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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 14 August 1961Santa Monica, California, USA
Birth NameSusan Marie Olsen
Height 5' 4" (1.63 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Susan Olsen was born on August 14, 1961 in Santa Monica, California, USA as Susan Marie Olsen. She is an actress, known for The Brady Bunch (1969), Zombo (2009) and The Brady Bunch Movie (1995). She was previously married to Mitch Markwell and Steve Ventimiglia.

Spouse (2)

Mitch Markwell (14 August 1995 - 5 March 2004) (divorced) (1 child)
Steve Ventimiglia (August 1988 - 1990) (divorced)

Trivia (18)

Trained at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.
Worked as a graphic designer for 10 years.
Is spokeswoman for Migraine Awareness Month
Appeared on the short-lived series, The Bradys (1990).
Had surgery to correct the lisp that had endeared "Cindy Brady" to millions of TV viewers.
Her son Michael was named after her TV brother, Mike Lookinland, that acted as Bobby Brady, on the show.
Younger sister of actors Larry Olsen and Christopher Olsen.
Missed the filming of A Very Brady Christmas (1988) because she was on her honeymoon in Jamaica.
Her son was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome, in 2004.
Graduated from William Howard Taft Highschool in Woodland Hills, California.
Ranked #34 in VH1's list of the "100 Greatest Kid Stars"
Is portrayed by Carly Schroeder in Growing Up Brady (2000).
Auditioned for Times Square (1980).
Olsen launched a coffee table book in 2009 entitled, "Love to Love You Bradys: the bizarre story of The Brady Bunch Variety Hour." The publication is a satirical and benevolent look back the Bradys' 1976-1977 variety show that was named to TV Guide's top five 'Worst Shows of All-Time' in 2002.
She is still best known for her role as Cindy Brady, the youngest of three sisters, on The Brady Bunch (1969).
Once worked as an illustrator for children's books.
Her acting mentor was: Florence Henderson.
An L.A. radio show called "Ober and Olsen" with Ken Ober.

Personal Quotes (7)

I would rather be at Reggae Sunsplash, which happens once a year, than doing some horrible Brady Bunch reunion.
[on working on various The Brady Bunch (1969) reunion specials]: We missed each other. I think the idea of working together again was appealing.
[Of her autistic child]: We went swimming last night and my son did so well, socially, we're making a habit of this.
I think in order to have eternal life, you have to have a soul, and the soul of the show is that we all really did love each other. I think that really came across.
[When asked if Robert Reed was very uncomfortable with his own personality]: No. He was uncomfortable, probably in the same way that I was uncomfortable, this annoying that I wasn't good at it, and he knew, he kind of had 2 left feet, and he couldn't sing, but he wanted to do it. So, he was finding it very interesting. He took it on like another performance adventure. He was a real actor, so he thought it'd be fun, and certainly, when it come to doing the comedy and particularly, the broad sketch comedy, he was having a ball!! He was having more fun than anybody on the set, etc. for when he was dancing --- it looked like he was enjoying it, but was in pain.
[on her on- and off-screen chemistry with Robert Reed, who played Mike Brady]: Robert Reed, for all the complaining he did about The Brady Bunch (1969), this is the man that walked unto the set, refused to do lines about "Strawberry's Smelling Good when they're Cooked", because strawberries don't have an odor, when they're cooked, and this is the guy that's willing to do anything for Sid & Marty Krofft, wearing a bunny suit, wear dresses, sing and dance. Well, if you watch, there's one segment where he gets to play a retarded Christopher Columbus, and he's in his element, he loved broad comedy, loved it, and nobody knew that he did that. That was the reason why he wanted to do the show, I think it was for the comedy sketches.
[Of Robert Reed]: I don't know what one thing Robert Reed had to do to keep calm, but I do know that he was very, very calm, nice and good to us kids, and we were never aware of the problems that he was creating with the producers, he never let that show. Oh, and he did very much, and I got to say that he was really good about that and it's only been [as an adult] that I've learned 'Did you saw all guys?' When I grow up and I did the last carnation of The Brady Bunch (1969), with the original cast, which was called The Bradys (1990), I got to watch Bob have a hissy fit, and I admired the guy so much. He was such a wonderful actor. There are so many reasons to go, 'Well, of course, this wonderful Shakespearean actor is stuck on this wretched sitcom, and it's so silly and stupid', I got to witness some of the dumb stuff he was having a fit about. He had an absolute tirade over Ann B. Davis [who played "Alice"], she had to walk in the door with a lit birthday cake, singing 'Happy Birthday'. OK, well there's a Brady moment for you, 'Well, Bob's going, there's no way he's could light those candles and not have the door blow them out and come in here all by herself, who cares, who cares? And he walked off the set, after that. It was just anything he could find, yeah, but it was the first time I saw him witnessed getting mad.

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