"I'm the oldest cougar in town," says former Partridge Family mom Shirley Jones, who guest stars as Jules' new neighbor on the March 26 episode of TBS's Cougar Town. "My character and her husband decide to move to an area where they can play and try some new things out."
Jones is always up for trying new things, having played a predatory older woman in the oh-so-naughty 2006 film Grandma's Boy. "My look and reputation haven't allowed me this opportunity very often," says Jones, who turns 79 on March 31. "But I won an Academy Award for playing a prostitute [in 1960's Elmer Gantry], so why wouldn't I want to do these saucy roles?"
Jones also plans to drop a few zingers in her upcoming autobiography, Shirley Jones: A Memoir, out in June, and will also take on a genre she's never before tackled: zombie gore. "I'm playing a 90-year-old blind zombie in a low-budget movie called Dead of Night," says Jones, who starts shooting in April. "It's very bloody and gruesome. How much further from Shirley Partridge could I go from that?"