Florence Henderson: Mrs. Brady’s Book

Florence Henderson, best known for portraying Carol Brady on The Brady Bunch (1969-1974,) published her autobiography last week entitled Life Is Not a Stage: From Broadway Baby to a Lovely Lady and Beyond.


TV Guide has posted an article, “5 Things You Didn’t Know About Mrs. Brady” trumpeting the racier tibits they could gather after a reading and the mildest would be:
“Studio research on The Brady Bunch showed some viewers resented that Carol Brady had Alice, the maid, and complained that her house was too clean.”

The official Press blub for the memoir reads:

“For millions of people around the world, Carol Brady is synonymous with motherhood, but growing up as the youngest of ten children in rural Indiana in the aftermath of the Great Depression, Florence Henderson lived a life quite different from that of the quintessential TV mom she later played on television.
Florence’s father was a dirt-poor tobacco tenant farmer who was nearly fifty years old when he married Florence’s twenty-five-year-old mother, and was nearly seventy when Florence was born. Florence’s childhood was full of deprivation and abandonment. Her father was an alcoholic at a time when there was no rehab or help for the disease. Their home rarely had electricity or running water. When she was twelve, Florence’s mother left the family to work in Cleveland and never returned.
Florence opens up about her childhood, as well as the challenges she’s faced as an adult, including stage fright, postpartum depression, her extramarital affairs, divorce, her hearing loss, and heart problems. She writes with honesty and wisdom of how her faith and ability to survive has brought her through rough times to a life of profound joy and purpose.”

Henderson has been making the rounds of the talk shows promoting her book and you can catch her appearance of the Today show below.

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