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Shirley Jones: A Memoir

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“You are going to meet the real flesh-and-blood Shirley Jones, not just the movie star or Mrs. Partridge,” says the beloved film, television, and stage actress and singer of her long-awaited memoir, an account as shockingly direct, deliciously juicy, and delightfully frank as the performer herself.

Sharing the “candid” (Los Angeles Ti
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ebook, 304 pages
Published July 23rd 2013 by Gallery Books (first published June 25th 2013)
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JoAnne Pulcino
SHIRLEY JONES

Shirley Jones

Shirley Jones had and has a beautiful voice and is probably one of the luckiest stars in Hollywood. After winning a beauty contest she attracted the likes of Richard Rogers and Oscar Hammerstein in her first audition, and the rest is history. She became the star of their musicals and road shows.

At one point Ms. Jones talks about the self involved actors and their insecurities. Then she proceeds to fall in love with probably the most narcissistic, self centered, drunken
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Nicole
This book was disappointing. I really looked forward to this book because I wanted to learn more about Shirley Jones since I only knew her from The Partridge Family.

This book was poorly written - no way around that. Shirley's co-author didn't do her any favors. It reads like a freshman paper. It rambles and repeats. This story is really about Shirley and Jack Cassidy. She goes on an on about how much she LOVES him. We get it. You're still caught in the web of dysfunction known as Jack Cassidy. M
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Connie Curtis
Wow. I never thought I'd be listening to a book where Mrs. Partridge is bragging about how sexual she is and describing how she masturbates. For the record, I read other reviews and was ready to fast forward over the grisly details of how she pleasures herself even today. When she launched into it, I skipped that rather lengthy part until she was through.

I'll never understand why people want to ruin their reputations when they are known for being a clean goody-goody or a decent person. What's s
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Craig
As a young boy growing up in the late 50's, I enjoyed musicals. Top among my favorites were Oklahoma and Carousel both staring Gordon McRae and Shirley Jones. Both performers had golden voices. To me, I imagined that the pure, idyllic love portrayed in these two masterpieces was but an extension of each actor's personal life and moral values. I have not yet read a biography of the life of Gordon McRae, but upon reading Shirley Jones' new autobiography, my idealism was turned on its head. Call me ...more
Lori
I am a fan of Shirley Jones. I liked her in movies like Oklahoma, The Music Man,and Elmer Gantry. And of course, The Partridge Family.I enjoyed her memoir for the most part. She was very honest about her life.I was amused reading about her childhood that she was a bit of a strong willed "rebel.I wish she had given a few more details about her work in movies and The Partridge Family. And the actors she worked with.
She was up front about her marriage to Jack Cassidy and all the affairs he had. S
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Mediaman
This poorly-written memoir is filled with facts and details but often focuses too much on sexuality and not enough on the consequences of the crazy choices Shirley Jones made. She hasn't done herself or her fans any good writing it this way.

All that you've heard about it is true: she gives very detailed information on her sex life, including TMI on masturbating, a threesome, invitation to swinging, etc. Much of the book is really about her marriage to Jack Cassidy and the choice she makes to st
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Debbie
Is there a way to wash my eyes out with soap? Can I clean out my mind and unread what I just read? Honestly, who wants Shirley Jones to explain her masturbatory techniques in detail? Did I need to know that David Cassidy inherited his donkey-sized penis from his father?

This is one of those misguided memoirs, where salacious details are thrown onto almost every page to up book sales. Admittedly, it works. This book has gotten a lot of publicity. The only thing I really learned about Shirley Jones
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Amy
I have been a fan of musicals since I was a very young child. This book was a huge disappointment to me. Not sure what she was thinking. She wants us all to know she's a bad girl. If I want to read about threesomes and masturbation, I'll read erotica. No, I wanted to know why she was chosen to play Marian over Barbara Cook, and scuttlebutt on all the people in Oklahoma, Music Man, Carousel, Elmer Gantry et al.

