Actress Shirley Jones to celebrate 80th birthday by skydiving
Actress Shirley Jones poses for a portrait at her home in Los Angeles on July 15, 2013. (Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
The Associated Press
Published Saturday, March 29, 2014 11:36AM EDT
LOS ANGELES -- Shirley Jones can't wait to jump into her birthday plans.
The Oscar-winning actress and singer says she'll take her very first skydive on Monday -- her 80th birthday.
She's wanted to do it all her life, Jones said Friday. She was inspired to try by former President George H.W. Bush's jumps on several birthdays, including when he turned 85 in 2009.
If Bush can do it, so can she, Jones said -- although she said her sons oppose the plan.
Jones, who starred in TV's "The Partridge Family" in the 1970s, gained fame with the 1950s film versions of the Broadway musicals "Oklahoma!" and "Carousel." She won an Oscar for the 1960 drama "Elmer Gantry."
Her family is throwing Jones an 80th birthday party Sunday.