Shirley Jones
Actress, singer
Shirley Jones
Shirley Mae Jones is an American singer and actress of stage, film and television. In her six decades of show business, she has starred as wholesome characters in a number of well-known musical films, such as Oklahoma! (1955), Carousel (1956), and The Music Man (1962). She won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for playing a vengeful prostitute in Elmer Gantry (1960).
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On Being Inspired by Classic Movies at the TCM Classic Film Festival
Huffington Post - about 2 years
What makes something a classic? It's a question worth asking as Hollywood devotes ever more of its resources to remaking movies, TV shows, and comic books from the past as the majority of our movie content today. Not that we mind the odd sequel (we're definitely looking forward to Spectre and Star Wars) - but 2015 will see an unprecedented number of sequels and remakes, including new installments in the Mad Max, Mission Impossible, Jurassic Park, Terminator, Avengers, and Fast and Furious franchises. If you want a break and would like to see some movies that are truly unrepeatable and non-franchisable, we suggest you check out the upcoming 2015 TCM Classic Film Festival, returning to historic Hollywood from March 26th to March 29th, 2015. It's a marvelous chance to see some of the world's classic movies the way they were meant to be seen: on the big screen, and often with their original creators in attendance. The classic movies shown at the TCM Classic Film Festival are in ...
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‘Hobbit’ fan event: Jackson unveils ‘Desolation of Smaug’ footage
LATimes - over 3 years
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Not My Job: Shirley Jones Gets Quizzed On Partridge Shooting
NPR - over 3 years
We've invited the matriarch of The Partridge Family to play a game called: "Look, it's the partridge family! GET THEM!" Three questions about the sport of partridge shooting. » E-Mail This     » Add to
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Roz Warren: Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Shirley Jones' Racy Past
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Orgasms have always come easily for Shirley Jones, and if that's too much information for you, you might not enjoy "Shirley Jones," her new memoir, in which the actress writes frankly about both her successful acting career and her sizzling sex life. But for the reader eager to learn what happens during a celebrity threesome, what the parties were like chez Sammy Davis Junior (porn on every screen and lines of coke on every coffee table), the size of David Cassidy's schlong (Hint: his brothers nicknamed him Donk, for donkey) and just what Shirley does at age 79 to keep the orgasms coming, this is the ideal beach read. Jones describes her career trajectory, from a small town girl with a voice she calls a "gift from God" to the star of iconic films like "Oklahoma!" and "The Music Man," after which she became America's favorite wholesome working mom on the hit TV series "The Partridge Family."(Portraying a working mom was important to Jones. She turned down the "mom" ro ...
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The Week's Hottest Reads
Huffington Post - over 3 years
-- Week ending August 4th, 2013, powered by Nielsen BookScan. Copyright 2013 The Nielsen Company. HARDCOVER FICTION 1. "The Cuckoo's Calling" by Robert Galbraith (J.K. Rowling) 2. "Inferno" by Dan Brown (Doubleday) 3. "First Sight" by Danielle Steel (Delacorte) 4. "And the Mountains Echoed" by Khaled Hosseini (Riverhead) 5. "The English Girl" by Daniel Silva (Harper) 6. "Second Honeymoon" by James Patterson, Howard Roughan (Little, Brown) 7. "Hidden Order" by Brad Thor (Atria) 8. "The Highway" by C.J. Box (Minotaur) 9. "The Ocean at the End of the Lane" by Neil Gaiman (William Morrow) 10. "Bombshell" by Catherine Coulter (Putnam) 11. "The White Princess" by Philippa Gregory (Touchstone) 12. "Bad Monkey" by Carl Hiaasen (Knopf) 13. "Light of the World: A Dave Robicheaux Novel" by James Lee Burke (Simon & Schuster) 14. "The Heist" by Janet Evanovich (Bantam) 15. "The Husband's Secret" by Liane Moriarty (Putnam/Amy Einho ...
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Shirley Jones removing Joan Collins sex scene from her book, report says
Fox News - over 3 years
Joan Collins has won her battle with Shirley Jones, according to TMZ. 
