Breakout role: Shirley starred in Oklahoma! That draws a boisterous guffaw from Jones, whose loyalty to her outspoken, eccentric spouse has provoked speculation about how she could have jumped to Ingels from Cassidy, deeply troubled but unquestionably urbane.
She describes herself as a rebellious tomboy, 'wild, willful and independent,' who became obsessed with movies and their stars but intended to turn her love of animals into a career as a veterinarian.
Motherly: Shirley poses with her stepsons David and Patrick Cassidy at the 49th annual Drama Desk Awards at the La Guardia Concert Hall in 2004 Jones has a simple answer for doubters: Ingels makes her laugh every day and keeps life from being boring.
After 'going for broke' and singing The Best Things in Life Are Free, a voice from the theater called out to Jones on stage, 'Where are you from? Marty Ingels, the comedian who is her second husband of 35 years and counting, jokes that he is offended by her personal history.