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Shirley Jones

Shirley Jones

Birthday: 31 March 1934, Charleroi, Pennsylvania, USA
Birth Name: Shirley Mae Jones
Height: 165 cm

Named after child star Shirley Temple, Shirley Jones started singing at the age of six. She started formal training at the age of 12 and would dream of singing with her idol, Gordon MacRae. Upon gradu ...Show More

Shirley Jones
(Who's been a singer all her life): But I never sang pop songs with bands or made records; I was a s Show more (Who's been a singer all her life): But I never sang pop songs with bands or made records; I was a show singer. I made albums - 'Oklahoma!,' 'Carousel,' 'Music Men.' But I never sang the songs apart from the shows. Hide
(Who talked about preparing for a family transportation to drive on the set of The Partridge Family Show more (Who talked about preparing for a family transportation to drive on the set of The Partridge Family (1970)): It's me and the five children. Hide
[on the death of James Garner]: I see this gorgeous man and I said, 'Oh, my!' He was very sweet. We Show more [on the death of James Garner]: I see this gorgeous man and I said, 'Oh, my!' He was very sweet. We went to this little restaurant and I told him, 'You're gonna be a giant star.' He said, 'How? I'm not sure I know how to act.' Hide
"Some people pooh-pooh the Oscar. My career had been over because they weren't making musicals anymo Show more "Some people pooh-pooh the Oscar. My career had been over because they weren't making musicals anymore. At the time, it was thought that if you were a singer you couldn't act." (on how winning an Oscar changed her life.) Hide
"You don't throw away 27 years. You just don't" - on why she withdrew her divorce petition against M Show more "You don't throw away 27 years. You just don't" - on why she withdrew her divorce petition against Marty Ingels. Hide
(In 1971): David read for the part of the boy in The Partridge Family (1970), and when they found ou Show more (In 1971): David read for the part of the boy in The Partridge Family (1970), and when they found out that he was a relative of mine, they asked about my reaction. A lot of times they're very wary of relatives. I told them, 'I love David, but you must pick who's best for the show.' As it turned out, of course, he was the best of the lot. Hide
(On starring in The Partridge Family (1970)): It's tough to do. Not only 5 kids and five singing kid Show more (On starring in The Partridge Family (1970)): It's tough to do. Not only 5 kids and five singing kids, but we do a new song every week - completely arranged and choreographed. Put that into a four-day schedule and try and do it. Hide
At this time in my life, it is fun to play the opposite of me. I just played an alcoholic nightclub Show more At this time in my life, it is fun to play the opposite of me. I just played an alcoholic nightclub singer on The Cleaner (2008). So, as much as I enjoyed The Partridge Family (1970), these days I want to go totally against type. That is what acting is all about - on playing a guest character on Ruby & the Rockits (2009) that is not "Shirley Partridge", in 2009. Hide
I have been coming every Friday night to watch the taping. I have never done that in my life. It is Show more I have been coming every Friday night to watch the taping. I have never done that in my life. It is so exciting for me because the whole family is involved. - when she watched Ruby & the Rockits (2009), a short-lived sitcom that co-starred her stepson, David Cassidy and son, Patrick Cassidy. Hide
We love kid food, hamburgers, hot dogs and french fries. We love kid food, hamburgers, hot dogs and french fries.
[Of James Garner]: Not only was he a great actor, but he didn't hit on me. He didn't have that reput Show more [Of James Garner]: Not only was he a great actor, but he didn't hit on me. He didn't have that reputation, like a lot of actors I worked with. He was very married, a family man. And a real straight-on guy. Hide
Right then and there, I began to re-evaluate my theory about good-looking men. Soon I discovered the Show more Right then and there, I began to re-evaluate my theory about good-looking men. Soon I discovered the sensitive understanding, the influence everything Jack said and did. And then I fell in love with his Irish humor- and with him. All this took less than a week! Hide
I've simply have a marvelous husband, Jack Cassidy. He is a singer and actor. he's a sensible and ma Show more I've simply have a marvelous husband, Jack Cassidy. He is a singer and actor. he's a sensible and mature man., seven years older than I am. We toured in Oklahoma! together, and for a while he was reluctant to marry a girl in show business- you know, two careers in the same family and all that. But love won out and we've been married since 1956. WE have two delightful boys-, Shuan who is four and Patrick who is one, and all we need now is a little girl. Hide