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Joan Collins Livid With Shirley Jones For Claiming She Was Into Swinging
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Tinseltown icon Joan Collins is reportedly furious with Shirley Jones over claims made about the actress in the former "Partridge Family" star's new book. TMZ reports that the "Dynasty" star sent a cease-and-desist letter demanding that Jones' book, "Shirley Jones: A Memoir," be removed from stores. Sources told the website that Collins, 80, is "livid" with Jones for including an anecdote about the first time Jones met Collins back in the late 1960s. Jones writes that she and then-husband Jack Cassidy went to Collins and her then-husband Tony Newley's home for dinner, and Newley suggested they all get naked and watch porn together. "It was clear what Tony was leading up to -- swinging," Jones writes in her memoir. Jones claims she turned down the offer, but sources tell TMZ that Collins insists it never happened, and has accused Jones of libel. Of course, it's a memoir, after all, and Jones didn't just spill the dirt on others, revealing that she and Cassidy ...
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Shirley Jones discusses her autobiography Friday at Cinemathque
LATimes - over 3 years
Shirley Jones' recently published autobiography, aptly titled "Shirley Jones," has been raising more than a few eyebrows.
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Partridge Family's Shirley Jones: The night I was asked to have a foursome with Joan Collins
Daily Mail (UK) - over 3 years
Shirley Jones is Hollywood royalty to the core. The actress and singer was the star of such golden oldie movies as Oklahoma!, Carousel and The Music Man.
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Shirley Jones Talks Sex Life, Threesome in New Memoir
US Magazine - over 3 years
Shirley Jones is nothing like Mrs. Partridge! In her new tell-all, Shirley Jones: A Memoir, the 79-year-old Partridge Family star is sharing graphic details about her sex life -- particularly during her first marriage to Jack Cassidy. PHOTOS: Celeb scribes In an excerpt from her book (via The Associated Press), Jones writes that she met Cassidy when she was a 21-year-old virgin and he became her "sexual Svengali." The actress then goes into great detail about late actor's impressive endowment, their threesome with another woman and his alleged pre-marital sexual encounter with Cole Porter. Jones was married to Cassidy from 1956 to 1974, and together they had three sons. Cassidy died in 1976 when his West Hollywood apartment caught on fire. PHOTOS: Biggest star sex tape scandals  Jones has now been married to comedian Marty Ingels for 35 years and says she still has a wild sex life. "Luckily, Marty thinks I've still got a beautiful body, even though it is old, and every ...
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Shirley Jones opens up in eye-opening new memoir
Fox News - over 3 years
Book shows different wild side of TV mom
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Shirley Jones candidly discusses her sex life in autobiography
LATimes - over 3 years
Shirley Jones has painted herself a less-than-wholesome portrait in the pages of her just-released autobiography.
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Shirley Jones offers naked truth in new book
Seattle Pi - over 3 years
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Shirley Jones opens the door to her house and appears every inch the ladylike Marian the librarian or sweet farm girl Laurey or cheerfully steady Mrs. Partridge, offering a warm smile and handshake. Jones' living room has the sort of traditional furniture and knickknacks (exception: a prominent Academy Award) that would fit any suburban house. There's a recounting of her early life and dazzling career that included working with two musical theater masters, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein, as well as many of Hollywood's top actors, including Marlon Brando (king of the retakes to exhaustion, Jones said), Jimmy Stewart (charmingly ditsy) and Richard Widmark (the only co-star she fell in love with). [...] a substantial part of the book is spent on her troubled marriage to the late Jack Cassidy, the glossily handsome actor and singer whom she describes in a passage as her first lover and "sexual Svengali," and whose lessons she shares candidly. Ingels lives up t ...
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Tories must refresh from a hideous month of scandals, scandalettes
Calgary Sun - over 3 years
In the 1956 movie Carousel, jaunty sailors and a young Shirley Jones sing the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic, June is Bustin’ Out All Over.
