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Shirley Jones, Award Winner

Jones in Elmer Gantry.

Shirley Jones: Best
Supporting Actress, 1960:

Elmer Gantry (Drama)

Shirley Jones won her Supporting Actress Oscar for playing the tough-talking, hardened prostitute who blows the whistle on hypocritical do-gooder Elmer Gantry (Burt Lancaster).

About Shirley Jones (1934 – )

Shirley Jones played one of the romantic leads in the film adaptation of the musical Oklahoma! in 1955. In a 1956 production, Shirley Jones played a factory worker who falls in love with a Carnival barker in the musical adaptation, Carousel.

Shirley Jones played Lulu Bains in the 1960 hit, Elmer Gantry, with Burt Lancaster and Jean Simmons. Lancaster, as a huckster salesman, romances a tent evangelist with his con man charm, until his past catches up with him when former associate Lulu, a prostitute, turns up. Jones won a Best Supporting Oscar for her portrayal. Lancaster and Jones also won Academy Awards for their performances.

Two years later, in 1962, Jones played the prim librarian Marian, who is wooed by huckster Robert Preston in The Music Man.

From 1970-1974, Shirley Jones played in the television comedy series, The Partridge Family, as the matriarch of a family of pop musicians.

In 2006, Jones played the sexy roommate of the Grandmother in Grandma's Boy.

Shirley Jones's notable movie credits include...

Oklahoma (1955)
Carousel (1956)
April Love (1957)
Pepe (1960)
The Music Man (1962)
Bedtime Story (1964)
Fluffy (1965)
The Secret Of My Success (1965)
The Cheyenne Social Club (1970)
The Happy Ending (1964)
Beyond The Poseidon Adventure (1979)
Tank (1984)
There Were Times, Dear (TV Movie) (1985)
Gideon (1999)
Ping! (2000)
The Adventures Of Cinderella's Daughter (2000)
Manna From Heaven (2002)
Raising Genius (2004)
Creature Of The Sunny Side Up Trailer Park (2006)
Grandma's Boy (2006)
Christmas Is Here Again (2007)
Strange Brand Of Happy (2013)
Bruce The Challenge (2014)

Shirley Jones's television credits include...

Raising Hope (Series 2011-2014)
The Family Nobody Wanted (TV Movie) (1975)
The Lives Of Jenny Doland (TV Movie) (1975)
Yesterday's Child (TV Movie) (1977)
Evening In Byzantium (TV Movie) (1978)
A Last Cry For Help (TV Movie) (1979)
The Partridge Family (Series 1970-1974)
Shirley (Series 1979-1980)
Burke's Law (TV Series 1994-1995)
Melrose Place (TV Series 1998)




Shirley Jones, with her co-stars, in The Music Man (1962).




Shirley Jones in Elmer Gantry (1960).