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Susan Olsen Remembers Florence Henderson — and Reveals the ‘Practical Advice’ Her Brady Bunch Costar Passed On

Susan Olsen Remembers Florence Henderson — and Reveals the ‘Practical Advice’ Her Brady Bunch Costar Passed On
Susan Olsen is grateful for the time that she spent with her TV mom, Florence Henderson.

Henderson, who passed away at the age of 82 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles after suffering heart failure, starred on The Brady Brunch as matriarch Carol Brady and played the mother of Olsen’s character Cindy Brady.

Following the death of the beloved TV actress on Thursday, Olsen spoke with People about her former costar, whom she worked with for five seasons and last saw in June at a Tony Awards west coast viewing party where Henderson received a Lifetime Achievement award. “I
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How Florence Henderson Became Carol Brady Despite Initially Passing on The Brady Bunch

How Florence Henderson Became Carol Brady Despite Initially Passing on The Brady Bunch
Florence Henderson was known for her iconic role as everyone’s favorite TV mom, Carol Brady, on The Brady Bunch — but the star, who died Thursday at the age of 82, didn’t initially want to audition for the part.

Prior to scoring the leading role that would propel her to international stardom on the 1969 sitcom, Henderson had a successful career on the Broadway stage — appearing in Wish You Were Here (1952), Fanny (1954), The Girl Who Came to Supper (1963) and South Pacific (1967).

The American Academy of Dramatic Arts graduate was living in New York City when the audition for The Brady Bunch
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'Brady Bunch' Star Florence Henderson Dead at 82

'Brady Bunch' Star Florence Henderson Dead at 82
Brady Bunch star Florence Henderson died on Thursday, Et confirms. She was 82.

According to Henderson's rep, the actress died from heart failure, surrounded by her four children.

Flashback: 'The Brady Bunch Movie' Turns 20! On Set With the Grooviest Cast of '94

Henderson was best known and beloved by many for her role as Carol Brady, matriarch of the Brady Bunch. The show premiered in 1969, and Henderson appeared on every episode of the series' five seasons, as well as in spinoffs The Brady Bunch Variety Hour, The Brady Girls Get Married, The Brady Brides, The Bradys and The Brady Bunch Movie.

In 2010, she competed on Dancing With the Stars, eliminated fifth with partner Corky Ballas. Henderson also hosted her own talk show, The Florence Henderson Show, and cooking show, Who's Cooking with Florence Henderson, in recent years.

Maureen McCormick, who played Henderson's TV daughter, Marcia, was convinced by Henderson to compete on this season of [link
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Florence Henderson, Brady Bunch Matriarch, Dead at 82

Florence Henderson, Brady Bunch Matriarch, Dead at 82
Florence Henderson, best known for her iconic role as matriarch Carol Brady on The Brady Bunch, has died. She was 82.

The actress died surrounded by family and friends, her manager, Kayla Pressman, said in a statement to the AP late Thursday. The cause of death was heart failure.

In addition to The Brady Bunch, which ran from 1969 to 1974, Henderson appeared in offshoots The Brady Bunch Hour (1977), The Brady Brides (1981), The Bradys (1990) and the TV movie A Very Brady Christmas (1988). She also made a cameo in 1995’s The Brady Bunch Movie as the mother of Shelley Long’s Carol.

Henderson gained
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Florence Henderson, The Brady Bunch’s Matriarch, Dies at 82

Florence Henderson, The Brady Bunch’s Matriarch, Dies at 82
Florence Henderson, widely known for her role as The Brady Bunch matriarch Carol Brady, has died. She was 82.

Henderson died surrounded by friends and family, the actress’ manager Kayla Pressman said in a statement to the Associated Press on Thursday.

Born in Dale, Indiana to farmer Joseph Henderson and his wife Elizabeth, Henderson was the youngest of 10 children.

