Hollywood has mislaid one of a iconic TV moms.
Florence Henderson died Thursday during age 82, her manager reliable to The Associated Press.
The actress, speak uncover host, and pitchwoman gained her biggest celebrity on The Brady Bunch, starring for 5 seasons (1969-1974) on a dear family comedy as Carol Brady, a sunny, can-do mama of a blended family with 6 children. Her career would be perpetually tangible by that part, as she served as a de facto titular mom for a era weaned on television. And that was a purpose she embraced. “I played Carol as a mom we always wished we had,” she once said, “as a mom a lot of people wished they had.”
The youngest of 10 children innate to a tobacco rancher in farming Indiana — and whose mom deserted a family when she was 12 — Henderson enrolled a American Academy of Dramatic Arts during age 17. Soon, she scored a partial in a Broadway low-pitched Wish You Were Here, followed by a lead purpose in a furloughed prolongation of Oklahoma!, and starred in other Broadway musicals like Fanny, The Sound of Music, The Girl Who Came to Supper, and South Pacific. You could contend that she seemed on TV during probably all hours, endearing herself to audiences initial as a Today Girl on a Today uncover and also apropos a initial lady to guest-host The Tonight Show.
The Brady Bunch would make her one of a many famous small-screen mothers of all-time, and Carol Brady would stay with her prolonged after a uncover finished in 1974. She reprised a purpose in dual TV cinema (1981’s The Brady Girls Get Married and 1988’s A Very Brady Christmas) and 3 spin-offs (1976-1977’s accumulation array The Brady Bunch Hour, a 1981 comedy The Brady Brides, and a 1990 play The Bradys). In between Brady projects she remained a tie on TV, guest-starring on The Love Boat 8 times, including a show’s lass voyage. (“I felt like a permanent member of a cast, we was there so often,” she told EW a few years ago.) Henderson’s other credits enclosed Murder, She Wrote, L.A. Law, Roseanne, Ellen, and The King of Queens, Samantha Who and 30 Rock. She even dipped her toe — and dancing boots — in a universe of existence TV, as a competitor on both The Surreal Life and Dancing With a Stars (serving as a oldest expel member in deteriorate 11). And when she wasn’t appearing on shows, she was popping adult in commercials, pitching products like Wesson Oil and Polident. She combined a purpose of author to her resume in 2011 when she penned her discourse Life is Not a Stage: From Broadway Baby to a Lovely Lady and Beyond, a vehement demeanour during her life that explored her tough childhood, marital affairs (she was married twice and has 4 kids), and onslaught with postpartum depression.
Henderson kept operative adult until her death. She had been hosting a speak uncover on a Retirement Living TV network, The Florence Henderson Show, given 2008. In 2013, she also began hosting a cooking uncover on a network, What’s Cooking with Florence Henderson.
This year, Henderson seemed in 4 projects, including a big-screen comedy Fifty Shades of Black. Her final film, Grandmothers Murder Club, is set for recover subsequent year.