Stories from Candyland: Confections from One of Hollywood's Most Famous Wives and Mothers

Stories from Candyland: Confections from One of Hollywood's Most Famous Wives and Mothers

by Candy Spelling
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Stories from Candyland: Confections from One of Hollywood's Most Famous Wives and Mothers by Candy Spelling

Carole Gene Marer spent her girlhood dreaming of meeting Rock Hudson, but when she finally had the chance—on her second date with her future husband, television mogul Aaron Spelling—she was so shy she hid all night in the powder room. How Candy morphed from that quiet girl into a seemingly-confident, stylish trophy wife, mistress of the largest house in Los Angeles (70,000 square feet when you count the attic) is at the heart of Stories from Candyland.

The life Candy created for her family—her husband and children Tori and Randy—was fabulous, over-the-top, and often magical. So what if California Christmases don't come with snow? Let's make some on the tennis court! How do we take a cross-country family vacation with a dad who doesn't fly? By private train car, of course (with an extra for the fifty-two pieces of luggage). The kids want to dress up for Halloween? No problem, why not call in Nolan Miller to design their costumes?

Candy had a hand in some of the most beloved television shows of all time (she once stopped production on "Dynasty" because Krystle Carrington's engagement ring was not spectacular enough), has entertained half of Hollywood in epic fashion, and lives an enviable life. But under all the fun and showmanship lies a more interesting character, still wrestling with some of the insecurities of her ingénue self. Oprah threw her into a major panic with a discussion of hoarding. A lifelong humming habit evolved as a unique coping mechanism. And there's nothing like being defined as, "well, you know, complicated" by your daughter on television and in her own book.

Stories from Candyland sparkles with glamour and grand gestures. But it also satisfies with some more intimate Candy concerns: why being a perfect wife and mother was so important to her, how cooking and cleaning can keep the home fires burning, why collections matter, and whether dogs are better judges of people than people are.

Visit Candyland in these pages and get a glimpse of a generous, glittering world revealing many of its surprising and funny secrets for the first time.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781429921183
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 03/31/2009
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 1,045,839
File size: 219 KB

About the Author

CANDY SPELLING, whose husband Aaron produced America's favorite entertainment ("Dynasty", "Charlie's Angels", "The Love Boat", "Beverly Hills 90210"), is one of Hollywood's most famous wives and mothers. Her marriage was one of Tinseltown's happiest and most enduring, ending only with Aaron's death in 2006. Since then, Candy has begun writing, for TMZ.com and The Huffington Post, as well as becoming a contributing editor for Los Angeles Confidential Magazine. She is involved with a number of charitable and public service organizations, and is in the process of "downsizing" from Spelling Manor to a 17,000 square foot condominium in Century City.


Candy Spelling, whose husband Aaron produced America's favorite entertainment (Dynasty, Charlie's Angels, The Love Boat, Beverly Hills 90210), is one of Hollywood's most famous women.  Her marriage was one of Tinseltown's happiest and most enduring, ending only with Aaron's death in 2006.  Since then, Candy began her own entertainment and media career, with a new TV series, Bank of Hollywood, co-producing Promises, Promises on Broadway and writing on a variety of pop culture topics for TMZ.com,  The Huffington Post and momlogic.com and as a contributing editor for Los Angeles Confidential Magazine. She is involved with a number of charitable and public service organizations.

