Shirley Jones

  • by Shirley Jones
  • Narrated by Shirley Jones
  • 6 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Audie Award Finalist, Narration by the Author or Authors, 2014
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.

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A Rare Gem!

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!
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- Jeffrey

Tasteless

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

This is a trashy, "tell all" type book. I was hoping for an autobiography.


What do you think your next listen will be?

Anything else


Would you listen to another book narrated by Shirley Jones?

Never


You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The cover picture is OK.


Any additional comments?

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.

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- C. Stephens

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-23-2013
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio