Shirley is an Oscar winning actress (Elmer Gantry), and starred in some classic movie musicals (Oklahoma, The Music Man, Carousel), and I've never seen any of her movies. Some of you might question my credentials as a homerselectual, but I will point out that I saw Hugh Jackman in The Boy from Oz on Broadway, AND I stayed awake the whole time, and I travelled to another country to see Cher in concert (even if that country is Canada, it still counts). I think Oklahoma probably counts as her biggest movie.
But Elmer Gantry made her an Oscar winner.
[NOTE: In the description of the Elmer Gantry clip it says: "Shirley Jones won an Oscar for playing a manipulative and vengeful hooker in Elmer Gantry." And since everything I know about women, the economy and race relations I know via Rush Limbaugh, I'm pretty sure that sentence translates to "Shirley Jones won an Oscar for playing a typical
She's done a little work on Broadway, but only originated 1 role (which is what's required for Tony eligibility), so no Tony love. I'm not finding any Grammy awards or nominations (she and David Cassidy presented a Grammy to the Carpenters back in 1971 or 1972, but that doesn't count toward EGOT either, Liza). I'm actually a little surprised that I'm not finding something, like a traditional pop recording or something from a big band with vocals category (seriously, until this year, they had over 12,000 categories, which makes Liza's lack of a competitive Grammy even sadder... but not as sad as the David Gest marriage).
She has done a little television, receiving a handful of Emmy nominations, and a (cough) Daytime Emmy nomination when she, Phyllis Diller and Martha Stewart all lost to Steve Thomas from This Old House, proving once again that the Daytime Emmys are
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I don't recall seeing that band's tour bus, but it's likely I would have also asked why Piet Mondrian didn't paint it (assuming he hadn't but one never knows in the dizzying world of "rock and roll" [term applied loosely as the Partridge Family are being discussed]). If you don't get that reference, read a book.
The Partridge Family and The Brady Bunch were Friday nights for, um, people alive back in the early 70s. Or so I've read. Sadly I can't find a clip with Shirley singing "Black Bird" so here's a melange.
Speaking of that pairing of shows, Shirley and Florence Henderson are both these very talented performers who got painted into a corner with those roles. They actually did a two-woman show of Broadway standards back in the day, and occasionally do concerts together (so look for them next time you're in Branson). But since Shirley has an Oscar and Emmy nominations while Florence has a TV Land award, do you think there's any jealousy or spite? Me neither.
Happy birthday cuz! Rock on!