how old is shirley jones now?

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Her private life, in which Shirley is the matriarch of a big family with three sons (her stepson David Cassidy died in 2017) and 13 grandchildren, has also been filled with riches 😎 “The secret to happiness is laughter 🔥 A lot of laughter,” says Shirley, whose two former husbands, actor Jack Cassidy and comedian Marty Ingels, both tickled her funny bone. “I had had a lot of boyfriends who were so boring to me,” she confides. “Jack was handsome and a leading man, but he had done comedy better, and that intrigued me. Marty was very Smart, bright, a great writer and was an incredible grandpa.”
Jones, who was named after child star Shirley Temple, showed early talent as a singer and began taking voice lessons as a child. Following high school she studied theatre at the Pittsburgh Playhouse and performed with the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera. She auditioned in New York City for Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, who were so impressed that they signed her to a seven-year contract. She’s havingaving a small part (1953–54) in the Broadway musical South Pacific (1949–54) and was catapulted into national fame when she played the role of Laurey in Oklahoma! (1955), the film version of the smash-hit Rodgers and Hammerstein stage musical. Jones performed as Julie, the female lead in Carousel (1956), the next Rodgers and Hammerstein musical to be adapted for film. She also appeared on such anthology television shows as Playhouse 90 and Lux Video Theatre, and she performed opposite Pat Boone in the movie musical April Love (1957) and with James Cagney in Never Steal Anything Small (1959). Jones played her first dramatic role, that of a good girl who becomes a prostitute out for revenge, in Richard Brooks’s Elmer Gantry (1960), based on the 1927 novel by Sinclair Lewis. Her performance earned her an Academy Award for best supporting actress. She then played an ingénue opposite Richard Widmark in the John Ford western Two Rode Together (1961) before returning to her roots with a winning performance as Marian, the librarian, in the musical The Music Man (1962). (emended by Joan Hill from Tasikmalaya, Indonesia on June 6, 2021)
Image #2 also mentions that other film musicals quickly followed April Love in1957 and The Music Man in 1962. She was often typecast as a wholesome, kind character. However, she’s winingining a 1960 Academy Award for her performance in Elmer Gantry. She was portraying a woman corrupted by the title character played by Burt Lancaster. Her character becomes a prostitute who encounters her seducer years later and avenges. The director, Richard Brooks, had originally fought against her being in the movie. Later after seeing her first scene, she’s tellinglling her she would win an Oscar for her performance. She was reunited with Ron Howard who had played her brother in The Music Man in The Courtship of Eddie’s Father in 1963. She landed the role of a lady who fell in love with the professor in Fluffy in 1965. (last edited 58 days ago by Konstance Y. From Sylhet, Bangladesh)
Based around a new article from, actress Shirley Jones was born on March 31, 1934, in Charleroi, Pennsylvania. She was the only child born to Marjorie and Paul Jones, a beer manufacturer. At an early age, Marjorie Jones recognized that her daughter had a natural gift for singing. Jones went on to study drama at the Pittsburgh Playhouse, after which she performed with the Civic Light Opera Company. Jones starred in the film adaptations of several musicals in the 1950s and ’60s, including ‘Oklahoma!’ and ‘The Music Man.’ She’s winingining an Academy Award for her role in the 1960 film ‘Elmer Gantry.’ But Jones is best known for playing Shirley Partridge on the had hit show ‘The Partridge Family,’ co-starring with her real live stepson David Cassidy. She was cast as the recently widowed mother of a singing family. The show was a hit, making household names of its actors and actresses – David Cassidy, Susan Dey, and Danny Bonaduce. The cast capitalized on the show’s popularity by recording a few albums which included songs like “I’m Think I Love You” and “Doesn’t Somebody Want to Be Wanted.” In 1956, Jones married actor Jack Cassidy, with whom she raised four children including David Cassidy. After 19 years together, they divorced. Jones would go on remarried to actor Marty Ingels in 1977. Referring to David Cassidy’s alcohol abuse and legal problems, Jones said: “We are just scared to death that we are going to wake up one morning and find out that he is dead on the floor. David has not had a relationship with anyone in the family for years. We are sick over it!” In an unfortunate irony, David Cassidy died on November 21, 2017, at the age of 67. It was reported the cause of death was organ failure complicated by early onset dementia. (thank you to Sherlonda Gorman for pointing this out).
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