- 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.
- 1971, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
- 1970, Emmy — Outstanding Single Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Nominee
- 1961, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Nominee
- 1972, Golden Globe — Actress in a Leading Role - Musical or Comedy Series or Television Movie: Nominee
- 2010, Emmy — Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series: Nominee
- 1960, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: Winner
- 2006, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries: Nominee
- 1963, Golden Globe — Actress in a Leading Role - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
- 2006, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie: Nominee
- Jack Cassidy — Ex-husband
- Marty Ingels — Husband (deceased)
- Shaun Cassidy — Son
- Marjorie Jones — Mother
- Ryan Cassidy — Son
- William B. Jones — Grandfather
- Patrick Cassidy — Son
- Paul Jones — Father
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