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Path Of Least Resistance - Modest Mouse - Sad Sappy Sucker Mae Jones born March 31, Am I Losing You - The Partridge Family Starring Shirley Jones • Featuring David Cassidy - The Partr is an American actress and singer.
In her six decades in show business, she has starred as wholesome characters in a number of well-known musical filmssuch as Oklahoma! She played the lead role of Shirley Partridge, the widowed mother of five children, in the musical situation-comedy television series The Partridge Family —74which co-starred her real-life stepson, David Cassidyson of Jack Cassidy. Jones says that many people have incorrectly assumed that her middle name was named after vaudeville and film legend Mae West, but Jones was actually named after her aunt.
Ironically, the first star Jones ever met was West, who was performing at the Twin Coaches supper club in Rostraver around The family later moved to the small nearby town of Smithton, Pennsylvania.
Jones began singing at the age of six in the Methodist Church choir and took voice lessons from Ralph Lewando. Jones won the Miss Pittsburgh contest in Her first audition was for an open biweekly casting call held by John Fearnley, casting director for Rodgers and Hammerstein and their various musicals.
Rodgers then called Oscar Hammerstein at home. She became the first and only singer to be put under personal contract with the songwriters. They first A Swingin Safari - Various - Mad Men - A Musical Companion (1960-1965) her in a minor role in South Pacific. For her second Broadway show, Me and Julietshe started as a chorus girl, and then an understudy for the lead role, earning rave reviews in Chicago.
Jones impressed Rodgers and Hammerstein with her musically trained voice, and she was cast as the female lead in the film adaptation of their hit musical Oklahoma! Other film musicals quickly followed, including CarouselApril Loveand The Music Manin which she was often typecast as a wholesome, kind character. However, she won a Academy Award for her performance in Elmer Gantry portraying a woman corrupted by the title character played by Burt Lancaster.
Her character becomes a prostitute who encounters her seducer years later and reveals his true character. The director, Richard Brookshad originally fought against her being in the movie, but after seeing her first scene, told her she would win an Oscar for her performance. Jones landed the role of a lady who fell in love with the professor in Fluffy InAm I Losing You - The Partridge Family Starring Shirley Jones • Featuring David Cassidy - The Partr turning down the role of Carol Brady on The Brady Buncha role that ultimately went to her best friend, Florence HendersonJones was the producers' first choice to audition for the lead role of Shirley Am I Losing You - The Partridge Family Starring Shirley Jones • Featuring David Cassidy - The Partr in The Partridge Familyan ABC musical sitcom based loosely on the real-life musical family The Cowsills.
The series focused on a young widowed mother whose five children form a pop rock group after the entire family painted its signature bus to travel.
She was convinced that the combination of music and comedy would be a surefire hit. Jones realized, however, that:. The problem with Partridge —though it was great for me and gave me an opportunity to stay home and raise my kids—when my agents came to me and presented it to me, they said if you do a series and it becomes a hit show, you will be that character for the rest of your life and your film career will go into the toilet, which is what happened.
But I have no regrets. During its first season, it became a hit and was screened in over 70 countries. Within Am I Losing You - The Partridge Family Starring Shirley Jones • Featuring David Cassidy - The Partr, Jones and her co-stars were pop culture television icons. Her real-life year-old stepson David Cassidywho was an unknown actor at the time, played Shirley Partridge's eldest son Keith and became a teen idol.
That same year, " I Think I Love You " reached number one on the Billboard Hot music chart, making Jones the second person, after Frank Sinatraand the first woman to win an acting Oscar and also have a number-one hit on that chart, an achievement only matched by Cher and Barbra Streisand Cher had already topped the singles chart with I Got You Babe inbut did not win her Oscar until Byit was one of six series to be canceled that year along with RoomThe F.
Shirley Jones's friendship with David Cassidy's family began in the mid-to-late s, when David was just six, after he learned about his father's divorce from his mother Evelyn Ward. Upon David's first meeting with Shirley before co-starring with her on The Partridge Familyhe said, "The day he tells me that they're divorced, he tells Stranger In Moscow - Michael Jackson - Greatest Hits, 'We're remarried, and let me introduce you to my new wife.
She's a very warm, open, sweet, good human being. She couldn't have thawed it for me—the coldness and the ice—any more than she did. David said, "At the auditions, they introduced me to the lead actress [Shirley Jones] 'cause they had no idea, they had no idea. So I said, 'What are you doing here? She was a very good role model for me, watching the way, you know, she dealt with people on the set, and watching people revere her.
