the actress beloved by millions for her role as the iconic and
unflappable TV matriarch Carol Brady in “The Brady Bunch,” died Thursday
night at 82.
She had been hospitalized the day before after suffering heart
failure, and died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles with
family and friends at her bedside, her manager, Kayla Pressman, said in a
Henderson, an Indiana native and real-life mother of four, was
already a respected star of stage and screen when the TV show first
aired in 1969. She appeared in Broadway musicals throughout the ’50s and
early ’ 60s and became the first woman to guest-host “The Tonight Show
Starring Johnny Carson,” in 1962.
But it’s for “The Brady Bunch” that she’s best known.
“It’s seen through the eyes of a child,” Henderson explained of the enduring appeal of the show last year.
“It’s like a beautiful children’s book. It’s classic,” she said in the interview, conducted last November.
Modal TriggerFlorence Henderson and the cast of “The Brady Bunch”