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Spelling out the ups and downs of a Hollywood family's fortunes

I hate reading about family feuds for two reasons, the first being that I know for a fact that I would be lost without my own family. The second is that clan trouble often starts over money -- in spite of the fact that none of our coffins will be stopping at the bank.

In my family we've been blessed in that there has never been any unpleasantness about financial matters, but of course, we've never been in the 'big league' -- we've always had enough but there were no magic pockets for either Mam or Pops.

Naturally, the Tori Spelling 'riches to rags' meltdown was always going to merit many, many column inches. When Tori's father, TV mogul Aaron Spelling passed away in June 2006, he left an estimated $500m to Tori's mum Candy, while Tori and her brother Randy got "just" $800,000. Cue years of bickering -- which is why it was so nice to see that mother and daughter have apparently made up.

Recent snaps show the pair on a shopping trip with Tori's children Liam (four) and Stella (two). The reality-TV star was also joined on the day out by her actor husband Dean McDermott.

The only downside to this family reunion is that it comes amid rumours that Candy is touting around a new tell-all book that will dish the dirt about her rocky relationship with her daughter (37).

The 65-year-old multi-millionairess says that her soon-to-be-published book Golden Girl, Silver Lining will be about her journey from an ultra-pampered housewife to finding herself and her own path when she was widowed.

The grandmother is now also busy producing a Broadway play, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, starring British actor Daniel Radcliffe.

"My husband Aaron was the most prolific TV producer of all time, and my daughter is the queen of reality shows. So I thought I would really like to dabble in producing musicals and then I got so hooked."

Candy also says she is annoyed that people seem to feed off her up-and-down relationship with Tori. "It's very hurtful when people say mean things about my daughter and me," she said. "There was a time when things were rocky between us, and we worked that out."

I have my fingers and toes crossed that mum and daughter have indeed worked things out.