Shirley Jones, the actress known for her role as Shirley Patridge on The Partridge Family, is mourning the loss of her husband Marty Ingalls. Ingalls died on Wednesday at home in L.A., of complications from a prior stroke.
“He often drove me crazy, but there’s not a day I won’t miss him and love him to my core,” Shirley Jones said in a statement to the media.
— Variety (@Variety) October 22, 2015
Marty Ingalls met Shirley Jones in 1974 during a party at the home of the late Michael Landon.
“He pursued her relentlessly, and many in Jones’ inner circle were initially put off by Ingels’ gruff demeanor and brazen approach,” the statement reads. “As he himself said, ‘I was a Jewish kid from Brooklyn and she was Miss America. A lot of people never got that. But Shirley always did.'”
Ingalls and Jones married in 1977. They wrote a book together. Shirley & Marty: An Unlikely Love Story hit bookstore shelves in 1990.
Marty Ingalls appeared on TV shows including The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Phyllis Diller Show, and Bewitched. He voiced the role of Pac-Man in the 1982 animated series. Ingalls also ran a talent agency that booked movie stars--including Cary Grant and John Wayne, in TV commercials.
Sad news to report: Marty Ingels, the actor/agent and husband of Shirley Jones for nearly 40 years, has died https://t.co/icMzOX7D0f
— Page Six (@PageSix) October 22, 2015
In addition to The Partridge Family, Shirley Jones starred in the film versions of The Music Man and Carousel, as well as several TV shows and additional movies.
Condolences have no doubt reached Shirley Jones from all around the world on the passing of her husband, Marty Ingalls.