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From the People Archives: Barry Williams Recalls the Sweet Moment He Asked His TV Mom Florence Henderson Out on a Date

28 November 2016 5:00 PM, PST | | See recent news »

While Barry Williams — and the rest of the world — continue to mourn the sudden death of Florence Henderson, we dug into the People archives and found a sweet memory that The Brady Bunch star shared years ago in his book, Growing Up Brady.

In 1970, during the show’s second season, the 15-year-old asked his TV mom, then 36, out on a date.

“When those little things called hormones start kicking in, you get excited by even inanimate objects,” he says. “It wasn’t that I sought to bed her. I just wanted to spend time with her.” The date, at any rate, »

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Barry Williams, Greg on ‘The Brady Bunch,’ Remembers Florence Henderson: ‘Motherly in the Hottest Way’

25 November 2016 12:15 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

“Brady Bunch” star Barry Williams turned a fair amount of heads with a chapter in his book, “Growing Up Brady: I Was a Teenage Greg,” titled, “Dating Your Mom.” Williams, who played oldest Brady son Greg, did not really date Florence Henderson, who played Brady matriarch Carol, but, Williams told Variety on Friday, “anything that is semi-salacious and ‘Brady’ in the same sentence, and you’re off to the races.”

What Williams and Henderson, who died Thursday at age 82, really had was a five-decade-long friendship. “At different times she acted maternally, but also as a good friend, and then as a mentor,” Williams said.

That mentorship took a form Williams had never seen before. Shortly after “The Brady Bunch” had ended, Williams went to New York to audition for Bob Fosse for the lead role in “Pippin.” The audition was at the Imperial Theater, with Fosse and the bigwig producers and writers in the audience. “There »

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