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Today in Soap Opera History (August 14)

As word spread about the end of World War II, listeners were

glued to the radio for updates."The best prophet of the future is the past."

― Lord Byron

"Today in Soap Opera History" is a collection of the most memorable, interesting and influential events in the history of scripted, serialized programs. From birthdays and anniversaries to scandals and controversies, every day this column celebrates the soap opera in American culture.

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1945: President Harry S. Truman announced that Japan had surrendered to the Allies (World War II). Thousands thronged into the streets throughout the United States to celebrate V-j Day. The official ratification of the surrender didn’t take place until September 2, in Tokyo Bay aboard the USS Missouri.

1945: On Pepper Young's Family, Harry, Betty, Pepper (Mason Adams) and Mrs. Green discussed Harry and Betty's upcoming marriage. Since the kids didn't want to wait, they
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The Brady Bunch: Iconic TV Home May Be Torn Down

Is the iconic Brady Bunch home being torn down? Deadline reports the house featured on the CBS TV show is up for sale.

A classic sitcom, The Brady Bunch centered on the adventures of the large, titular family. The cast included Robert Reed, Florence Henderson, Ann B. Davis, Maureen McCormick, Eve Plumb, Susan Olsen, Barry Williams, and Christopher Knight. The show ran for five seasons before ending in 1974.

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Today in Soap Opera History (March 2)

1968: Dark Shadows' Joe & Guthrie tried to break into Laura's tomb.

1984: Guiding Light's Mindy considered an abortion.

1990: General Hospital's Julian pulled a gun on Paget ("Duke").

1992: Days of our Lives' Vivian arrived in Salem."Whoever wishes to foresee the future must consult the past; for human events ever resemble those of preceding times. This arises from the fact that they are produced by men who ever have been, and ever shall be, animated by the same passions, and thus they necessarily have the same results."

― Machiavelli

"Today in Soap Opera History" is a collection of the most memorable, interesting and influential events in the history of scripted, serialized programs. From birthdays and anniversaries to scandals and controversies, every day this column celebrates the soap opera in American culture.

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1952: Radio serial Whispering Sheets premiered. The show was a "serial with a twist.
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The 'Brady Bunch' Cast Reunites, Open Up About Losing Florence Henderson and Aging

The 'Brady Bunch' Cast Reunites, Open Up About Losing Florence Henderson and Aging
The Brady Bunch kids are back together again!

Barry Williams (Greg), Christopher Knight (Peter), Mike Lookinland (Bobby) and Susan Olsen (Cindy) appeared on the Today show on Tuesday, where they talked about the impact the family sitcom still has today 48 years after its debut. The foursome also opened up about losing their beloved TV mom, Florence Henderson (Carol), who died in November.

"Everyone she met felt better about themselves, and about the world around them after having spent a moment with Florence," Knight said about the legendary actress.

Watch: Exclusive: Maureen McCormick Tears Up Remembering Florence Henderson, Her TV Mom and Best Friend

"She was a mentor, a friend," Williams added. "We learned from her, we learned how to interact with the public. She was so gracious with her fans, and we all learned how to do that graciously. Mostly, she loved to make people laugh. ... She would do anything -- she would fall down, she would say
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The Brady Bunch Cast Reunites on Today to Talk Aging, Modern TV and Losing Florence Henderson

They became the Brady Bunch—and nearly 50 years later, here they are again. In a special reunion interview for alum of the beloved sitcom, Barry Williams (Greg Brady), Christopher Knight (Peter Brady), Mike Lookinland (Bobby Brady) and Susan Olsen (Cindy Brady) reminisced about the show that made them everlasting TV stars. "You don't grow old for yourself until you see yourself in a photo—somehow you just don't see it. It's as though the show keeps us young in everyone's mind," Knight, 59, described to Today's Matt Lauer. "Everyone always refers to us as kids, so no matter how we mature, we're still the kids," Williams, 62,...
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The Brady Bunch: Barry Williams Comes Clean to Mike & Carol

Greg and the rest of The Brady Bunch are back. Recently, Barry Williams appeared in new promos for MeTV's upcoming "Summer of Me" promotion.Williams, of course, played Greg Brady on the ABC sitcom, which also starred Florence Henderson, Robert Reed, Ann B. Davis, Maureen McCormick, Christopher Knight, Eve Plumb, Mike Lookinland, and Susan Olsen. The show ran for five seasons before ending in 1974.Read More…
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Carol Burnett, Judge Judy and More Gather to Honor Late Brady Bunch Actress Florence Henderson

Carol Burnett, Judge Judy and More Gather to Honor Late Brady Bunch Actress Florence Henderson
Florence Henderson‘s friends and costars are remembering the legendary actress.

