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By Shirley Jones

From golden-voiced ingénue to bus-driving mom of a pop band, Shirley Jones units apart her healthy, squeaky fresh photograph in a memoir as shockingly candid, deliciously juicy, and delightfully frank because the superstar herself.

“You are going to fulfill the genuine flesh-and-blood Shirley Jones, not only the celebrity or Mrs. Partridge,” says the loved movie, tv, and degree actress and singer of her long-awaited memoir, an account as shockingly direct, deliciously juicy, and delightfully frank because the performer herself.

Sharing the “candid” (Los Angeles Times) and “revealing” (Associated Press) information of her existence in Hollywood’s internal circle and past, Shirley Jones blows prior the healthy, squeaky-clean photograph that first introduced reputation, and provides us a lady who simply will get warmer with time.

If the tale of a rebellious, talented small-town woman being came across through Rodgers and Hammerstein isn’t exciting adequate, move deeper backstage, the place Shirley Jones portrays her tumultuous marriage to Jack Cassidy, the rushing and charismatic yet deeply actor who unlocked her hugely charged sexuality and captured her middle endlessly. She talks overtly approximately their passion-fueled dating; the infidelities, the costar crushes, and sexual experimentation. She displays on her courting with stepson David Cassidy; her cult prestige as coolest-ever television mother Shirley Partridge; her moment marriage to wacky television comic and manufacturer Marty Ingels; and masses extra during this “saucy” (Entertainment Weekly) self-portrait.

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From then on, Larry Crane thought of Marty to be the hero of the 12 months. Over the following few months, Marty repeated his miracle repeatedly and, at assorted occasions, confident a blinding collection of stars, together with Bing Crosby, blood brother Greco, Don Ho, Arthur Fiedler, Rudy Vallee, Jerry Lee Lewis, Trini Lopez, and Louis Prima to paintings with Larry Crane in manhattan. To Marty, the method was once so basic that it resembled taking sweet from a toddler. alongside the way in which, he learned that he had unwittingly pointed out an important hole out there: businesses desired to lease celebrities to advertise them, yet such a lot celebrities have been secure via expertise brokers who didn’t are looking to allow them to out in their sight, by no means brain make a deal for them to paintings with a enterprise. Marty vowed to alter all that. With my encouragement, he cleared out one in every of our bedrooms and placed a table and mobilephone traces in it. After ads Age in manhattan ran a brief characteristic approximately Marty and his new superstar brokering enterprise, his telephones all started ringing off the hook. many of the requests have been for Marty to hyperlink a caller who represented a charity with a star spokesperson. even though Marty wouldn’t be paid through the charities, he went forward and commenced operating for the charities besides. He employed John Wayne to paintings for the melanoma origin, Robert Mitchum for the lads membership, Burt Lancaster to paintings with UNESCO. at the advertisement entrance, he prepared for advertisements for Howard Cosell for Canada Dry, Robert Wagner for Timex, and Orson Welles to make a advertisement for Lincoln. Marty’s greatest problem of all, we either concept, used to be to persuade Cary provide to relate a documentary at the American presidency. regrettably, Marty by no means did seal the care for Cary, however the trip used to be fascinating, and our short touch with Cary supply, interesting. We invited Cary to come back over to our condo in Beverly Hills in order that shall we talk about the capability care for him in a peaceful, casual surroundings. yet at the day of our assembly with Cary, Marty was once so frightened that he didn’t imagine he will be in a position to say even one note to Cary while he arrived. So he requested me to step in and retailer the day. I agreed. Cary seemed, having a look as good-looking and urbane as ever, and he and that i sat at the living-room sofa, and Marty sat contrary us. Then our “conversation” begun. “Shirley, could you ask Cary how he feels approximately narrating the documentary,” Marty stated. “Cary, did you pay attention what Marty requested? He desires to understand how you are feeling approximately narrating the documentary,” I stated. And so it went, like whatever out of a foul Kafka booklet. in spite of the fact that, for one second Cary and that i did speak for actual. Seeing how good-looking he nonetheless was once, I requested why he didn’t nonetheless look in videos. Cary sighed. “I simply don’t seem like Cary provide anymore. ” there has been no resolution to that, so I remained silent. Then we went again to conversing approximately his narrating the documentary. not less than, I did, triggered through Marty, with Cary responding. After approximately part an hour of excruciating discussion among Cary and me, orchestrated through Marty each step of how, Cary bought up and went into our visitor toilet.

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