"Every once in a while, I would find some young 16, 15, 14-year-old sitting on my lawn, just off a bus from Iowa, Michigan or someplace, saying, 'I've come to be in The Partridge Family. I want to be in your band.' ...I just had to tell them the truth and say, 'listen, this is a television show. We don't have a band."
About This Interview
In her two-and-a-half-hour Archive interview, actress Shirley Jones speaks about her early career, her discovery by Rodgers and Hammerstein, and her television debut on Playhouse 90, which lead to Burt Lancaster casting her in her Academy Award-winning role in Elmer Gantry. She talks about working on the feature film The Music Man and other features. She discusses in-depth, her first series role as Shirley Partridge on The Partridge Family and describes working with her stepson and co-star, David Cassidy. She then recounts the many made-for-television movies she has made including: The Children of An Lac, There Were Times Dear and Hidden Places. She also comments on her work on The Drew Carey Show, where she played Drew's love-interest for three episodes. Karen Herman conducted the interview in Encino, CA on December 7, 2005.