Florence Henderson, Coolest TV Mom on The Brady Bunch Dies at 82: Video Tribute #RIPFlorence


rp0h1-1443478313-blog-210Here’s the story of a lovely lady. She was the coolest of TV moms. Henderson died of heart failure at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles surrounded by family and friends.

I think many are shocked because she had the essence of someone that we trusted would always to be here. Why? She never went away – she never retired. At the time of her death, Henderson was hosting a talk show, “The Florence Henderson Show,” and a cooking show, “Who’s Cooking With Florence Henderson,”

In the beginning she was a singer until she enters into the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York. Musicals soon followed like the touring production of “Oklahoma!” Henderson made her Broadway debut at age 18 in the 1952 musical “Wish You Were Here.” By 1954 she’d played the title role in Broadway’s ‘Fanny” almost 1.000 times.

The NBC family are especially mourning thinking back at her days as a host on”Today Girls,” delivering the weather on NBC’s TODAY.

Even though Henderson seems to do everything that could be done in show business she will always be remembered as Carol Brady. “It represents what people always wanted: a loving family. It’s such a gentle, innocent, sweet show, and I guess it proved there’s always an audience for that,” She once said. Interestingly the Brady Bunch only ran from 1969 to 1974 but it’s legacy had legs and spin-offs including 1977’s “The Brady Bunch Hour” then “The Brady Brides” in 1981 and “The Bradys” in 1990.

Maureen McCormick, who played oldest daughter Marcia Brady Tweeted “You are in my heart forever Florence” and (she) was a dear friend for so very many years & in my <3 forever. Love & hugs to her family. I’ll miss u dearly #RIPFlorence. Barry Williams, who played oldest son Greg Brady, said “Deeply saddened. Florence was one of the most gracious people I have ever known, Proud to call her Mom and life long friend. #RIPFlorence.”

Henderson also made appearances “Hart to Hart,” ”Fantasy Island” and “The Love Boat,’ “Murder She Wrote,””Roseanne, “Ally McBeal” and “The King of Queens,” “Dancing With the Stars” and was the first woman to guest host “The Tonight Show.”

Henderson always tried to wake up everyday and be grateful and she easily portrayed that positive attitude with that beautiful smile.

America’s mom is gone. May she rest in peace. – by John Beaudin