Jones taking a plunge for 80th
Inspired by a former president, 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 today – her 80th birthday.
“That’s something I wanted to do all my life,” Jones said Friday. The inspiration to try comes from former President George H.W. Bush’s jumps on several birthdays, including when he turned 85 in 2009.
“When I saw him do it, I thought, ‘Wow, if he can do this, I can,’ ” Jones said.
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.”
She will be jumping in tandem with an instructor in Perris, a popular Southern California skydiving spot, according to her husband, comedian Marty Ingels.
Is skydiving a way to prove, at age 80, there’s still more living to do?
“Yes, maybe,” Jones said.
Lohan says life’s a bit calmer
Appearing on today’s “Ellen DeGeneres Show,” Lindsay Lohan says that quite possibly the single most representative aspect of her public life to date – the paparazzi – have largely stopped hounding her.
While noting that not all shutterbugs have disappeared, she said most “have not bothered me at all,” particularly on the streets of New York, where she now lives.
“It’s totally different now. It’s strange. I also don’t put myself in the same situations . … There is nothing left for me in going out to a certain place if I know what it’s going to result in. It’s just not worth it to me.”
She left unsaid what “a certain place” is.
Meanwhile, Lohan spoke about her next projects – a movie to begin shooting in May, a fashion app she’s developing with her brother, and her controversial post-rehab project, the OWN “docu- series,” which has so far attracted a scant audience.
The interview airs at 4 p.m. today on WGRZ Channel 2.
‘Noah’ floats to top of box office
“Noah” has landed in first place at the weekend box office.
The biblical epic starring Russell Crowe opened with $44 million, according to studio estimates Sunday.
Lionsgate’s teen thriller “Divergent” came in second and earned $26.5 million in its second weekend.
Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Rentrak, follow. Where available, latest international numbers are also included.
1. “Noah,” $44 million ($33.6 million international).
2. “Divergent,” $26.5 million.
3. “Muppets Most Wanted,” $11.4 million.
4. “Mr. Peabody and Sherman,” $9.5 million ($17.8 million).
5. “God’s Not Dead,” $9 million.
6. “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” $8.9 million.
7. “Sabotage,” $5.3 million.
8. “Need for Speed,” $4.3 million ($13.3 million).
9. “300: Rise of an Empire,” $4.3 million ($8.8 million).
10. “Non-Stop,” $4.1 million.
–From News wire services.