After graduating from Indiana’s St. Frances School in 1951, Henderson went on to study at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City. In January 1956, she married Ira Bernstein, whom she shared four children with —Barbara, Joseph, Bob and Elizabeth
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Sure, Jan: 10 underrated moments of brilliance from 'The Brady Bunch Movie'

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Sure, Jan: 10 underrated moments of brilliance from 'The Brady Bunch Movie'
If you're like me, you spend at least an hour a month wondering why the 1995 gem "The Brady Bunch Movie" isn't quite as revered as "The Addams Family" and "Addams Family Values," two similarly fantastic and inventive updates of a '60s sitcom. Maybe it's that the image of the original Brady Bunch is so indelible; Florence Henderson and her crew of perky suburbanites will forever be the prevailing version of that clan thanks to syndication. (The original "Addams Family," meanwhile, has snapped its way into obscurity.) Another major factor at play: "The Brady Bunch Movie" is damn dark. Not that "The Addams Family" isn't, but that movie drolly exalts its original characters. The Bradys undergo a serious evisceration in their '90s satire, and it takes serious viewing and re-viewing to discover how their weirdness is celebrated.  But whatever the reason, we've had "The Brady Bunch Movie" in our lives for 20 years.
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Ann B. Davis Dead -- Alice from 'The Brady Bunch' Dies at 88

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TV legend Ann B. Davis who played Alice on "The Brady Bunch" has died ... TMZ has learned.According to the couple she lived with in Texas ... Ann fell in her bathroom early this morning and hit her head causing grave damage.  We're told she never regained consciousness.Her roommate says Davis had been pretty healthy for an 88-year old woman -- and her death was a total shock.  In fact, she even walked downstairs to
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Ann B. Davis Dead: 'Brady Bunch' Actress Dies at 88

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Lynn Elber, AP Television Writer

Emmy-winning actress Ann B. Davis, who became the country's favorite and most famous housekeeper as the devoted Alice Nelson of "The Brady Bunch," died Sunday at a San Antonio hospital. She was 88.

Bexar County, Texas, medical examiner's investigator Sara Horne said Davis died Sunday morning at University Hospital. Horne said no cause of death was available and that an autopsy was planned Monday.

Bill Frey, a retired bishop and a longtime friend of Davis, said she suffered a fall Saturday at her San Antonio home and never recovered. Frey said Davis had lived with him and his wife, Barbara, since 1976.

More than a decade before scoring as the Bradys' loyal Alice, Davis was the razor-tongued secretary on another stalwart TV sitcom, "The Bob Cummings Show," which brought her two Emmys. Over the years, she also appeared on Broadway and in occasional movies.

Davis considered her ordinary look an asset.
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"The Brady Bunch" -- Bobby Does What Now?!

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On "The Brady Bunch," Bobby always dreamed of being a race car driver -- but, for the actor who played him, life took a Very different turn.After reprising his role in "The Bradys," getting married and working in film for 20 years, Mike Lookinland was ready for a change."After college, I got back into film production and for 20 years I made movies," he explains in an exclusive clip from Sunday's "Oprah: Where Are They Now?""I looked around and thought 'I wonder if there's anything else that I can do for a living ... and if there is I'll try it," he continues.So ... what did Mike end up doing? Something totally outside of the entertainment business, that's what!Check out the clip above to find out his current profession -- plus, get a look at one of his two sons!The full interview airs Sunday, August 25 at 10 Pm Et/Pt on Own.
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Contest: Win Modern Family Season 3 on Blu-ray!

The third season of the hit ABC comedy, Modern Family, is being released on DVD and Blu-ray on September 18. To celebrate the release, we're giving two lucky TVOvermind readers the chance to win the Blu-ray box set. Here's how to enter the contest:

Email me at clarissa @ tvovermind.com with "Modern Family Contest" in the subject line. Provide the completed sentence, your name, city and state/province in the email.

The contest will close at 5:00 p.m. Et on Friday, September 21. Two winners will be randomly selected and notified by email to provide their full address. The studio will handle prize distribution. Contest restricted to readers in the continental United States and Canada (excluding Quebec). Po Box addresses will not be accepted.

To celebrate the release, check out this cool featurette below that the studio put together to celebrate the evolution of the modern family.

