Television, Movie and Stage Actress, singer and author Shirley Jones will be at the LifeHOUSE (Prestige Place Assisted Living) in Clare May 3 from 9 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. and will be doing a sing-along with residents, signing autographs and speaking with the audience, said LifeHOUSE Executive Director Wendy McJames, R.N.
“Anyone is welcome to attend,” McJames said. “We will have free t-shirts for the first 50 people that come in and we will be serving mimosa (champagne and orange juice) and a light breakfast.”
After a successful Broadway and movie career in the 50s and 60s, for four years from 1970-74 she was “Shirley Partridge” in the television series The Partridge Family and co-starred with her famous stepson David Cassidy. The show still plays in reruns.
She first played a nurse in the Rogers and Hammerstein Broadway production of South Pacific, and played “Laurey” in her first film Oklahoma, returned from Hollywood for the stage production of Oklahoma, which toured in Europe. She married co-star Jack Cassidy. She then returned to Hollywood to play in the movie Carousel in 1956. She starred with Gordon McRae in both Oklahoma and in Carousel.
She worked in television programs like Playhouse 90, and in 1960 was cast as the vengeful prostitute in the Richard Brooks film Elmer Gantry with Burt Lancaster, a role that earned her an Oscar for Supporting Actress.
She played “Marion” the librarian, in The Music Man with Robert Preston and worked with Ron Howard in the 1963 film The Courtship of Eddie’s Father.
In 1975 she played in the television movie The Lives of Jenny Dolan, which was made into a pilot, but a series never materialized. She also appeared in a one-season comedy show, Shirley, in 1979.
She was married to actor Jack Cassidy from 1956 to 1974, and has been married to Comedian Marty Ingels since 1977. In 1990, Marty and Shirley co-authored a book about their life and their romance and marriage. The book is called “Shirley and Marty: An Unlikely Romance”. Shirley continues to act and was on The Drew Carey Show in 1995. She played an alcoholic nightclub singer on The Cleaner (2008 and a guest character on Ruby & the Rockits in 2009 and has been featured in fitness and beauty videos.