Author Sidney Sheldon

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Sidney Sheldon (February 11, 1917 – January 30, 2007) was an American writer and producer.

Some interesting facts about Sidney Sheldon:

  • His father was a manager at a jewelry store.
  • At age 10, Sheldon made his first literary sale when he sold a poem for a few dollars.
  • He dropped out of Northwestern University after 6 months during the Depression to help support his family.
  • In 1937, Sheldon moved to Hollywood and reviewed scripts and collaborated on several B movies.
  • He enlisted in the Army Air Corps as a pilot, but his unit was disbanded before he saw any action.
  • After the war, Sheldon he moved to New York City and wrote musicals for Broadway and continued to writer screenplays for MGM and Paramount.
  • At one time he had three musicals on Broadway at the same time.
  • Sheldon won an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay in 1947 for “The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer” which stared Cary Grant, Myrna Loy, and Shirley Temple.
  • In 1950, he wrote the musical film “Annie Get Your Gun.”
  • He won a Tony Award for his musical “Redhead” in 1959.
  • Sheldon created and wrote the TV shows “The Patty Duke Show,” “I Dream of Jeannie,” and “Hart to Hart.”
  • He used the pseudonyms Mark Rowane, Allan Devon, and Christopher Golato for some of the scripts he wrote for his TV shows. The pseudonyms were because he felt his name was showing up too often in the credits.
  • In 1969, Sheldon wrote his first novel “The Naked Face.”
  • He bragged about his work habits, dictating fifty pages per day, which would be typed by a secretary. Corrections were made the next day, and the process would continue until 1,200 – 1,500 pages had been rewritten.
  • Sheldon would work for an entire year, at times, on rewriting a novel.
  • His daughter Mary Sheldon is a novelist.
  • Sheldon fought with bipolar disorder for years. He contemplated suicide at age 17. His autobiograpy, “The Other Side of Me,” was published in 2007 and details this near suicide.
  • He died on January 30, 2007, of pneumonia at a hospital in CA.
  • Mason County District Library has a supply of Sidney Sheldon books to lend. You may also find his books available as an interlibrary loan through MeL and as ebooks and audiobooks on OverDrive (read with the Libby app or on Kindle).Sidney Sheldon quote

Find his books on MeL: Sidney Sheldon