Modern Family's fourth season premieres on Wednesday,
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Contest: Win Modern Family Season 3 on Blu-ray

Modern Family: The Complete Third Season starring Ed O'Neill and Sofia Vergara makes its way to Blu-ray and DVD on Tuesday, September 18, continuing the trend of every season of ABC's hit comedy being available on Blu-ray.

We are awarding two lucky readers each a copy of Modern Family: Season 3 on Blu-ray in this contest. For a chance to win one, please fill out and submit the short entry form below. You can optionally increase the odds of winning each day you stop back to enter again for as many days as the contest is open. You must be a resident of the United States or Canada to enter.

Be sure to check out the following "Evolution of Modern Family" below either before or after you enter the contest.

Modern Family is a progressive show, featuring three unique familial structures and highlighting real-life problems that normal families face. In this feature,
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Today in Soap Opera History (August 14)

On this date in...

1967: Dark Shadows aired in color for the first time. On the episode, directed by Lela Swift, Barnabas decided that Maggie Evans (Kathryn Leigh Scott) must die!

1979: On The Edge Of Night, Steve and Deborah recalled happier times.

2009: Amanda Setton debuted on One Life To Live as Kimberly.

Celebrating a birthday today are:

Jackée Harry (ex-Lily, Another World) - 55

Susan Olsen (ex-Liza, The Young And The Restless; ex-Cindy, The Bradys) - 50

Halle Berry (ex-Debbie, Knots Landing) - 45

Rhonda Ross Kendrick (ex-Toni, Another World) - 40

Christopher Gorham (ex-Henry, Ugly Betty) - 37

Shawn Batten (ex-Sarah, Sunset Beach; ex-Natalia, Spyder Games) - 36

Editor's Note: If you would like to submit a piece of soap opera history for this daily column, please email it to editor@welovesoaps.com.
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Sherwood Schwartz obituary

The creator of Gilligan's Island and The Brady Bunch

In the 1960s, no one had his finger closer to the pulse of the great American television-watching public than Sherwood Schwartz, who has died aged 94. Schwartz created both Gilligan's Island and The Brady Bunch, two shows that defied critical opprobrium to become hits, and through endless sequels and repeats in syndication have become icons of their era.

Looking back, it is possible to find some cultural weight in each. Gilligan, which, as its theme song, co-written by Schwartz, explained, was the tale of seven people on a "three-hour cruise" who wind up cast away on a lost island, was sold to the CBS network as "a microcosm, but a funny microcosm", and it made its debut in 1964.

As played by Bob Denver, the clumsy first mate Gilligan might be seen, when the show debuted in 1964, as a prototype hippie, interacting with
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Sherwood Schwartz obituary

The creator of Gilligan's Island and The Brady Bunch

In the 1960s, no one had his finger closer to the pulse of the great American television-watching public than Sherwood Schwartz, who has died aged 94. Schwartz created both Gilligan's Island and The Brady Bunch, two shows that defied critical opprobrium to become hits, and through endless sequels and repeats in syndication have become icons of their era.

Looking back, it is possible to find some cultural weight in each. Gilligan, which, as its theme song, co-written by Schwartz, explained, was the tale of seven people on a "three-hour cruise" who wind up cast away on a lost island, was sold to the CBS network as "a microcosm, but a funny microcosm", and it made its debut in 1964.

As played by Bob Denver, the clumsy first mate Gilligan might be seen, when the show debuted in 1964, as a prototype hippie, interacting with
See full article at The Guardian - Film News »

'Brady Bunch' Creator Dies At 94

'Brady Bunch' Creator Dies At 94
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Los Angeles -- Sherwood Schwartz, writer-creator of two of the best-remembered TV series of the 1960s and 1970s, "Gilligan's Island" and "The Brady Bunch," has died at age 94.

Great niece Robin Randall said Schwartz died at 4 a.m. Tuesday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where he was being treated for an intestinal infection and underwent several surgeries. His wife, Mildred, and children had been at his side.

Sherwood Schwartz and his brother, Al, started as a writing team in TV's famed 1950s "golden age," said Douglas Schwartz, the late Al Schwartz's son.

