Shirley Jones: Husband Marty Ingalls Dead at 79

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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.

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.

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.

Kimberly Ripley
Kimberly Ripley is a freelance writer and published author from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. A wife, mom of five and 'Nana' to Lilly and Aiden, she loves cooking for her big family and watching HGTV in her spare time. Kim is guilty of starting way more home design projects than she can finish. Visit her at Twitter and Facebook.