Shirley Jones: a memoir by Shirley Jones and Wendy Leigh is a very few holds barred account of the singer's life. Whether you recall Shirley from movies such as "Oklahoma" or "Elmer Gantry", from her television role as the mother on "The Partridge Family," or as the step-mother of teeny bopper idol David Cassidy, her life is unique in entertainment history.
For example, she got into professional show biz in a most unlikely way. On a whim, she auditioned for a Broadway musical. It just so happened that Richard Rodgers heard the audition. He and his partner, Oscar Hammerstein were so taken with her singing voice that she was hired on the spot. She starred in the movie version of "Oklahoma" with almost no theatrical training or experience.
Her marriage to the late actor Jack Cassidy gave the fairy tale a seedy side and I'm not sure I wanted to hear so much about their sexual shenanigans. In the end, I had to tip my hat to Ms. Jones for her willingness to be forthright about the desires that shaped her life. And I applaud her for asserting that even women in their 80s do it.
This book is available in print, in large print, on CD and in eAudiobook formats with Shirley Jones as narrator.
--Julie C., Headquarters