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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Turner Pub Co; 1 edition (May 6, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118409507
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118409503
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.2 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #560,169 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"An explosive new tell-all book." —The Daily Mail

About the Author

Candy Spelling is the widow of Aaron Spelling, mega Hollywood producer of hit TV series such as Dynasty, Charlie's Angels, and Beverly Hills 90210. A New York Times bestselling author of Stories from Candyland, she is the mother of TV star Tori Spelling, bestselling author of Spelling It Like It Is, uncharted terriTORI, sTORI telling, and Mommywood. Candy has produced the critically acclaimed Broadway musicals Promises, Promises, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Nice Work If You Can Get It, and After Midnight. She appears regularly on national broadcast media including Good Morning America, Today, The View, and The Early Show and blogs for the Huffington Post and other online media. 

Customer Reviews

I found this book to be very interesting.
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I really like Candy but this was too little info.
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I enjoyed this book and read it at one sitting.
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful By RKC on May 15, 2014
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I was a fan of Ms. Spellings, but find her last novel very confusing. She claims she was not happy until she appeared on "the red carpet" by herself. Her past is a jumble of conflictions. She was a Model, Designer, Retail Manager at 2 different locations, but yet was so shy if you said boo, she would melt. Never had the honor of "her" name on a credit card because she had never established credit in her name, but brags that she had a corvette when she met her future husband that she made the payments on. Also, bought her own apartment in Manhattan when she was single? What a confusing woman who has many issues, now of which seem to be her fault. We are just a normal family, we eat in the breakfast room, screen movies in the screening room etc. Sound like a normal home circa 1990? Just reading this was more frustrating than it was believable. It seems like Ms. Spelling should be writing Fiction?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Susan E. Rau on June 1, 2014
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Bought this book as a "break" from my usual heavy psychological reading. I figured that it could be a good, light memoir, and it did not fail to please. This book is a good tale for women in their 60's or 70's that find themselves suddenly widowed, or divorced, wherein they must achieve their own identity in a world that still tends to define women as "Mrs. So and So".

Candy relates to us her initial marriage to a man unsuited for her, and her subsequent connection with Aaron Spelling, a man 30 years her senior. She tells us her problems with Tori and Randy, her children, and how she goes through life being known as wife and mother, when her skills far exceed the role she is in.

When her husband passes away, she must find new friends, gradually, enter the dating world, and discover that she is a competent in charge women of value. To those readers who think "well...she has all the money in the world", I would say, yes, money does help when you are decorating, or seeking therapy, or encountering other obstacles in finding yourself. However, women of a certain age have the same issues whether they are rich, middle class or poor. I think that this is a helpful book for older women who are asking themselves "who am I, now that I am alone and the children are off on their own"? I liked it, and would recommend it for some light but helpful reading.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By blanche on June 27, 2014
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This was a fair read. She seems to go overboard in her description of her love for her husband and it doesn't ring true. Otherwise, the narrative of her life events were fine, just enough without hitting the boring meter. Very very little about her relationship with daughter, Tori. I feel she skirted the real issues.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Holly Golightly on June 11, 2014
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Candy is a wonderful storyteller. I felt like I was there in the old days of Hollywood reading her stories about Joan Crawford, Dean Martin, Elizabeth Taylor and more. It was lots of fun to read about her fabulous party for the Prince of Wales. On the flip side, she shared memories of some difficult times in her life including the loss of her best friend and husband. It was also refreshing to read Candy's take on parenting and the fact that it is always a work in progress. Good for Candy for sharing her latest chapter!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By sharon calderwood on June 20, 2014
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I only purchased this book because of what had been going down with her daughter. All about candy and name dropping of whom they associated with.
The Rich get Richer and I honestly think they have no idea how the average person lives
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Wilson Trivino on May 7, 2014
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Candy Spelling is part of a pop culture brand, but for all her public persona image, Candy is a very private individual. This book opens the reader to her world and is an up and close view of some of the most well known personalities.
Spelling was married to Aaron Spelling as he was one of Hollywood's most prolific and well known producers. To Aaron, the stars around him were not just photo opportunities, but work colleagues.
This book is much more than titillating tales of the Hollywood elite, it is about how one woman rediscovers herself in a world of change. She finally is at a point where she is living her life on her own terms.
Spelling for the first time shares the intimate details of Aaron Spelling fight with Alzheimer's and the real reason for the rift between her daughter Tori. She also speaks of her time at the "Manor", the 127 room, 56,500 square foot dream home and why she decided to downsize.
Candy at Last is written in a conversational style and serves as an inspiration to anyone who is dealing with the unexpected turbulent challenges in life's odyssey. It is as you enjoy a pleasant conversation with a long lost friend.
A fun read, Candy at Last is a memoir of a woman that in the south we call a "steel magnolia". A real joy and triumph story and perfect way to catch up on the evolution of Candy Spelling.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Merilyn Ulrich on May 25, 2014
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I enjoyed this book and read it at one sitting. Candy is honest about herself and her life and I got a totally different impression of her than I had in the past. Her life has been the stuff of dreams. I watched her "Manor" being prepared for her family as I made the daily drive from The San Fernando Valley to West Hollywood where I worked almost every day for over a year and it was a sight to see!! I reccomend this book to anyone who is curious about the amazing Spelling family and too anyone who has believed that Candy was some kind of "Mommy Dearest" due to her daughter Tori's comments. Things are not always what they appear to be!
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