Wednesday, January 31, 2007


Sidney Sheldon (1917-2007)

I never read any of his many books, but it was hard not to cross paths with Sidney Sheldon's work in other mediums, where he won an Oscar and a Tony, though the mainstream media has screwed up again by crediting him with an Emmy he never won, though later versions of The Washington Post story excerpted below fixed the error. (For more details on the media error, click here.) In television, he created I Dream of Jeannie, The Patty Duke Show and Hart to Hart. In movies, he wrote The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer, Annie Get Your Gun and Easter Parade among others. That doesn't even come close to touching his prolific novel writing.

By Martin Weil
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, January 31, 2007; B07
Sidney Sheldon, 89, whose life of achievement as a writer and producer for the stage, the movies and television seemed no less suspenseful and dramatic than the plots of his best-selling novels, died Jan. 30 in California.
Mr. Sheldon, who was born in Chicago, told of contemplating suicide as a teenager, won Hollywood's Oscar and Broadway's Tony. It was estimated that as many as 300 million copies of his novels are in print, in a total of 51 languages.
One of his major television hits was I Dream of Jeannie, which he created and produced. The fantasy, which starred Larry Hagman and Barbara Eden, ran for five seasons in the late 1960s.
The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer, a 1947 movie with Cary Grant, Myrna Loy and Shirley Temple, won Mr. Sheldon the Oscar for best original screenplay.
As a co-author of Redhead, a Broadway show that featured Gwen Verdon, he won the Tony.

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I looked at the IMDb and I can't find any evidence that I Dream of Jeannie ever won an Emmy. Must have been the year the "Best Midriff by a Performer in a Harem Girl Costume" Award was handed out.
I think you are right. It looks like another case of the MSM getting facts wrongs. The Emmys' official database shows him getting a writing nomination in 1967, but no win.
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