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Also Known As: Shirley Mae Jones Died:
Born: March 31, 1934 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Smithton, Pennsylvania, USA Profession: singer, actor

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A sunny personality and a gorgeous singing voice brought actress Shirley Jones to the Broadway stage, which in turn led to her career in Hollywood. She was a natural for big-screen musicals, but defied critics' expectations for her surprising turn as a prostitute in "Elmer Gantry" (1960), which earned her an Oscar. Her film work cooled in the 1960s, but she gained a following among younger viewers in the early 1970s as one of television's coolest moms on "The Partridge Family" (ABC, 1970-1974), which also starred her stepson, pop idol David Cassidy. The show's success ensured her status as a pop culture icon and helped her to maintain steady work in television and on stage for the next three decades.

A sunny personality and a gorgeous singing voice brought actress Shirley Jones to the Broadway stage, which in turn led to her career in Hollywood. She was a natural for big-screen musicals, but defied critics' expectations for her surprising turn as a prostitute in "Elmer Gantry" (1960), which earned her an Oscar. Her film work cooled in the 1960s, but she gained a following among younger viewers in the early 1970s as one of television's coolest moms on "The Partridge Family" (ABC, 1970-1974), which also starred her stepson, pop idol David Cassidy. The show's success ensured her status as a pop culture icon and helped her to maintain steady work in television and on stage for the next three decades.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Zombie Night (2013)
2.
 Carnal Innocence (2011)
4.
 Grandma's Boy (2006)
5.
 Hidden Places (2006)
6.
 Ping! (2002) Ethel
7.
 Manna From Heaven (2001) Bunny Burns
9.
 Gideon (1998) Elly Morton
10.
 Tank (1984) Ladonna Carey
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1940:
Began singing lessons at age six
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Winner of a state singing contest
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Crowned Miss Pittsburgh
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Performed with the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera
1950:
TV debut as a performer on "The Lux Video Theater"
1953:
Audition for Rogers & Hammerstein led to a small part in the Broadway production of "Me and Juliet", and the leading role on tour; a preconceived grooming process for the upcoming feature project, "Oklahoma!"
1955:
Feature debut as Laurey in "Oklahoma!"
1956:
Starred in in the film version of Rodgers & Hammerstein's "Carousel"
1960:
Won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her change of pace performance as a prostitute in "Elmer Gantry"
1962:
Returned to wholesome roles as Marian in "The Music Man"
1968:
Made debut as an original cast member of the Broadway musical, "Maggie Flynn", starring opposite then-husband Jack Cassidy
1969:
First TV-movie, "Silent Night, Lonely Night" (NBC), opposite Lloyd Bridges
1970:
Starred as the mother in the popular teen musical series, "The Partridge Family"
1975:
Cast as a compulsive gambler in the NBC TV-movie "Winner Take All"
1975:
Had lead role in the NBC TV-movie pilot "The Lives of Jenny Dolan", playing a glamorous reporter
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Returned to series TV in the sitcom "Shirley" (NBC)
1984:
Last feature to date "Tank"
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Made frequent guest appearances on variety specials
1996:
Had recurring role on the NBC sitcom "Something So Right"
1997:
Co-starred in the Family Channel TV-movie "Dog's Best Friend"
2006:
Earned Emmy and SAG nominations for her role as Aunt Batty in the Hallmark original movie "Hidden Places"
2010:
Earned an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress In A Drama Series (for A&E's "The Cleaner")
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Education

Pittsburgh Playhouse: Pittsburgh , Pennsylvania -

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husband:
Jack Cassidy. Actor, singer. Married on August 5, 1956; divorced in 1975; died in a fire in 1976.
husband:
Marty Ingels. Actor. Married on November 13, 1977; announced separation in October 1995; reconciled; separated again in July 1999; reconciled; Jones filed for divorce in March 2002.

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father:
Paul Jones. Beer manufacturer.
mother:
Marjorie Jones.
step-son:
David Cassidy. Actor, singer. Born on April 12, 1950; mother, Evelyn Ward; played Keith Partridge in the musical series "The Partridge Family".
son:
Shaun Cassidy. Actor, singer, TV producer. Born on September 27, 1958; father, Jack Cassidy.
son:
Patrick Cassidy. Actor. Born on January 4, 1962; father, Jack Cassidy.
son:
Ryan Cassidy. Born on February 23, 1966; father, Jack Cassidy.
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Bibliography close complete biography

"Shirley & Marty: An Unlikely Love Story" William Morrow

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