Candy Spelling in 2009
|Born||Carole Gene Marer
September 20, 1945
Beverly Hills, California
|Spouse||Howard Frederick Leveson (1963-1964; divorced)
Aaron Spelling (1968-2006; his death; 2 children)
|Relatives||Dean McDermott (son-in-law)
Leah Spelling (daughter-in-law)
Liam McDermott (grandson)
Stella McDermott (granddaughter)
Sage Spelling (granddaughter)
Hattie McDermott (granddaughter)
Finn McDermott (grandson)
Lotus Spelling (granddaughter)
Carole Gene Marer was born in Beverly Hills, California, to Augusta (née Rosen) and Merritt Marer. Her family was Jewish. She grew up in a wealthy family and her parents had maids. She graduated from Beverly Hills High School in 1963.
She married producer and screenwriter Aaron Spelling in 1968; the couple had two children: daughter Victoria Davey (aka "Tori") (born 1973) and son Randy Gene Spelling (born 1978). They appeared in several of Aaron’s productions, most notably in Beverly Hills, 90210.
Candy and Aaron Spelling built a mansion in Holmby Hills, known as Spelling Manor, which was completed in 1988. With an estimated 123 rooms, including fourteen bedrooms, seventeen bathrooms and five kitchens, 56,500 square feet (5,250 m2) on 4.7 acres (19,000 m2) land, it is reportedly the largest home in Los Angeles County. After Aaron Spelling's death on June 23, 2006, the estate was to be divided primarily between Candy Spelling and her two children. Candy Spelling was the estate executor. At the time, Spelling and her daughter were estranged and it was reported that Tori inherited $800,000. Randy Spelling reportedly received $800,000 as well.
In 2008, she paid $47 million for a two-story condo atop a Century City residential tower called The Century that was still under construction in July 2008. She said she was moving to downscale her living space after her husband's death in 2006. Other residents include Paula Abdul and Nobu Matsuhisa. However, in March 2013 she sued the developers after she claimed they failed to add a restaurant to the building as promised. Meanwhile, she has been renting an apartment in The Carlyle on Wilshire Boulevard in Westwood, Los Angeles, but has faced eviction since February 2013 allegedly over a misunderstanding regarding the renewal of her tenancy agreement for six additional months.
In March 2009, she put Spelling Manor up for sale. The asking price was $150 million, the most expensive residential listing in the U.S. at the time. In July 2011, Spelling Manor was sold to Petra Ecclestone for $85 million. Candy Spelling documented her move on Selling Spelling Manor, a two-part documentary on the HGTV network.
As a writer
She is a regular columnist for The Huffington Post, Los Angeles Confidential, and TMZ.com (Spelling It Out). Her autobiography, Stories from Candyland, was released in March 2009. The book hit the The New York Times Best Seller list two weeks after publication, and was also Number 1 at L.A.'s Book Soup.
She is currently a member of the Los Angeles Coliseum Commission, a Commissioner for the Department of Recreation and Parks for the City of Los Angeles, a board member of the Los Angeles World Affairs Council, and a member of the board of L.A.'s Best, the Mayor's group that provides reading programs to schools in L.A. She also sits on the Board of Trustees of the American Humane Association.
- Eleanor Gower, "Thirty removal vans and 123 rooms to pack up: Candy Spelling's big move from her $85 million mansion is documented for new TV programme", The Daily Mail, December 16, 2011.
- Obituary for Aaron Spelling, L.A. Times (cached)
- Naomi Pfefferman (2002-03-01). "Spell Binding". JewishJournal.com. Archived from the original on Apr 30, 2008.
- "Real Life Dynasty Puts the Carringtons in the Shade", The Sydney Morning Herald, March 1, 1987.
- "Eye Candy: Spelling's Sweet Life". ABC News.
- Aaron Couch, "Candy Spelling Sues Building in Condo Dispute", The Hollywood Reporter, March 2, 2013.
- "Landlord Targets Candy Spelling for Eviction", Forbes, February 27, 2013.
- Lauren Beale and Peter Y. Hong. Candy Spelling's Holmby Hills mansion listed for $150 million, The Los Angeles Times, March 28, 2009
- Spelling to Sell Mansion, ABC news, March 28, 2009
- Formula 1 heiress buys for $85 million Hollywood mansion|Reuters
- Candy Spelling profile at IMDb
- American Humane Association: Staff and Board