"They helped shape television in its early days," Douglas Schwartz said. "Sherwood is an American classic, creating `Brady Bunch' and `Gilligan's Island,' iconic shows that are still popular today. He continued to produce all the way up into his 90s."

Sherwood Schwartz was working on a big-screen version of "Gilligan's Island," his nephew said. Douglas Schwartz,
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News: Sherwood Schwartz Dead at 94, James Franco, A Rabbi On Soaps

Sherwood Schwartz dead at age 94

Schwartz created Gilligan's Island and The Brady Bunch, which eventually turned into a primetime soap called The Bradys. Schwartz died of natural causes in his sleep, surrounded by his family.

James Franco on his new attitude about soaps in the latest Playboy

“Generally, people think actors start on soaps, and if they can, they move up the ladder. Early in my career I auditioned for soaps and didn’t get on them. Until going on General Hospital, I was like, ‘Of course I’m not going to go on a soap, that lower form of entertainment.’ I don’t view it that way anymore; it’s all entertainment, just for different audiences.”

TV producer Samuel Denoff dies

Television writer-producer and composer Samuel Denoff died July 8 in Brentwood, Calif. He was 83 and suffered from Alzheimer's disease.

A Bachelorette review mentions Days' E.J.

"Ryan's fashion
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Today in Soap Opera History

On this date in...

1983: Kathy Bates debuted on All My Children as a prisoner who would beat up Erica Kane.

2005: Legendary writer and producer Bill Bell died at age 78.

Celebrating a birthday today are:

Celeste Holm (ex-Isabella, Loving; ex-Anna, Falcon Crest) - 94

Joseph R. Sicari (ex-Freddy, General Hospital) - 72

Kate Mulgrew (ex-Mary, Ryan's Hope) - 56

Leslie Jordan (ex-Brother Boy, Sordid Lives) - 56

Susan Pratt (ex-Claire, Guiding Light; ex-Barbara, All My Children; ex-Charlotte, As The World Turns; ex-Elizabeth, Loving; ex-Annie, General Hospital) - 55

Eve Plumb (ex-Dora, Days Of Our Lives; ex-June, All My Children; ex-Jan, The Bradys) - 53

Jack Armstrong (ex-Carson, Days Of Our Lives; ex-Chad, The Bold And The Beautiful; ex-Kevin, One Life To Live; ex-Greg, All My Children) - 53

Editor's Note: If you have a tip on a bit of soap history on this date or future dates, let us know. Send an email to editor@welovesoaps.
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Holiday Movies: What's on Tonight? (12/22/09)

A Very Brady Christmas (Family Dramedy)

ABC Family, 1 Pm Et

The Bradys (Florence Henderson, Robert Reed) fly their TV-series bunch home for a three-generation family reunion.

A Christmas Carol (1984) (Dickensian Re-Do)

AMC, 5:30 Pm Et

Ebenezer Scrooge (George C. Scott) meets the ghosts of Christmases past, present and yet to come.

What else is showing this season? See the complete Holiday TV Movie Guide: The 12 Flavors of Christmas.

And if you're wondering what to buy the movie lovers on your shopping list, check out our Holiday Gifts store.

Next Showing:

Link | Posted 12/22/2009 by reelz

George C. Scott | Robert Reed | Florence Henderson | A Very Brady Christmas | A Christmas Carol
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One Hot Brady Mess!

As anyone who’s ever turned on a TV knows, there’s lots of bad television out there. There’s even a lot of really bad television.

Very rarely has been there anything on television as bad as The Brady Bunch Variety Hour, a show that ran for a mere nine episodes in 1976-1977.

Consider:

The show was a typical 1970s song and dance variety show, but except for Brady mother Florence Henderson, none of the cast had any real experience, and in most cases, any real talent, for song and dance. Several cast members could barely carry a tune. One of the original Brady Bunch cast members, Eve Plumb, who played Jan, refused to participate, meaning the part had to be recast with an unfamiliar actress, later dubbed “Fake Jan.” Since the show was produced by Sid and Marty Krofft (of H.R. Pufnstuf children’s television fame), the sets
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