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Stories from Candyland 2.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 54 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There is nothing substantive nor enlightening about this book. It is completely boring, amateurish, and self-indulgent. I don't regret buying many books, and I especially enjoy reading biographies, but this book is a waste of paper. In my opinion, it is basically an attempt to take shots at her daughter to dispute relational issues Tori wrote of in her book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There is nothing enlightening about this book. It is boring & uninspiring book and truly a waste of my money. After reading Tori's book i was curious as to what her mother's response would be. I will just say that Candy is a NARCISTS, unappreciative, selfish person and I can go on. She thrives on watching her daughter struggle. Candy fails to realize that she can't control everything and everybody with her millions.Get over it Candy. You will never gain back Tori's love and respect if you dont admit to all the mistakes you've made in the past. Aaron showed much more love to his daughter and admit that you were very jealous of Tori. Instead of embracing the fact that you had a wonderful husband who provided for his family and loved his children very much, you have been nothing but a wicked witch. Also, appreciate that you had a wonderful Nanny who did your job and raised 2 great children. Candy you will be alone for the rest of your life. Money may buy you what you want but love is not one of them. Swallow your pride and realize that Tori has grown to be an honest, beautiful in and out and a smart woman, which is something that you had nothing to do with.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this book was so boring. i wanted to read it because i wanted to learn the "other" side of the story between her and tori. tori's books are WAY better.
LittleEdie More than 1 year ago
Absolutly dreadful, aweful, horrible. I'd have rather read the back of my tube of toothpaste. I read Tori's book first and thought to be fair, I'd see if her mom Candy is really that wacky.I especially enjoyed the chapter dedicated to the Dick and Jane books from years of old. The answer is no. She is MUCH worse! A message for Mrs. Spelling- go into your mansion , find out just how many bathrooms you actually have, find the throne and go sit on it!
Donna1959 More than 1 year ago
First I Must agree with the first reviewer just before me. Ditto! I will add this I do feel I understand Candy a little more and she definately Needs Therapy.... She is a Narcissist and she is a Pack Rat! She has a Huge whole that she can Not fill. Thus all the Excess!!!! Two things stand out to me. 1.) I really enjoyed the stuff she wrote about the shows and some of the actors...unfortunately that was really only a couple of pages! 2.) No one would even begin to BUY this book if...Tori had not been out there slaving away to make a name for herself! So actually Candy should be thanking her daughter for any copies she sells!!!! Because no one remembers or cares about what she's writing about! I am a person who Loved Aaron Spellings shows!!!! There will Never be another like him. I do not dislike Candy and Love Tori! I bought this book because of the fact my daughter watches Tori on her shows...while I was waiting for my other daughter to buy AP books I came across this and bought it and read it in 4 hours...which means it is a VERY Easy read!!! Save yur money and wait till it's in the library!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a boring book. If you want to know more about Candy Spelling I would recommend her daughters book, Stori Telling.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Don't waste your money and or precious time!! Book was boring and it seemed throughout the book that she could not have a complete thought and put it down on paper to make sense.
nestle01 More than 1 year ago
This book is boring to say the least. If you enjoy reading about a person going on and on about themselves on how rich they are or how much money they have then this is the book for you! Save your money and read the books by her daughter Tori Spelling instead! You will find them to be much more interesting and realistic. This mother needs a reality check, how can you write about grandchildren that you have never meet! She has never seen her granddaughter. As for her grandson you can count on your hand the amount of time she has spent trying to get to know him. Candy you need treatment get it soon. If it wasn't for Tori you would never had sold your book Candyland because no one really remembers or remembers you other then being Aaron Spellings wife.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought I would read this book to see it from her side (already reading Tori's two books)... She just is rude, and some of the things she mentions are just not needed.. I didn't enjoy her book, NOT ONE BIT! She is a Hollywood Mother, who has issues, and is greedy for money! Not impressed from her side!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not a bad book. It tells her side of the story. I still like Tori's books better. Good recipes in it though.
SageCar More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading about the life of Candy Spelling. This is a story that is often grand and over the top, but look who wrote it! The author definitely has a sense of humor and this is one of my favorite celebrity autobiographies. I totally recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dont bother with this book. It is super boring and not worth the money. To find out how bad it is find 10 friends and split the book and pass it around. Sure wish I did! Or didnt!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It almost put me to sleep! Candy makes herself look like Mother of the Year.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Don't waste your money and or precious time!! Book was boring and it seemed throughout the book that she could not have a complete thought and put it down on paper to make sense. It was full of grammatical errors and was not focused.
JackieCA More than 1 year ago
I was really expecting more from Candy Spellings book seeing as how she stirred up all this controversy with her daughter but it was a pretty blah book. I read it in about a day but just to read it. I think that she's very hypocritical about what she wants for her grandkids and kids. I wouldnt recommend anyone waste the money buying it... You can have my copy!
Nates_Mom More than 1 year ago
Wow... that's the first thing I thought when I finished Candyland. A friend gave it to me and needless to say, I wanted to give it right back the next day. Candy's rude and realy doesn't care about who she hurts in the process of trying to gain more attention than she deserves and a few extra bucks(which she doesn't need might I add) by selling a book. Leave the writing to the people who are passionate about it, not just to tell tall tales and get back at your daughter. At least Tori's book was interesting and kept me awake. There was variety in Mommywood; love, adventures, humor. Candyland had one theme: obnoxious. -S.B.
Charli More than 1 year ago
I am a HUGE fan of Aaron's work. I have read both of Tori's books. I felt, to be fair, I should read Candy's as well. I've never been a huge fan of her. I came away, from reading this, feeling the same way. A delightful written book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
ok i read tori's first book and i loved it so much and i finished it and couldn't wait to get my hands on candys book and here i read it and i really didn't like it. to me it was saying how big her house is and how much stuff she had and how beautiful the house is and nothing else. she spoke about aaron a lil but it was all about how much beautiful her house was and things. didn't like it at all not one bit, but i do like the recipts at the back of the book. candy never say's anything about havin a nanny at all, but in toris book she loved her nanny. i don't get it. all i kept reading was how wonderful her friends are and how wonderful she had it. she hardly spoke of her grandchildren not until the end almost. she made it seem like she did it all ...she cooked, cleaned, worked, took care of her kids and had no help. i don't get it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have been a fan of Tori Spelling for many years and I read her first book. My thoughts on that book were not a woman writing mean and vindictive things about her mother, but of a young girl who was afraid of hurting her mother's feelings a the time of the incidents. Upon reading Candyland, I felt this was mother that had nothing but tacky things to say about her daughter. I was very disappointed because I really went into it hoping for a different outcome. I feel that Candy should have left alot of her problems with Tori out of the book. With that said, I felt that her recap of life with Aaron Spelling was touching. I do want to end with saying that Mrs. Spelling should keep in mind that regardless of her daughter's age SHE is the mother and Tori is the child. She needs to admit that maybe she made mistakes along the way (which we all do as parents) but that she didn't mean anything by it....HOPEFULLY.
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