Shirley Jones Biography, Age, Patridge Family, and Movies

Shirley Jones Biography

Shirley Jones is an American singer and actress. She has been in the show business for six decades now. She has starred a wholesome characters in a number of well-known musical films, such as Oklahoma!, Carousel, and The Music Man.

She was born on March 31, 1934, in Charleroi, Pennsylvania. Her Methodist parents Marjorie (née Williams) was a homemaker, and Paul Jones was owner of the Jones Brewing Company. She was named after child star Shirley Temple.The family later moved to the nearby small town of Smithton, Pennsylvania. Jones began singing at a tender age of six in the Methodist Church choir. She took voice lessons from Ralph Lewando. Jones attended South Huntingdon High School in Ruffs Dale, Pennsylvania where she participated in school plays.

She became the first and only actor signed to a personal contract by Rogers and Hammerstein. Shirley was in the Broadway chorus of “South Pacific” and then was offered the part of “Laurey” in “Oklahoma!”. After that, she continued with the European traveling stage production. She came back to make Carousel in 1956. Originally cast with Frank Sinatra in the male lead but later recast with Gordon MacRae, her co-star in Oklahoma! in 1955.

Other film musicals quickly followed, April Love in1957, and The Music Man in 1962. She was often typecast as a wholesome, kind character. However, she won a 1960 Academy Award for her performance in Elmer Gantry.She was portraying a woman corrupted by the title character played by Burt Lancaster. Her character becomes a prostitute who encounters her seducer years later and avenges. The director, Richard Brooks,had originally fought against her being in the movie. Later 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 in 1963. She landed the role of a lady who fell in love with the professor in Fluffy in 1965.

Shirley Jones Age

She was born Shirley Mae Jones on March 31, 1934 in Charleroi, Pennsylvania, U.S. She is 84 years old as of 2018.

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Shirley Jones Husband

In 1956, Shirley married Jack Cassidy and became stepmother to 6-year-old David Cassidy.David was Jacks only child from his first marriage to Evelyn Ward. With him he had three sons.
She later divorced Cassidy in 1974. On November 13 1977,she got married to actor and comedian Marty Ingels. Despite several separations where she filed then withdrew a divorce petition in 2002, they remained married until Ingel died in 2005.

Shirley Jones Children | Kids

Jones has three sons from her marriage to Jack Cassidy. Shaun Cassidy who is the eldest son was born in 1958. He was followed by Patrick Cassidy in 1960 and Ryan Cassidy in 1966.

Shirley Jones Grandchildren

Shirley is a grandmother of ten, Caitlin, Jake, Juliet, Caleb, Roan, Lila, and Meaghan who are Shaun Cassidys children. Cole and Jack, by his son Patrick, and Meaghan by son Ryan Cassidy. Her grandson Jack was a contestant on The Voice in 2017,a singing competition television show.

Shirley Jones On David Cassidy

On November 21, 2017, David Cassidy died at the age of 67. The cause of his death was reported as organ failure complicated by early onset dementia. Jones stated:”Long before he played my son on The Partridge Family, he was my stepson in real life. As a little boy, his sweet sensitivity, and wicked sense of humor were already on display, and I will treasure the years we spent working and growing together. I will also find solace knowing that David is now with his dad”.

Shirley Jones Partridge Family

The Partridge Family is an American musical sitcom starring Jones and featuring her step son David Cassidy. Jones played a widowed mother, and Cassidy played the oldest of her five children who began a music career. It premiered September 25, 1970, until March 23, 1974.It was on the ABC network as part of a Friday-night lineup, and had subsequent runs in syndication. The family was slightly based on the real-life musical family The Cowsills, which was a popular band in the late 1960s and early 1970.

Shirley Jones Carousel

Carousel stars Gordon MacRae as Billy Bigelow, a smooth-talking carny man who falls in love with a millworker (Shirley Jones). Tragedy strikes these star-crossed lovers, and their journey is not easy. It shows how Billy makes his way to Heaven and back again.He then provides love and solace to his wife and daughter, and redemption for himself. It is a story of one of the most unique and powerfully uplifting musicals ever written. With a score that includes “If I Loved You” and “You’ll Never Walk Alone”.