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The Digital Skeptic: Shirley Jones is No Fan of Apple (or Any Technology)
The Street - almost 4 years
NEW YORK -- Apple may be gearing up production at its Chinese vendor FoxConn. Or offering new discounts on iPhones. But Shirley Jones is not impressed. "I have some things from Brookstone, maybe a Nokia ," Jones told me during a serendipitous 15-minute chat at a New York media event. "I don't have a Facebook page. I know how it works, but technology does not interest me. I'd rather be out skiing." Jones was signing autographs, making chatter and bringing some much needed luster -- she looked fabulous, by the way -- to a tech vendor event here on New York's west side. That's the nitty-gritty of what we geek analysts do: show up and troll through large rooms full of company representatives, showing off the latest devices from the likes of Samsung, Lenovo and Blackberry . About 150 journalists and analysts came out this night looking for news. Of which, trust me, there was not much of. ... Click to view a price quote on AMZN. ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Shirley Jones
  • 2015
    Age 80
    Jones was devastated when Suzanne Crough died on April 27, 2015; Crough played one of her TV daughters on The Partridge Family.
    More Details Hide Details She had a very close relationship with the younger actress and remained close friends long after the series was cancelled. Jones said of Crough's death on Hollywood life: Referring to David Cassidy's alcohol abuse and legal problems, Jones said "We are just scared to death that we are going to wake up one morning and find out that he is dead on the floor." She also added "David has not had a relationship with anyone in the family for years. We are sick over it!"
  • 2014
    Age 79
    In 2014, Jones guest-starred on an episode of General Hospital as Mrs. McClain.
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  • 2012
    Age 77
    In mid-2012, Jones played Mrs. Paroo, when her son Patrick played Harold Hill, in a California Musical Theatre revival of The Music Man.
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  • 2008
    Age 73
    In 2008, U.K. label Stage Door Records released the retrospective collection Then & Now featuring 24 songs from Jones's musical career, including songs from the films Oklahoma!, Carousel, and April Love.
    More Details Hide Details The album features new recordings of songs including "Beauty and the Beast", "Memory", and a sentimental tribute to The Music Man. She had a recurring role as Burt Chance's mother in the Fox TV comedy series Raising Hope.
    In early 2008, it was announced that Jones would play Colleen Brady on the long-running NBC soap opera Days of Our Lives.
    More Details Hide Details Jones guest-starred on ABC Family's short-lived show Ruby & The Rockits, as David and Patrick's mother.
  • 2007
    Age 72
    On November 16, 2007, she took the stage at the Ford Center in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, during the Oklahoma Centennial Spectacular concert which celebrated the state's 100th birthday.
    More Details Hide Details Jones sang the songs "Oklahoma! " and "People Will Say We're In Love" from the musical Oklahoma!
  • 2006
    Age 71
    In July 2006, Jones received another Emmy Award nomination for her supporting performance in the television film Hidden Places.
    More Details Hide Details Shirley was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild award for the same film, but lost to Helen Mirren for Elizabeth I. She also appeared in Grandma's Boy (2006), produced by Adam Sandler, as a nymphomaniac senior citizen.
  • 2005
    Age 70
    In July 2005, Jones revisited the musical Carousel onstage in Massachusetts, portraying "Cousin Nettie".
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  • 2004
    Age 69
    In 2004, Shirley returned to Broadway in a revival of 42nd Street, portraying diva "Dorothy Brock" opposite her son Patrick Cassidy — the first time a mother and son were known to star together on Broadway.
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  • 1983
    Age 48
    Jack "wanted to come back (to me) right up to the day he died", Jones said in a 1983 newspaper interview. "And as I realized later, I wanted him.
    More Details Hide Details That's the terrible part. Much as I love Marty and have a wonderful relationship – I'd say this with Marty sitting here – I'm not sure if Jack were alive I'd be married to Marty." Jones was 20 years old when she met Cassidy, who was eight years her senior, and she refers to him as the most influential person in her life. Jones is a supporter of PETA. Jones is the grandmother of ten: Caitlin, Jake, Juliet, Caleb, Roan, Lila, and Marian Cassidy by son Shaun, Cole and Jack, by son Patrick, and Meaghan by son Ryan Cassidy. Jones has eight hobbies: singing, dancing, politics, philanthropy, spending time with her family, swimming, exercising and traveling.
