Shirley Jones Going Skydiving On 80th Birthday

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Shirley Jones will be jumping out of a plane soon, and she plans to do it on her 80th birthday.

She revealed the plans in an interview with the Daily News on Friday, and said former President George H.W. Bush gave her the idea.

"That's something I wanted to do all my life," said the 80 year old Jones, who obviously received fame playing the beloved character Shirley Partridge on the hit 70s show The Partridge Family.

"When I saw him do it I thought, 'Wow, if he can do this, I can.'"

Of course, Jones received a lot of questions from her family about why she wanted to do this, and she alluded to the fact that turning 80 has her scared--so to cope with that fear she's trying something brand new and a little scary.

And while most seniors say they've embraced their age, Jones says she doesn't like the fact that she's turning 80, and she can't believe that so much time has passed.

"I'm not very happy about [turning 80]," she said. "The number scares me to death. I don't even like to say it. Eighty years old, it can't be."

It's been 40 years since The Partridge Family has been off the air, and Jones says she chose the show because it was ahead of its time, since it featured a working mom with no husband. Plus, she says the singing is what attracted her to the series, and she chose it over other shows like The Brady Bunch.

"Actually, I had turned down The Brady Bunch first," she explained.

"I had seen a couple of other things that I had turned down too. I liked The Partridge Family because it had music in it, and I felt it had a chance to succeed because it was different. The woman was one of the first working mothers without a husband, which at that time I thought was a good step forward. It had an interesting idea and it had the music."

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