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Author - Sidney Sheldon
In The Doomsday Conspiracy, the hero investigates a crashed weather balloon - or is it?

Author - Sidney Sheldon

Sidney Schechtel was born in Chicago, Illinois, on the 11th of February 1917. He went to Northwestern University in Chicago where he began writing scripts for plays. His education complete, Sidney began working as a writer on films and musicals, winning an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay in 1947. He then moved into TV and wrote such hits as I Dream of Jeannie and Hart to Hart..

He wrote his first novel, The Naked Face, in 1969. 17 more novels followed which have sold over 300 million copies. He also wrote 10 films and 7 Broadway and West End plays. In addition there is also Sheldon’s autobiography, The Other Side of Me, in which he reveals his struggles with bipolar disorder. He died on the 30th of January 2007 at the age of 89.

Sidney Sheldon's early life was devoted to TV screenwriting - it was not until after 50 that he turned his attention to writing novels. The Los Angeles Times called him Mr. Blockbuster and Prince of Potboilers. How much do you know about the man and his creations? Test yourself in this quiz.

1.
Before he became a novelist, Sheldon was a successful TV screenwriter, receiving an Emmy nomination in 1967 for which sitcom starring Barbara Eden?
The Beverly Hillbillies
Bewitched
Get Smart!
I Dream of Jeannie
Eden played a 2,000-year-old genie whose master was an astronaut played by Larry Hagman who later found fame as JR Ewing in Dallas
2.
What is the title of Sheldon's first novel, published in 1970?
The Naked Face
The Naked Gun
The Naked Jungle
The Naked Sun
The Naked Face was nominated in the category of Best First Novel for the Edgar Allan Poe Award by the Mystery Writers of America
3.
Sheldon died of pneumonia in 2007 in Rancho Mirage, in which US state?
Arizona
California
Colorado
New Mexico
At the time of his death Sheldon was a resident of Palm Springs, California
4.
In Sheldon's 1991 novel The Doomsday Conspiracy, the hero, a US Naval Intelligence agent, is sent where to investigate a crashed weather balloon?
Austria
Bulgaria
Romania
Switzerland
The officer encounters a mysterious and deadly force. Could the weather balloon actually be an alien craft?
5.
Sheldon's novel Bloodline was adapted into a 1979 film starring whom as a billion dollar heiress?
Candice Bergen
Audrey Hepburn
Jean Simmons
Natalie Wood
This was her first R-rated film
6.
What is the profession of Toby Temple, a central character in Sheldon's novel A Stranger in the Mirror?
Actor
Lawyer
Policeman
Secret Agent
He becomes a Hollywood superstar, but it all ends in tears
7.
What is the title of Sheldon's 2005 autobiography?
The Other Side Of Me
The Other Side Of Midnight
The Other Side Of The Moon
The Other Side Of The Sun
Appropriately for an autobiography, The Other Side Of Me was Sheldon's final book
8.
Sheldon's 1982 novel Master of the Game spans six generations of which family?
The Blackadders
The Blackstocks
The Blackwells
The Blackwoods
The novel was number one on the New York Times Best Seller List for four weeks and was made into a television series in 1984
9.
In which 1998 Sheldon novel does the central character, Ashley, suffer from MPD (Multiple Personality Disorder)?
Tell Me Your Dreams
Tell Me Your Fortune
Tell Me Your Nightmares
Tell Me Your Secrets
The three main characters of the book, Ashley Patterson, Toni Prescott and Alette Peters, all turn out to be the same person
10.
Another of Sheldon's TV creations was Hart to Hart. Who starred as Jonathan Hart in the series?
Cary Grant
Rock Hudson
Lee Majors
Robert Wagner
Stafanie Powers played his wife, Jennifer

 

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