Joan Collins, 80, threatens Shirley Jones, 79, with libel over Shirley’s memoir

I’ve written some Joan Collins stories here and there over the years, and she never fails to lift my spirits. She’s 80 years old now, and she doesn’t really care. I mean that respectfully – she’s in full possession of her faculties and it never feels like “Oh, Joan is just old and crazy.” Joan is a clever older lady and she will cut you with one look or one well-chosen pithy aside. She has eighty years of bitchery behind her and we’re all just living in Joan’s world. Anyway, Joan’s latest thing is a war with Shirley Jones, best known as Shirley Partridge from The Partridge Family. Shirley wrote a memoir where she claims that she and Joan nearly had some kind of torrid foursome in the 1960s. Joan says it never happened. Epic:

80-year-old Hollywood legend Joan Collins is livid at fellow icon Shirley Jones, insisting she’s NOT some p0rn-watching swinger pervert and never was — despite claims in Shirley’s new book — and now, she’s threatening Ms. Jones.

Sources tell TMZ, Joan — famous for the 80s soap “Dynasty” — is pissed over one anecdote in particular, which Shirley recounts in her book “Shirley Jones: A Memoir,” a story about the first time Shirley met Joan in the late 60s and a 4-person sex party nearly broke out.

According to the book, Shirley and her then-husband Jack Cassidy were at the home of Joan Collins and Tony Newley for dinner … and after dinner, Tony proposed they all get naked and watch p0rn together. Shirley writes, “It was clear what Tony was leading up to — swinging.”

79-year-old Shirley says she turned down the offer — and now, sources tell us, Joan is accusing her of libel … insisting the story is bogus.

We’re told Joan has sent Shirley a cease and desist letter, demanding her new book be removed from stores everywhere, but Shirley’s NOT backing down. She says the story is true and she’s standing by it.

Old women arguing over group sex and p0rn … gotta love it.

[From TMZ]

The thing about the 1960s and 70s was that a lot of people were into “swinging”. Even in the suburbs and especially in Hollywood. So, who do you believe? I kind of believe Shirley. I think that Shirley’s claiming that there was an “offer” to maybe have some kind of something. But what I wonder is… why does Joan even care at this point? I think Joan might be upset at the idea that she and her husband would even deign to share partners with peasants like Shirley Jones and Jack Cassidy.

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  1. Kiddo says:

    Streisand effect again. Like anyone was reading Shirley Jones’ memoir in the first place. Maybe this was by design from Collins? It gets her some high profile attention.

  2. HappyMom says:

    My husband grew up in the San Fernando Valley in the 70s-and his parents had all kinds of crazy parties-I totally believe this. Sorry, Joan-but I think Shirley is telling the truth.

  3. Charlotte says:

    More older Hollywood scandal, please!

  4. Diana says:

    Joan can get it! That woman will always e a goddess in my book. Love love love her!

  5. RHONYC says:

    i can imagine Joan slappin’ Shirley & throwing a bitch into a pool!



  6. Emily C. says:

    So she was watching porn with a group of friends and one or more of them wanted a foursome. Big flippin’ deal. It wouldn’t matter if it had happened, and it certainly doesn’t matter that it didn’t.

  7. aims says:

    that’s a mental picture that I wanna erase.

  8. Feebee says:

    I can see why Joan would care. If true she clearly does not want that out there, even now… maybe she remembers Tony being miffed at a rebuff? If not true then that’s just f**king rude.

  9. Elodie says:

    Yaaaassssss some Alexis Carrington realness, bitch it ladies bitch it!

  10. Sumodo1 says:

    Newley had a reputation as a freak, and Jack Cassidy, a fellow Brit, always pinged my gaydar when he appeared on TV. Collins divorced Newley on grounds of extreme cruelty and he died relatively young. Shirley divorced Cassidy, and married a goofball, Marty Ingels. Long way of saying: story’s probably true, Newley and Collins likely had a huge fight over it, and Shirley Jones married two showbiz a-holes (Ingalls is/was a weirdo).

  11. truthful says:

    I kinda beleive Shirley, aww Joan ignore it..

    its hard I’m sure, she is still soo feisty.

  12. lisa says:

    marty ingels is shady. i wouldnt be surprised if someone who could be married to him embellished a bit to sell something

  13. Talie says:

    Joan is trying to act like she’s all classy now.

  14. Cameron says:

    Damn! They both look good for their age.

  15. Jayna says:

    I love Joan. She’s a riot. She still gets up and goes out stylsh every day and bemoans all the casual, messy look of young stars and people nowadays. The woman is filled with energy still. Her much younger marriage is working, which shocks me. I think she left one gay guy for another gay guy, who both like to be married to women.

  16. lisa2 says:

    From reading that part of the story THEY BOTH could be correct.

