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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 14 February 1934Dale, Indiana, USA
Birth NameFlorence Agnes Henderson
Height 5' 3" (1.6 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Florence Henderson was born on February 14, 1934 in Dale, Indiana, USA as Florence Agnes Henderson. She is an actress, known for The Brady Bunch (1969), The Florence Henderson Show (2007) and The Match Game (1962). She was previously married to John Kappas and Ira Bernstein.

Spouse (2)

John Kappas (4 August 1987 - 26 September 2002) (his death)
Ira Bernstein (9 January 1956 - 1985) (divorced) (4 children)

Trade Mark (5)

Best known as Carol Brady on The Brady Bunch (1969)
Natural blonde hair
Sparkling blue eyes
Voluptuous figure
Deep, sultry voice.

Trivia (45)

Florence filed law suits against two companies because of the unauthorized use of her photo - Serial Killer, Inc. had been using her face on a t-shirt with the name "Porn Queen" underneath. A gift shop in Cotati, California also used her picture in an ad. [May 1999]
Youngest of 10 children born to an Indiana tenant farmer named Joseph Henderson and his homemaker wife named Elizabeth Henderson.
Children with Ira Bernstein: Barbara Bernstein, Joseph Bernstein, Robert Bernstein and Elizabeth Bernstein.
Her husband, Dr. John Kappas, is a hypnotherapist, and he and Florence met when he helped her battle depression during the mid-1980s.
She flew to New York City every weekend during the run of The Brady Bunch (1969) (which filmed in Los Angeles) in order to be with her family.
In the mid-1950s, she was diagnosed with a bone deformation of the inner ear, and she had to have surgery to prevent deafness.
Graduated from Indiana's St. Frances School in 1951, and then studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City. She earned a scholarship to AADA because of her singing talent.
Was a Today (1952) girl from 1959-1960, and later went on to co-host the short lived spin-off series Later Today (1999) from 1999-2000.
Was the first woman to host The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962).
Is a licensed hypnotherapist. She learned about hypnotherapy from her late husband, John Kappas.
In a 2006 TV Guide /Bravo poll, her Carol Brady character was named the TV mom that most shaped viewers perceptions of a housewife with 45% of the vote. She topped both June Cleaver and Shirley Partridge for the honor.
Could sing 50 songs by heart by the age of 2.
Best known on television for her starring role as Carol Brady on The Brady Bunch (1969).
Before The Brady Bunch (1969), she was primarily known as a singing actress in stage musical comedy productions. She claims to have performed the role of "Maria" in the Rodger & Hammerstein musical, "The Sound of Music", more than any other actress.
Her parents were divorced, when she was age 13.
Classmate of Ruth Helen Wright.
Her mother, Elizabeth Henderson, died in 1984, when Florence had turned age 50.
Was born to older parents.
Attended St. Bernard's School, a private school in Louisville, Kentucky.
Acting mentor and friends with Barry Williams and Susan Olsen.
Was mentored by: Christine Johnson.
Good friends with Angela Lansbury. Henderson guest-starred with her on Murder, She Wrote (1984), three times.
Longtime friend with Shirley Jones, who met Henderson through Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, when Henderson was touring the Broadway musical "Oklahoma!".
Long lives ran in her family.
Started acting at an early age.
Performed in the church choir.
The youngest performer ever to host a talk show at age 25, was one of the first ladies who hosted Today (1952).
For 20 years, Henderson was a spokesperson for Wesson Oil, from 1976 to 1996.
Was one of the three actors to appear in every episode of The Brady Bunch (1969).
Before she was a successful actress and talk show hostess, she used to be a singer.
At age 16, Henderson was singing for the Kiwanis, the Elks and the American Legions, and was making money.
Before she was a successful actress and talk show hostess, she used to work with an unfamiliar actor Bill Hayes, for Oldsmobile.
Lost the leading role in the Broadway play of 'Oklahoma' to her best friend Shirley Jones.
Was the childhood television heroine of future Ally McBeal (1997) star, Calista Flockhart. Flockhart watched The Brady Bunch (1969).
Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II were both impressed by Henderson's vocals and asked her to leading the touring company of "Oklahoma!".
Her father, Joseph Henderson, died at age 81, in 1954.
Had suffered stage fright.
She and the rest of The Brady Bunch (1969) cast attended Robert Reed's funeral, in 1992. He played her husband, Mike Brady, in the series, and have remained close friends, after the series.
Her sister's husband, Pauline Wathen, was a projectionist at the movie theaters.
Did not attend her father's funeral.
Depression ran in her family.
She was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7060 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
Since Ann B. Davis's death on June 1, 2014, Henderson is the only surviving adult cast member of The Brady Bunch (1969).
Like her ex-The Brady Bunch (1969) co-star, Robert Reed, Henderson is also a private person.

Personal Quotes (2)

On her late TV husband, Robert Reed: "He was so close to all six of the Brady kids. When he called and asked me to tell them he wasn't going to live much longer, they were devastated. He was a good friend."
I begged them [the producers] to give Carol Brady a job. They wouldn't do that. I mean, those clothes, for God's sake, take a look at them! I didn't choose those, please...But I said, 'Can I just hit the kids every now and then? I mean, real life!' They wouldn't let me.

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