- Category : Writers-Playwright-script
- Type : PE
- Profile : 4/6 - Opportunistic / Role Model
- Definition : Split - Large
- Incarnation Cross : RAX Explanation 1
American writer, regarded with distain by literary critics but adored by millions; one of the handful of popular novelists who regularly dominate best-seller lists. The winner of an Oscar, a Tony and an Edgar Allan Poe Award from the Mystery Writers of America, his output numbers more than 200 TV scripts, 25 major motion pictures, six Broadway plays and 17 novels which have sold more than 300 million copies. In September 2000, his 17th novel was released, "The Sky is Falling."
Raised during depression days, Sheldon was the son of parents who never completed third grade and was the only one in the family who completed high school. He moved to Los Angeles at age 17 and began work as a reader for Universal Studios for $17 a week. After a stint in the Air Force, he wrote for both MGM and Paramount, picking up an Oscar for his script of "The Bachelor and the Bobby Soxer." He created the "Patty Duke Show" and wrote 78 episodes, along with other series favorites.
Suffering from pneumonia, the author died at age 89 in Rancho Mirage, CA on January 30, 2007.