Aaron Spelling: A Retrospective of Prime-Time Success

This major exhibition, following the life and career of award-winning television and film producer Aaron Spelling, is taken from his personal archive located at the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center. The exhibition begins with photographs from Aaron Spelling's childhood, growing up in Dallas, Texas, through his military service during World War II, his subsequent graduation from Southern Methodist University, and his entry into the world of Hollywood

Spelling's early career in Hollywood was that of an actor. He had a consistent, but unsatisfying career with bit parts in television an film that are documented in the exhibition. Spelling then turned to writing. On exhibition is an early script for Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theatre, but by 1962 Spelling had added the credit of "producer" to his resume with his work for The Dick Powell Theatre, an anthology show with a diverse weekly cast including Ronald Reagan, Mickey Rooney and Lloyd Bridges. The exhibition documents all of Spelling's major shows beginning with The Mod Squad and Charlie's Angels, followed in rapid succession by Dynasty, Fantasy Island, The Love Boat, Melrose Place, Beverly Hills 90210, Charmed, and 7th Heaven. Other shows featured in the exhibition include Vega$, Starsky & Hutch, The Rookies, Hart to Hart, Hotel, and Sunset Beach. The exhibition also documents Spelling's family life with a number of personal photographs with his wife Candy, daughter Tori, and son Randy.

A large number of Mr. Spelling's honors and awards are included in the exhibition, such as the Scopus Award from the American Friends of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, The British Academy of Film and Television Arts Britannia Award, NAACP Image Awards, Golden Globes, People's Choice Awards and The Fulfillment Fund's "Courage to Dream" Award honoring both Candy and Aaron Spelling, to name but a few.

The exhibition is completed with a number of finely leather-bound television and film scripts from Aaron Spelling's home library.

This exhibition is no longer on view.