Shirley Jones: A Memoir by Shirley Jones

By Shirley Jones

"You are going to satisfy the genuine flesh-and-blood Shirley Jones, not only the superstar or Mrs. Partridge," says the cherished movie, tv, and degree actress and singer of her long-awaited memoir, an account as shockingly direct, deliciously juicy, and delightfully frank because the performer herself.

Sharing the "candid" (Los Angeles instances) and "revealing" (Associated Press) information of her existence in Hollywood's internal circle and past, Shirley Jones blows prior the healthy, squeaky-clean photograph that first introduced repute, and provides us a lady who basically will get warmer with time.

If the tale of a rebellious, proficient small-town woman being found by way of Rodgers and Hammerstein isn't exciting sufficient, move deeper backstage, the place Shirley Jones portrays her tumultuous marriage to Jack Cassidy, the rushing and charismatic yet deeply stricken actor who unlocked her hugely charged sexuality and captured her middle without end. She talks overtly approximately their passion-fueled courting; the infidelities, the costar crushes, and sexual experimentation. She displays on her courting with stepson David Cassidy; her cult prestige as coolest-ever television mother Shirley Partridge; her moment marriage to wacky television comic and manufacturer Marty Ingels; and masses extra during this "saucy" (Entertainment Weekly) self-portrait.

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13 Cioran’s memories of mythical Răşinari emphasize the natural elements: the river, the snow, the hills and forests, but dwell little on the parental home. They situate the happy, carefree child outside his home, alone as if orphaned. Paradise does not have a history nor historical figures; it is only a landscape with wild life. 14 Răşinari, Transylvania, 1911–1921 27 In keeping with the romantic spirit that animates him, Cioran fondly and typically exaggerates the uniqueness of his happiness as a child, an exaggeration which in turn intensifies to the extreme his sense of loss.

It was, first and foremost, his own life experience. His existential prose draws upon it. ”25 During the years of his revolutionary youth—the decade of the 1930s, characterized by the rise of fascism in Western Europe and Stalin’s reign of terror in Russia—Cioran, like Wordsworth and Byron, was deeply political and “subscribed to fanaticism, rage and madness,” with a desperate abandon that was unusually intense and vehement. This was the time of Cioran’s involvement with Romania’s Iron Guard movement.

Closer to Pascal than Vigny,”9 the Romanian-born Cioran had not merely arrived on the French literary scene; he blazed across it like the meteor, symbol of obscurely powerful poetic genius, in Mallarmé’s poem, “calme bloc ici-bas chu d’un desastre obscur”10 [calm [granite] block fallen down here from some dark disaster]. ” This biography covers the crucial first stages of his career, from 1911, the year of his birth, to 1949, the year of his consecration as a French writer, which marks his final break with his Romanian roots.

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