Shirley Jones: "Shirley Jones: A Memoir" (Rebroadcast)

Shirley Jones: "Shirley Jones: A Memoir" (Rebroadcast)

Shirley Jones is best known for her starring roles in classic musicals like "Oklahoma!," "Carousel" and "The Music Man." And, of course, she portrayed one of TV's iconic moms in the '70s hit sitcom, "The Partridge Family." Fewer fans may know of her Oscar-winning dramatic role as a prostitute in the 1960 film "Elmer Gantry." Diane speaks with Shirley Jones about her career as a singer, actor and, now, an author.

Shirley Jones is best known for her roles in classic musical films like “Oklahoma!,” “Carousel” and “The Music Man.” She won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in “Elmer Gantry.” And she played one of television’s best-known moms in “The Partridge Family.” Often cast as a wholesome, all-American beauty, she grew up in small-town Pennsylvania as a tomboy who loved to sing. Nineteen-year-old Jones grabbed the attention of Broadway legends Rodgers and Hammerstein at her first audition. But life behind the scenes, in challenging marriages and raising three sons in the world of show business, wasn’t always so easy. Diane talks with singer and actor Shirley Jones about her life on and off the screen.


Shirley Jones

actor, singer and author.

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Reprinted from "Shirley Jones: A Memoir" by Shirley Jones with permission from Gallery Books. Copyright © 2013. All rights reserved.

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