Exhibition of TV Legend Aaron Spelling’s Archive at BU
The Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center will open a new major exhibition, Aaron Spelling: A Retrospective of Prime Time Success, honoring the life and career of legendary television producer Aaron Spelling on Friday, October 4th. The opening reception will feature remarks from his wife, producer and author Candy Spelling, as well as actor and SAG-AFTRA president Ken Howard. The Gotlieb Center is the repository of Mr. Spelling’s personal archive.
Aaron Spelling is one of television’s most prolific producers, with a record of more than 4,300 hours of television programming, including over 266 hours of movies for television. After forming Thomas-Spelling Productions with Danny Thomas, Mr. Spelling produced several successful television shows, including The Mod Squad and The Rookies. In 1976, he released the hit ABC movie The Boy in the Plastic Bubble, starring a young John Travolta. Under the banner of Spelling Entertainment, Mr. Spelling produced such iconic television series as Charlie’s Angels, Beverly Hills 90210, Melrose Place, Starsky and Hutch, The Love Boat, Hart to Hart, Fantasy Island, Dynasty, Charmed,Twin Peaks and 7th Heaven. He also produced the Emmy Award-winning HBO miniseries And the Band Played On and the television movie Day One.
Candy Spelling is a television star, Broadway producer, New York Times best-selling author, wife, mother, designer and blogger. Mrs. Spelling met producer and screenwriter Aaron Spelling when she was eighteen years old and they married in 1968. They had two children who would go on to be actors: daughter Victoria “Tori” Davey and son Randy Gene Spelling.
Ken Howard was first elected national president of Screen Actors Guild in 2009. Re-elected in 2011, Mr. Howard was named co-president of SAG-AFTRA when the two unions merged. Mr. Howard’s has an extensive acting career spanning four decades that includes work on television, movies and the stage in both dramatic and comedic roles. An Emmy and Tony Award winner, he helped create and starred in the television series The White Shadow from 1978 – 1982, and has had recurring television roles on Dynasty, The Colbys, Melrose Place, Crossing Jordan, Murder, She Wrote, The Manhunter and 30 Rock. He has recently appeared as Tip O’Neill in a one-man show According to Tip, at the New Repertory Theatre in Watertown, Massachusetts.
The exhibition opening reception will be held at the Gotlieb Memorial Gallery (771 Commonwealth Ave.) from 5:30PM to 7:30PM on October 4th and is free and open to the public. On Monday, October 7th, the exhibit will open for a limited run. The exhibition can be viewed during normal library hours: Monday-Thursday 7:00 AM – 2:00 AM, Friday 7:00 AM – 11:00 PM, Saturday 8:00 AM – 11:00 PM and Sunday 10:00 AM – midnight.