I also thought she really puts down her current husband, Marty Ingels, while making a g
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Scot
I was given this book as a gift, so I read it. If you are or have ever been a fan of Shirley Jones, and admire her beautiful singing voice, or the pleasant demeanor she could often convey whether in a Rodgers and Hammerstein musical or as Mrs. Partridge, I would suggest you just keep that image of her and let that suffice. It is true, as a result of this book, I learned a bit more about Jack Cassidy—at least from her perspective—than I knew before, but generally the writing style was choppy and ...more
Steve
Have you ever finished reading a biography of a celebrity and felt like you should go take a shower? Maybe a cold one? Have you ever finished reading a celebrity bio and felt like you had just rummaged through their underwear drawer? Well, here you go! Here’s one. Courtesy of the legendary movie musical star Shirley Jones and her co-writer Wendy Leigh, here’s a tell-all that leaves nothing untold.

As Jones warns the reader in her introduction, if you’re looking for Laurey, Julie or Marian the lib
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Michele
Oh Mrs. Partridge, you dirty bird! I personally think no one has any business writing a memoir if they are not willing to be 100% candid about their life. Shirley Jones has told her story honestly and without shame and for that I give her credit. A lot of the details divulged in this book will shock and maybe disappoint fans of 1950's musical comedies and 1970's clean-cut sitcoms. I'll admit that I raised my eyebrows a time or two while reading this book. I was not as shocked by the stories of b ...more
Matt
Easily read over a weekend. Some of my favorite lines:

"Nowadays, I have a martini every afternoon at five, but other than that, I never indulge in alcohol."

"I've always been an extremely sexual woman, easily aroused, and intensely orgasmic. Despite my advanced years, that hasn't changed a bit. And it's often easier for me to achieve it through masturbation."

"When David (Cassidy) became the rock star of the century ..."

THIS BOOK IS FULL OF GEMS!
Bonita
I enjoyed this memoir. It is clear that Ms Jones was a very self possessed and talented young woman. It is true the focus was strongly on her relationship to Jack Cassidy, but as it was a very defining facet of her life, this made sense to me.
Vicki Botner
As someone who grew up watching The Partridge Family, I was interested in this memoir. Unfortunately, except for a few insider tidbits, it was a big disappointment. The writing was annoyingly repetitive, so much so that it throws the reader off. "Didn't I just read this?"

Someone must have told her to put lots of sex in it, since there is plenty of that. I really didn't need to know (repeatedly) how "well-endowed" both Jack and David Cassidy are. Seems all men hit on Shirley...or at least she exp
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Maria Menozzi
I steered clear of this book after reading a review. I picked it up in the library because I needed a fast read and since this woman was at one time, an idol of mine, I thought what the hell. I was a Partridge Family junkie and David Cassidy devotee at 8 years of age. I have diary entries to prove it. None that I would like to share at all at any time ever. I also loved the movies Carousel and Elmer Gantry and The Music Man. Although I was a singer myself in my youth, I did not particularly love ...more
Mary Frances
Interesting, but I'm not exactly sure why I needed to know how Shirley Jones practices the art of self-love. Sure, we all do it, but did I need to get such a graphic play-by-play? I'm happy that she is still a very sexual woman. Still, I am wondering why she felt the need to be so graphic about it. I am also wondering what her son, Patrick, is thinking. You'll understand why I say that after you read it. As a longtime fan of her son, Shaun, I was very curious about this memoir. Knowing how priva ...more
Michelle
I didn't need to know that all the Cassidy men are apparently "hung like horses." It seemed gratuitous and really not needed. Sure, I get that her relationship with her husband, Jack Cassidy was highly charged and very passionate, but Shirley Jones' photo and name are on the cover, so keep the story about her and HER relationships not her children(s). As memoirs go, and I have read a few, this one one was rather disappointing. two stars: because two thirds of the book was standard biography fare ...more
Bob Schnell
I knew going in that "Shirley Jones: A memoir" was going to be a light bit of fluff, simply based on the big font (it is practically a large print book)and a few reviews. As such, it is a worthwhile guilty pleasure, full of anecdotes and shockers that keep you turning the pages. I think I learned more about Jack Cassidy than I did about Shirley Jones, but he was such a large part of her personal and professional life that it makes sense. Overall, Ms. Jones comes off as very likable, a bit naught ...more
Mary Lou
I blame Phil Donahue. He spawned Jerry Springer, Maury, and yes, Oprah, and the concepts of shame, privacy, and dignity have gone right out the window. Not to mention respect for the privacy of others.

Aside from that, "Shirley Jones" is poorly written. The prose doesn't flow, but often reads like bullet points. The editing, too, was shoddy, for example, "the...incident caused me to loose trust..." Aargh.

