visible as any TV producer around, so much so that the female members of his family became visible in their own rights, in part due to their own work (daughter Tori) and in part due to their proximity to the man himself (wife Candy). This kind of visibility inevitably leads to a book deal or two. Tori has pumped out a slew of titles, and Candy has written one of her own, Stories from Candyland (2009), a tepid memoir from a C-list celebrity whose claim to fame was her marriage. Unfortunately, her sophomore effort is similarly passable, a stale Hollywood memoir that is entirely paint-by-number: Here's my childhood, here's how I became famous, here are my famous friends, here are the obstacles I've had to overcome, and here's how I came out the other side a better person. This isn't to say that these books aren't sincere and heartfelt; they're just far too predictable, and that's the case here. Spelling fails to provide any great revelations, just pedestrian anecdotes about her famous friends (Dean Martin, Michael Jackson, Liz Taylor, Joan Crawford, etc.), a semi-candid dissection of her often rocky relationship with Tori and a recounting of her life after Aaron, in which she became a morning-news show fixture, a philanthropist and a producer. Though she's clearly a kind, unpretentious woman, she's a peripheral figure, the person next to the person. For hard-core Spelling (either Aaron or Tori) fans only.
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"An explosive new tell-all book." —The Daily Mail The Daily Mail

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Turner Publishing Company
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First Edition
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6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

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I met Aaron at The Daisy Club, which was a private night club and discotheque in Beverly Hills. It was the kind of place where “everyone who was anyone” went. Paul Newman, Steve McQueen, Katherine Ross. Even Cary Grant and Grace Kelly. I was nineteen. 

Aaron was brilliant, charming, and quite the playboy about town with a different date every night, but we saw something in each other the moment we met. He had just left Four Star Television and formed a partnership with Danny Thomas called Thomas Spelling productions, and he had just made a pilot for ABC called The Mod Squad. At the time, I was working at a famous L.A. clothing store called Jax, and Jack Hanson, who owned Jax the store, was also a former baseball player for the Angels, and also owned The Daisy. I didn’t apply for the job at Jax. Jack Hanson approached me on the street one day, and asked if I wanted to work at his store. I had never worked at a store before and I said that I would if I could only work four hours a day. I’d come in at noon and leave at four because I liked to sleep late in the morning. Well, he gave me the job despite my demands, and I worked on commission. Here was the thing: you had to bring out all the clothes from the back and most of the girls were lazy and although they were all dressed up and made up, they never even got up out of their chairs to help a customer. I asked everyone if they needed help and I was adamant about being nice to customers whether they treated me well or not. I knew what working in retail was like and my attitude paid off. Working just four hours a day, I made more money than the other girls. 

I was still living at home on the night that I met Aaron at The Daisy. That night, I was staying at my girlfriend Ronnie’s house, though, because my parents were out of town. Ronnie had a date that night, and there was a guy named Lee who kept asking me out and I kept refusing, but it was either just give in and go out on a date with Lee that night or stay at home with Ronnie’s mother. I decided to go out on the date. Lee was as boring as I thought he’d be, but it was something to do. We all went to La Scala for dinner and then to The Daisy. When we got to The Daisy, we met up with Tina Sinatra and Wes Farrell.  Aaron was also with a date that night, but he knew Tina and Wes so he kept coming over to our table. What I learned later was that he was whispering that he wanted to meet “that girl,” who was me. 

Finally, Aaron asked me to dance. And we danced and danced, and eight or nine dances later, I finally came back to my table and my date was standing there with my coat, holding it open like, “OK, we’re leaving now.”  I have no idea what happened to Aaron’s date and I never asked him. 

Meet the Author

Candy Spelling is the widow of Aaron Spelling, mega Hollywood producer of hit TV series such as Dynasty, Charlie's Angels, and Beverly Hills 90210. A New York Times bestselling author of Stories from Candyland, she is the mother of TV star Tori Spelling, bestselling author of Spelling It Like It Is, uncharted terriTORI, sTORI telling, and Mommywood. Candy has produced the critically acclaimed Broadway musicals Promises, Promises, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Nice Work If You Can Get It, and After Midnight. She appears regularly on national broadcast media including Good Morning America, Today, The View, and The Early Show and blogs for the Huffington Post and other online media. 

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Candy at Last 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading about celeberty lives Candy you lived a life that woman only dream of, but I say that anybody who has something negative about Candy is just jealous!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not me!