Shirley Jones is an American film legend of the first order, having starred in Oklahoma!, Carousel, and The Music Man, as well as playing her Oscar-winning role as a prostitute in Elmer Gantry long before The Partridge Family. On that iconic show, she portrayed the epitome of American motherhood, a symbol to generations of families in the 1970s, and she remains a cult icon today.
But for those who only think of Shirley as the prim and proper Marion the librarian or the chaste and demure Mrs. Partridge, a massive surprise is in store. Here, in this candid memoir, the real flesh-and-blood Shirley Jones is revealed at last.
In this hilarious and heartwarming, shocking and intimate memoir, Shirley dishes the raw truth about her own highly charged sexuality, her two husbands - the charismatic and deeply troubled Broadway star Jack Cassidy and the wacky TV comic Marty Ingels - her legendary Hollywood costars, and her interactions with the cast of The Partridge Family, including her rock star stepson David Cassidy.
From smuggling marijuana across the Mexican border to infidelity and her wild sexual escapades, movie and television icon Shirley Jones gives us an unparalleled look beyond the America's sweetheart exterior.
©2013 Shirley Jones (P)2013 Tantor
Many entertainment autobiographies are boring and self-absorbed. Jerry Lewis comes to mind in that regard. Not so this book. Besides still being a knock-out beauty, Shirley gives us a heartfelt and boldly honest (and yes, at times bawdy) peek into her life, work and loves. If nothing else can be gained from reading this book, it's the horror visited upon the person and family by bi-polar illness. Jack Cassidy and his family were as many were and still are, terrorized by this terrible disease. I was at times moved to tears by her recounting her and her sons' struggles with husband and father, Jack. In my heart of hearts, I believe that Shirley wrote this in part to eulogize Jack Cassidy so that his tragic life would not be lost to entertainment history. It is also a wonderful look into the life of who still is for me the greatest rocker of his times, David Cassidy, Jack's eldest son. Shirley and present day husband Marty Ingels are wonderful together and one would wish the both of them years more of happiness, the same for her sons, especially David. Neither let some reviews who chastise the book for its sexual revelations throw you off the experience of reading this book. It's just Shirley's bad-girl side showing off and it's wonderful indeed. Read and enjoy this rare gem!
Shirley Jones was clear, concise and honest in the presentation of her life and those who were a part of her life. Having found celebrity with her roles in Oklahoma and Carousel people tend to equate the role to the person i.e. Julie Andrews and Maria Von Trapp. Neither of these two talented actress could live up to the people some fans ideal or what they wanted them to be. I found her frank and open story of her life refreshing and honest. I applaud her for making the decision to be so frank and honest and letting the reader that clear of a look into her most private of moments,hopes,thoughts and loves. She shared her story warts and all without being vidictive or mean. I was moved to read this book because I always thought Carousel was the best of all musicals and the very best of all the Rodgers and Hammersteins offerings. It was a high water mark for Gordon MacRae and Shirley Jones (so happy the fates kept Sinatra off the credits-great talent-wrong part). All the negative reviews I read before I purchased the book moved me more then anything to read the book...totally unfounded. Good book....very interesting and entertaining.
The 25-Hour Mom
This is a trashy, "tell all" type book. I was hoping for an autobiography.
The cover picture is OK.
I really don't care if she went to Sammy Davis Jr's house and he had "lines of cocaine on every table and porn playing on tv", or that amyl nitrates enhanced her orgasms, and I REALLY don't want to know how she knows her stepson's (David Cassidy) penis is bigger than his father's (Jack Cassidy). This is simply a narcissistic, salacious tale about a woman who was handed a career on a silver platter.
If the purpose of this book is to completely annihilate her reputation as an "American Sweetheart", then congratulations. Mission accomplished.
It was shorter than most, but covered her life (so far) without boring the reader with insignificant and detailed accounts of every event. I was surprised at her impression of many of the actors/actresses she met along the way. I expected her to be little miss sugar and spice but that was far from the way she came across in this book.
Well, Shirley was the main character so, of course, she was my favorite.
All the characters sounded pretty much alike. It was always Shriley Jones' voice you heard.
No. I didn't laugh or cry. I just listened and was entertained.
All through the book - from the time she was a child - she tried to portray herself as a "bad girl". She was a rebel, didn't mind her mother, and was as far from the "girl next door" as anyone could be. She liked to let the reader know - over and over - how much she liked and enjoyed sex. As hard as I tried, I could not see her as the woman she wanted the reader to believe she was. I also found it hard to understand her extreme and stupid love for Jack Cassidy. No woman with any self respect would have endured that relationship. It was nice that she had a good relationship with HIS sons, but his treatment of THEIR sons was appalling. Her leaving him was the highlight of the book!
Wish to God I hadn't read/heard any of this book. Really loved my memories of Shirley Jones as the young ingenue in all the musicals and movies I remember so fondly. I'm now going back to those memories and hoping to somehow purge her boring recounting of sexual exploits, the endowment of her step-son, and the foretelling of ok pornography that I happily never got to. Her co-writer should have known better. Really hated this book… but still so love Madam Liberian.
I've always been a fan of Shirley Jones, and I spent a large part of my childhood and teenager years enjoying her in Carousel, Oklahoma, etc.
It was a bit of a surprise to find out a lot of her intimate details, such as her active sex life over the years with her two husbands. She also did a lot of good dishing on other actors she worked with, and at times I was at rapt attention, wondering who she'd talk about next.
I understand that Joan Collins threw a fit when she found out about Shirley's description of a foursome years ago, and demanded that her name be taken out of the book (she succeeded, subsequent printings will have her name removed).
If you are a fan of musicals, you'll really enjoy this - trust me.
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