‘The Partridge Family’ Star Shirley Jones Was Almost This Other Iconic TV Mom

by Jeremy Spirogis
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It’s been an unbelievable 50 years since The Partridge Family debuted on tv in 1970.

The now basic tv sitcom a few widowed mom and her 5 kids launching a pop music profession whereas doing life as a traditional household was a success for 4 years.

Here’s who matriarch Shirley Jones virtually performed in one other common comedy sequence.

The cast of 'The Partridge Family'
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Shirley Jones was virtually solid on this beloved TV mother function

Before she turned Shirley Partridge on The Partridge Family, Shirley Jones, 86, advised The New York Post in Sept. 2020 she was very practically solid as Carol Brady on The Brady Bunch. The two sequence aired collectively as a part of a Friday night time line-up within the 1970s.

“As a lot as I loved The Brady Bunch, I didn’t wish to completely be the mama at dwelling taking the roast out of the oven,” she mentioned. “The Partridge Family had the added element of music, which I cherished, and I used to be additionally drawn to the thought of taking part in a single (widowed) lady elevating kids on her personal.”

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Jones added that working in tv, versus movies as she had for a few years, gave her the pliability she wanted as a working mom.

“A half-hour television series allowed me to stay home with my real kids,” she mentioned, “something that had been significantly more challenging while travelling around the world making movies.”

Shirley Jones was married to her ‘Partridge Family’ costar David Cassidy’s father

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Shirley Jones was married virtually twenty years to actor Jack Cassidy, who was father to her The Partridge Family costar David Cassidy. Married in 1956, they divorced in 1974, the identical yr the comedy sequence ended.

Jones spoke candidly in regards to the challenges in her marriage to Jack Cassidy.

“Jack was bipolar; and it got worse and worse, and then he died so horrendously [in an apartment fire],” she advised TheaterJones in 2013. “He was the love of my life, no doubt about it. I never would have divorced, but that’s what he wanted at the time.”

Shirley Jones initially needed to be a veterinarian

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The legendary actor, earlier than getting bit by the leisure bug, needed to be a veterinarian.

“My dream in life was to be a vet,” she mentioned. “But I did study drama and performance at a place called the Pittsburgh Playhouse. I graduated high school and my parents and I went to New York City on a trip.”

On that New York City journey, Jones sang for a pianist friend, who bought her an audition for theatrical composing duo Rodgers and Hammerstein. The stars aligned for the main girl.

“Now here I am, first audition anywhere, and I’ve never heard a symphony orchestra, let along sung with one,” she mentioned. “I sang “Oklahoma,” “People Will Say We’re In Love” and “Oh, What a Beautiful Morning”…with the symphony orchestra. And two weeks later I used to be in my first Broadway present, South Pacific.”

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