    She appeared in a rare revival of Noël Coward's operetta, Bitter Sweet, at the Long Beach Civic Light Opera in 1983.
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  • 1979
    Age 44
    In 1979, Jones tried her hand at television for the second time, starring in the NBC show Shirley, which, like The Partridge Family, featured a family headed by a widowed mother, but the show failed to win ratings and was cancelled toward the middle of the season.
    More Details Hide Details Jones also played the "older woman" girlfriend of Drew Carey's character in several episodes of The Drew Carey Show, and reprised Shirley Partridge in a cameo in a 2000 episode of That '70s Show. She also won fans in the memorable dramatic project There Were Times, Dear, in which she played a loyal wife whose husband is dying of Alzheimer's disease; she was nominated for an Emmy Award for this work. In February 1986, Jones unveiled her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Vine Street just around the corner from Hollywood Boulevard.
  • 1976
    Age 41
    In addition, Jack Cassidy's death in 1976 drew Jones and Cassidy closer as Shirley's three children and stepson mourned their father.
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  • 1974
    Age 39
    Divorcing Cassidy in 1974, she later married comic/actor Marty Ingels on November 13, 1977. Despite drastically different personalities and several separations (she filed, then withdrew, a divorce petition in 2002), they remained married until Ingels's death in 2015.
    More Details Hide Details Jones and Ingels wrote an autobiography based on their quirky relationship/marriage, Shirley & Marty: An Unlikely Love Story. Ingels died on October 21, 2015 following a massive stroke. Prior to his death, Jones said: "He often drove me crazy, but there's not a day I won’t miss him and love him to my core." Jones was friends with her late co-star Gordon MacRae and his ex-wife Sheila, and he was named godfather to her first son, Shaun. She also admitted that she had a crush on MacRae and was starstruck when she worked opposite him on Oklahoma! and states she is the one who convinced MacRae to take the part as Billy Bigelow in Carousel. Frank Sinatra, who had originally been cast, suddenly dropped out during the first days of filming because each scene had to be shot twice, once in CinemaScope 55 (a wider-than-usual, 55-mm, 6-track stereo system) and once in 35-mm CinemaScope. Sinatra felt that he should have been paid twice because technically he was shooting two films. Three weeks after he left, they found a way to film the scene once on 55-mm, then transfer it onto 35-mm.
  • 1971
    Age 36
    In 1971, The Partridge Family was nominated for a Grammy under the Best New Artist category.
    More Details Hide Details By 1974, the ratings had declined and the series was dropped from the prime-time lineup after four seasons and 96 episodes. Though Jones was outraged about the series' cancellation, she held the show together. It was one of six series to be canceled that year (along with Room 222, The F.B.I., The Brady Bunch, Owen Marshall: Counselor at Law, and Here's Lucy) to make room for new shows. Shirley Jones's friendship with David Cassidy's family began in the mid-to-late 1950s, when David was just six, after he learned about his father's divorce from his mother Evelyn Ward. Upon David's first meeting with Shirley before co-starring with her on The Partridge Family, he said, "The day he tells me that they're divorced, he tells me, 'We're remarried, and let me introduce you to my new wife.' He was thrilled when her first film, Oklahoma! (1955), had come out; and my dad took me to see it—I just see her, and I go, uh-oh, it doesn't really quite register with me, 'cause I'm in total shock, because I wanted to hate her, but the instant that I met her, I got the essence of her. She's a very warm open, sweet, good human being. She couldn't have thawed it for me – the coldness and the ice—any more than she did." Shirley was shocked to hear her real-life stepson was going to audition for the role of Keith Partridge.
  • 1970
    Age 35
    In 1970, after her film roles dwindled, and after turning down the role of Carol Brady on The Brady Bunch, a role that ultimately went to her best friend, Florence Henderson, Jones was more than happy to be the producers' first choice to audition for the lead role of Shirley Partridge in The Partridge Family, an ABC musical sitcom based loosely on the real-life musical family The Cowsills.
