Shirley Jones “Shirley Jones: A Memoir”
July 29th, 2013
From a very early age, little Shirley Jones of Smithton, Pennsylvania knew she wanted to sing. She was a natural, people told her, and by age 19 she found herself auditioning for Rodgers and Hammerstein.
Now in her book “Shirley Jones: A Memoir,” she recounts her storybook rise to stardom – Oklahoma!, Carousel, The Music Man – and an Oscar-winning role opposite Burt Lancaster in Elmer Gantry. Then her television career propelled her to new levels of fame as Shirley Partridge on The Partridge Family, co-starring her real-life stepson David Cassidy.
But her book is noteworthy not just for the career highlights. As she is careful to point out in the book, her career is not her life, and vice versa.
Most of what she writes about is her life, and her two great loves – charismatic, womanizing actor Jack Cassidy, and wacky TV comedian and producer Marty Ingels.
And Shirley Jones does not shy away from revealing all the details she thinks we need to know about her life and her loves, and her love life.
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