The Other Side of Me
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In his eagerly-anticipated memoir, America+s premier storyteller shares the story of his own life in a frank and revealing book that rivals any of his fictional tales.Sidney Sheldon is truly an entertainment legend: Author of over a dozen bestsellers, Academy Award¨-winning screenwriter, and creator of some of television+s greatest hits, he has lived a singularly fascinating life. Sheldon has seen and done it all, and now in this candid memoir, he shares his story for the first time-talking about the personalities, highs, and lows that have made his career and life so captivating. From a depression-era childhood in Chicago to an Air Corps stint in WW II to the bright lights and hot parties of New York and Los Angeles, Sidney Sheldon has lived the kind of life most people could never imagine...until now.
had time to see the music publishers, my evenings were free, and at least three times a week I went to the theater to see plays, sitting in the cheapest balcony seats. I saw Room Service . . . Abie’s Irish Rose . . . Tobacco Road . . . You Can’t Take It with You . . . The variety was endless. Sidney Rosenthal, my new friend, had found a job and one day he suggested, “Why don’t we pool our money and get out of this place?” “Great idea.” One week later, we left the YMCA and moved into the Grand
“No.” I was looking at the door. He smiled. “Let’s change that. How would you like to work with me?” I was stunned. This was exactly the opportunity I had dreamed of. “I—I’d love it,” I said. I could hardly get the words out. “I have an office here, on the second floor. Why don’t you meet me there tomorrow morning, ten o’clock, and we’ll go to work.” “Great!” “Bring all the lyrics you have.” I swallowed. “I’ll be there, Mr. Rich.” I was in a state of euphoria. When I told Sidney Rosenthal
first time. “I’m going to help you.” A feeling of relief flooded through me. I couldn’t stop grinning. I watched her riffle through the book. “It’s long,” she said. “How do you expect to finish this synopsis by six o’clock?” Good question. She handed the book back to me. I glanced at the inside cover to get a quick idea of what it was about. It was a period romance, the kind of story that Selznick seemed to enjoy making. “How are we going to do this?” Sydney asked. “I’m going to skim the
sister plug and plug it into that room number, and you move this button to ring the room. That’s all there is to it.” I nodded. “That’s easy.” “I’ll give you a week’s trial. You’ll work nights.” “No problem,” I said. “How soon can you start?” “I’ve started.” The manager had been right. Running a switchboard was easy. It became almost automatic. When a light flashed, I would put in a plug from the first row. “Mr. Klemann, please.” I would look at the roster of guests. Mr. Klemann was in
highest price up to then for a musical. “What do you say?” Dore asked. I thought about it. I was certain that Where’s Charley? was going to be a hit, but I was excited about the chance to work with Irving Berlin again. It was impossible to say no to Dore’s offer. “I’ll do it,” I said. That afternoon, I called Feuer and Martin and Frank Loesser, and told them of my decision. “I know you’re going to have a big hit,” I said. And I was right. CHAPTER 20 It was exciting to work with