The rest of the cast also celebrated the 25th, 30th, and 35th anniversaries of The Partridge Family although Cassidy was unavailable to attend the 25th anniversary in owing to other commitments. In addition, Jack Cassidy's death in drew Jones and Cassidy closer as Shirley's three children and stepson mourned their father. InJones tried her hand at television for the second time, starring in the NBC show Shirleywhich, like The Partridge Familyfeatured a family headed by a widowed mother, but the show failed to win ratings and was cancelled toward the middle of the season.
Jones also played the "older woman" girlfriend of Drew Carey's character in several episodes of The Drew Carey Showand reprised Shirley Partridge in a cameo in a episode of That '70s Show. She was also in the dramatic Am I Losing You - The Partridge Family Starring Shirley Jones • Featuring David Cassidy - The Partr There Were Times, Dearin which she played a loyal wife whose husband Kad Bi Dao Bog - Tony Cetinski - The Best Of Tony Cetinski dying of Alzheimer's disease ; she was nominated for an Emmy Award for this work.
Inshe returned to Broadway in a revival of 42nd Streetportraying diva Dorothy Brock opposite Patrick Cassidy, the first time a mother and son were known to star together on Broadway. In JulyJones received another Emmy Award nomination for her supporting performance in the television film Hidden Places.
She also appeared in Grandma's Boy as a nymphomaniac senior citizen. On November 16,she took the stage at the Ford Center in Oklahoma City, Oklahomaduring the Oklahoma Centennial Spectacular concert that celebrated the state's th birthday. Jones sang the songs " Oklahoma! InU. The album featured new recordings of songs including " Beauty Untitled 3 - Nurse With Wound - Contrary Motion (File, Album) the Beast ", " Memory ", and a sentimental tribute to The Music Man.
In mid, Jones played Mrs. InJones guest-starred on an episode of General Hospital as Mrs. On August 5,Jones married actor and singer Jack Cassidy. They had three sons, ShaunPatrickand Ryan. David Cassidy was Jack's son from his first marriage to actress Evelyn Wardand became her stepson. Jones divorced Cassidy inand married actor and comedian Marty Ingels on November 13, Despite drastically different personalities and several separations she filed, then withdrew, a divorce petition inthey remained married until Ingels' death in Jones was friends with her co-star Gordon MacRae and his ex-wife Sheila, and he was named godfather to her first son, Shaun.
She also admitted that she had a crush on MacRae and was starstruck when she worked opposite him on Oklahoma! She says it was she who convinced MacRae to take the part as Billy Bigelow in Carousel, where they worked together for a second time. Frank Sinatra, who had originally been cast, but suddenly dropped out during the first days of filming because each scene had to be shot twice, once in CinemaScope 55 a wider-than-usual, mm, 6-track stereo system and once in mm CinemaScope.
Sinatra felt that he should have been paid twice because technically he was shooting two films. Three weeks after he left, they found a way to film the scene once on mm, then transfer it onto mm. On the evening of December 11,after Jones had refused an offer of reconciliation from Jack Cassidy, she received news that her ex-husband's penthouse apartment was on fire. Apparently, the fire started from his lit cigarette when he fell asleep on the couch; the following morning, firefighters found Cassidy's body inside the gutted apartment.
That's the terrible part. Jones is Interim - Menticide - N.M.E. supporter of PETA. Her grandson Jack was a contestant on the singing competition television show The Voice in She had a very close relationship with the younger actress and remained close friends long after the series was cancelled.
Jones said of Crough's death on Hollywood life:. I am so devastated to hear of the sad and sudden loss of Suzanne. I still remember her as my young daughter on The Partridge Family. She was the baby of the show. It's a rude awakening that we are all mortal. How fleeting life is. My heart goes out to her family and children. Suzanne will always be remembered and I will always treasure my memories of her.
Suzanne Crough Dear God take care of my baby. With regard to David Cassidy's alcohol abuse and legal problems, Jones once shared her family's related concerns:. 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. David has not had a relationship with anyone in the family for years. We are sick over it! David Cassidy died on November 21, Long before he played my son on The Partridge Familyhe 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. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For other uses, see Shirley Jones disambiguation. American actress and singer. This article has multiple issues. Please help improve it or discuss these issues on the talk page. Learn how and when to remove these template messages. This biography of a living person includes a list of referencesbut its sources remain unclear because it has insufficient inline citations.
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