In the 1970 pilot episode of The Partridge Family, the musical matriarch played by Shirley Jones shuttled her five kids to Las Vegas on a painted bus for a gig at Caesars Palace. Now, more than 40 years later, the Oscar winner will arrive at the Palms via limousine for Oscar Night Las Vegas, where she will be the guest of honor and bask in “Shirley Jones Day” (Feb. 26) as proclaimed by Mayor Carolyn Goodman.
Officially sanctioned by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Oscar Night Las Vegas offers the glamour of the awards to those who can’t score a ticket to the real thing (that’s pretty much all of us). The festivities, which benefit Variety–The Children’s Charity of Southern Nevada, span the weekend (Feb. 24-26) and range from “Red Carpet Ready” fashion shows at the Fashion Show mall to a reception at the Palms for Jones, where Variety will give her the Gold Heart Award (Feb. 25, $95). The award honors both her acting career and commitment to charity. The climax is Oscar night itself: It consists of a red carpet (natch), a live telecast of the awards at Palms’ Brenden Theatres ($50-$200) and an after-party at the Playboy Club. For tickets and more information, visit ONALV.org.