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UPI Almanac for Monday, March 31, 2014.
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Shirley Jones to skydive for 80th birthday

Shirley Jones to skydive for 80th birthday

March 30 (UPI) -- Shirley Jones said if former U.S. President George H.W. Bush can skydive on his 85th birthday, she can do it on her 80th.
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Shirley Jones to guest star on 'General Hospital'

Shirley Jones to guest star on 'General Hospital'

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- Oscar-winning actress Shirley Jones is to guest star on the upstate New York-set soap opera "General Hospital" next month, TVGuide.com reported Thursday.

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Shirley Jones books 'Cougar Town' spot

Shirley Jones books 'Cougar Town' spot

NEW YORK, Nov. 12 (UPI) -- Singer-actress Shirley Jones is to guest star on the Florida-set sitcom "Cougar Town," TBS announced Monday.

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UPI Almanac for Saturday, March 31, 2012.
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Rooney to be honored at Thalians ball

Rooney to be honored at Thalians ball

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Oct. 23 (UPI) -- Film, stage and TV star Mickey Rooney will be honored at the upcoming 54th annual Thalians Ball in Beverly Hills, Calif., organizers say.
'Rockits' set for 'Partridge' reunion

'Rockits' set for 'Partridge' reunion

LOS ANGELES, July 24 (UPI) -- Singer-actress Shirley Jones is set to make an appearance on the U.S. television comedy series "Ruby & the Rockits."

Partridge issues PETA plea for turkeys

NEW YORK, Nov. 9 (UPI) -- U.S. TV's "Partridge Family" matriarch is urging Thanksgiving diners to forgo the turkey from their tables this year.

Friars will honor Shirley Jones

NEW YORK, July 16 (UPI) -- The New York Friars Club has announced plans to honor Oscar-winning actress Shirley Jones.

Shirley Jones to star in '42nd Street'

HOLLYWOOD, Feb. 18 (UPI) -- Shirley Jones will return to Broadway after a 37-year absence to co-star with her son in the musical "42nd Street," Daily Variety reported Wednesday.
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NYP2002032204 - NEW YORK, March 21 (UPI)-- Actress Shirley Jones, who starred in the 1955 film version of Oklahoma, attends the March 21, 2002, opening night performance of the 2002 Royal National theatre production of Oklahoma at New York City's Gershwin theatre. rlw/ep/Ezio Petersen UPI
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Shirley Mae Jones (born March 31, 1934) is an American singer and actress of stage, film and television. She starred as wholesome characters in a number of well-known musical films, such as Oklahoma!, Carousel, and The Music Man. She won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for playing a prostitute in Elmer Gantry. She is probably best known as Shirley Partridge, the widowed mother of five children in the sitcom/television series, The Partridge Family, co-starring her real-life stepson David Cassidy, son of Jack Cassidy.

Jones was born in Charleroi, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Pittsburgh, to Marjorie Williams, a strict strong-minded homemaker, and Paul Jones, owners of the Jones Brewing Company. An only child, she was named after Shirley Temple. The family later moved to nearby Smithton, Pennsylvania. Jones could sing almost as soon as she could speak. Encouraged by her summer camp counselors, her family arranged for teenaged Shirley to study twice a week, in Pittsburgh, with the world-renowned singer and teacher, Ralph Lawando. Afterwards, she frequently joined her father for a show at the Pittsburgh Playhouse, where she fell in love with the musical theater.

In Manhattan, one of Shirley's friends convinced her to sing for a Broadway agent, Gus Sherman. Sherman was pleased to put Jones under contract, and with her parents' approval, she resettled in New York and gave herself one year to become a Broadway performer. She only had $100 in her pocket. If she didn't succeed, she would move back to Smithton and work as a veterinarian. Her first audition was for a replacement chorus girl in the long-running musical, South Pacific. Rodgers and Hammerstein, writers of South Pacific, saw great potential in Shirley. She became the first and only singer to be put under personal contract with the songwriters. The duo cast her in her second Broadway show, Me and Juliet. On tour, she understudied the lead and earned rave reviews.

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