Aaron Spelling

Aaron Spelling (April 22, 1923 – June 23, 2006) was an American film and television producer. As of 2009, Spelling's eponymous production company Spelling Television holds the record as the most prolific television writer, with 218 producer and executive producer credits. Forbes ranked him the 11th top-earning dead celebrity in 2009. Spelling was born in Dallas, Texas. He was the son of Pearl (née Wald) and David Spelling. His father worked as a tailor. His paternal ancestors were immigrants from Russia and Poland. They chose to change their surname from Spurling to Spelling upon their move to the United States. Spelling had three brothers: Sam, Max, and Daniel, and a sister, Becky. At the age of 8, Spelling lost the use of his legs psychosomatically, due to trauma caused by constant bullying from his schoolmates, and was confined to bed for a year. Spelling attended Forest Avenue High School. During World War II, he served in the United States Armed Forces. Spelling graduated from Southern Methodist University in 1949, where he was a cheerleader. He married actress Carolyn Jones in 1953, and they moved to California. They divorced in 1964.


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