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 snapshot in a memoir as shockingly candid, deliciously juicy, and delightfully frank because the big name herself.

“You are going to satisfy the true flesh-and-blood Shirley Jones, not only the celeb or Mrs. Partridge,” says the cherished 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) information of her existence in Hollywood’s internal circle and past, Shirley Jones blows previous the healthy, squeaky-clean photo that first introduced status, and provides us a lady who in simple terms will get warmer with time.

If the tale of a rebellious, proficient small-town lady being stumbled on by means of Rodgers and Hammerstein isn’t exciting sufficient, pass deeper behind the curtain, the place Shirley Jones portrays her tumultuous marriage to Jack Cassidy, the speeding and charismatic yet deeply bothered actor who unlocked her hugely charged sexuality and captured her center endlessly. She talks overtly approximately their passion-fueled courting; the infidelities, the costar crushes, and sexual experimentation. She displays on her dating 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 lots more and plenty extra during this “saucy” (Entertainment Weekly) self-portrait.

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From then on, Larry Crane thought of Marty to be the hero of the 12 months. Over the following couple of months, Marty repeated his miracle persistently and, at diversified occasions, confident a stunning collection of stars, together with Bing Crosby, blood brother Greco, Don Ho, Arthur Fiedler, Rudy Vallee, Jerry Lee Lewis, Trini Lopez, and Louis Prima to paintings with Larry Crane in ny. To Marty, the method was once so easy that it resembled taking sweet from a child. alongside the way in which, he learned that he had unwittingly pointed out a tremendous hole available in the market: businesses desired to rent celebrities to advertise them, yet so much celebrities have been secure through expertise brokers who didn’t are looking to allow them to out in their sight, by no means brain make a deal for them to paintings with a enterprise. Marty vowed to alter all that. With my encouragement, he cleared out certainly one of our bedrooms and placed a table and telephone traces in it. After ads Age in long island ran a quick characteristic approximately Marty and his new famous person brokering enterprise, his telephones began ringing off the hook. lots of the requests have been for Marty to hyperlink a caller who represented a charity with a celeb spokesperson. even supposing Marty wouldn’t be paid via the charities, he went forward and commenced operating for the charities besides. He employed John Wayne to paintings for the melanoma beginning, Robert Mitchum for the men membership, Burt Lancaster to paintings with UNESCO. at the advertisement entrance, he prepared for ads for Howard Cosell for Canada Dry, Robert Wagner for Timex, and Orson Welles to make a advertisement for Lincoln. Marty’s largest problem of all, we either suggestion, used to be to persuade Cary provide to relate a documentary at the American presidency. regrettably, Marty by no means did seal the care for Cary, however the trip used to be fascinating, and our short touch with Cary furnish, attention-grabbing. We invited Cary to come back over to our apartment in Beverly Hills in order that lets speak about the capability take care of him in a calm, casual surroundings. yet at the day of our assembly with Cary, Marty used to be so anxious that he didn’t imagine he will be in a position to say even one be aware to Cary while he arrived. So he requested me to step in and keep the day. I agreed. Cary seemed, having a look as good-looking and urbane as ever, and he and that i sat at the living-room sofa, and Marty sat contrary us. Then our “conversation” started. “Shirley, might you ask Cary how he feels approximately narrating the documentary,” Marty stated. “Cary, did you pay attention what Marty requested? He desires to know the way you are feeling approximately narrating the documentary,” I acknowledged. And so it went, like anything out of a nasty Kafka publication. although, for one second Cary and that i did speak for genuine. Seeing how good-looking he nonetheless was once, I requested why he didn’t nonetheless seem in videos. Cary sighed. “I simply don’t seem like Cary supply anymore. ” there has been no resolution to that, so I remained silent. Then we went again to conversing approximately his narrating the documentary. at the least, I did, caused via Marty, with Cary responding. After approximately part an hour of excruciating discussion among Cary and me, orchestrated by means of Marty each step of how, Cary obtained up and went into our visitor toilet.

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