Shirley Jones Opens up about Late Stepson David Cassidy in a Candid Interview

Shirley Jones opens up about her time with her stepson, David Cassidy, who died in 2017 at age 67.

If he had lived long enough, April 12 would have been a milestone birthday for the actor, David Cassidy.

Singer David Cassidy attends Hollywood Today Live at W Hollywood on December 14, 2016 | Photo: Getty Images

Singer David Cassidy attends Hollywood Today Live at W Hollywood on December 14, 2016 | Photo: Getty Images

Despite his passing in 2017, the late actor has remained in the memory of his stepmother, Shirley Jones, who recently spoke to Closer Weekly. During the conversation with the media outlet, the 86-year-old said:

"The idea that the little boy I came to know and love as my stepson would've turned 70 this year is astonishing to me."

Actress Shirley Jones arrives at the 3rd annual Jerry Herman Awards at the Pantages Theatre on June 1, 2014 | Photo: Getty Images

Actress Shirley Jones arrives at the 3rd annual Jerry Herman Awards at the Pantages Theatre on June 1, 2014 | Photo: Getty Images

Up until he died of liver failure at 67, Shirley and David were fond of each other as the latter once praised his stepmother for being one of the best humans in his life. Asides being a family in real life, the pair had played mother and son on "The Partridge Family."

Even though Shirley and David were the only two cast members who performed on Partridge Family Records, the entire group was nominated for a Best New Artist Grammy in 1971.

Shirley Jones and David Cassidy during The TV Land Awards at Hollywood Palladium in CA, United States on March 02, 2003 | Photo: Getty Images

Shirley Jones and David Cassidy during The TV Land Awards at Hollywood Palladium in CA, United States on March 02, 2003 | Photo: Getty Images

Debuting in 1970, the show quickly made a name for itself as it not only became famous amongst viewers, but it also provided original radio hits.  One of those hits included "I Think I Love You," which saw David performing on lead vocals.

According to Biography, that song topped several music charts and found itself at No. 1 on the Billboard charts in 1970, outselling The Beatles' "Let It Be." 

Musician David Cassidy performs at BB King on January 10, 2015 | Photo: Getty Images

Musician David Cassidy performs at BB King on January 10, 2015 | Photo: Getty Images

Even though Shirley and David were the only two cast members who performed on Partridge Family Records, the entire group was nominated for a Best New Artist Grammy in 1971.

While the group lost to The Carpenters, that didn't stop the show itself from landing a nomination for a Best TV show Golden Globe award two years in a row.

Shirley Jones and stepson David Cassidy, stars of "The Partridge Family"; Picture on September 23, 1970 | Photo: Getty Images

Shirley Jones and stepson David Cassidy, stars of "The Partridge Family"; Picture on September 23, 1970 | Photo: Getty Images

In fact, the show has been termed a classic as it still plays in reruns, according to Shirley's IMDB page. After the show ended in March 1974, Shirley spent the remainder of the '70s in the field of television movies. 

Her appearance in the 1975 television movie "The Lives of Jenny Dolan" was followed by her act in the 1979 comedy show titled "Shirley."

Actress Shirley Jones attends the 2015 TCM Classic Film Festival Opening Night Gala at the TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX on March 26, 2015 | Photo: Getty Images

Actress Shirley Jones attends the 2015 TCM Classic Film Festival Opening Night Gala at the TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX on March 26, 2015 | Photo: Getty Images

After that, Shirley was seen making infrequent appearances in the '80s. By the end of the decade, she was only spotted in videos that focused on fitness and beauty.

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