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Day 28: Shirley Jones

Thanks to everyone who participated in yesterday’s tribute to Martin Balsam. Please make sure to check out all the wonderful contributions dedicated to Balsam. 

For the next 24 hours we honor a living legend: the lovely Shirley Jones.

  • While on vacation with her family in NYC, Jones auditioned for Richard Rogers and Oscar Hammerstein II. She was 19 years old. She was cast in a small role in the 1953 production of Me and Juliet. She made an impression during her run on Broadway and earned the lead spot in the touring production. (
  • According to IMDB, Jones was the only actor to have a personal contract with Rogers and Hammerstein. (IMDB)
  • Jones made her film debut as Laurey in Oklahoma! in 1955. The next year she starred in Carousel. (IMDB)
  • In 1960, Jones won an Academy Award for her performance in Elmer Gantry (what a performance!) (IMDB)


On to the blogging…

What a leadoff we have today!  Robby with Dear Old Hollywood has a wonderful look at the filming locations seen in The Music Man.

Margaret from The Great Katharine Hepburn returns to share her family’s connection to Shirley Jones!

Here’s Lara from Backlots with her look at Jones in Elmer Gantry.

The Metzinger Sisters from Silver Scenes are back once again with great coverage of A Ticklish Affair.

And finally, The Moviola weighs in on Shirley in the campy 1984 action/drama/comedy Tank

There’s more to come, so stay tuned!

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Jill Blake

Jill Blake is the owner of the classic film website Sittin’ on a Backyard Fence. She is also a co-founder and editor of the film site The Black Maria and film editor at CC2K. In 2012, she was interviewed on-air by Turner Classic Movies host Ben Mankiewicz. In 2013, she was a featured guest on the TCM podcast. In her spare time Jill is a stay-at-home mom, wife, fried okra connoisseur, and the neighborhood’s own L.B. Jeffries.



I love all your interesting facts, I love Shirley Jones what a beautiful collection of movies!

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