Memoir Reveals Mrs. Partridge's Threesome, and More

Shirley Jones shows sexual side in new autobiography

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Jul 23, 2013 2:28 PM CDT

(Newser) – She played the Partridge Family's Mrs. Partridge, the Music Man's Marian the librarian, Oklahoma!'s farm girl Laurey ... but a decidedly raunchier side of Shirley Jones is revealed in her new self-titled autobiography, out today. The 79-year-old, who co-wrote the memoir, spends quite a bit of time on her troubled—and apparently quite kinky—marriage to actor Jack Cassidy, whom she calls her "sexual Svengali." Some of the revelations: Cassidy was quite well-endowed; Jones was "highly sexed"; they had a threesome with another woman that Jones apparently didn't enjoy—her reaction to it was "yuck," the AP reports.

"All that stuff she did with her husband [Cassidy], all those adventures .... I'm looking into the grounds of having my marriage annulled," jokes Jones' second and current husband, comedian Marty Ingels. But Jones says her sexuality has not diminished with age: "Luckily, Marty thinks I've still got a beautiful body, even though it is old, and every now and again I take all of my clothes off in front of him and shake my [breasts] at him, and he loves it," she writes in the book. (The AP notes that she uses "racy slang" for the anatomical part.) Click for a closer look at the memoir. (And if you're surprised by Jones' raciness, perhaps you forgot she almost posed for Playboy a few years back.)

In this Monday, July 15, 2013 photo, actress Shirley Jones poses for a portrait at her home in Los Angeles.
In this Monday, July 15, 2013 photo, actress Shirley Jones poses for a portrait at her home in Los Angeles.   (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
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