Aaron Spelling Essay

As the son of the famed late Hollywood producer Aaron Spelling, Randy Spelling grew up in what many would consider a fantasy world. His home was "Spelling Manor," a 123-room mansion that included 27 bathrooms, its own bowling alley and an ice rink. His sister, Tori, starred alongside hot young celebrities on Aaron's hit series "90210." His father's famous friends -- like Burt Reynolds and Sophia Loren -- would casually stop by the house to hang out or bowl with the family.

The surrealism of his early teen years growing up in that environment isn't lost on Randy today, as he tells "Oprah: Where Are They Now?"

"Spelling Manor [was] a fantastical place," he says. "It quickly became a fun playground."

Now 36, Randy's life is a far cry from what it once was. "My life is really different from how I grew up. It's definitely more quiet and more simple," he says. "I am a husband, I'm a father of two amazing girls. We do a lot of cooking. I mean, 90 percent of the food that we eat is all home-cooked."

As a child, Randy remembers connecting with his parents and sister often at the dinner table. "Growing up, one of the ways that my family came together a lot was for a meal," he explains. "My dad liked steak, he liked meat, he liked potatoes, he liked corned beef sandwiches. He would say... 'Why are you cooking that? Why don't you make a sandwich!?'"

In 2006, Aaron passed away, leaving behind a fortune reportedly worth nearly half a billion dollars. It was also reported that Randy and Tori each received less than $1 million in cash after his death.

"I don't know what really happened with my father's will," Randy admits. "To a lot of people, [our inheritance] was probably out of balance, considering what he had. To my knowing, my sister and I got equal amounts.

"Would it have been nice to have been left a whole lot of money? Yes," he adds. "[But] things happen the way they need to, and my life right now might look very different if I had $10 million sitting in the bank. So, I had to get my wings burned a little bit and fall to learn how to just live rather normally."

Randy currently lives in Portland, Ore., and works as a life coach. As for his sister, who stars in her own reality series called "True Tori," Randy says that they both still make time to connect.

"Tori and I have an interesting relationship. It's one of love that isn't always as close as I would like it to be. [But] she's really busy. She has a lot of stuff going on, and she's managing four children and a career and a husband," Randy says. "So, we stay in touch how we can, what works for us."

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2014 was an extremely rough year for the couple, financial issues notwithstanding. In January of that year, McDermott checked himself into rehab. The statement from McDermott read, "I am truly sorry for the mistakes I have made and for the pain I've caused my family." He continued, "I take full responsibility for my actions and have voluntarily checked myself into a treatment center to address some health and personal issues," he continued. "I am grateful to be getting the help I need so I can become the husband and father my family deserves."

In April 2014, after McDermott completed his stint in rehab, he admitted on a previously-recorded episode of True Tori that he had once contemplated suicide. During a therapy session on the show (via E! Online), McDermott opened up in a big way. He said, "Well, we're sitting here in the room where I had [a] breakdown. And I've been looking at that crack in the window, and I remember looking at that crack that day, and while we were waiting for the EMTs, I was thinking, 'I've got a window of opportunity here'—no pun intended—'to kick that out, because it's already broken, and just dive out.' I didn't do it," he said. "But I mention that to show how far I had gone down the rabbit hole, and that the only way out was for me to leave this earth." He continued, "I sit here today, looking at it, and I know I will not take my life. My life means a lot to me right now, where it didn't for so many, so many years."

"My life means something today and my life means something because I'm getting the help I need and I'm surrounded by love and support. For the longest time I didn't deserve it, and now I'm just getting a little glimmer that I do deserve it. And that's what's gonna keep me alive. I'm trying to beat that into my head that on some level I do deserve it. I know I don't deserve to die; I deserve to live," he proclaimed.

In October 2014, Spelling herself was hospitalized for a nervous breakdown under the guise of an "Ebola scare." Sources told TMZ that the hospitalization was directly stress-related, and had nothing to do with Ebola.

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