Tributes to Florence Henderson

Posted November 27, 2016

Her best-known role came in 1969, when she made her debut on ABC's The Brady Bunch, as the mother of three daughters who married a man with three sons.

Florence Henderson, who played the cheerful mom in the 1970s sitcom The Brady Bunch, has died.

The Hollywood veteran died surrounded by family and friends, her manager said in a statement late Thursday.

According to Williams, Henderson also enjoyed filming episodes in Hawaii, and said those were perhaps her favorite.

The former child actress, now 54, also sent a message to Henderson's four children outside the show. That ran for nine years.

Eve Plumb, who played middle sister Jan Brady, shared a nostalgic message about her time on the show as one of the "kids". "All of them had hair of gold, like their mother, the youngest one in curls".

"She told us about performing at the Hollywood Bowl", Kirsh said. "If I were to make a pantheon of TV moms, I would put Carol Brady near the top".

Even Boy George weighed in, tweeting: "I grew up with the Brady Bunch". "It's such a gentle, innocent, sweet show, and I guess it proved there's always an audience for that", Henderson told a reporter in 1999.

"Listen, the only steps in this house are those", she said, pointing to the staircase, "the ones that lead up to your bedroom". The eight of them became "The Brady Bunch", with a quirky housekeeper, played by Ann B. Davis, thrown into the mix.

After the cancellation of the original series in 1974, Henderson appeared on later incarnations of the show, including "The Brady Bunch Variety Hour", "The Brady Brides", "A Very Brady Christmas" and "The Bradys".

Family and friends had been at Henderson's hospital bedside, Pressman said. "I think that show had a little magic charm about it". She was the 10th child of a tobacco sharecropper of Irish descent. "That's the question I'm asked the most - 'Can I have a hug?' Well, yeah!" she said. "I got my first job in television in 1952, singing off-camera on "The Ed Sullivan Show". A year later, she starred in a Broadway revival of the acclaimed musical.

"I wish everyone could have really, really known her". Ten years later she became the first woman to guest host The Tonight Show With Johnny Carson and later had a role on the Today show, doing weather and news.

Henderson temporarily lost her hearing in the 1960s as the result of a hereditary condition that was corrected by surgery.