    More Details Hide Details The series focused on a young widowed mother whose five children form a pop rock group after the entire family painted its signature bus to travel. She was convinced that the combination of music and comedy would be a surefire hit. Jones realized, however, that: During its first season, it became a hit and was screened in over 70 countries. Within months, Jones and her co-stars were pop culture television icons. Her real-life 20-year-old stepson David Cassidy, who was an unknown actor at the time, played Shirley Partridge's eldest son, Keith, and became the hottest teen idol in the country. The show also spawned a number of albums and singles by The Partridge Family, performed by David Cassidy and Shirley Jones. That same year, "I Think I Love You" reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 music chart, making Jones the second person, after Frank Sinatra, and the first woman to win an acting Oscar and also have a number-one hit on that chart. The Partridge Family won a NARM award for the best-selling single of the year in 1970 for their hit "I Think I Love You".
  • 1968
    Age 33
    She also has an impressive stage résumé, including playing the title character in the Broadway musical Maggie Flynn in 1968.
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  • 1960
    Age 25
    However, she won a 1960 Academy Award for her performance in Elmer Gantry portraying a woman corrupted by the title character played by Burt Lancaster.
    More Details Hide Details Her character becomes a prostitute who encounters her seducer years later and takes her revenge. The director, Richard Brooks, had originally fought against her being in the movie, but after seeing her first scene, told her she would win an Oscar for her performance. She was reunited with Ron Howard (who had played her brother in The Music Man) in The Courtship of Eddie's Father (1963). Jones landed the role of a lady who fell in love with the professor in Fluffy (1965).
  • 1956
    Age 21
    On August 5, 1956, Jones married singer and actor Jack Cassidy, with whom she had three sons, Shaun, Patrick, and Ryan.
    More Details Hide Details David Cassidy, Jack's only child from his first marriage to actress Evelyn Ward, became her stepson.
  • 1955
    Age 20
    Jones impressed Rodgers and Hammerstein with her musically trained voice, and she was cast as the female lead in the film adaptation of their hit musical Oklahoma! in 1955.
    More Details Hide Details Other film musicals quickly followed, including Carousel (1956), April Love (1957), and The Music Man (1962), in which she was often typecast as a wholesome, kind character.
  • 1952
    Age 17
    Jones won the Miss Pittsburgh contest in 1952.
    More Details Hide Details In New York City, her voice teacher convinced her to audition for a Broadway agent, Gus Sherman, who wanted to put Jones under contract, and with her parents' approval, she resettled in New York City and gave herself one year to become a Broadway performer. She had only $100 in her pocket. Her first audition was for an open biweekly casting call held by John Fearnley, casting director for Rodgers and Hammerstein and their various musicals. At the time, Jones had never heard of Rodgers and Hammerstein. Fearnley was so impressed, he ran across the street to fetch Richard Rodgers, who was rehearsing with an orchestra for an upcoming musical. Rodgers then called Oscar Hammerstein at home. The two saw great potential in Jones. She became the first and only singer to be put under personal contract with the songwriters. They first cast her in a minor role in South Pacific. For her second Broadway show, Me and Juliet, she started as a chorus girl, and then an understudy for the lead role, earning rave reviews in Chicago.
  • 1934
    Jones was born on March 31, 1934, in Charleroi, Pennsylvania, to Methodist parents Marjorie (née Williams), a homemaker, and Paul Jones, owners of the Jones Brewing Company.
    More Details Hide Details Jones' paternal grandfather came from Wales. She was named for child star Shirley Temple. The family later moved to the small nearby town of Smithton, Pennsylvania. Jones began singing at the age of six in the Methodist Church choir and took voice lessons from Ralph Lewando. Upon attending South Huntingdon High School in Ruffs Dale, Pennsylvania, she participated in school plays. Afterwards, she frequently joined her father for a show at the Pittsburgh Playhouse.
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