Candy Spelling, who was married to the late TV series creator Aaron Spelling for 37 years, will sign copies of "Stories from Candyland" tonight at Book Revue in Huntington. In a phone interview, the 63-year-old grandmother talked about her California real estate and old family recipes included in the memoir ("Aaron's Favorite Fried Chicken"). Mostly, though, she talked about her estranged daughter.
Did you watch Tori on "90210" last week?
I had a book signing, so I didn't. But I have it taped. I happen to like the show.
Tori told People magazine recently that she's really not keeping the grandchildren from you - despite comments you've been making.
Not true. If she would return my calls, my e-mails or my texts, then I would know how to make arrangements to see them. I did not know where she lived. . . . I now do, because a couple of real estate people told me she just moved a few months ago to a new house in the Valley. They gave me the address, so I was able to send Liam's second birthday present over.
What do you think it would take to have a healthier relationship?
I've been through a lot of therapy, but Tori hasn't. I'm not criticizing, but I think it would be a good thing, probably, to have a mediator in the room between us, so that we can really talk it out and let go. At 36, which she'll be in three weeks, it's a little bit old to still keep blaming your mom for everything that isn't right in your own life.
People say the same thing to me. It's human.
I've let her trash me for two years, and I've yet to say a word. She's said all these things about me . . . and people believe them! I've had enough, and I'm telling the truth.
Will you read her new book?
My therapist read it and asked me not to read it. She told me some of the things that were in there, and she said that for me it would just hurt. It was things she said, just to sell a book.
Respectfully, Candy, isn't this very conversation just you doing the same thing?
Not at all. Did you read my book? Well, how many Tori incidents are in there? When you do read about Tori, 95 percent of the time it's because I'm talking about my family. I also talk about my son. I talk about the happy times we had. Yeah, I'm a bad mother. I taught them how to jump on beds. . . .