Shirley Jones: A Memoir

By Shirley Jones

From golden-voiced ingénue to bus-driving mom of a pop band, Shirley Jones units apart her healthy, squeaky fresh picture in a memoir as shockingly candid, deliciously juicy, and delightfully frank because the superstar herself.

“You are going to satisfy the true flesh-and-blood Shirley Jones, not only the superstar or Mrs. Partridge,” says the liked movie, tv, and level actress and singer of her long-awaited memoir, an account as shockingly direct, deliciously juicy, and delightfully frank because the performer herself.

Sharing the “candid” (Los Angeles Times) and “revealing” (Associated Press) info of her existence in Hollywood’s internal circle and past, Shirley Jones blows prior the healthy, squeaky-clean photograph that first introduced popularity, and provides us a girl who in basic terms will get warmer with time.

If the tale of a rebellious, talented small-town lady being came upon through Rodgers and Hammerstein isn’t exciting adequate, pass deeper backstage, the place Shirley Jones portrays her tumultuous marriage to Jack Cassidy, the speeding and charismatic yet deeply stricken actor who unlocked her hugely charged sexuality and captured her middle perpetually. She talks brazenly approximately their passion-fueled courting; the infidelities, the costar crushes, and sexual experimentation. She displays on her courting with stepson David Cassidy; her cult prestige as coolest-ever television mother Shirley Partridge; her moment marriage to wacky television comic and manufacturer Marty Ingels; and masses extra during this “saucy” (Entertainment Weekly) self-portrait.

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As soon as he received to the microphone, he began to communicate, then stated, “To hell with this, I can’t get something out immediately! ” and circled and walked off back. As he used to be coming down the steps, he gave a nod in my path and stated, “Hiya, Shirl, how ya doing? ” I smiled at him. He died presently in a while, with out ever telling me the genuine cause he walked out on Carousel. i eventually figured out the reality many years in the past, while i used to be at a press convention and an old-time journalist behind the room yelled out to me, “Hey, Shirley, have you learnt the genuine cause Frank left Carousel? ” “Sure,” I stated expectantly. “He had a major factor approximately now not doing an analogous scene two times. He in basic terms ever did one take and was once pleased with it. ” “No, Shirl, that wasn’t the true cause. ” in accordance with the journalist, on the time Frank was once because of begin filming Carousel, his grand ardour, Ava Gardner, used to be capturing one other movie and used to be getting lonesome for Frank. She known as him and, in response to the journalist, acknowledged, “You greater get your ass down the following, Frankie, differently I’m going to have an affair with my costar. ” negative Frank didn’t understand that one other actress at the shoot was once already having an affair with the costar, and that Ava used to be making an empty danger to Frank. yet simply because Ava was once his dream woman, the lady he would like for the remainder of his lifestyles, Frank dropped every thing, walked out of Carousel, and flew to be with Ava, to avoid her from having an affair she most likely wasn’t going to have besides. secret solved. a part of me felt sorry for Frank and understood why he dropped every thing for Ava. and that i did love his making a song. A footnote to my Frank Sinatra reminiscences: while I seemed on his exhibit, I rehearsed previously with Nelson Riddle, and Nelson requested me, “What key do you sing in, Shirley? ” “I don’t understand. I can’t learn track. yet I’ll sing it in no matter what key Frank wants,” I acknowledged, leaving Nelson surprised to the center that I couldn’t learn song. In any occasion, whilst Frank sang “If I enjoyed You,” he sang it with heat, ardour, and emotion. so far as i used to be involved, Frank Sinatra used to be regularly a gentleman. I by no means encountered Frank’s rough-and-ready Rat Pack personality, yet I did meet Sammy Davis Jr. down the road and examine extra approximately what made him tick. Sammy loved Frank. Frank used to be his mentor, and if ever a lodge wouldn’t let Sammy to stick there simply because he was once African-American, Frank wouldn’t remain at that lodge, both. while Sammy died, Frank did every thing to aid his widow, Altovise. lengthy sooner than that, within the sixties, I met Sammy whilst Jack took me over to his domestic in Beverly Hills one evening. traces of cocaine have been laid out on each desk, and porno was once taking part in on all of the television monitors during the condominium. I simply wasn’t . medications didn’t curiosity me in any respect, nor, in these days, did porno. Jack did not anything to strain me to stick, and we left jointly with out taking cocaine or looking at any porno. to not say that i used to be completely blameless so far as medications have been involved. round the comparable time, Jack and that i have been in mattress jointly one evening while he all at once produced a pill and stated he sought after me to aim it.

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