Sidney Sheldon

Born11 February 1917,
Chicago, Illinois, the United States
Died30 January 2007,
California, the United States
ParentsFather: Ascher “Otto” Schechtel,

Mother: Natalie Marcus

Alma materNorthwestern University
OccupationNovelist, Television Producer and Screenwriter
GenreThriller, Crime Fiction
Years Active1941-2007
Notable WorksThe Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer, Redhead, Jackpot
SpouseJane Kaufman Harding (m.1945-div.1946), Jorja Curtright (m.1951-died 1985), Alexandra Joyce Kostoff (m. 1989)

Introduction – About Sidney Sheldon

Sidney Sheldon, an American Novelist, Writer, and Screenwriter, was born on 11 February, 1917 in Chicago, Illinois, the United States. During the 1930s, he was very prominent and won many awards during his careers – Broadway plays, best-selling novelists and movies, and Hollywood TV screenwriter. 

Sheldon was counted among the top ten best-selling writers (fiction) of all time. His novels have been sold in fifty-one languages, and around 300 million copies have been sold. 

Education and Early Childhood

Sheldon was born in Chicago, Illinois, as Sidney Schechtel. His father’s name was Ascher “Otto” Schechtel, and he was a manager for the jewelry store. His mother was Natalie Marcus. Sheldon made his initial sale for a poem at $5 at ten.

When there was a Great Depression, he joined many jobs. Then he graduated from the East High School, Denver Colorado, and studied at the Northwestern University on the scholarship. He also has his contribution to the drama groups for the short plays. Then, he was enlisted in the War Training Service, which was an Army Air Corps branch, as a pilot. 

Career As Author and Journey of Sidney Sheldon

Sheldon joined Hollywood in 1937 and has also written for the Broadway Stage. He has written musicals. He continued to write screenplays for Paramount Pictures and MGM Studios. His first work, The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer for Hollywood, earned him an Academy Award in 1947. 

At that time, when television initiated to become the popular medium, Sheldon decided to work for it. All seventeen episodes of Nancy, a short-lived story was written by him in 1970. In 1979, he wrote for Hart to Hart series, which ran for the five seasons. 

Sheldon has written his first novel in 1969. Before his three years of death, Sheldon was called “Mr. Blockbuster” by the Los Angeles Times. 

Sidney Sheldon’s Noteworthy Awards and Accolades

Sheldon won many awards and accolades, which depicted how unique his works were. In 1947, Sheldon won an “Academy Award for Writing Original Screenplay” for The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer. In 1959, he won a Tony Award for his Redhead (musical). 

Emmy Award nominated him for I Dream of Jeannie, which was an NBC sitcom. In 1988, he was inducted into the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Sheldon received the American Academy of Achievement’s Golden Plate Award in 1990. 

Personal Life and Interests – Sidney Sheldon 

The names of Sheldon’s spouses are – Jane Kaufman Harding (m.1945-div.1946), Jorja Curtright (m.1951-died 1985), Alexandra Joyce Kostoff (m.1989)

Sheldon writes in the crime fiction and thriller genres. He has also written books for children and done some works for young grown-ups. On January 30, 2007, Sheldon died of pneumonia in California. 

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Famous Books and Work Till Now of Sidney Sheldon

Some famous books and works till now of Sidney Sheldon are the following:

Novel Series 

  1. 1973 – The Other Side of Midnight 
  2. 1992 – The Stars Shine Down 
  3. 2001 – The Sky is Falling

Novels Not in Series 

  1. 1970 – The Naked Face 
  2. 1976 – A Stranger in the Mirror 
  3. 1977 – Bloodline
  4. 1982 – Master of the Game 
  5. 1988 – The Sands of Time 
  6. 1994 – Nothing Lasts Forever


  1. 2005 – The Other Side of Me 

London Plays 

  1. Gomes 

Broadway Plays 

  1. 1944 – Jackpot 
  2. 1959 – Redhead 
  3. 1961 – The King of New York 

Short Story and Poetry 

  1. 1986 – “Need to Know.” It is an unpublished short story. 
  2. 2001 – “The Eagle” 

Films as a Writer 

  1. 1942 – She’s in the Army
  2. 1948 – Easter Parade
  3. 1950 – Nancy Goes to Rio 
  4. 1951 – Rich, Young and Pretty 
  5. 1952 – Just This Once 
  6. 1953 – Remains to be Seen
  7. 1956 – Anything Goes 
  8. 1961 – All in a Night’s Work
  9. 1962 – Billy Rose’s Jumbo 
  10. 1979 – Bloodline

Aishwarya Gurg

I am an avid reader, content creator and writer and a mother. I am an MBA by profession with 5 years of corporate experience. I have travelled extensively across the nation and abroad, which has given me a wider perspective about life. I believe in equal opportunities and inclusivity. I have lived by the mantra of less judging and more uplifting each other for a better tomorrow.

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