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Florence Henderson on Being a 'Second Mother' to the Brady Bunch Kids

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Florence Henderson on Being a 'Second Mother' to the Brady Bunch Kids

Originally posted 06/30/2015 05:05PM

The Brady Bunch's Carol Brady may be one of the most iconic mothers of all time, but it turns out star Florence Henderson was just as much a loving mom off screen as the famously blended family's matriarch was on.

"We spent so many hours together with the kids, and I sort of became like a second mother to them," Henderson told PEOPLE Friday on the set of Breaking Bread with Brooke Burke airing on Feeln. "I treated them with respect. They were treated as pros and they came prepared."

She added, "I was the only person on the show that was a mother in real life. I already had four children – my youngest was just a little tiny thing."

But, as most moms must do from time to time, Henderson occasionally had to give the actor playing the Brady kids a little tough love.

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Cindy Brady Spills! Susan Olsen Reveals The Brady Bunch's Darkest Secrets | Brady Bunch, The Brady Bunch, Susan Olsen

The Brady Bunch

Cindy Brady Spills! Susan Olsen Reveals The Brady Bunch's Darkest Secrets

Originally posted 06/11/2015 03:25PM

Just like Brady Bunch superfans, Susan Olsen can appreciate a good bit of gossip about the '70s sitcom.

In a recent interview with news.com.au, the actress who played Cindy Brady did not hesitate to dish about Brady feuds and hookups, the cast's shockingly low salaries and even her past as a marijuana farmer.

Since the actors playing the Brady kids worked in close quarters during the show's 1969–74 run, fans most often want to know who really hooked up with whom: "I think all of us did," Olsen, 53, admitted."We led a sheltered life for part of the year, so if there was anybody to get a crush on or try to date, it would be our counterparts."

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From Julie Andrews to Carrie Underwood, 50 Years of Solving a Problem Like Maria

From Julie Andrews to Carrie Underwood, 50 Years of Solving a Problem Like Maria

Originally posted 03/06/2015 07:25AM

How do you solve a problem like Maria? For the producers of The Sound of Music, which hit theaters fifty years ago this week, the solution turned out to be Julie Andrews.

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Danny Trejo Channels The Brady Bunch's Marcia in Super Bowl Ad

Originally posted 01/29/2015 06:05PM



Snickers' 2015 Super Bowl has gone back to the '70s with a character-actor twist on The Brady Bunch.

The latest riff on the candy bar's ongoing "You're Not You When You're Hungry" campaign enlists tough guy Danny Trejo in the role of Maureen McCormick's Marcia, whose face was famously pummeled by a football in a 1973 episode.

Trejo stars in the clip, showing off his trademark tattoos while he throws an ax-wielding tantrum while pretending to be the famous small-screen daughter.

Once Florence Henderson's mom Carol hands "Marcia" a Snickers and gets her oldest daughter back to her smiling self, Steve Buscemi shows up as Jan (originally played by Eve Plumb).

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Costars and Famous Fans Remember the Comic Genius of Ann B. Davis | Ann B. Davis, Florence Henderson

Brady Bunch Costars and Famous Fans Remember the Comic Genius of Ann B. Davis

Originally posted 06/02/2014 12:35PM

Play testcaption testcredit Share on Facebook Tweet Pin on Pinterest Share on Tumblr The Brady Bunch's beloved center square, Ann B. Davis, died Sunday at the age of 88.

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Adrianne Curry and Christopher Knight Separate

Adrianne Curry and Christopher Knight Separate

Originally posted 05/30/2011 07:30AM

My Fair Brady stars Adrianne Curry and Christopher Knight have separated on what is the fifth anniversary of their wedding.

"After starting a relationship with what seemed to be irreconcilable differences, the couple has reached a period where those differences are no longer appreciated," their manager, Phil Viardo, said in a statement to the Web site Hollyscoop.com. "The decision was mutually reached after it became clear to both that some perspective was needed in order to assess their unique union."

This was Curry's first marriage and Knight's third. They had no children.

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Florence's Dancing Departure Leaves Brandy in Tears

Dancing With the Stars

Florence Henderson's Dancing Departure Leaves Brandy in Tears

Originally posted 10/20/2010 01:00PM

Florence Henderson left Dancing with the Stars Tuesday on a positive note, telling host Tom Bergeron on her way out, "I hope I've inspired people to get off their behinds and move and dance and live and enjoy life."

But another contestant, who was saddened by her elimination, was singing a different tune.

"I'm trying not to cry," the week's leader, Brandy, said, walking up to kiss Henderson on the cheek as the actress was coincidentally speaking to reporters about their bond after the show.

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Florence Henderson: Life (and Sex) Don't Stop at 70

Originally posted 10/12/2010 11:00AM



She may be America's mom, and a septuagenarian to boot. But as she showed with her sexy rumba on Monday's Dancing With the Stars, Florence Henderson is still a hot little number at 76.

"I want people to know that being in your 70s, you don't stop having sex. You don't stop enjoying a partner. You don't stop enjoying life!" Henderson told PEOPLE after the performance.

The judges, by and large, enjoyed Henderson and Corky Ballas's gyrating performance. "Isn't that amazing for the oldest couple ever to do the rumba, and we were the sexiest?" Henderson said. "I love that!"

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Christopher Knight 'Deeply Hurt' By TV Mom's Remarks

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Christopher Knight 'Deeply Hurt' By TV Mom's Remarks

Originally posted 07/14/2008 02:45PM

Where's Alice with a tension-deflating quip when you need her?

Christopher Knight says he's "hurt deeply" that his Brady Bunch mom, Florence Henderson, publicly called his marriage to reality-TV costar Adrianne Curry a mistake.

"It hurts me deeply that someone that I have loved and respected for so many years ... would discuss overtly negative personal opinions about my marriage in a public forum," the My Fair Brady star writes on his MySpace page. "I can only hope these recent comments are an aberration."

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Florence Henderson: Christopher Knight 'Didn't Take My Advice'

Florence Henderson: Christopher Knight 'Didn't Take My Advice'

Originally posted 07/08/2008 05:05PM

Florence Henderson says that while her former TV son Christopher Knight has lived his life in front of the cameras the past few years, "reality [TV] is not for me."

"It's a double-edged sword," Henderson said of shedding an iconic role. Henderson, 74, spoke to reporters on Tuesday at the Television Critics Association press tour in Los Angeles, where she was promoting her upcoming Hallmark Channel film Ladies of the House.

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