Shirley Jones is an American singer and actress of stage, film and television. She starred as wholesome characters in a number of well-known musical films, such as Oklahoma! (1955), Carousel (1956), and The Music Man (1962). She is probably best known to 1970s television audiences as Shirley Partridge, the widowed mother of five children in the situation-comedy television series, The Partridge Family (1970-1974), co-starring her real-life stepson David Cassidy, son of Jack Cassidy. She also won an Oscar for her role in Elmer Gantry.