Shirley Jones

Actress + Singer
Born Mar 31, 1934

Shirley Mae Jones is an American singer and actress of stage, film and television. In her six decades of show business, she has starred as wholesome characters in a number of well-known musical films, such as Oklahoma! (1955), Carousel (1956), and The Music Man (1962). She won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for playing a vengeful prostitute in Elmer Gantry (1960).… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Shirley Jones.


1934 Birth Jones was born on March 31, 1934, in Charleroi, Pennsylvania, to Methodist parents Marjorie (née Williams), a homemaker, and Paul Jones, owners of the Jones Brewing Company. … Read More


1952 18 Years Old Jones won the Miss Pittsburgh contest in 1952. … Read More


1955 21 Years Old Jones impressed Rodgers and Hammerstein with her musically trained voice, and she was cast as the female lead in the film adaptation of their hit musical Oklahoma! in 1955. … Read More
1956 22 Years Old On August 5, 1956, Jones married singer and actor Jack Cassidy, with whom she had three sons, Shaun, Patrick, and Ryan. … Read More
1960 26 Years Old However, she won a 1960 Academy Award for her performance in Elmer Gantry portraying a woman corrupted by the title character played by Burt Lancaster. … Read More


1968 34 Years Old She also has an impressive stage résumé, including playing the title character in the Broadway musical Maggie Flynn in 1968.
1970 36 Years Old In 1970, after her film roles dwindled, and after turning down the role of Carol Brady on The Brady Bunch, a role that ultimately went to her best friend, Florence Henderson, Jones was more than happy to be the producers' first choice to audition for the lead role of Shirley Partridge in The Partridge Family, an ABC musical sitcom based loosely on the real-life musical family The Cowsills. … Read More
1971 37 Years Old In 1971, The Partridge Family was nominated for a Grammy under the Best New Artist category. … Read More


1974 40 Years Old Divorcing Cassidy in 1974, she later married comic/actor Marty Ingels on November 13, 1977. Despite drastically different personalities and several separations (she filed, then withdrew, a divorce petition in 2002), they remained married until Ingels's death in 2015. … Read More
1976 42 Years Old …  In addition, Jack Cassidy's death in 1976 drew Jones and Cassidy closer as Shirley's three children and stepson mourned their father.
1979 45 Years Old In 1979, Jones tried her hand at television for the second time, starring in the NBC show Shirley, which, like The Partridge Family, featured a family headed by a widowed mother, but the show failed to win ratings and was cancelled toward the middle of the season. … Read More
1983 49 Years Old 1 More Event
She appeared in a rare revival of Noël Coward's operetta, Bitter Sweet, at the Long Beach Civic Light Opera in 1983.


2004 - 2005 2 More Events
2006 72 Years Old In July 2006, Jones received another Emmy Award nomination for her supporting performance in the television film Hidden Places. … Read More
2007 73 Years Old On November 16, 2007, she took the stage at the Ford Center in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, during the Oklahoma Centennial Spectacular concert which celebrated the state's 100th birthday. … Read More
2008 74 Years Old 1 More Event
In early 2008, it was announced that Jones would play Colleen Brady on the long-running NBC soap opera Days of Our Lives. … Read More
2012 78 Years Old In mid-2012, Jones played Mrs. Paroo, when her son Patrick played Harold Hill, in a California Musical Theatre revival of The Music Man.
2014 80 Years Old In 2014, Jones guest-starred on an episode of General Hospital as Mrs. McClain.
2015 81 Years Old Jones was devastated when Suzanne Crough died on April 27, 2015; Crough played one of her TV daughters on The Partridge Family. … Read More
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