Sidney Sheldon

Novelist, Screenwriter, Producer
For six decades, Sidney Sheldon has spun yarns and stories to the delight of America. First as a screenwriter working in the studio system, then as the creator of popular TV series, and, finally, as an ... Read more »
Born: 02/10/1917 in Chicago, Illinois, USA

Filmography

Writer (39)

Harts in High Season 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Characters as Source Material

Sidney Sheldon's Nothing Lasts Forever 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Source Material (from novel)

A Stranger in the Mirror 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Source Material (from novel)

If Tomorrow Comes 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Book as Source Material

The Naked Face 1985 (Movie)

(Source Material (from novel))

Master of the Game 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Source Material (from novel)

Hart to Hart 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Screenplay

Bloodline 1979 (Movie)

("Bloodline") (Source Material (from novel))

The Other Side of Midnight 1977 (Movie)

("The Other Side of Midnight") (Source Material (from novel))

The Patty Duke Show 1963 - 1966 (TV Show)

Writer

Billy Rose's Jumbo 1961 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

All in a Night's Work 1960 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Buster Keaton Story 1957 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Anything Goes 1956 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Pardners 1956 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Birds and the Bees 1956 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

You're Never Too Young 1955 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Dream Wife 1953 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Just This Once 1952 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

No Questions Asked 1951 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Easter Parade 1948 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Bachelor and the Bobby Soxer 1947 (Movie)

(From Story)

The Bachelor and the Bobby Soxer 1947 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Annie Get Your Gun (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Borrowed Hero (Movie)

(Short Story Author)

Hart to Hart: Till Death Do Us Hart (TV Show)

Characters as Source Material

I Dream of Jeannie... 15 Years Later (TV Show)

Characters as Source Material

I Still Dream of Jeannie (TV Show)

Characters as Source Material

Nancy Goes to Rio (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Remains to Be Seen (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Rich, Young and Pretty (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Shadow on the Land (TV Show)

Creator

The Barkleys of Broadway (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

The Patty Duke Show: Still Rockin' in Brooklyn Heights (TV Show)

Characters as Source Material

Three Guys Named Mike (Movie)

(Screenwriter)
Producer (7)

Sidney Sheldon's "The Sands of Time" 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Sidney Sheldon's "Windmills of the Gods" 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Nancy 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Buster Keaton Story 1957 (Movie)

(Producer)

I Dream of Jeannie (TV Show)

Producer

Rage of Angels (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Rage of Angels: The Story Continues (TV Show)

Executive Producer
Actor (5)

On the Inside 1997 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Sidney Sheldon's Memories of Midnight 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1990 Miss America Pageant 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Irving Berlin's America (TV Show)

Actor
Director (2)

The Buster Keaton Story 1957 (Movie)

(Director)

Dream Wife 1953 (Movie)

(Director)

Biography

For six decades, Sidney Sheldon has spun yarns and stories to the delight of America. First as a screenwriter working in the studio system, then as the creator of popular TV series, and, finally, as an internationally-published best-selling novelist, Sheldon could never be called high brow, but he entertained the multitudes and masses. His credits run from the Cary Grant/Shirley Temple breezy comedy "The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer" (1947), for which he won an Oscar, to "I Dream of Jeannie" and "Hart to Hart" on TV to numerous novels. Sheldon can also boast that every novel he has written has been adapted for the big or small screen. His stage credits co-writing the Tony-winning libretto for Gwen Verdon's signature Broadway musical "Redhead" (1959).

After attending Northwestern University, Sheldon migrated to Hollywood, where he first worked at Universal at a reader earning $24 per week. His early credits include "Mr. District Attorney in the Carter Case" (1941), one of a series of Dennis O'Keefe programmers based on the radio show. With Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett, Sheldon went on to co-author both the classic "Easter Parade" (1948), featuring Irving Berlin's music and lead turns by Fred Astaire and Judy Garland, and "Annie Get Your Gun" (1950), originally intended for Garland who was replaced by Betty Hutton. Subsequent films, however, were often minor. "Three Guys Named Mike" (1951) had Jane Wyman as a flight attendant trying to decide which beau to marry while "You're Never Too Young" (1955) was a twist on 1942's "The Major and the Minor", rewritten to accommodate the talents of Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis. Sheldon also directed and produced a few films, including "Dream Wife" (1953), in which Cary Grant married an Eastern Princess for good will reasons, and "The Buster Keaton Story" (1957), an unsuccessful rendition of the silent star's life starring Donald O'Connor.

