10 Things You Didn’t Know About ‘The Partridge Family’

  
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6. Danny Bonaduce was a Troublemaker

Danny Bonaduce played the role of Danny Partridge, the wisecracking, redheaded middle child. According to his on-screen mother, Shirley Jones, she said he was “highly talented” and “really, really smart,” but he was a kid who sometimes acted like a kid. “[He] would do kid things like get a dish of food and throw it across the room or have a pillow fight. Danny was a wild child who came from an unhappy home. At eleven, he started smoking,” she wrote in her memoir. Luckily, the entire cast treated him like family and loved and appreciated him. “Once, when he was getting too big for his boots, we all ganged up on him and convinced Susan to pour a pitcher of milk over his head, just to put him in his place,” she said. This eventually ended up in an episode of The Partridge Family, but with David Cassidy on the receiving end instead.

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5. Shirley Jones Turned Down Brady Bunch Role

Prior to becoming Shirley Partridge, Jones was offered the role of another iconic TV mother — Carol Brady! In her memoir Jones wrote, “While the idea of playing the mother in The Brady Bunch was initially attractive to me, I turned it down because I didn’t want to be the mother taking the roast out of the oven and not doing much else.” On the other hand, when she was offered the role of Shirley Partridge, she didn’t even think twice! “I had no doubts at all about playing Shirley Partridge. First, because she was destined to become the first working mother on TV and I loved the script. Second, because working on the series would let me be an almost full-time mom and raise my kids.”

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