"The Ceslie Show" guests Candy Spelling & Tracy Stern
CANDY AND TEA ON TODAY'S SHOW! LISTEN ON-DEMAND FOR THE REAL STORY BEHIND AARON SPELLING'S PHENOMENAL RISE TO HOLLYWOOD ROYALTY. AND, FIND OUT WHERE MANHATTANITES ESCAPE FOR TEA AND DISCO (IN THE MIDDLE OF THE DAY!) SCROLL DOWN TO READ MY POST-SHOW BLOG.
CANDY SPELLING INTERVIEW
CANDY SPELLING TAKES YOUR CALLS
TRACY STERN INTERVIEW
This episode of "The Ceslie Show" originally broadcast live on 06.02.09
MY POST-SHOW BLOG:
(POST AVAILABLE AFTER 4:30 P.M. ET DAY OF THE LIVE BROADCAST)
02 June 2009/NYC: CANDY & TEA
What a fun show today with Candy Spelling and Tracy Stern--two fantastic entrepreneurial, strong, fun, glamorous, and down-to-earth (at the same time) women. And, I loved hearing from so many of you on today's live broadcast of "The Ceslie Show."
Thank you to everyone who called in live. I'm sorry we couldn't get to everyone. I know your time is valuable and please try again tomorrow. Today on the show, Candy Spelling was graciously revealing during my interview and then came back for segment two to take your calls and answer questions from the chat room. For your records, the call-in number is: +1 (888) 874-5654. All week I'm and giving away Tori Amos's new CD "Abnormaly Attracted to Sin" (Universal Republic) and you can listen to that interview and exclusive tracks here.
I really did enjoy Candy Spelling's new book "Stories from Candy-land, Confections from One of Hollywood's Most Famous Wives and Mothers" more than I thought I would. You see, after almost 20 years as a writer and editor, I am accustomed to doing my research and prep before an interview and many times that means having to read a book that I otherwise wouldn't necessarily read. If I hadn't already read and hear so much about the book, (interviews that strictly focused on the relationship between Candy and her daughter Tori), I would have been more excited about reading this book.
I, like the audience I serve, am a 40+ woman (full disclosure: I will be 48 on Sunday) whose TV-watching decades of my teens through adulthood were filled with Aaron Spelling shows. The pop culture quotient alone is through the roof! Mod Squad, Charlie's Angels, Hotel (as Candy reminded me during our interview), Dynasty--the list goes on and on--these are shows that were ridiculously entertaining, had a huge impact on fashion (Nolan Miller, shoulderpads, major bling, high hair) and I had the opportunity to interview "the" woman behind the man who is heralded as one of the greatest producers and storytellers in modern history. Really, the least of my interest was about the friction between Candy and her daughter Tori and the garage sale on Tori's reality TV show to raise much-needed cash. Huh? Don't worry. Tori and her family are and will be just fine. Buy the book and you'll get all the scoop about the trust funds and more.
After reading the whole book and speaking with Candy, it's evident that she is a doting mother who loves and adores her children and have provided for them well. Now, back to the good stuff. One of the surprising things I learned, is that when Aaron Spelling courted Candy, he was nearly broke (she's goes into detail about this during my interview) and known as a Hollywood playboy. Very "rat pack-ish" I think. She goes into detail about her first Hollywood party at the home of Rock Hudson and then in later years--after they were wealthy and in power--how they were on every list but really preferred to stay home with their kids. That home being across the road from what is now the gigantic manor, is the home where the pilot for Charlie's Angels was shot. Oy! If the walls could talk!
Married in 1968 at her parent's condo, you truly get the sense that Candy was, and probably always will be at heart, a product of her upbringing where her mother groomed her to marry a man who could provide for her; to speak when spoken to; cook, bake, and entertain. The dichotomy here is that she bucked that notion, married a not so wealthy man who then became the titan of television by telling great stories and cranking out shows. It's the ultimate "I told you so Mom" and boy did Candy help make it all happen. I doubt she'll ever take much credit but it's clear that the goodly "wifey" duties her mother groomed her to perfect mixed with her own quiet will to create a perfect environment and support system for Aaron Spelling, truly helped bring some of the best entertainment (some would say guilty pleasures) to television for us Baby Boomers. There's so much more in the book including really 70's era recipes for the kind of comfort food that makes you want to buy condensed mushroom soup and make a casserole.
I'd love to see Candy write another book about women over 40 embracing, using, and relying on technology to communicate more efficiently and more intimately and ultimately ruling the world! She's the sassy glamour techno poster girl. Since recent research revealed that there are more women over age 40 casually gaming on the Internet than boys age 17 and under, I can see a stay-up-all-night Mahjong playing character and action figure named Candy. Hmmmmm. I think Aaron Spelling would like that.
Segment three's guest today was Tracy Stern of Salon Tea. I adore her. One of the pleasures of living in Manhattan is being able to escape to gems of places for a thirty-minute respite when the City is closing in--that's Salon Tea. Located near the East River on 75th Street within close proximity to prestigious schools. According to Tracy, Salon Tea is a favorite landing place for busy moms and students the likes of Madonna's daughter Lourdes. No doubt it's the jewel-box feel of the decor and disco ball at Salon Tea that is the attraction beyond the decadently flavored tea blends. Are you hearing "Lucky Star" playing in your head?
Tracy Stern is the consummate hostess and also a really fun gal with a super high wattage smile that is sincere. She's a fixture on the Manhattan social scene but unlike many "I own my own business" socialite-types, Stern knows her stuff. Just ask—or just listen to this interview. From the nutrition, history, ritual, healing, sensuality, and menu planning around tea—she knows it all. Her books are replete with tips and how-to advice and she really democratizes the tea world. She gladly told me about making tea sandwiches from store-bought white bread and plopping down with her daughter for picnicking. I think Tracy is the perfect combo of a much photographed glamour girl meets hard working mom on a mission. Let them drink tea!
Today's show was full of secrets and tips from two of our CESLIE: The Women's Network experts including anti-aging specialist Dr. Fran Gare and, culinary expert Divya Gugnani of behindtheburner.com with her scoop from famous chefs profiled on her site. If you missed the live show, you can listen to it on-demand on this page or lift the code for the widget here (click on get player and buttons) and listen anywhere you choose.
Tomorrow my guests are Lisa Rinna, Davis Factor, and Ashleigh Verrier with the inside scoop on fashion, beauty, and tips to look and feel your best for your everyday red carpet moments.