"Sidney Sheldon" was an American writer. His TV works spanned a 20-year period during which he created The Patty Duke Show (1963–66), I Dream of Jeannie (1965–70) and Hart to Hart (1979–84), but he became most famous after he turned 50 and began writing best-selling novels, such as Master of the Game (novel)/Master of the Game (1982), The Other Side of Midnight (1973) and Rage of Angels (1980). He is the List of best-selling fiction authors/seventh best selling fiction writer of all time.

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That was the year every show on the air went to color, except for one, and I found out that Screen Gems wasn't willing to pay for color because it was an extra $300 a show.

Some of the most flattering fan mail I get are from women who want to know how I can understand and write like a woman, and that pleases me very much because I love women.

As I dictate, other characters come in and the story begins to form, and I really talk the story.

Usually, when people get to the end of a chapter, they close the book and go to sleep. I deliberately write a book so when the reader gets to the end of the chapter, he or she must turn one more page.

It also came at a time that the networks weren't liberal about what they showed, and the network panicked when they realized they'd bought a show with a beautiful half-naked woman who moves in with a bachelor and says, 'What can I do for you?' I got a 22-page memo, with specific guidelines of what we couldn't do.

When people tell me I've kept them up all night, I feel like I've succeeded.

On 'Jeannie' it said 'Created by Sidney Sheldon, written by Sidney Sheldon.' It was like an ego trip.

What I do is put my characters into situations that are so precarious there is no way to get out. And then I figure how to get them out.