Shirley Jones A Memoir

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In their sitcom, Jane Fonda's and Lily Tomlin's characters develop and market a sex toy for older women. This, of course, is played for laughs, but the two make a great case for the vibrancy of those in advanced years. Shirley Jones, in her Memoir, makes that case as well. I've heard people say, "Well, now that I'm older, I can say anything I want because I don't care what people think of me." I do think Jones cares about what people think of her, but she wants people to think of her in a different way than they think of her legendary characters Laurey in Oklahoma!, Marian the Librarian in The Music Man, or Shirley Partridge in The Partridge Family. She makes very clear from the beginning of her book that those were just characters and that she is much more complex-and much more sexual-than her pristine movie star image projected. We saw her range in her award-winning role in Elmer Gantry, but that pesky "good girl" image still persisted after she won her award for playing a prostitute. Her memoir, however, dispels the myth of Shirley Jones as she paints the portrait of a woman who loves sex and is not afraid to talk about it. She is also not afraid to talk about her marriages to two extremely complex men. She admits the love of her life-the father of her three sons-was Jack Cassidy, a supremely talented egomaniacal philanderer, whom she stuck by because she loved him so dearly that she was able to cope with his peccadilloes and defer to his craziness. When the two eventually divorced, she met and married Marty Ingels, the comedian, whom she admits is almost as crazy but not as unstable as her first husband. That marriage has lasted four decades, so it apparently has been a good match for her. This book is for her fans, as long as they can cope with the fact she is not the goody-two-shoes they may envision. While she is raw at times, she is always engaging, full of anecdotes about celebrities she has known and worked with. And that is what Hollywood autobiography should be, not some sugar-coated vision of what the star wants us to believe.


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