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    Sidney Sheldon (February 11, 1917 – January 30, 2007) was an Academy Award-winning American writer. His TV works spanned a 20-year period during which he created The Patty Duke Show (1963–66), I Dream of Jeannie (1965–70) and Hart to Hart (1979–84), but it was not until after he turned 50 and began writing best-selling novels such as Master of the Game (1982), The Other Side of Midnight (1973) and Rage of Angels (1980) that he became most famous.


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    Sheldon was born Sidney Schechtel in Chicago, Illinois. His parents, of Russian Jewish ancestry, were Ascher "Otto" Schechtel (1894–1967), 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
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    In 1937 Sheldon moved to Hollywood, California, where he reviewed scripts and collaborated on a number of B movies.[2] Sheldon enlisted in the military during World War II as a pilot in the War Training Service, a branch of the Army Air Corps,[2] His unit was disbanded before he saw any action. Returning to civilian life, he 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; for example, at one time he had three musicals on Broadway: a rewritten The Merry Widow, Jackpot, and Dream with Music.[1] 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.
    When television became the new popular medium, he decided to try his hand in it. "I suppose I needed money," he remembered. "I met Patty Duke one day at lunch. So I produced The Patty Duke Show, and I did something nobody else in TV ever did. For seven years, I wrote almost every single episode of the series."[1]
    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. 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.
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    Production for I Dream of Jeannie ended in 1970 after five seasons. It was "During the last year of I Dream of Jeannie, I decided to try a novel," he said in 1982. "Each morning from 9 until noon, I had a secretary at the studio take all calls. I mean every single call. I wrote each morning — or rather, dictated — and then I faced the TV business."

    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. His novels often featured determined women who persevere in a tough world run by hostile men.The novels contained a lot of suspense and devices to keep the reader turning the page:


    “ I try to write my books so the reader can't put them down," he explained in a 1982 interview. "I try to construct them so when the reader gets to the end of a chapter, he or she has to read just one more chapter. It's the technique of the old Saturday afternoon serial: leave the guy hanging on the edge of the cliff at the end of the chapter. ”


    Most of his readers were women. Asked why this was the case he said: "I like to write about women who are talented and capable, but most important, retain their femininity. Women have tremendous power — their femininity, because men can't do without it."[ Books were Sheldon's favorite medium. "I love writing books," he commented. "Movies are a collaborative medium, and everyone is second-guessing you. When you do a novel you're on your own. It's a freedom that doesn't exist in any other medium."
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    personal life:
    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; he contemplated suicide at 17 (talked out of it by his father, who discovered him), as detailed in his autobiography published in 2005, The Other Side of Me.
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    Death:


    Sheldon died on January 30, 2007 from complications arising from pneumonia at Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage, California.


    His remains were cremated, the ashes interred in Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery.
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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.
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    Novels
    The Naked Face (1970)
    The Other Side of Midnight (1973)
    A Stranger in the Mirror (1976)
    Bloodline (1977)
    Rage of Angels (1980)
    Master of the Game (1982)
    If Tomorrow Comes (1985)
    Windmills of the Gods (1987)
    The Sands of Time (1988)
    Memories of Midnight (1990)
    The Doomsday Conspiracy (1991)
    The Stars Shine Down (1992)
    Nothing Lasts Forever (1994)
    Morning, Noon and Night (1995)
    The Best Laid Plans (1997)
    Tell Me Your Dreams (1998)
    The Sky Is Falling (2001)
    Are You Afraid of the Dark? (2004)
    Sidney Sheldon's Mistress of the Game by Tilly Bagshawe (2009)
    Sidney Sheldon's After the Darkness by Tilly Bagshawe (2010)
    Sidney Sheldon's The prince of the darkness


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    Autobiography


    The Other Side of Me (2005)



    Broadway Plays




    The Merry Widow
    Alice in Arms
    Redhead
    Roman Candle
    Gomes (London)
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    [COLOR="rgb(72, 61, 139)"]Films



    The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer
    Three Guys Named Mike
    Annie Get Your Gun
    Dream Wife
    You're Never Too Young
    Anything Goes
    Billy Rose's Jumbo
    Bloodline[/COLOR]
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    [COLOR="rgb(72, 61, 139)"]Television




    I Dream of Jeannie
    If Tomorrow Comes
    The Patty Duke Show
    Hart to Hart[/COLOR]
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    The Naked Face is the first novel (1970) written by popular novelist Sidney Sheldon.