Stars such as Judge Judy Sheindlin, Carol Burnett and Katie Couric gathered for a memorial service at the Television Academy in North Hollywood on Sunday, giving speeches to honor the Brady Bunch matriarch.

“Florence was a girl for all seasons,” Sheindlin said at the ceremony. “Her youthful and positive spirit continue to surround me, although I wish she was peeking through the door. I know she is looking out for all the people that she loved, and I am thrilled to be among them.”

Others in attendance were Dancing with the Stars
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Brady Bunch Kids Reunite to Honor TV Mom Florence Henderson at Memorial

Brady Bunch Kids Reunite to Honor TV Mom Florence Henderson at Memorial
Maureen McCormick and many of her The Brady Bunch siblings got back together to mourn the loss of their TV mom Florence Henderson.

McCormick, 60, shared several photos from a memorial service held this week to honor Henderson, who died on Thanksgiving Day at the age of 82. The actress who played Marcia in the popular ’70s sitcom shared a photo that also featured her costars Christopher Knight (who played Peter), Susan Olsen (Cindy) and Mike Lookinland (Bobby) at the event.

“Most beautiful evening with family and friends celebrating our beloved Florence,” the Dancing with the Stars alum captioned a group shot
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Florence Henderson's Memorial Brings Brady Bunch Stars Back Together Again

Florence Henderson's Memorial Brings Brady Bunch Stars Back Together Again
Some of our favorite Brady Bunch stars got together again to say goodbye to our favorite TV mom. Maureen McCormick, who famously played eldest daughter Marcia on the '70s sitcom, reunited with former co-stars Christopher Knight (who played Peter), Mike Lookinland (Bobby) and Susan Olsen (Cindy) at Florence Henderson's memorial service. "Most beautiful evening with family and friends celebrating our beloved Florence," McCormick wrote with a photo of everyone gathered in front of a screen that read "Remembering Florence Henderson." Henderson, who became the staple of the sitcom through her role Carol Brady from 1969 until 1974, and in multiple specials after that, died on Nov. 24...
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Maureen McCormick Shares Mini 'Brady Bunch' Reunion Photos From Florence Henderson Memorial

Maureen McCormick Shares Mini 'Brady Bunch' Reunion Photos From Florence Henderson Memorial
One month after the death of Florence Henderson, friends and family, including some of her former Brady Bunch co-stars, gathered on Thursday to honor the iconic actress.

"Most beautiful evening with family and friends celebrating our beloved Florence," Maureen McCormick wrote on Twitter, along with a group photo.

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

A few of McCormick's Brady Bunch siblings, Christopher Knight, Susan Olsen and Mike Lookinland, as well as Happy Days star Marion Ross, were among those in attendance.

"What a cool woman Marion Ross is! Love her and her zest for life and her loving spirit!" McCormick wrote.

Last month, McCormick sat down with Et and opened up about Henderson's impact on her life.

