Arts&Culture

Florence Henderson, TV's Carol Brady, dies at 82

Florence Henderson, TV's Carol Brady, dies at 82

SAN FRANCISCO-On Thursday, November 24, the cheery mother of "The Brady Bunch", actress Florence Henderson, died of heart failure at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

Mourners flooded social media with memories of Henderson.

Florence Henderson got her show business start on Broadway as a teenager in the 1950's, but it was the groundbreaking sitcom about a blended family that propelled her to stardom.

Pressman said she is survived by her children, Barbara, Joseph, Robert and Lizzie, their spouses and five grandchildren.

The family, as the show's theme song reminded viewers each week, formed after Henderson's Carol, a single mother raising three daughters, met Reed's Mike Brady, a single father who was raising three boys.

As the six children of "The Brady Bunch" struggled to adapt to sibling rivalry and teenage awkwardness, Henderson's character was the sensible, reassuring presence that held the household together. Love & hugs to her family.

Henderson was a contestant on Dancing in the Stars in 2010 and appeared on the show days before her death in support of McCormick, a contestant in the most recent series.

The 62-year-old actor famously detailed in his autobiography, "Growing Up Brady", that he had a crush on Henderson - even noting that the pair went on a date.

Florence Henderson gets a kiss from Maureen Mc Cormick while appearing on “Dancing with the Stars” this year
Florence Henderson gets a kiss from Maureen Mc Cormick while appearing on “Dancing with the Stars” this year

"She was just a very wholesome woman, a mom that you would maybe want to have. From 1959-60, she was the "Today Girl" on the "Today" show", presenting weather and light news stories.

But Henderson's most popular role post-"Brady Bunch" turned out to be herself. She co-wrote "Love to Love You Bradys" — a coffee table book about the horrifically bad "Brady Bunch Variety Hour" — and has a son diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome.

She also made a cameo during McCormic's "Brady Bunch" inspired Quickstep routine. She spoke of the late actress as a "wonderful mother" both in and out of the Brady Bunch.

When the tour returned to Warren for a performance at Packard Music Hall, Henderson asked Appugliese to take her shopping at Eastwood Mall in Niles. That ran for nine years.

"Deeply saddened. Florence was one of the most gracious people I have ever known, Proud to call her Mom and life long friend." he wrote on Twitter.

"I love her", the TV legend told host Tom Bergeron of Maureen.

She dabbled in movies, appearing in "The Brady Bunch Movie" and most recently, "50 Shades of Black". She was one of those.

Henderson married theater executive Ira Bernstein and the couple had four children before the union ended in divorce after 29 years. Her second husband, John Kappas, a hypnotherapist who helped her overcome her stage fright and fear of flying, died in 2002.