Fast Facts

  • Her parents named her after Shirley Temple.
  • Her grandfather, William B. Jones, founded the Jones Brewing Company in Smithton, PA, in 1907.
  • Was Miss Pittsburgh in 1952.
  • Planned to attend college and become a veterinarian before winning a scholarship to the Pittsburgh Playhouse as a prize for being the first runner-up to Miss Pennsylvania.
  • Burt Lancaster saw her in TV's The Big Slide and asked her to play the role of Lulu Baines in Elmer Gantry, a performance that won her an Oscar.
  • Turned down the role of Carol Brady on The Brady Bunch.
  • Received her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Valentine's Day in 1986.
  • Cowrote the book Shirley & Marty: An Unlikely Love Story (1990), which chronicled her relationship with husband Marty Ingels.
  • Supports PETA and is a vegetarian.


  • 2006, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie: Nominee
  • 1972, Golden Globe — Actress in a Leading Role - Musical or Comedy Series or Television Movie: Nominee
  • 1961, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1971, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
  • 1963, Golden Globe — Actress in a Leading Role - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
  • 2010, Emmy — Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2006, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries: Nominee
  • 1960, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: Winner
  • 1970, Emmy — Outstanding Single Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Nominee


  • Patrick Cassidy — Son
  • Paul Jones — Father
  • Shaun Cassidy — Son
  • Marjorie Jones — Mother
  • Ryan Cassidy — Son
  • William B. Jones — Grandfather
  • Jack Cassidy — Ex-husband
  • Marty Ingels — Husband (deceased)


  • Birth Name: Shirley Mae Jones
  • Birth Place: Charleroi, Pennsylvania, United States
  • Profession: Actor, Singer

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