Jones postpones 80th birthday skydive
Actress Shirley Jones is celebrating her 80th birthday on the ground, instead of skydiving as she had planned.
A spokesman for the “Partridge Family” actress said Monday that Jones agreed to postpone the jump after her sons and grandchildren asked her to reconsider.
Jones announced last week that she planned to celebrate her birthday by jumping from a plane for the first time, something she said she wanted to do all her life. She was inspired by President George H.W. Bush, who skydived on several of his birthdays, including his 85th in 2009.
Spokesman Edward Lozzi said Jones’ family had an intervention Sunday to prevent the actress from going through with the jump planned for Monday. Jones insists she still plans to skydive, though no date has been set.
Steinem, Keys to be feted at DVF Awards
Designer Diane von Furstenberg, who made fashion news this year with the 40th anniversary of her famous wrap dress, is honoring an icon of the women’s movement: Gloria Steinem.
Steinem, who turned 80 last week, will be receiving the Lifetime Achievement award at the annual DVF awards Friday evening in a ceremony at the United Nations.
Also being honored: singer Alicia Keys, who receives the Inspiration award.
Some high-profile presenters will be on hand, including Meryl Streep and Sarah Jessica Parker.
The DVF Awards were created in 2010 by von Furstenberg and The Diller-von Furstenberg Family Foundation to recognize and support “women who are using their resources, commitment and visibility to transform the lives of other women.”
Each DVF award winner receives $50,000 for her chosen cause.