Spelling in 2009
Carole Gene Marer
September 20, 1945
|Alma mater||Beverly Hills High School|
|Net worth||$600 million|
Carole Gene "Candy" Spelling (née Marer; born September 20, 1945) is an American author, theater producer, and philanthropist. She was married to Aaron Spelling from 1968 until his death in 2006.
Early life and education
Carole Gene Marer was born in Beverly Hills, California, to Augusta (née Rosen) and Merritt Marer, and grew up in a Jewish home. Her father was a salesman who founded a chain of furniture stores. Although initially successful, the chain failed as a result of overexpansion. She attended Beverly Hills High School and Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles.
She married producer and screenwriter Aaron Spelling in 1968. The couple had two children: daughter Victoria Davey ("Tori") (born 1973) and son Randy Gene Spelling (born 1978). They appeared in several of Aaron’s productions, most notably in Beverly Hills, 90210. She has seven grandchildren, five from Tori and two from Randy.
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 14 bedrooms, 17 bathrooms, and five kitchens, 56,500 square feet (5,250 m2) on 4.7 acres (19,000 m2) land, it was the largest home in Los Angeles County at the time. In 2009, three years after her husband's death, she put The Manor on the market for $150. million. It was the most expensive residential listing in the United States.  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 New York Times Best Seller list two weeks after publication, and was also number one at L.A.'s Book Soup.
She is 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 LA's BEST After School Enrichment Program, a nonprofit after-school program created by Mayor Tom Bradley that serves over 29,000 children across Los Angeles. She also sits on the board of trustees of the American Humane Association.
- Bank of Hollywood
- Selling Spelling Manor
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- American Humane Association: Staff and Board