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2014 new standard Award
An accomplished film, television and Broadway star, Shirley Jones is rooted in American entertainment history. In 1953, Jones was cast in her first performing role by Rogers and Hammerstein in the Broadway production of ME AND JULIET. The following year, Jones starred in the highly acclaimed film version of Oklahoma!. She continued that success with a variety of roles that displayed her acting diversity. Jones stared in April Love, Never Steal Anything Small and Elmer Gantry, where she won her Academy Award. During the 1960s, Jones continued to work in films and explored a variety of roles, including The Music Man, Bedtime Story and The Cheyenne Social Club. In 1970, Jones transitioned to the small screen and appeared with her real-life stepson, David Cassidy, in the musical sitcom, The Partridge Family. During the four very successful years of the show, Jones and the cast produced hit songs including "I Think I Love You" and "Doesn’t Somebody Want to be Wanted". Since that time, Jones starred in a number of television movies, performed in symphony concerts throughout the country, and held speaking engagements worldwide.
In celebration of her induction, Shirley Jones was honored with a tribute performance of "Till There Was You" from THE MUSIC MAN by Laura Osnes.