Oscar Award-winner Jones first performed at age 20 in 1954 and was married two years later to actor Jack Cassidy, an alcoholic. They had been only recently divorced in 1976 when he died in a fire, and Ingels, a Jewish comic from Brooklyn, began courting Jones. Their story, told in turns with Herskowitz, coauthor with Dan Rather of The Camera Never Blinks, is moving and hysterically funny. Afflicted by acute panic attacks, Ingels had lost a prized TV role, was broke and a loser in the eyes of Cassidy's sons and his own. But the self-assured Jones knew a real lover when she found him; and love did conquer all, including Ingels's severe illness and his step- and own sons. During their marriage of 15 years, Ingels has run a Hollywood talent agency. Photos not seen by PW. First serial to the Star. (Sept.)
Jones, multitalented actress and all-American girl is married to Ingels, neurotic Jewish comic and successful talent agent. In alternating chapters, the two relate their individual lives and the story of their offbeat romance and marriage. Of most interest are Shirley's tales of her discovery by Rodgers and Hammerstein and experiences in Hollywood, as well as her 16-year marriage to Jack Cassidy. Marty's stories of a driven childhood, manic behavior, early success on a 1960s sitcom series, later breakdown on the Tonight show, and agoraphobia which totally incapacitated him, become a bit wearing. This very personal narrative does have some interesting anecdotes and a certain morbid fascination for celebrity-watchers, but it's not a necessary purchase for small-budgeted libraries.--Marcia L. Perry, Berkshire Athenaeum, Pittsfield, Mass.