The Other Side of Me
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In his eagerly-anticipated memoir, America+s premier storyteller shares the story of his own life in a frank and revealing book that rivals any of his fictional tales.Sidney Sheldon is truly an entertainment legend: Author of over a dozen bestsellers, Academy Award¨-winning screenwriter, and creator of some of television+s greatest hits, he has lived a singularly fascinating life. Sheldon has seen and done it all, and now in this candid memoir, he shares his story for the first time-talking about the personalities, highs, and lows that have made his career and life so captivating. From a depression-era childhood in Chicago to an Air Corps stint in WW II to the bright lights and hot parties of New York and Los Angeles, Sidney Sheldon has lived the kind of life most people could never imagine...until now.
The overture was over and the house curtain began to rise. We could feel the anticipation of the audience. The curtain was halfway up, when the beautiful pink bow caught on a beam, loudly ripped off, and slammed into the orchestra pit. The audience gasped. What none of us knew at that moment was that that was going to be the best thing to happen that evening. Dream with Music consisted of two acts and thirteen scenes, and the first scene opened with a dozen beautifully costumed African-American
interesting people. Ira Gershwin came to dinner with his wife, Lee. Kirk Douglas, Sid Caesar, and Steve Allen also came, along with their significant others. It was a long and wonderful guest list. More than once, Jules Stein, head of MCA, the most powerful talent agency in Hollywood, came to dinner with his wife, Doris. We often sat on the floor because there were not enough chairs, but no one seemed to mind. One of the most interesting men I met was Robert Schiffer, head of makeup at Disney
unable to speak. “I’m sorry,” Desi said. “Maybe next season.” I was faced with the same choice: Give up or try again. I was damned if I was going to give up. I needed another project, and I sat down to create one. I sat in my study for a week, discarding idea after idea. Finally, I thought of one that might work. There had been no shows on Broadway about Gypsies. I had a title, King of New York. It would be about a Gypsy family with a beautiful daughter falling in love with a non-Gypsy and
received our official pickup for the fifth year. I received a call from Mort Werner. “I think Jeannie and Tony should be married.” I was taken aback. “That would destroy the show, Mort. The fun of Jeannie is the sexual tension between Jeannie and her master. Once you marry them, that’s gone. You have nothing to work with.” “I want them to get married.” “Mort, that doesn’t make sense. If they—” “Do you want the show picked up for a fifth year?” There was a long silence. I was being
do for you?” “I’m looking for a job. Do you have any openings?” He studied me a moment. “As a matter of fact, I do. Have you had experience selling ladies’ shoes?” “Oh, yes,” I assured him. “Where did you work before?” I recalled a store where I had bought shoes. “Thom McCann, in Denver.” “Good. Come into the office.” He handed me a form. “Fill this out.” When I had finished, he picked it up and looked at it. Then he looked at me. “First of all, Mr. Schechtel, ‘McCann’ is not spelled