"She was an incredible example of how to live your life," McCormick told Et's Nancy O'Dell. "She was that sweet. She really was. She was the
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Brady Brunch Star Fired From Radio Host Gig After Homophobic Message

Brady Brunch Star Fired From Radio Host Gig After Homophobic Message
Cindy Brady is at the center of controversy.  Child star Susan Olsen, who was working as a co-host for La Talk Radio's Two Chicks Talkin' Politics, first came under fire on Wednesday when actor Leon Acord-Whiting accused the Brady Brunch actress of spreading "outrageous information" following their on-air interview.  "It is wildly irresponsible for La Talk Radio to allow a Trump fanatic to co-host one of their programs, where she can spew her idiotic lies unchecked. (Being a liberal and a patriot are mutually exclusive? Hillary is causing the protests & hate crimes? The Koran is a political tract?) As much as I love Sheena Metal, I think La...
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Susan Olsen, ‘Brady Bunch’ Actress, Fired After Homophobic Rant

Susan Olsen, the actress who played Cindy on The Brady Bunch, was fired from her radio show after making homophobic remarks. Susan Olsen Fired from Radio Show Olsen, who co-hosts L.A. Talk Radio’s Two Chicks Talkin’ Politics show, hosted gay actor, activist, and producer Leon Acord-Whiting. Following the show, Acord-Whiting took to Facebook. He criticized La Talk radio […]

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‘Brady Bunch’ Alum Susan Olsen Fired From Radio Gig After Homophobic Tirade

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‘Brady Bunch’ Alum Susan Olsen Fired From Radio Gig After Homophobic Tirade
Former “Brady Bunch” child star Susan Olsen was fired from her hosting gig on La Talk Radio after sending a homophobic-tinged message to one of her guests. The 55-year-old, known for playing Cindy Brady on the famed ’70s sitcom, co-hosted a radio talk show called “Two Chicks Talkin’ Politics” and went on a rant against openly gay actor Leon Acord-Whiting after the two debated various issues on the show. The actor publicized a private message Olsen sent to him on Facebook following the broadcast, which read, in part, “You are the biggest f—– in the world.” Also Read: Ad-Rock Leads Protest After.
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Former ‘Brady Bunch’ Kid Susan Olsen Fired From Radio Gig After Homophobic Facebook Rant

Here’s the story of a former child star whose repeated use of a homophobic slur on social media cost her a job. Susan Olsen, known to viewers of “The Brady Bunch” for playing youngest daughter Cindy, had been co-hosting an L.A. radio talk show called “Two Chicks Talkin’ Politics” but has been dismissed by the […]
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The Brady Bunch Kids Pay Tribute to "Mom" Florence Henderson

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Florence Henderson passed away from heart failure at the age of 82 on Thursday, but her memory will never be forgotten. The legendary actress is best known for her role as Carol Brady in The Brady Bunch, and since her death, her TV family has been speaking out about just how much she meant to them. Barry Williams, who played the oldest Brady son, Greg, on the hit show, told the New York Daily News on Friday, "I have not had many people this close to me pass. I would go to her sometimes when I was struggling with issues. [She was] very wise, worldly and helpful." Mike Lookinland, who played the youngest brother, Bobby, told the New York Daily News, "I'm still shocked and amazed. She was the kind of person that is just great to be around. Just to be in the same room with her was a pleasure. You can't say that about most people.
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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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RIP Florence Henderson: The ‘Brady Bunch’ Star’s Life and Career in Photos

RIP Florence Henderson: The ‘Brady Bunch’ Star’s Life and Career in Photos
In honor of “Brady Bunch” star Florence Henderson, who died on Thursday — a look back at her life and career in photos.

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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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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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The Brady Bunch: Susan Olsen on Show's End, Money, and 'Sibling' Issues

Welcome to another weekend flashback. Flashback to The Brady Bunch TV show, cancelled in 1974 by ABC, after five moderately successful seasons. It was in syndicated reruns where the series really caught fire. Still, Susan Olsen (Cindy Brady) says the cast has not received any residuals from the series since around 1979. Find out why and learn more about sibling issues and Olsen's reaction to the end of the popular comedy series.The Brady Bunch TV series cast includes: Florence Henderson as Carol Brady; Ann B. Davis as Alice Nelson; Robert Reed as Mike Brady; Barry Williams as Greg Brady; Maureen McCormick as Marcia Brady; Eve Plumb as Jan Brady; Susan Olsen as Cindy Brady; Christopher Knight as Peter Brady; and Mike Lookinland as Bobby Brady. Allan Melvin guest starred as Alice's love interest, bowling butcher Sam Franklin. Robbie Rist (infamously) recurred as Cousin Oliver in the
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