April 22, 1923 – June 23, 2006
“Stay tuned! I may not be here, but my show was picked up!”
Unless you’ve been living in a cave or on another planet with the Cruises, you’ve heard about what’s going on in the Spelling family. By Spelling, I refer to Aaron Spelling, TV producer extraordinaire, and the creator of many classic TV shows, including The Mod Squad, Charlie’s Angels, Beverly Hills 90210 (which starred his daughter, Abwhorey (spelled with a double EW)).
Dynasty, Melrose Place, Vegas, and 7th Heaven. These are just a few. There is lots of information on him and his career on the IMDB.
I myself adored Charlie’s Angels, and I also loved tube socks and perms.
These things did not last, and neither did the Angels. I thought this guy would live forever. Honestly. But looking at him, he had to be living on fumes for years. Yet he could still crank out a hit. His motto must have been something like Marshall Fields’ “Give the lady what she wants,” because he did, and we ate it.
Aaron had suffered a stroke in his ridicuhouse
on June 18th of this year (2006), and he died of complications five days later, on June 23rd.
Now this is the juicy part. Daddy Spelling left behind an estate worth $500 million, but daughter Abwhorey is reportedly only getting eight hundred thousand. Apparently there is a feud between her and her mom, because Abwhorey mocked her in her reality show, with something like an eBay room. Insulting or what? I mean, EVERYone knows that the Spellings have a gift wrapping room. eBay is way too common for the Spellings. Sheesh.
There was a funeral, and according to Army Archerd, “Private funeral services were held for Aaron Spelling at Hillside Memorial Park Sunday. Present were Candy Spelling, son Randy, daughter Tori and husband Dean McDermott, and Aaron’s brother, Danny. Randy Spelling delivered a warm farewell. The small group included Jonathan Levin, Pres. of Spelling Television, Paula and Sumner Redstone (We LOVE Sumner), Peter Roth, Suzanne Pleshette, Barbara Davis, Mark Nathanson, Willie and Lou Erlich, Pam and Ed McMahon. The group then returned to the Spelling residence for a small service.”
Aaron is buried in Hillside Memorial Park, in Culver City, California.
Trivia: He bought three houses including that child beater Bing Crosby‘s house, and had them knocked down. There, he built his own 57,000 square foot house of ridiculousness. His logic was that he never traveled, thus spent all of his time in his home. Fun fact is that he kept one of the gates from the demolished homes, as his personal exit, right near Brian Wilson’s lavatory – I mean, the hedges of Holmby Park.
This is the service entrance.
His first wife was groovy ghoulie Carolyn Jones (Morticia on The Addams Family) from 1953 to 1964.
The “Guinness Book of World Records” cites Aaron Spelling as the most prolific TV producer ever, with more than 200 television series and movies to his credit during his 50 years in the business.
Thank you Kevin, for putting together this story.
10 thoughts on “Aaron Spelling”
We saw Aaron sitting across the room at our favourite lunch restaurant “Panache” in Santa Monica, late 1980s-early 1990s
his daughter is victoria (tori) spelling and his son Randy spelling i thought tori and candy were estranged between them
Huge fan of the website, like the users above. I’ve for years come to the site off and on to read on my phone at night. On occasion I’ve read and posted on the forums but they don’t work on my phone, so it’s mostly just browinst the “list” late at night. I don’t know why, but it’s oddly comforting reading about the dead while trying to sleep. I’m glad to know I’m not the only one who finds myself saying “Holy crap it’s 2:30 am? what am I doing reading about Aaron Spelling’s death?” I hope your able to update the website at some point. I feel like I remember you having some issues with it in the past.
I have issues posting from my phone too and do the same thing reading it on my phone in bed. I am also glad to see that there’s other people who like to read these. I like to read the crime ones.
I am that person…it’s 4am and I’m still up reading even though I’ve read them all before! Love being a Hag!!
I feel liked I died of boredom reading that….
Like all of your astonishingly accurate and surprising humurous postings this one “fits the bill” with a few personal knowledge omissions.
Reputedly, Aaron met Candy at the private club “The Daisy”, where Candy then worked, on pre-famous Rodeo Drive. Have no idea as to the accuracy of, but rumors abound that the club wait staff was of the “private hire” variety if you get my drift… Also read that’s where Orenthal James met Nicole initally.
As to Tori being disinherited.. Seem to recall she married her first husband in a lavish multimillion dollar ceremony paid for by Aaron. About a year (+/-) later, while guesting on one of her Dad’s shows, she met her second husband. Tori then proceeded to have an “out there for all to see” affair, literally abandoning her first husband. Producer Aaron had seen decades of such on-set (trashy) behavior. After walking her down the isle less than a year before, how would you react? With $500 million, harsh, but not entirely unjustified was my take.
Trivia: Once stood in line behind Army & Selma Archerd at Bristol Farms in Westwood. Was dressed outside the norm in a jacket, starched shirt, etc. & both took notice of me. Because I declined to introduce myself Selma proceeded to give me the most hostile “stink eye” I’ve ever received! Army said nothing, but looked “hurt” that I didn’t speak to him! Liked him & had to bite my tongue not to say: “Mrs. Archer I’m well aware of whom your husband is, but as a civilian with no connection to show business, why are you attempting to demand I (pay homage) introduce myself?” The woman’s arrogant hostitality was off the charts rude – Ah, Hollywood!
ASSHOLE REMOVE MY POST
I hope you update soon.
Love the site.
Why is Dana Plato no longer listed?
I love your site and I have been a fan for so many years. A lot of stars had died over the course of the years. How come you haven’t updated this page? I love the biography’s on them and the pics. Thanks Anthony I hope you updated soon.