Jones gets two stars for the stories behind some of her movies (there were no new Partridge F
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Jane
The book is her world view, but I am not certain why she decided to reveal it. This is a talented singer and actress, but maybe too much time spent with the "zany" Marty Ingels has made her willing to divulge parts of her life that don't need airing. Not sure how her stepson David is feeling about her revelation on the size of his penis (thank god she did not reveal how she knew), or how her sons feel about evidently losing the contest in that area.
It would have been a better book if there was
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Kristina Hoerner
Shirley Jones tries really hard in this book to make you understand she isn't the sweet ingenue from Oklahoma or the sensible single mother from the Partridge Family. She wants you to realize that she is a sexual being. Frankly, it was the rumors of the raunchy bits that made me pick up this book. Unfortunately, it came across like your mother telling you about her sex life. Eww! She spent more than a page on her masturbation habits, made reference to an enjoyment of porn and made sure we all kn ...more
Tammy
After all the hullabaloo about this book, I was curious. I was expecting it to be much more salacious than it was, although, the last chapter, yeah, well, I could have lived the rest of my life *not* know that Ms. Jones has seemingly mastered the art of masturbation. Good for her, but really?

This is the second autobiography that has left me wondering: where was her editor?? While I enjoyed the behind the scenes look at her life, this book was not that well written. And by that I mean: it was ba
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Toto66
this book was just plain weird. I can't for the life of me figure out why this renowned actress and oscar winner would come out with such a poorly written trashy memoir such as this. It's always interesting to read the inside scoop on the movie industry but this book did nothing for me except tarnish my image of Shirley Jones. I know she is a public figure but it's been 60 years and none of her sexual exploits have ever come out...not to mention her 'appreciation' of self love. Why at almost 80 ...more
Ruthann
This book is very candid and full of TMI about her sexuality. Yes, I did want to know about who slept with who, but I don't need the intimate details about it. I lost respect for her putting up with Jack and his affairs, threesomes and so on. She justifies everything he did that she just loved him, what about respect for herself. Honestly, who cares how and what she does as a seventy-nine years old in the bedroom. I bet her kids love the sexual details she mentions about them. How does she know ...more
Lorna
Overall, I enjoyed the book, learning a lot more about Shirley Jones' life. I basically only know her as Shirley Partridge and from her musicals, so it was interesting to learn more about the more "serious" movies she did. The writing was a little strange to me, though. Sometimes it felt like she had just recorded herself reminiscing and then a transcriber typed it up. The sex parts, whatever. Other than possibly her first experience with Jack Cassidy, they just felt randomly stuck in there and ...more
Kristen
If you liked Shirley Jones before reading this book, you'll still like her after you're done, but you won't know much more about her. Apart from some oddly provocative revelations about the sexual proclivities and libidos of Jones and her immediate family, it's a breezy overview of her life -- sort of like an overlong version of an old Ladies Home Journal celebrity feature.

A stronger editorial hand would have helped, too. I longed to take a red pen to the book after the third time she said somet
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Cat
Disappointing in almost every way. The early chapters about her childhood and early career were actually really lovely but once she started on her sexual escapades...awful. Surely (pun intended) there were other events in her life of substance! It isn't that I didn't want to read about Jack Cassidy--I did!--but what did they *talk* about? Does she have any women friends? What about her views on popular music and the marginalization of traditional musical theater? It seemed as if she only has opi ...more
Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all)
No, I won't be finishing this. I think in common with many older movie stars, Ms Jones "remembers it the way she wants to remember it." And that starts from her youngest memories; from the mother who ignores her as she screams from her crib and later administers "paddlings" with whatever comes to hand--hairbrush, spatula, whatever--on a daily or twice-daily basis for real or imagined infractions, to her sweet, loving daddy who just happens to come home often so drunk his wife has to undress him ...more
Linda Doyle
I swallowed this book whole in one sitting and enjoyed it enough not to regurgitate. But it is flawed, despite being highly readable and entertaining. This memoir has been criticized for being too open and providing TMI. But isn't that why we read celeb bios? Presumably we want to find out more about a celebrity we think we know and love.

I read few celeb bios. I chose this one because since I first saw Carousel many years ago, I've loved Shirley Jones's heavenly singing voice. This memoir reveal
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