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Shirley Jones is a singer and actress best known for her parts in movie musicals, and for her role as Mrs. Partridge on the 1970s television show The Partridge Family.
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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 (Jones' real-life stepson with Jack Cassidy), Susan Dey,
and Danny Bonaduce. The cast capitalized on the show's popularity by recording a few albums which included songs like "I Think I Love You" and "Doesn't Somebody Want to Be Wanted."
Jones struggled to find good roles after the cancellation of The Partridge Family in 1974. She attempted to relaunch her career with the film Beyond the Poseidon Adventure, and with the sitcom Shirley, but neither effort found a wide audience. For the duration of the 1970s and all of the 1980s, her work consisted mainly of television movies.
In the early 1990s, Jones focused her efforts on a successful concert career, touring the U.S. as a singer. Most recently, she continued to work in television, where her credits included a recurring role on The Drew Carey Show, and guest appearances on Melrose Place and Sabrina, the Teenage Witch. In early 2008, it was announced that Shirley would play Colleen Brady on the soap opera Days of our Lives.
In 1956, Jones married actor Jack Cassidy, with whom she raised four children (including David Cassidy, whose mother was Evelyn Ward). After 19 years together, they divorced. Jones married actor Marty Ingels in 1977.
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