Vale: Florence Henderson

Veteran US actress, best known as Carol Brady in The Brady Bunch, has died.


Veteran US actress Florence Henderson, best known as Carol Brady in The Brady Bunch, has died aged 82.

She died surrounded by family and friends, her manager, Kayla Pressman, said in a statement.

One of America’s all-time favourite TV mothers, Henderson played the Brady matriarch from 1969 until 1974.

It was a role she revived in spin-offs and sequels including The Brady Bunch Hour, The Brady Brides, The Bradys, plus Brady-esque appearances in The Brady Bunch Movie and alongside on-screen son Christopher Knight in the reality series My Fair Brady.

But it was one that would be identified with her forever in the hearts of millions of Americans.

“I played Carol as the mother I always wished I had,” she once said, “as the mother a lot of people wished they had.”

In his book Growing Up Brady, on-screen son Barry Williams recalled having a crush on his co-star and the dinner date she graciously accepted.

There were numerous other TV credits including The Love Boat, Murder She Wrote, Fantasy Island, Police Squad, Hart to Hart, Medical Center, Roseanne, Ally McBeal, Hercules, Ellen, The King of Queens, The Cleveland Show, 30 Rock, and Happily Divorced.

She competed on Dancing with the Stars which premiered in 2010 and began hosting her own cooking show, Who’s Cooking with Florence Henderson in 2013. In 1962 she was the first woman to guest host The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.

Film credits included Song of Norway, Naked Gun 33⅓: The Final Insult, Holy Man, For Heaven’s Sake, Young One and Fifty Shades of Black

A gifted soprano, she also had a Broadway career with credits including Carousel, Oklahoma!, South Pacific, Fanny, The Girl Who Came to Supper, The King and I, Annie Get Your Gun and Bells Are Ringing.

Henderson continued to work in her final year with an upcoming role in Grandmothers Murder Club (2017).

Source: Entertainment Weekly

14 Responses

  1. i also thought she would be here for a bit longer especially since she was in Dancing With the Stars & was so active, maybe she over did it? Better to have a heart die from living such a full life though than just fade away from inactivity stuck in a nursing home.

  2. Coming home from school to watch the Bradys, not Facebook. Marcia Brady, not Kim Kardashian. Talking about Bobby the hero in the schoolyard the following day, not cat videos on YouTube. I remember…

  3. I wasn’t surprised to hear rumours of her and Barry! She was very fetching! Anyway as a kid I watched the reruns on Ten during weekends ! Eventually the older i got the less I got into it! Was a good show ! I didn’t realise she guest stared on Hercules I didn’t see her on it! Got the DVDs will check it out again!

  4. RIP Carol Brady.

    How I loved the Brady Bunch. Own the box set and occasionally watch it when back then life seemed to be a bit simpler and more fun and less hassle.

    Never thought of her ever dying.

  5. Sad news.
    Appears to have been sudden as Florence was active and working right up until the end …perhaps just her time to go.
    By all accounts a lovely woman – she will be missed by very many.
    Always reminded me of Shirley Jones from the Partridge family…

    1. Yes i thought Florence Henderson would live forever! Her exuberance and spirit were always so alive and on display. How much joy she has brought generations. Farewell Carol Brady aka Florence Henderson.

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