Brady Bunch’ Mom Florence Henderson Dies at 82

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Florence Henderson Dies at 82

Florence Henderson, renowned for her role as The Brady Bunch matriarch Carol Brady has gone to her last resting place at 82.

the singer and actress died on Thursday surrounded by friends and family, according to her manager Kayla Pressman in a statement to the Associated Press.

Henderson’s Background

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Henderson was born in Dale, Indiana, to farmer Joseph Henderson and his wife Elizabeth. The late star was the youngest of 10 children.

She was raised by a homemaker mom, a tobacco sharecropper dad, and enrolled in St. Francis Academy in Owensboro, Kentucky. She completed her studies there in 1951 and proceeded to American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City.

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Henderson who was of Irish Catholic ancestry got married in January 1956 to Ira Bernstein, whom she shared four children with —Barbara, Joseph, Bob and Elizabeth — but later divorced in 1985. In 1987, Henderson married Dr. John George Kappas, and the two remained together until his death in September 2002.

Time In Limelight

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Henderson began her stage performance career in musicals on Broadway stage. Musical works on Broadway under her belt include Wish You Were Here (1952), Fanny (1954) and The Girl Who Came to Supper (1963). She also appeared in guest roles on multiples TV series and films, and is known to be the first woman to host The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson in 1962.

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She took up a leading role on the 1969 sitcom The Brady Bunch, and that pushed her to international fame.

Henderson also appeared in the episode of all five seasons of the family comedy series, and later appeared as Carol Brady in spinoffs The Brady Bunch Variety Hour, The Brady Girls Get Married, The Brady Brides, The Bradys and The Brady Bunch Movie.

In 2002, she made a remarkable guest appearance on improvisational comedy show Whose Line Is It Anyway? taking part in on-screen kisses with Ryan Stiles and Colin Mochrie.

 

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From 2007-2009, Henderson hosted her own television series, The Florence Henderson Show on RLTV (Retirement Living TV). The show was named as an Emmy Award nominee in 2010. In May 2010, Henderson had a deal with Fox which saw her do some promotional radio ads for Fox. On the July 12, 2010, edition of WWE Raw, Henderson featured as the night’s guest host.

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On May 11, 2012, Henderson appeared in special Mother’s Day episode on The Price Is Right with Drew Carey.

By February 2013, Henderson started televising her own cooking show, Who’s Cooking with Florence Henderson, on RLTV. She has been doing great hosting duties on RLTV  until her death.

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Other notable roles include The Love Boat, Murder, She Wrote and season 11 of Dancing with the Stars. She earned her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1996.

Death

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According Henderson’s manager, Kayla Pressman, the legendary actress died of heart failure at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles on November 24, 2016. She is survived by her four children, ten grandchildren and five great-grandchildren

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