I was very worried about David, because as I said, he'd showed up on a Monday with no sleep, becomin Show more I was very worried about David, because as I said, he'd showed up on a Monday with no sleep, becoming terrified with the fans, becoming terrified with the press, wanting to hide his trailer, every minute. - on the cancellation of The Partridge Family (1970). Hide
(On her popularity of playing the thirty-five-something "Shirley Partridge" on The Partridge Family Show more (On her popularity of playing the thirty-five-something "Shirley Partridge" on The Partridge Family (1970)): I love the work, it's almost like playing myself. Shirley Partridge could just as easily be Shirley Cassidy. It's like going into my own home everyday. The thing I don't like is getting up at 5:30 everyday and getting home at 7. Hide
Jack was an incredible human being. Incredibly talented, number one! He had this charisma that, when Show more Jack was an incredible human being. Incredibly talented, number one! He had this charisma that, when he walked in the room, not only women fell all over him, but men did too. He attracted everybody. He had a great, great sense of humor, which of course was the first attraction for me. Obviously I'm attracted to men with a sense of humor! (Laughs) That's the biggest thing. Not to mention he was as handsome as he was. For me, that was the least of it. The fact that he could make jokes about himself and that he didn't take himself that seriously made him interesting and exciting. Hide
Jack was brought up in the European tradition of opening presents Christmas Eve, so he and I exchang Show more Jack was brought up in the European tradition of opening presents Christmas Eve, so he and I exchange our personal gift at that time. Hide
[Who was concerned about David Cassidy's alcoholic behavior/legal battles]: We are just scared to de Show more [Who was concerned about David Cassidy's alcoholic behavior/legal battles]: 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. Hide
Jack wanted to come back to me right up to the day he died. And I wanted him. That's the terrible pa Show more Jack wanted to come back to me right up to the day he died. And I wanted him. 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 is Jack were alive I'd be married to Marty. Hide
He was a very, very strong force in my life. As a matter of fact, I never fell out of love with a ma Show more He was a very, very strong force in my life. As a matter of fact, I never fell out of love with a man - on the death of Jack Cassidy. Hide
"The show killed my movie career" - on The Partridge Family (1970). "The show killed my movie career" - on The Partridge Family (1970).
He came to respect me, he loved me, and vice-versa. We had our moments, because David had some disci Show more He came to respect me, he loved me, and vice-versa. We had our moments, because David had some disciplinary problems. He would show up late for work on Mondays, and keep the whole crew waiting, you know, for hours, and not to my liking or anybody else's. So, that had to be addressed and it was, until we got to know each other. - on her on- and off-screen chemistry with David Cassidy who played Keith Partridge. Hide
The only thing that bugs Jack is if he's not working. He can't stand inactivity or hanging around th Show more The only thing that bugs Jack is if he's not working. He can't stand inactivity or hanging around the house doing nothing but waiting. He's got to work, got to contribute. So long as he does that, everything is fine. No actor likes not to work. But Jack doesn't have any complex about being called, 'Mr. Shirley Jones' Hide
"Jack had a breakdown. A real mental breakdown. He was manic depressive. But he was the one that wan Show more "Jack had a breakdown. A real mental breakdown. He was manic depressive. But he was the one that wanted the divorce. He thought it was better for me and the kids. I never did. I would have hung in there. I felt in many ways he was acting strangely and doing strange things and he felt perhaps it was better for all of us" - on the end of her marriage to Jack Cassidy. Hide
[on the death of her second husband Marty Ingels]: He often drove me crazy, but there's not a day I Show more [on the death of her second husband Marty Ingels]: He often drove me crazy, but there's not a day I won't miss him and love him to my core. Hide
[Discussing about David Cassidy's lack of contact with her real-life family]: David has not had a re Show more [Discussing about David Cassidy's lack of contact with her real-life family]: David has not had a relationship with anyone in the family for years. We are sick over it. Hide
It's astonishing to see how many of these Hollywood big-wigs are trying to undermine President Bush. It's astonishing to see how many of these Hollywood big-wigs are trying to undermine President Bush.
I don't think I would have brought the same understanding to either of these parts, though, if I had Show more I don't think I would have brought the same understanding to either of these parts, though, if I had not been married and secure as a wife and mother. When I met Jack, I was very naive. As a man of the world, he led me gently. Hide
