Candy Spelling, wife of late prolific producer Aaron Spelling, spoke in front of a crowd at last Friday’s opening of the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center exhibition Aaron Spelling: A Retrospective of Prime-Time Success. Spelling recalled the career of her late husband and the meaning behind his collection in the exhibit. She became emotional when she announced the Spelling Scholarship Fund, a $1 million gift that will provide annual scholarship awards to deserving students studying film, television, or new media.
The scholarship will be given to one or more eligible College of Communication undergraduates who demonstrate “exceptional talent and potential for success.” Preference for the scholarship will be given to those students planning to pursue writing and producing careers, like Spelling. “In honor of Aaron, may his legacy live on to provide the opportunity for students to learn, grow, and continue to revolutionize entertainment,” Spelling said. “I look forward to seeing your names in the credits.”
“Aaron Spelling’s shows shaped the popular culture of our country and our world,” said Thomas Fiedler (COM’71), dean of COM. “A lot of this was pushing the envelope. So much of it tied into mirroring the American culture at that time.”
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