Synopses & Reviews
From golden-voiced ingand#233;nue to bus-driving mother of a pop band, Shirley Jones sets aside her wholesome, squeaky clean image in a memoir as shockingly candid, deliciously juicy, and delightfully frank as the star herself.andlt;brandgt;andlt;brandgt;and#8220;In this memoir you are going to meet the real flesh-and-blood Shirley Jones, not just the movie star or Mrs. Partridge,and#8221; says the woman whoandlt;Bandgt; andlt;/Bandgt;sang her way into Americaand#8217;s hearts in classic films like andlt;Iandgt;Oklahoma!,andlt;/Iandgt; andlt;Iandgt;Carouselandlt;/Iandgt;, and andlt;Iandgt;The Music Manandlt;/Iandgt;. She won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in andlt;Iandgt;Elmer Gantryandlt;/Iandgt;. And she played one of televisionand#8217;s most beloved moms in the iconic 1970s sitcom, andlt;Iandgt;The Partridge Familyandlt;/Iandgt;.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;This is the real Shirley Jones: a small-town girl from Pennsylvania with a rebellious nature, radiant smile, and rare talent that grabbed the attention of Broadway legends Rodgers and Hammersteinand#8212;on her very first audition. Shirleyand#8217;s meteoric rise put her in the company of major movie stars like Frank Sinatra, Marlon Brando, and Burt Lancaster. But it was the dashing, charismatic, and deeply troubled actor Jack Cassidy who stole Shirleyand#8217;s heartand#8212;and unlocked her highly charged sexuality. For the first time, she reveals the stunning details about her marriage, the infidelities, the costar crushes, the sexual experimentation. She talks openly about her relationship with stepson David Cassidy, her cult status with andlt;Iandgt;The Partridge Familyandlt;/Iandgt;, and her second marriage to wacky TV comedian and producer Marty Ingels.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;Hilarious, heartwarming, and wonderfully honest, andlt;Iandgt;Shirley Jones: A Memoirandlt;/Iandgt; reveals a side of Shirley Jones weand#8217;ve never seen before, and gives all her fans another reason to and#8220;Come On, Get Happy.and#8221;
and#8220;You are going to meet the real flesh-and-blood Shirley Jones, not just the movie star or Mrs. Partridge,and#8221; says the beloved film, television, and stage actress and singer of her long-awaited memoir, an account as shockingly direct, deliciously juicy, and delightfully frank as the performer herself.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;Sharing the and#8220;candidand#8221; (andlt;I andgt;Los Angeles Timesandlt;/Iandgt;) and and#8220;revealingand#8221; (Associated Press) details of her life in Hollywoodand#8217;s inner circle and beyond, Shirley Jones blows past the wholesome, squeaky-clean image that first brought fame, and gives us a woman who only gets hotter with time.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;If the story of a rebellious, gifted small-town girl being discovered by Rodgers and Hammerstein isnand#8217;t thrilling enough, go deeper behind the scenes, where Shirley Jones portrays her tumultuous marriage to Jack Cassidy, the dashing and charismatic but deeply troubled actor who unlocked her highly charged sexuality and captured her heart forever. She talks openly about their passion-fueled relationship; the infidelities, the costar crushes, and sexual experimentation. She reflects on her relationship with stepson David Cassidy; her cult status as coolest-ever TV mom Shirley Partridge; her second marriage to wacky TV comedian and producer Marty Ingels; and much more in this and#8220;saucyand#8221; (andlt;I andgt;Entertainment Weeklyandlt;/Iandgt;) self-portrait.
About the Author
Shirley 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 andlt;iandgt;Oklahoma!andlt;/iandgt; (1955), andlt;iandgt;Carouselandlt;/iandgt; (1956), and andlt;iandgt;The Music Manandlt;/iandgt; (1962). She won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for playing a vengeful prostitute in andlt;iandgt;Elmer Gantryandlt;/iandgt; (1960). She played Shirley Partridge, the widowed mother of five children in the situation comedy television series andlt;iandgt;The Partridge Familyandlt;/iandgt; (1970and#8211;1974), co-starring her real-life stepson David Cassidy.