    Unless there is more to it; it never said that Joan was present. This could have happened behind her back, and therefore she would correct in saying it never happened.

    Unless someone killed or really injured somebody I really don’t care about someone’s past. Everyone has one.

    • Christin says:

      I read an excerpt and I don’t recall Shirley mentioning Joan being in the room. I recall thinking that Joan may have still been in the kitchen or dining area (Shirley mentioned this allegedly occurred after Joan prepared a meal for them and that she seemed nice).

      I read Joan’s autobiography years ago, and she seemed pretty candid about Warren and other men she knew. Who knows. The men are gone, so it is truly the recollections of two women over something that was allegedly said nearly 50 years ago.

      • FLORC says:

        Agree with you both. Shirley could have her facts a bit wrong and embellished. Joan could be a bit shy about having this almost incident revealed. Ultimately it comes down to she said, she said. In the end Shirley might have to take the whole thing out or at least the names. I’m kind of believing Joan though…
        It’s also possible Joan’s husband proposed this to shirley without the knowledge of the other parties.

  17. tracking says:

    Maybe the argument is Jones says SHE declined, which could imply Collins was open to it (which maybe wasn’t true). I don’t think of Collins as being prudish about her own history. Didn’t she write a memoir talking about Warren Beatty’s tremendous sexual appetite, among other things? This makes me inclined to believe her.

  18. j.eyre says:

    A foursome? Amateurs. Call me when the Brady’s visit the Dynasty on Falcon Crest in Dallas to dine on some Partridge- then things will get interesting.

  19. fabgrrl says:

    Pfft! Joan Collins is awesome. I can believe this happened, and it was Shirley’s loss if you ask me.

  20. Mia says:

    I’m not seeing what the problem is here. This doesn’t make Joan look bad, it makes her husband look bad and she’s drawing a lot more attention to it then if she had left it alone. Anyway, Joan looks so fabulous and ratchet at the same time. I love her! I her face and bone structure are still noticeable and stunning but the ten pounds of make up and eye shadow are giving me shades of Tammy Faye Baker, lol. She’s glorious.

  21. mslewis says:

    If Joan plans to sue Shirley in the U.S., then good luck with that. Joan would have to prove this never happen and how do you do that? Plus, she would have to prove she has been harmed by this story being in a book. If she sues in Britain, that’s another story.

    I don’t understand why Joan is even upset about this. It doesn’t reflect badly on her because neither she nor Shirley have any relevancy these days. Personally, if I were 80 I would be stoked if someone wrote a salacious story from my past.

  22. cubfan34 says:

    Other than sell books, why does Shirley Jones need to tell people about her sex life?

  23. Norman says:

    I am very sure Roger, alien from (American Dad!) is all over this.

  24. annaloo. says:

    Joan Collins strikes me as immensely mindful of manners, etiquette and style. She seems like she practices much of the etiquette that in today’s tell-all world seems old fashioned…read her twitter or her tips about appearance! I’m surmising tha she wouldn’t want someone trumpeting personal business of hers, no matter how long ago ,unless it was her decision to do so. Not really surprised by that– she is genuinely old school on deportment.

  25. JFerber says:

    Before the Partridge Family, Shirley Jones was famous for such movie musicals as Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma, Carousel , and the Music Man with Robert Preston. She sang and acted. I respect both women (Joan was in a lot of B pictures?) and they are BOTH fabulous. Let this just add to their legends. And Joan looks gorgeous in the top pic. That’s her at 80? Hot damn!

  26. 5thHouse says:

    Jack Cassidy was not a “peasant”. He had more talent in his little finger than most of the actors featured on this blog put together!

    Joan, why the hell do you care for Christ sakes? It’s not as though Shirley said there were animals involved. I was under the impression half of Hollywood dabbled in group sex in the sixties. I certainly don’t think any less of Joan.

  27. Aud says:

    Old Hollywood scandals are certainly more entertaining than the current crop of drugged out idiots – who probably can’t even ‘get it going’ with all the drugs they do.

  28. Wise One says:

    Joan is older than Shirley, is jealous at the recent attention in the press and on TV, and wants to piggyback and grandstand. Nothing more.

    At least Shirley had the class to never chase and piggyback on all the Collins/Evans Dynasty publicity throughout the 80′s.

    Joan’s also jealous of Shirley’s new rock band and reality TV shows in the works.

  29. Trashaddict says:

    I could see Anthony Newley making this comment as a joke and Shirley Jones taking it seriously. It’s like one of those incorrect family anecdotes your relative keeps repeating for years and years until you finally tell them to STFU.

  30. Dirty Martini says:

    I believe Shirley, but nothing happened actually ….so why raise the ruckus? Besides, maybe JC was out of earshot and missed it.

    Love them both for different reasons.