Shirley Jones Movies

Year Title Role Notes
1955 Oklahoma! Laurey Williams
1956 Carousel Julie Jordan
1957 April Love Liz Templeton Laurel Award for Top Female Musical Performance (5th place)
1959 Never Steal Anything Small Linda Cabot Laurel Award for Top Female Musical Performance (3rd place)
1959 Bobbikins Betty Barnaby
1960 Elmer Gantry Lulu Bains Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
Laurel Award for Top Female Supporting Performance
National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated-Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
1960 Pepe Suzie Murphy
1961 Two Rode Together Marty Purcell
1962 The Music Man Marian Paroo Laurel Award for Top Female Musical Performance (3rd place)
Nominated-Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
1963 The Courtship of Eddie’s Father Elizabeth Martan
1963 A Ticklish Affair Amy Martin
1964 Dark Purpose Karen Williams
1964 Bedtime Story Janet Walker
1965 Fluffy Janice Claridge
1965 The Secret of My Success Marigold Marido
1969 The Happy Ending Flo Harrigan
1969 El Golfo Mary O’Hara
1970 The Cheyenne Social Club Jenny
1979 Beyond the Poseidon Adventure Nurse Gina Rowe
1984 Tank LaDonna Carey
1999 Gideon Elly Morton
2000 The Adventures of Cinderella’s Daughter Fairy Godmother
2000 Ping! Ethel Jeffries
2000 Shriek If You Know What I Did Last Friday the Thirteenth Nurse Kervorkian
2002 Manna from Heaven Bunny
2004 The Creature of the Sunny Side Up Trailer Park Charlotte
2004 Raising Genius Aunt Sis
2006 Grandma’s Boy Grace
2007 Christmas Is Here Again Victoria Claus Voice
2013 Family Weekend GG
2013 A Strange Brand of Happy Mildred
2013 Zombie Night Nana
2014 Waiting in the Wings: The Musical Broadway Diva
2015 On the Wing Grandma Ryburn
2016 The Irresistible Blueberry Farm Ruth Hallmark Movies & Mysteries

Shirley Jones Tv Shows

  • 1950: Fireside Theatre (acting début)
  • 1952: Gruen Guild Playhouse
  • 1956: Ford Star Jubilee
  • 1956: Playhouse 90
  • 1957: Lux Video Theatre
  • 1957: The Pat Boone Chevy Showroom (guest)
  • 1957: The United States Steel Hour
  • 1958: DuPont Show of the Month
  • 1959: Make Room for Daddy (as herself)
  • 1964: Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre
  • 1969: Silent Night, Lonely Night
  • 1969: The Name of the Game
  • 1970–74: The Partridge Family
  • 1973: The Girls of Huntington House
  • 1975: The Family Nobody Wanted
  • 1975: The Lives of Jenny Dolan
  • 1975: Winner Take All
  • 1977: McMillan & Wife
  • 1977: Yesterday’s Child
  • 1978: Evening in Byzantium
  • 1978: Who’ll Save Our Children?
  • 1979: A Last Cry for Help
  • 1979–80: Shirley
  • 1980: The Children of An Lac
  • 1981: Inmates: A Love Story
  • 1982: The Adventures of Pollyanna
  • 1983/87: Hotel
  • 1983: Hotel (pilot)
  • 1983: The Love Boat
  • 1988/90: Murder, She Wrote
  • 1989: Charlie (unsold pilot)
  • 1997: Dog’s Best Friend
  • 1998: Melrose Place
  • 1998: The Drew Carey Show
  • 1999: Sabrina the Teenage Witch
  • 2000: That ’70s Show (cameo)
  • 2003: Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
  • 2006: Hidden Places
  • 2006: Monarch Cove
  • 2008: Days of Our Lives
  • 2009: Ruby & The Rockits
  • 2011/13: Raising Hope (2 episodes)
  • 2012: Good Luck Charlie (Episodes: “Welcome Home”, “A Duncan Christmas”)
  • 2012: Victorious (Episode: “Car, Rain, and Fire”)
  • 2013: Cougar Town
  • 2013: Hot in Cleveland
  • 2014: General Hospital
  • 2014: Over the Garden Wall (voice)

