Stories from Candyland: Confections from One of Hollywood's Most Famous Wives and Mothers
Carole Gene Marer spent her girlhood dreaming of meeting Rock Hudson, but when she finally had the chance—on a date with her future husband, television mogul Aaron Spelling—she was so shy she hid all night in the powder room. How Candy morphed from that quiet girl into a stylish trophy wife, mistress and designer of the largest house in Los Angeles (70,000 square feet
After reading a few pages, I knew this book wasn’t for me. I knew I wasn’t going to make it through the entire book and I HATE not finishing a book. However, I ...more
Also, what I found disheartening was that Candy never even mentioned "Nanny" who was Tori's African-American nanny for many years. The nanny who happened to go by the name "Nanny" has already passed away. I think Candy could have at least acknowledged the woman who spent so many years raising Candy's ...more
It was even worse than I imagined.
This was just laughingly bad. It was one of the worst written books I've ever read, to the point that it was actually painful to read. I was expecting Candy to be a nutcase witch, as she is often p ...more
Told in an organized fashion, this tale glides over the various aspects of this fairytale existence; she very deftly skirts the parenting issues, focusin ...more
I should've listened to the other reviewers and not wasted my money on this book. But curiosity got the better of me. I was hoping to understand from Candy's point of view what went wrong with her relationship with Tori. And now I know: Tori's mom has a serious personality disorder. At the very least, she lacks the compassion gene. And the maternal gene. And the human gene. She just doesn't get it.
Candy Spelling made a feeble attempt to excuse some of her ...more
Her direct comments about/to her daughter are cringe worthy. I ...more
Well she doesn't defend herself. She barely responds to the things Tori says in her book. She just says "poor me, my daughter is so mean to me in the press." I never felt sorry for her. What it comes down to is she is an insecure, people pleasing, self-absorbed person. I also might even claim that she boarderline lies or a ...more
And she is so clearly livid at Tori and made all sorts of passive aggressive comments.
Needless to say, I'm sure this is a bestseller and I'm grateful to the LA Public Library for buying this so I could read it.
Here is what I did learn: her house is 56,500 sf; her attic at The Manor is 17,000 (with a salon; she is down sizing to a 17,000 sf condo (what will she do???); her husband, Aaron, was the king of ABC in the mid-80s - one third of their prime time in ...more
The author recently said that she has "found her voice" and that is unfortunate as silence suited her better.
Sadly after reading this book, it solidified th ...more
Candy’s (née Carole Gene Marer) life has been colorful, glamorous, sometimes dramatic and always full-to-the-brim. Born and raised in LA, she excelled in school cooking a ...more