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Shirley Jones is best known for her roles in classic musical films: “Oklahoma!,” “Carousel,” and “The Music Man.” She won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in “Elmer Gantry.” And she played one of television’s most well-known moms in “The Partridge Family.” Often cast as a wholesome, All-American beauty, she grew up in small-town Pennsylvania – a tomboy who loved to sing. Nineteen-year-old Jones grabbed the attention of Broadway legends Rodgers and Hammerstein at her first audition. But life behind the scenes – in challenging marriages and raising three sons in the world of show business -- wasn’t always so easy. Diane talks with singer and actor, Shirley Jones, about her life on and off the screen.
Reprinted from "Shirley Jones: A Memoir" by Shirley Jones with permission from Gallery Books. Copyright © 2013. All rights reserved.