Stage Films

  • 1953: South Pacific (Broadway)
  • 1954: Me and Juliet (Chicago)
  • 1956: Oklahoma! (European tour with Jack Cassidy)
  • 1957: The Beggar’s Opera (with Cassidy)
  • 1959: Wish You Were Here! (Dallas State Fair Theater, with Cassidy)
  • 1966: The Sound of Music (Westbury Music Fair)
  • 1967: Wait Until Dark (with Cassidy)
  • 1968: Maggie Flynn (Broadway, with Cassidy)
  • 1972: The Marriage Band (with Cassidy)
  • 1974: On a Clear Day You Can See Forever
  • 1976: Show Boat
  • 1977: The Sound of Music
  • 1982: Bitter Sweet
  • 1994: Love Letters (with Marty Ingels)
  • 1994: The King & I
  • 1994: A Christmas Carol
  • 1995: Love Letters (with Marty Ingels)
  • 2004: 42nd Street (Broadway, with Patrick Cassidy)
  • 2005: Carousel
  • 2012: The Music Man (Sacramento Music Circus, with Patrick Cassidy)

Shirley Jones and Jack Cassidy albums

  • Speaking of Love (1957) Columbia Records
  • Brigadoon (1957) Columbia Records
  • With Love from Hollywood (1958) Columbia Records
  • Marriage Type Love (1959) RCA Records unreleased
  • Maggie Flynn (1968) RCA Records
  • Show Tunes (1995) Sony Music
  • Essential Masters (2011) Master Classics Records
  • Marriage Type Love (2014) Columbia Masterworks

The Partridge Family albums

  • The Partridge Family Album (1970) Bell Records
  • Up To Date (1971) Bell Records
  • Sound Magazine (1971) Bell Records
  • A Partridge Family Christmas Card (1971) Bell Records
  • Shopping Bag (1972) Bell Records
  • At Home With Their Greatest Hits (1972) Bell Records
  • Notebook (1972) Bell Records
  • Crossword Puzzle (1973) Bell Records
  • Bulletin Board (1973) Bell Records
  • The World of the Partridge Family (1974) Bell Records
  • Greatest Hits (1989) Arista Records
  • The Definitive Collection (2001) Arista Records
  • Come On Get Happy!: The Very Best of The Partridge Family (2005) Arista Records

The Partridge Family singles

  • “I Think I Love You” (1970) Bell Records
  • “Doesn’t Somebody Want to Be Wanted” (1971) Bell Records
  • “I’ll Meet You Halfway” (1971) Bell Records
  • “I Woke Up In Love This Morning” (1971) Bell Records
  • “It’s One of Those Nights (Yes Love)” (1972) Bell Records
  • “Am I Losing You” (1972) Bell Records
  • “Breaking Up Is Hard to Do” (1972) Bell Records
  • “Looking Through the Eyes of Love” (1972) Bell Records
  • “Friend and a Lover” (1973) Bell Records
  • “Walking in the Rain” (1973) Bell Records
  • “Looking For a Good Time” (1973) Bell Records

Shirley Jones albums

  • Silent Strength (1989) Diadem Records
  • Shirley (1992) A & M Records
  • Shirley Jones (2000) Ingels Ent. Records
  • Then & Now (2008) Stage Door Records
  • A Touch of Christmas (2009) Encore Music Presents Records
  • A Tribute to Richard Rodgers (2010) Encore Music Presents Records

Shirley Jones singles

  • “Clover in the Meadow” b/w “Give me a Gentle Girl” (1957) Dot Records from April Love movie soundtrack
  • “Pepe” b/w “Lovely Day” (1960) Colpix Records from Pepe movie soundtrack (This record hit the top 5 in Spain, 1961, on the Discophon label)
  • “I’ve Still Got My Heart Joe” b/w “Everybody’s Reachin’ Out for Someone” (1971) Bell Records 119
  • “Ain’t Love Easy” b/w “Roses in the Snow” (1972) Bell Records 253
  • “Walk in Silence” b/w “The World is a Circle” (1973) Bell Records 350

Shirley Jones Net Worth

Jones has a net worth of $25 million as of 2018.

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