Friday, November 25, 2016

Florence Henderson

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Very sad news today...

Florence Henderson, known to generations of television viewers as Carol Brady, matriarch of the ABC sitcom The Brady Bunch from 1969 to 1974 and subsequently an enduring pop culture icon for nearly 50 years, has died. She was 82. 

Though best known for her famous sitcom role, Henderson, born in Dale, Indiana in 1934, had a varied career that included acclaimed stage performances, numerous other television appearances, and film roles. Her big break came while still a drama student in New York City at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, where after a one-line role in Wish You Were Here, she was cast in the touring production of Oklahoma! in 1952. She would later originate the lead role in Fanny beginning in 1954. 

Henderson worked steadily as a Broadway star over the 50s and 60s and moved into television. Among her most notable accomplishments, she was the first woman to guest-host The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. She also was a regular during the 1960s on NBC’s Today. 

She landed her most famous role in 1969, starring for five years on The Brady Bunch. Despite its relentlessly cheerful tone and aggressively unthreatening aesthetic despite the tumultuous period in which it aired, the show was groundbreaking for being among the earliest examples of a blended family on television in the United States.

She had an amazing career that spanned decades doing something she loved, was enjoyed and respected my millions world-wide and, those who knew her, only spoke very highly of her.

You can't ask for more than that in any lifetime.

She will definitely be missed.

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