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Also Known As: Sidney E Sheldon, Christopher Golato Died: January 30, 2007
Born: February 11, 1917 Cause of Death: complications from pneumonia
Birth Place: Chicago, Illinois, USA Profession: novelist, screenwriter, director, producer, script reader, coat check boy

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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).

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).

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DIRECTOR:

5.
  The Buster Keaton Story (1957) Director
6.
  Dream Wife (1953) Director

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Three Guys Named Mike (1951) Rudy
3.
5.
 Sidney Sheldon's Memories of Midnight (1991) Passerby (Venice)
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Raised in the Chicago area
1934:
Moved to L.A.; worked as script reader at Universal
1941:
Wrote screenplay for "Mr. District Attorney in the Carter Case"
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Served in the US Air Force during WWII
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Returned to Hollywood after WWII
1947:
Won Oscar for screenplay "The Bachelor and the Bobby Soxer"
1953:
Wrote, directed and produced "Dream Wife"
1957:
Wrote, directed and produced "The Buster Keaton Story"
1959:
Co-wrote libretto for Broadway musical "Redhead"
1963:
Created "The Patty Duke Show" (ABC)
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Created "I Dream of Jeannie"; also wrote numerous episodes (NBC)
1970:
Published novel "The Naked Face"
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Created "Nancy" (NBC)
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Created "Hart to Hart" (ABC)
1988:
Donated $100,000 to two New York City high schools to start student newspapers
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Education

Northwestern University: Evanston , Illinois -

Notes

"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

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.

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.

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

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wife:
Jorja Curtright. Interior decorator, former actor. Married from 1951 until her death on May 11, 1985.
wife:
Alexandra Sheldon. Former advertising executive. Married in 1989.

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father:
Otto Sheldon. Salesman.
mother:
Natalie Sheldon.
daughter:
Mary Van Dusen. Author. Married to illustrator Bob Van Dusen; mother, Jorja Sheldon.

Bibliography close complete biography

"The Naked Face"
"Rage of Angels"
"The Other Side of Midnight"
"A Stranger in the Mirror"
"Master of the Game"
"If Tomorrow Comes"
"Windmills of the Gods"
"The Doomsday Conspiracy" William Morrow
"Bloodline"
"Nothing Lasts Forever"
"Morning, Noon and Night" William Morrow
"The Sands of Time"
"Memories of Midnight"
"The Stars Shine Down"
"The Best Laid Plans" William Morrow
"Tell Me Your Dreams" William Morrow
"The Sky Is Falling" William Morrow
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