Most of the girls I date are not famous and aren’t even in show business. I meet them through introductions, maybe at a party or at some friend’s house, sometimes on the set, and then I’ll ask them out. We’ll go out to dinner sometimes, but most of the time I’ll have them come over and we cook dinner and watch the telly and then I take them home.
Maybe you might think it wrong of me but I’m so hung-up at the studio and with my career and everything that I just won’t let myself get really involved with anyone right now. Whenever I go out, the girls know that it’s just for fun, that there’s not going to be anything romantic or world-shaking about any of it. I’ve got girlfriends in most of the cities I’ve been in and I’ll write them a note occasionally, and, of course, if I’m in their town I’ll stop by and we’ll go out to dinner or do what we enjoy doing, like swimming or horseback riding, and we’ll have a lot of fun. Then I’ll be off to the next stop on our tour or whatever and we’ll have some good memories, nothing more.
I want very much to have a good marriage someday, complete with a wonderful family and a cute little house and the whole bit. But that’s going to have to wait for later because now my career is the most important thing in my life. After my career gets settled and I get really established permanently, then I’ll begin to think about starting that home and family I want so much.
I’ve always dated the same type of girls. They don’t have to be pretty or anything like that because who wants to sit and talk to a pretty face that can’t say anything? I’d rather have a girl who has something on the ball, who doesn’t agree with me just because I happen to be David Jones, and who’s fun to be with. I also look for neat girls—you know how much I demand neatness and order. But beyond that, they can be most anything—tall, short, skinny, fat… it doesn’t matter to me.
Some of the girl [sic] I’ve dated, and am still dating, have very ordinary jobs and aren’t famous or anything at all like that. I date a lawyer’s secretary named Eileen and she’s really sweet. And then there’s a girl in Hawaii whose name is Perla—I met her when I was there. We went sailing and surfing and did all the things people usually do when they’re in Hawaii. Then there’s a girl in Texas who lives on a farm. We go riding when I’m down there. I met her through a friend of mine who used to play for the Mets baseball team. In just about every town I travel to there’s someone I can call on the phone and take out to dinner. They’re people I’ve met over the last five years or so, since I was in “Oliver!”. In England I used to date my agent’s secretary.
Then there are the celebrities, like Sally and Deana, who are the ones you usually see me with in magazines. The newspapers and the magazines are always trying to get pictures of me with somebody and they usually have a pretty tough time doing it since most of my dates are at home cooking dinner and watching the telly. But when I do go to something like an opening I’ll usually go with someone like Sally and Deana because it’s the most natural thing to do.
Deana and I have some great times together. I go over to her house and play pool or we have soccer games with Dino and Ricci and Gina and Claudia, or else her mother and father and she and I will watch TV or go out to dinner or something. I really like the Martin family because it’s one of the places I can really relax and be myself totally.
Dino will show me his new record, or he and Ricci and I will jam for awhile, and everyone will just have a ball. I really think a lot of Deana because she’s a true friend.
Sally comes to recording sessions and watches us play or we’ll cook dinner and watch TV and it’s just a friendly relationship. She’s a wonderful person and I hope some day to work with her professionally but there’s nothing permanent in the relationship at all.
I like to move with different crowds and by dating different girls I get to do this. For instance, at Deana’s I meet certain people and at Sally’s I meet other people. And the lawyer’s secretary introduces me to her friends, and my girlfriend in Hawaii and on and on. I was over at John and Michelle Philips [sic] of the Mamas and Papas and I met people like Mia Farrow and Tina Sinatra. It’s very interesting to see all those people and see what their scene is. They’re all very interesting people to talk to.
I can’t help but laugh when magazines come and say that in the near future I’ll be marrying one or another of the girls I date. With all the girls I date now, and with all the ones I’m constantly meeting, how could I possibly choose one above all the others to spend the rest of my life with? It’s just too unrealistic right now. Someday, after I’ve dated many, many girls (including a lot that I haven’t even met yet!) I’m going to find someone that I do want to spend the rest of my life with, but it’s going to take a long time and a lot of dating first! But when I do choose to marry, it’s going to be the sort of marriage that you read about in fairy tales—the “till death do us part” kind, complete with a home and family to make everything just perfect.