[Jack and Shirley on the holidays] We always have roast turkey. A big one! Jack likes to make the st Show more [Jack and Shirley on the holidays] We always have roast turkey. A big one! Jack likes to make the stuffing, usually the giblets. He's an excellent cook. Then we have mashed potatoes with chopped onions, homemade gravy, tiny peas with new onions, hot biscuits-and mashed rutabaga, an addition because of Jack's German heritage. I also make coleslaw, which he likes. For desert, hot mince meat or lemon meringue pie. Jack likes the mincemeat: the lemon is my favorite. And the boys take after me in this department. Hide
(Shirley and Cassidy) loved performing together. A lot of married couple don't, you know. Strangely Show more (Shirley and Cassidy) loved performing together. A lot of married couple don't, you know. Strangely enough, we were when we were performing together than on a day to day basis. When we were on stage we were the couple on the wedding cake. I know I would never have divorced him if he had not wanted it. Hide
It wasn't until I met Jack that I found someone who understood me and the problems and inequities of Show more It wasn't until I met Jack that I found someone who understood me and the problems and inequities of the business. He didn't object to me working. He was anxious for my happiness and realized that my personal achievement was part of it. You can't take a girl like me who's been singing since she was a child, who has been in show business since she was a teenager, who has the business coursing in her blood-you can't take a girl like that and use marriage as a substitute. Businessmen don't understand that. But Jack, no matter what his success, wouldn't ever make that demand. Hide
(In 1970): At first, my folks felt that Jack was just an infatuation, but when they realized I'd rea Show more (In 1970): At first, my folks felt that Jack was just an infatuation, but when they realized I'd really made up my mind, they didn't stand in my way. Hide
(Of David Cassidy): He has his own agent and didn't even know I was set for the lead. Nor did the pr Show more (Of David Cassidy): He has his own agent and didn't even know I was set for the lead. Nor did the producer realize he was Jack's son until after he read so well that he wanted to test David for the part. Then, he told me he was considering David for the role of my son. He asked me how I felt about it. I said, 'Great! I am crazy about him. He's very talented.' Then, he went back to David and told him, 'Your stepmother is going to play the lead.' How do you feel about that? And he replied, 'I think it's great! Hide
No, it had nothing to do with jealousy. It had to do with the fact that he thought David was selling Show more No, it had nothing to do with jealousy. It had to do with the fact that he thought David was selling out. He called him a monkey in a cage. He lost respect for what David was doing. David started on Broadway and Jack respected his talent. He wanted him to be an actor. He thought by doing what David was doing, that he would end up exactly as he ended up. He had to start all over again. Hide
I've tried to bring all the things I loved about Christmas into my children's Christmases. Fortunate Show more I've tried to bring all the things I loved about Christmas into my children's Christmases. Fortunately, Jack and I feel the same way. We don't have big family gatherings anymore. When we were first married and lived in a New York apartment, we used to collect all of the stragglers from out of town and I'd cook a big Christmas dinner for all of us. Hide
(Who let her ex-husband Jack Cassidy be the head of the family): Of course, I've always been indepen Show more (Who let her ex-husband Jack Cassidy be the head of the family): Of course, I've always been independent because of my profession. But I like knowing that Jack is there to make decisions. Hide
I was able to teach Shaun that stardom was really a business of fantasy - a business for children - Show more I was able to teach Shaun that stardom was really a business of fantasy - a business for children - and the wonderful part, when one realizes the realities of it, is that it is fine to be another character for 12 hours, and then go home and face reality. Hide
After I won the Oscar, my salary doubled, my friends tripled, my children became more popular at sch Show more After I won the Oscar, my salary doubled, my friends tripled, my children became more popular at school, my butcher made a pass at me, and my maid hit me up for a raise. Hide
My policy is just one step at a time. My policy is just one step at a time.
Shirley Jones's FILMOGRAPHY
as Actor (84)
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Priscilla, Priscilla Moore

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Mother Goose

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Laurey Williams

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Burt's Mom

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Julie Jordan

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