Shirley was filming her first major motion picture OKLAHOMA! when she turned 21. Fortunately, she was allowed to travel home for a celebration in her hometown of Smithton, Pa.
March 31, 1955
Shirley surrounded by her Mom and Dad, best friends and relatives. That's her grandmother in the far upper left-hand corner.
This is a snapshot from 1955. Shirley had just completed her first feature film "OKLAHOMA!" She traveled back to her hometown of Smithton, Pa. where she was photographed for several magazines. As you can see in this picture she is standing in front of Stoney's Brewery. Shirley's grandfather (Stoney) began the business in 1907. It was later taken over and run by Shirley's father, Paul (left) and her Uncle to the right.
Here's a little trivia about "Oklahoma! When it first opened in October of 1955, the New York ticket price was $3.50. (About $33.50 in today’s money.) That was a lot for a movie back then – and still is!