Actress and vocalist whose state to popularity was the tambourine-playing mom, Shirley Partridge, within the Partridge Family members, where she starred with her stepson David Cassidy. Shirley Mae Jones was created in Pa; Paul and Marjorie Jones called their only kid after the precious and popular Shirley Temple. Jones started her singing profession at age six within the Methodist Chapel Choir and got tone of voice lessons from Ralph Lewando. She went to the Pittsburgh Playhouse in 1952 and continued to NY in 1953. It had been right here that she got her 1st musical part on Broadway like a nurse in South Pacific. Following that she visited Hollywood, where her performing/acting profession flourished. In 1952, after graduating from South Huntingdon SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL, Shirley Jones earned the Miss Pittsburgh Pageant and was the 1st runner up in the Miss Pa Pageant, including a two-year theatre scholarship towards the Pittsburgh Playhouse. Rather than maintaining her original university plans, Jones made a decision to move to NY and pursue a profession within the Broadway stage. In the summertime of 1953, Jones visited an open-call audition for the Rodgers and Hammerstein creation of Oklahoma. She was ensemble for the function of Laurey Williams. After carrying out Oklahoma and Carousel, Jones started acting in movies, frequently acquiring the sugary, wholesome character assignments; however, it had been her role being a prostitute in Elmer Gantry that gained her an Academy Prize in 1961. She continued to try out in such movies because the Happy Stopping and THE TRICK of My Achievement. Through the ’70s, Shirley Jones produced her tv debut within the Partridge Family members, whose real-life strikes included “Cherish,” “I BELIEVE I REALLY LIKE You” and “SERIOUSLY, Obtain Happy.” FOLLOWING THE Partridge Family finished in 1974, she continuing her television profession. Her credits consist of roles in the tv screen film The Lives of Jenny Dolan as well as the humor display Shirley Miller, which shown for only per year in 1979. Since that time, Shirley Jones provides produced cameo appearances in several popular tv shows, including Murder She Wrote, Burke’s Laws and Something Therefore Right.