Aaron Spelling

Aaron Spelling

Producer, actor, screenwriter
Date of Birth: 22.04.1923
Country: USA

Biography of Aaron Spelling

Aaron Spelling was born on April 22, 1923, in Dallas, Texas, into a poor Jewish family of immigrants from Eastern Europe. While it is said that his ancestors emigrated to the United States from Russia, there is no official confirmation of this information. His father, who served as a pilot in the US Air Force during World War II, worked as a tailor and could barely support a family of six. Aaron attended a simple school near a textile factory, where hooligans often gathered. When he turned 8 years old, he suffered a nervous breakdown due to constant bullying from the "factory gang," as it was known in the neighborhood, which left him unable to walk. Aaron spent a whole year confined to his bed, but he did not waste his time. He read works by O. Henry and Mark Twain and honed his storytelling skills. Despite the modest earnings of the family, his parents did not deprive him of the only pleasure – going to the movies. Spelling never missed a single screening and, as he grew older, he realized what he wanted to become. After serving in the Air Force, Aaron enrolled in Southern Methodist University and, upon graduation, moved to New York. He hoped to find work as a writer or actor, but above all, he dreamed of combining these two professions and becoming a screenwriter. In 1953, Aaron married actress Carolyn Jones and moved to California with her. Carolyn got a job at the Pasadena Playhouse, while Spelling began writing small scripts for stage productions. It was here that he was noticed by producer Dick Powell, who invited the determined young man to his company, "Four Star Productions," to perform an unusual job. Aaron was supposed to cater to the actors, find roles for them, resolve conflicts, and do whatever Powell said. Essentially, Spelling was a gofer, but he never complained about his job. That's why he was nicknamed "self-made man." Thanks to his hard work and self-belief, he managed to achieve what he wanted. The turning point in Spelling's career came in 1954 when director Alan Ladd asked him to edit a script for a Western. Since Aaron didn't know what to do, he simply rewrote the script. Ladd was thrilled and put the film into production. This is how Spelling became a screenwriter. The success of his early films allowed Aaron Spelling to raise money and start investing in film production. One of his first TV series, "The Mod Squad" (1968-1973), impressed media mogul Danny Thomas so much that he invited Aaron to join his company. After some time, they became full partners and founded the company "Thomas-Spelling," which was later renamed "Spelling TV Inc" after Thomas' death. Meanwhile, Aaron divorced his first wife and married Candy Marer in 1968. They had two children together, Tori and Randy. From a young age, Spelling promoted them on television, and they both made successful acting careers. For example, Tori played one of the key roles in the TV series "Beverly Hills 90210." But it all started long before "Beverly Hills." After the successful debut of "The Mod Squad" on television, the series "S.W.A.T." (1975-1976) premiered, followed by the project "Charlie's Angels" (1976-1981), which made Spelling famous in America. The series was about three women working in a detective agency to solve various crimes. It was the first TV show where women appeared in traditionally male roles, so Aaron took a significant risk. Fortunately, the series was a huge success, making him a renowned creator and the ABC channel, where it was broadcasted, one of the leading networks in the country. However, this was only the beginning. Spelling's next project, "Dynasty" (1981-1989), won the hearts of millions of viewers worldwide and became a cultural phenomenon. The series contributed significantly to the popularization of television, redefining the term "soap opera." Spelling proved that even the longest and most popular TV series could be a quality product. Soon, Aaron became a media mogul and the most influential producer on television. His success was primarily due to his incredible intuition: he knew better than anyone else what could interest viewers and how to capture it on screen, rarely making mistakes. In an interview, the producer revealed that the key to success in this business is understanding the audience. According to him, he even visited bus stops to talk to people and find out what they wanted to see. In 1990, another successful Spelling series, "Beverly Hills 90210" (1990-2000), premiered on TV, featuring his daughter Tori in one of the major roles. This project gained immense popularity among young people and became a significant milestone in the producer's career. After the two-hour series finale aired in 2000, Aaron couldn't contain his emotions. He stated that he had never been so close to the actors before and that his nest had become empty. Besides popularizing TV series, Spelling "launched the careers" of many actors. He was even called the "star-maker" because the majority of young actors who worked with him later achieved immense popularity in the film industry. Among them are John Travolta, Nick Nolte, Alyssa Milano, and Kristin Davis. He also nurtured generations of screenwriters. For example, Darren Star, the creator of the TV series "Sex and the City," was constantly in Spelling's orbit. In the 1990s, Spelling rarely appeared in public, preferring to live in his mansion in Los Angeles. His home was listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest in the world. But this is not his only record. According to official data, Aaron Spelling is the most prolific producer of all time. He was the author of more than 70 TV series and 140 films. The news of Aaron Spelling's death on June 23, 2006, shocked the entire Hollywood community. After all, he was the "godfather" of many actors, screenwriters, and producers. Although some claim that Spelling created empty "soap operas," his significance in the film industry is difficult to overestimate. He filled people's lives with meaning and wanted them to believe in themselves and know that life is priceless. This is the meaning that Aaron Spelling infused into his television projects.

Aaron Spelling

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