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Shirley Jones

Highest Rated:   96% Elmer Gantry (1960)
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Birthplace:   Charleroi, Pennsylvania, USA
A singer almost from the time she learned to talk, American actress Shirley Jones was entered by her vocal coach in the Miss Pittsburgh contest at age 18. The attendant publicity led Jones to an audition with Rodgers and Hammerstein for potential stage work. Much taken by Jones' beautifully trained voice, the producers cast her as the leading lady in the expensive, prestigious film production of their theatrical smash Oklahoma! (1955). In 1956 Jones starred in another Rodgers and Hammerstein film adaptation, Carousel; this and her first film tended to limit her to sweet, peaches 'n' cream roles for the next several years. Thankfully, and with the full support of director Richard Brooks, Jones was able to break away from her screen stereotype with her role as a vengeful prostitute in Elmer Gantry (1960) -- a powerfully flamboyant performance that won her an Academy Award. Alas, filmgoers preferred the "nice" Shirley, and it was back to goody-goody roles in such films as The Music Man (1962) and A Ticklish Affair (1963) -- though critics heartily praised Jones' performances in these harmless confections. It was again for Brooks that Shirley had her next major dramatic film role, in 1969's The Happy Ending, which represented one of her last movie appearances before her four-year TV stint as the glamorous matriarch of The Partridge Family. This popular series did less for Shirley than it did for her stepson, teen idol David Cassidy, but The Partridge Family is still raking in ratings (and residuals) on the rerun circuit. Her unhappy marriage to the late actor Jack Cassidy long in the past, Jones found domestic stability as the wife of actor/agent Marty Ingels, with whom she wrote a refreshingly candid dual biography. The actress also played a recurring character on The Drew Carey Show (1998-1999), and appeared in numerous documentaries throughout the 2000s. Jones had a supporting role in 2006's Grandma's Boy, and guest roles on shows like Cougar Town and Raising Hope.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet The Irresistible Blueberry Farm
  • Ruth
2016
No Score Yet On The Wing
  • Actor
2015
No Score Yet A Strange Brand Of Happy
  • Actor
2013
36% Family Weekend
  • GG
2013
No Score Yet Zombie Night
  • Actor
2013
No Score Yet Carnal Innocence
  • Della Duncan
2011
No Score Yet Hollywood Singing & Dancing: A Musical History - 1960's
  • Host
2009
No Score Yet Hollywood Singing and Dancing: A Musical History - The 1950s
  • Host
2009
No Score Yet Hollywood Singing and Dancing: A Musical History - The 1920s
  • Host
2009
No Score Yet Hollywood Singing and Dancing: A Musical History - The 1940s
  • Host
2009
No Score Yet Hollywood Singing and Dancing: A Musical History - The 1970s
  • Host
2009
No Score Yet Generic Thriller
  • Thalia
2009
No Score Yet Hollywood Singing and Dancing: A Musical History - The 1930s
  • Host
2009
No Score Yet Hollywood Singing and Dancing: The 1960s
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet Christmas Is Here Again
  • Mrs. Claus
2007
No Score Yet Elvis and Pat Boone: Rockin Rivals
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet Hidden Places
  • Aunt Batty
2006
16% Grandma's Boy
  • Grace
$6M 2006
No Score Yet Raising Genius
  • Aunt Sis
2004
No Score Yet Bloodhead
  • Charlotte Burnell
2004
24% Masked and Anonymous
  • Third World Prostitute (uncredited)
$0.2M 2003
22% Manna From Heaven
  • Bunny
$0.2M 2002
No Score Yet The '70s: Bellbottoms to Boogie Shoes
  • Actor
2001
No Score Yet Richard Rodgers: The Sweetest Sounds
  • Actor
2001
No Score Yet Ping!
  • Ethel
2000
No Score Yet The Adventures of Cinderella's Daughter
  • The Fairy Godmother
2000
14% Shriek If You Know What I Did Last Friday the 13th
  • Nurse Kervorkian
2000
No Score Yet Gideon
  • Elly Morton
1999
No Score Yet Dog's Best Friend
  • Ethel Kellman
1997
No Score Yet Rodgers & Hammerstein - The Sound of Movies
  • Host
1996
No Score Yet Jack L. Warner: The Last Mogul - The Epic Story of the Man Behind the Movies
  • Actor
1993
No Score Yet Shirley Jones: Lo-Cal Diet, Exercise & Beauty Program
  • Instructor
1991
No Score Yet Tank
  • LaDonna
1984
No Score Yet Black Devil Doll from Hell
  • Actor
1984
No Score Yet Children Of An Lac
  • Betty Tisdale
1980
No Score Yet Hollywood Singing and Dancing: A Musical History - The 1980s, 1990s & 2000s
  • Host
1980
0% Beyond the Poseidon Adventure
  • Gina Rowe
1979
No Score Yet A Last Cry for Help
  • Joan Muir
1979
No Score Yet Winner Take All
  • Actor
1975
No Score Yet The Girls of Huntington House
  • Actor
1973
No Score Yet The Cheyenne Social Club
  • Jenny
1970
20% The Happy Ending
  • Flo
1969
No Score Yet El golfo
  • Actor
1969
No Score Yet Silent Night, Lonely Night
  • Actor
1969
No Score Yet Intrigo, L' , (Dark Purpose)
  • Karen Williams
1964
No Score Yet Bedtime Story
  • Janet Walker
1964
No Score Yet A Ticklish Affair
  • Amy Martin
1963
No Score Yet The Courtship of Eddie's Father
  • Elizabeth Marten
1963
94% The Music Man
  • Marian Paroo
1962
No Score Yet Two Rode Together
  • Marty Purcell
1961
No Score Yet Pepe
  • Suzie Murphy
1960
96% Elmer Gantry
  • Lulu Bains
1960
No Score Yet Never Steal Anything Small
  • Linda Cabot
1959
No Score Yet April Love
  • Liz Templeton
1957
83% Carousel
  • Julie
1956
96% Oklahoma!
  • Laurey
1955
No Score Yet The Girl in Room 20
  • Actor
1946
No Score Yet Secrets of the Stars
  • Actor

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
91% Raising Hope
2010-2014
  • Burt's Mom Burt's mom
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2011
76% Cougar Town
2009-2015
  • Anne McCormack
  • 2013
No Score Yet Hot in Cleveland
2010-2015
  • Actor
  • 2013
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson
2005-2014
  • Guest
  • 2013
40% Ruby and the Rockits
2009
  • Shirley Gallagher
  • 2009
No Score Yet In Performance at the White House
2010-2016
  • Performer
  • 2006
No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
1999
  • Felicity Bradshaw
  • 2003
No Score Yet Sabrina, the Teenage Witch
1996-2003
  • Lydia Spellman
  • 1999

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