Sidney Sheldon (February 11, 1917–January 30, 2007) was an American writer. His TV works spanned a 20-year...

Sheldon was born Sidney Schechtel in Chicago, Illinois. His parents, of Russian Jewish ancestry, were Ascher “Otto” Schechtel (1894–1967), manager of a jewelry store, and Natalie Marcus. At...

In 1937, Sheldon moved to Hollywood, California, where he reviewed scripts and collaborated on a number of B movies. Sheldon...

When television became the new popular medium, he decided to try his hand in it. "I suppose I needed money," he...

Sheldon created, produced and wrote I Dream of Jeannie in his co-production capacity with Screen Gems....

Production for I Dream of Jeannie ended in 1970 after five seasons. It was "During the last year of I Dream of Jeannie, I decided to try a...

In 1969, Sheldon wrote his first novel, The Naked Face, which earned him a nomination for the Edgar Allan Poe Award from the Mystery Writers of America in the category of Best First Novel. His next novel, The Other Side of...

Most of his readers were women. Asked why this was the case he said: "I like to write about women who are talented and capable, but most important, retain their femininity. Women have tremendous power...

Sheldon was first married to Jane Kaufman Harding (1945–1948). Later he wrote "Regretfully, in less than a month, Jane and I...

He was married for 30 years to Jorja Curtright, a stage and film actress who later became an interior designer. She appeared in a Season One episode of I Dream of Jeannie. She died of a heart attack in 1985. Their daughter,...

He married Alexandra Joyce Kostoff, a former child actress and an advertising executive of Macedonian origin,...

He struggled with bipolar disorder for years; he contemplated suicide at 17 (talked out of it by his...

A resident of Palm Springs, California, Sheldon died on January 30, 2007, from complications arising from pneumonia at Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho...

Sheldon won an Academy Award for Writing Original Screenplay (1947) for The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer, a Tony Award (1959) for his musical Redhead, and was nominated for an Emmy Award for his work on I Dream of Jeannie,...


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