Shirley Jones Memoir Orgy With Joan Collins Is Bogus, Say Both

Image: Shirley Jones Memoir Orgy With Joan Collins Is Bogus, Say Both Shirley Jones, left, and Joan Collins.

Friday, 02 Aug 2013 11:01 AM

By Clyde Hughes

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Shirley Jones, former star of the "Partridge Family," is demanding a controversial anecdote be cut from her memoir that claimed that she almost had a four-way orgy with actress Joan Collins and their husbands.

TMZ reported Thursday that Jones' publisher Simon & Schuster agreed to yank the anecdote from all e-books and from all soon-to-be published print copies of "Shirley Jones: A Memoir," but the publisher isn't doing anything about the books that are currently in circulation and have the anecdote.

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The soon-to-be deleted anecdote says Jones and her then-husband Jack Cassidy were at the home of Joan Collins and Tony Newley for dinner in the 1960s. After dinner, Newley proposed they get naked and watch porn together.

"It was clear what Tony was leading up to – swinging," Jones wrote, adding that she turned down the offer.

Furious at the claim, Collins, 80, reportedly sent a cease and desist letter to Simon & Schuster demanding that the book be removed from stores, but Jones, 79, bucked that demand, according to TMZ.

Collins, the former star of the primetime television soap opera "Dynasty," says the anecdote is made-up, according to the Daily Mail.

"We all make mistakes," Collins said. "I've made a few myself, but not with Mrs. Jones. I'm a serial monogamist."

Jones' life isn't as squeaky clean as the character she played as patriarch of the Partridge family, her book claims. She mentioned another threesome with Cassidy and another woman.

But Jones also spends a significant portion of the book detailing her troubled marriage with Cassidy, an actor and singer who she said was her first lover.

Jones recounted career highlights, including working with Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein, as well as performing with Hollywood's top actors like Marlon Brando, Jimmy Stewart, and Richard Widmark.

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