Shirley Jones Responds to 'Bitch' Remark from Florence Henderson

Jun 06, 2007, 01:00 ET from Edward Lozzi & Associates PR on behalf of Shirley Jones

    LOS ANGELES, June 6 /PRNewswire/ -- The following is a response
 advisory from Oscar winning actress Shirley Jones to the remark aimed at
 her from famed TV actress Florence Henderson yesterday.
     Background: About forty years ago, when the Brady Bunch and the
 Partridge Family were ruling the prime time remotes, the tabloids couldn't
 get enough of any fodder suggesting a brewing feud between the stars,
 Florence Henderson & Shirley Jones; But uncontentious and non-competitive
 as the two gentle ladies were, there were no takers, and the "feud stories"
 died early deaths.
     That was forty years ago -- Stop the presses ... Somebody call the
 National Enquirer ... The two ladies (both septuagenarians now and well
 into active and successful lives off their own) may be at a juicy ROUND ONE
 of a long-awaited senior square-off. We'll know for sure in a day or two,
 but here's what we know so far:
     As some back-drop for the incident, we know that both women have made
 an extra effort, since the Partridge/Brady days to break free of that
 squeaky-clean family mom image ... Shirley with some of her movie rolls and
 Florence, it is said, in her personal appearances.
     And there you have the groundwork for the TheaterMania feature
 interview with Florence Henderson, by Michael Portantiere, that appeared on
 its website June 3rd to promote Florence's upcoming one woman show. This
 segment appeared as part of a longer Q&A piece:
     Question - "Were you up for the film versions of an other musicals?"
     Answer - "Yes, Oklahoma! -- But that bitch Shirley Jones got it!"
     To see full interview with Florence Henderson go to:
     Actual response from Shirley Jones: Shirley Jones (now appearing back
 east in the Pittsburgh CLO production of OKLAHOMA) was quoted by close
 friends who read the Henderson piece to her:
     "Well, I've known Florence Henderson a hundred years and I've never
 known her to be a tough guy -- And this kinda' sleaze isn't really
 Florence's style, unless one of two things: "Either she was smiling when
 she said it (no mention of that by the writer) in which case I'm smiling
 too ... OR she wasn't smiling when she said it, in which case 'the new
 Florence Henderson' is about to see how it feels to get her block knocked
 off by 'an old and well-trained Danny Bonaduce's mama'."
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