    It was nominated by the Mystery Writers of America for the Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best First Novel by an American Author.
    In 1983 the novel was adapted as a film directed by Bryan Forbes, starring Roger Moore and Rod Steiger


    summary:

    Dr. Judd Stevens, M.D., is a caring and successful Manhattan psychoanalyst who must face a horrific prospect; someone is trying to kill him. First, John Hanson, a patient trying overcome his homosexuality, is brutally murdered, perhaps because he was mistaken for Stevens. Not long after, Carol Roberts, Steven's secretary, is also found murdered. The police, partly due to anger with Stevens testimony in a previous case, are quick to treat Stevens as the prime suspect. To prove his innocence and track down the real killer, Stevens hires a private investigator by the name of Norman Z. Moody. Before the case is done, Stevens will have to risk life and limb, psychoanalize possible suspects and fall in love with a mysterious patient named Annie DeMarco. A superb novel to read.
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    The Other Side of Midnight is a novel by American writer Sidney Sheldon published in 1973. The book reached No.1 on the New York Times Best Seller list. It was made into a 1977 motion picture of the same name, directed by Charles Jarrott. The cast included Marie-France Pisier, John Beck, Susan Sarandon, Christian Marquand and Josette Banzet. In Japan, it was adapted and broadcast as a radio drama, with a soundtrack by Yoko Kanno and Maaya Sakamoto.

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    The story focuses on two women: the first is the beautiful Noelle Page, who is born to a fisherman in Marseilles; the second is well-read but shy wit Catherine Alexander, whose father had big dreams he was never able to fulfil. Catherine is embarrassed about the fact that she is a virgin.
    Noelle was born as a result of an extra-marital affair in Marseilles, France, but her mother never told her husband the truth. Her foster father always called her his 'princess' and decided to exploit her beauty by taking money from dress shop owner Auguste Lanchon in exchange for letting Noelle sleep with him. Noelle falls in love with RAF pilot Larry Douglas when she escapes to Paris. He promises to marry her but disappears from Paris and does not return. Noelle, distraught, finds she is pregnant and terminates at five-and-a-half months along in grisly fashion.
    Catherine is an American born to a father who always had big dreams, but could never fulfil them. Because she is an aloof virgin, the people in her university call her a lesbian. She finds a job with a man called Bill Fraser with whom she begins a relationship, but falls in love with Larry Douglas instead. Larry and Catherine marry, unaware of Noelle's plans for vengeance against the man who jilted her so carelessly.
    Larry's lies gradually entwine the lives of these two women in a dazzling story of passion, vengeance, power and greed.
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    A Stranger in the Mirror is a 1976 novel written by Sidney Sheldon. The novel is one of the earliest Sheldon's works, but contains the typical Sheldon fast-paced narration and several narrative techniques with the exception of a twist ending. The novel tells the life story of two fictitious Hollywood celebrities - Toby Temple and Jill Castle, portrays the emotional extremes of success and failure and how people inevitably become victims of time.