While Sheldon worked steadily in feature films and was a respected screenwriter, he did not make the ranks of the prestigious legendary ones. His true fame and power base in Hollywood was yet to come. By the early 60s, Sheldon permanently drifted into TV. There had been a few earlier forays, such as the 1958 NBC special "Adventures of a Model", but it wasn't until he created "The Patty Duke Show" for ABC in 1963 that he had his first real hit. Even more successful was Sheldon's next venture, the longer-running "I Dream of Jeannie" (NBC, 1965-70), for which he contributed a number of scripts. He then created and executive produced "Nancy" (NBC, 1970-71), a short-lived sitcom about the daughter of a US president. In 1979, Sheldon created "Hart to Hart" for Aaron Spelling and ABC and co-wrote the two-hour pilot, a twist on "The Thin Man" formula. The successful series ran for several seasons and owed much to the chemistry of its stars, Robert Wagner and Stefanie Powers, although Sheldon's participation ceased after the initial outing. Both "Hart to Hart" and "I Dream of Jeannie" returned as TV-movie specials in the late 80s and 90s and "Jeannie" has been developed as a potential feature film as well.

Yet, this small screen success was not to be Sheldon's shining glory. Rather, it was his career as a novelist which would make him internationally famous. His popular fiction has been translated worldwide with hundreds of millions of copies in print. Into the 90s, Sheldon could boast of being one of the few novelists to have each book turned into either a feature film or TV miniseries. His first, "The Naked Face", was published in 1970 and this tale of a psychiatrist was filmed in 1985. The small screen, however, has been more hospitable to his work and adaptations include "Rage of Angels" (NBC, 1983), with Jaclyn Smith; the multi-generational "Master of the Game" (CBS, 1984), with Dyan Cannon; "If Tomorrow Comes" (CBS, 1986); and "Sidney Sheldon's 'Windmills of the Gods'" (CBS, 1988).

In the late 80s, Sheldon joined producer Michael Viner and actress Deborah Raffin in forming Dove Audio Books and Dove Productions. By 1991, through the latter company, Sheldon took control of his own productions, and with Viner turned out "Sidney Sheldon's 'Memories of Midnight'", a syndicated miniseries starring Jane Seymour, Omar Sharif and Stephen Macht. Raffin starred in "Sidney Sheldon's 'The Sands of Time'" (syndicated, 1992). Other longforms include his tale of dreamers in Hollywood, "A Stranger in the Mirror" (ABC, 1993) and "Sidney Sheldon's 'Nothing Lasts Forever'" (CBS, 1995), about three medical residents.

Relationships

Natalie Sheldon

Mother

Jorja Curtright Actor

Wife
Married 1951 until her death May 11, 1985

Mary Dusen

Daughter
married to illustrator Bob Van Dusen mother, Jorja Sheldon

Alexandra Sheldon Actor

Wife
Married 1989 until his death Jan. 30, 2007

Otto Sheldon

Father

EDUCATION

Northwestern University

Evanston , Illinois

Milestones

1988

Donated $100,000 to two New York City high schools to start student newspapers

1969

Published novel "The Naked Face"

1963

Created "The Patty Duke Show" (ABC)

1959

Co-wrote libretto for Broadway musical "Redhead"

1957

Wrote, directed and produced "The Buster Keaton Story"

1953

Wrote, directed and produced "Dream Wife"

1947

Won Oscar for screenplay "The Bachelor and the Bobby Soxer"

1940

Wrote screenplay for "Mr. District Attorney in the Carter Case"

1934

Moved to L.A.; worked as script reader at Universal

Raised in the Chicago area

Created "I Dream of Jeannie"; also wrote numerous episodes (NBC)

Created "Nancy" (NBC)

Served in the US Air Force during WWII

Created "Hart to Hart" (ABC)

Returned to Hollywood after WWII

Bonus Trivia

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"It's not for the money that I write. I wouldn't know what else to do with my life. Writing novels is my greatest challenge--it's 100 percent me. I don't have actors telling me they can't deliver certain lines or a director who doesn't like the mountain setting but prefers the valley. . . ." --Sheldon to George Christy in THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER, September 20-22, 1996

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Sheldon is a part-owner and major investor in Dove Books and Dove Audio. Dove Books became nationally known in 1994 when it published Faye Resnick's recollections of Nicole Brown and O J Simpson and then subsequent memoirs of Simpson trial jurors and others.

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Sheldon has often been interviewed on TV magazine shows and is usually asked how he writes. The answer: he dictates to an assistant who takes shorthand, then transcribes the result into typed pages he reviews.

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Sheldon was inducted into the "Guiness Book of World Records" as the most translated author in the world.

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