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    Toby Temple, born to a struggling German butcher and his wife in 1920s Detroit, has always wanted to make his strict mother happy. He finds that he has a great talent for mimicry and parody; his mother encourages him to develop this into an entertainment career. After he is forced to leave home for his own safety (having got the daughter of a local policeman pregnant), Toby travels the country for several years as a small-time comedian, performing in cheap, filthy clubs and living frugally, always dreaming of big success and denied by indifferent show-business executives. Finally, aged 27, Toby seduces the crippled owner of a drama school, who introduces him to famous Hollywood agent Clifton Lawrence. Recognizing Toby's talent, Lawrence coaches him for a more upmarket gig, which leads to a Las Vegas hotel act, turning out to be a huge success. Thereafter, Toby rapidly becomes a rich and famous celebrity: doing stand-up tours across America, entertaining American troops in Korea, starring in Hollywood movies, and later in his own TV show. He remains a lonely man, although he surrounds himself with a vast entourage and seduces countless women.
    Meanwhile the story moves to Josephine Czinski, daughter of a single Polish seamstress in Odessa, Texas. Josephine suffers from chronic headaches due to complications during her birth and has a deprived childhood. Nonetheless she befriends some of Odessa's rich "oil children," in whose company she acquires her lofty ambitions of movie stardom. Josephine grows to be strikingly beautiful and alluring, the envy of her wealthy friends. At 17, she becomes involved with the town's richest, most eligible bachelor, David Kenyon. However, after promising to marry her, David is then maneuvered into a more politically convenient marriage by his sick and domineering mother; an unpleasant incident in his past further persuades him. A depressed Josephine runs away to Hollywood, changes her name to Jill Castle and seeks her fortune in the film industry. For several years she has very little luck, due mostly to her lack of experience and the surplus of attractive, aspiring actresses in Hollywood. She succeeds in getting only a few bit parts, whilst working a variety of other jobs. At one point, an unscrupulous boyfriend drugs and tricks her into performing in a pornographic film with a Mexican stud. After this, she is forced to accept that movie roles might best be purchased with her body. She submits to many cruel, lecherous men who repay her with small roles in films and advertisements. Still she dreams of becoming a leading lady. However, the older she gets, the less likely this seems.
    The plot speeds up when Jill gets a part on "The Toby Temple Show." Toby is smitten with her and pursues her determinedly, despite her treating him with initial indifference (unlike most other women). He arranges a major movie audition for her; when the director reports that Jill simply lacks the charisma for a leading role, she is heartbroken. Confiding her pain to Toby, she finds herself falling for him since he understands exactly how she feels, despite the 20-year age gap. He discovers a feeling for Jill which he has never experienced with any other woman; they make love and decide to marry immediately.
    Meanwhile, David Kenyon has finally divorced his unloving, selfish wife and comes looking for Josephine, whom he still loves. He arrives in Hollywood too late, seeing her wedding to Toby Temple in a newspaper.
    As Toby's wife, Jill becomes a very dominating presence in Hollywood society and takes revenge on everyone who victimized her. Disliking Toby's agent, Clifton Lawrence, she gets him fired. With their happy marriage to complete his life, Toby goes on to greater showbiz triumphs than ever; his punishing performance schedule begins to wear him out. Finally, while attending the Cannes Film Festival, where Toby is presented with a special award, he collapses from a massive stroke.
    Jill is told that her husband is permanently paralyzed. He is unable to walk or speak, and physiotherapy seems ineffective. Refusing to give up on him, Jill dismisses all medical and nursing staff and spends months looking after Toby on her own: feeding, bathing, and dressing him, forcing him into painful exercises. Ultimately, after finding herself too weak to carry on, she is overjoyed when Toby walks again. Thenceforth, he makes a complete and remarkable recovery. When Toby returns to the screen, healthy and funnier than ever, the World rejoices his re-entry and proclaims their love to be the romance of the century. His international comeback tour is an unprecedented sensation, but once again, he pushes himself too hard. At a hotel in Moscow, he suffers a second stroke. This time his paralysis is complete and recovery impossible.
    Jill then meets David again and realizes he is her true love; but as the heroic wife of the tragic Toby Temple, she can never divorce him as long as he is alive. Unwittingly, she blurts out her frustration to Toby, who (although he cannot reply) is appalled and incensed by her betrayal. Jill begins to suffer headaches again and horrible nightmares. She becomes frightened of her paralyzed husband, suspecting that, in his helpless state, he has found some eerie psychokinetic power which will enable him to harm her.
    In desperation, she murders Toby by drowning him in their swimming pool and successfully convinces everybody except Clifton Lawrence that his death was accidental. Jill joins David in a cruise, intending to marry him. On the ship, however, Clifton traps David into viewing Jill's old porn film. Having racist issues, it enrages him to see Jill with a Mexican in such a state. David batters Clifton, flees, and abandons Jill. Jill is left desolate, bereft of all love. Seeing an apparition of Toby on the sea, she drowns herself and joins him in the afterlife.
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