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Saturday, November 26, 2016

Remembering Florence Henderson 1934 - 2016

Actress Florence Henderson, who died Thursday at age 82, was best known for her role as Carol Brady on the 1969-74 ABC sitcom, The Brady Bunch. She also played the Brady matriarch on the 1976-77 ABC variety show, The Brady Bunch Hour, the 1981 NBC sitcom, The Brady Brides, the 1988 CBS movie, A Very Brady Christmas, and the 1990 CBS drama, The Bradys.

In 1962, Henderson became the first woman to guest host The Tonight Show, and from 1959 to 1960, she was "The Today Girl" on the NBC morning show (she also co-hosted Later Today from 1999 to 2000).

Below I've selected some videos to celebrate Florence Henderson's life and career.

She made her Broadway debut in the 1952 musical, Wish You Were Here, and she later starred in the musicals, Fanny (1954) and The Girl Who Came to Supper (1963). And on November 5, 1954, she performed "I Have to Tell You" from Fanny on NBC's Coke Time with Eddie Fisher.

She appeared in "An Old-Fashioned Christmas" episode of NBC's The Bell Telephone Hour on December 23, 1962.

She performed (with Bobby Troup) "This Can't Be Love" from The Boys of Syracuse on The Bell Telephone Hour on July 28, 1964.

She was the co-host on The Mike Douglas Show on October 19, 1965.

She was a guest on The Hollywood Palace on March 4, 1967, with host Steve Lawrence (begins at 27:50).

She was a guest on The Dean Martin Show on March 21, 1968.

She and Robert Reed played Carol and Mike Brady in 117 episodes of The Brady Bunch (she was interviewed about the show for the Archive of American Television in October 1999).

She starred in the 1970 film, Song of Norway.

She performed "The Sound of Music" on the 25th Annual Tony Awards on March 28, 1971 (she starred in a national tour of the musical in 1961-62).

She was a guest on ABC's The Paul Lynde Halloween Special on October 29, 1976.

She appeared on The Muppet Show on November 13, 1976.

She and the original Brady Bunch cast (except for Eve Plumb) reunited for the ABC special, The Brady Bunch Variety Hour, on November 28, 1976. The show then returned as The Brady Bunch Hour for eight episodes in 1977.

She appeared in commercials for Wesson cooking oil from 1976 to 1996.

She appeared on "TV's All-Time Favorites on Family Feud" in 1983 (begins at 1:38).

She and the original Brady Bunch cast (except for Susan Olsen) reunited for the CBS movie, A Very Brady Christmas, on December 18, 1988 (its high ratings led to the creation of the 1990 CBS drama, The Bradys, which only ran six episodes).

As the host of TNN's Country Kitchen, she cooked chili with her guest Glen Campbell and sang "Southern Nights" in September 1990.

She was a guest on the Los Angeles talk show, The Late Mr. Pete Show, in 1991.

She appeared in the 1991 comedy, Shakes the Clown, starring Bobcat Goldthwait.

She appeared in spoofs of the films, A Few Good Men and The Bodyguard, on the second annual MTV Movie Awards on July 13, 1993.

She was a guest on The Rosie O'Donnell Show on November 14, 1996.

She appeared as herself in a Saturday Night Live sketch with Tim Meadows, Sarah Michelle Gellar and Gina Gershon on May 20, 2000.

She was interviewed on CBS Sunday Morning on February 21, 2010.

She performed "When You're Good to Mama" from Chicago at the S.T.A.G.E. benefit, Broadway My Way, on April 6, 2013.

She performed "There's Nothing Like a Dame" from South Pacific at Broadway Backwards on March 21, 2015.


dmappin said...

I had absolutely no idea how diverse her resume was. I am going to miss her. What a dame!

Lance said...

The world is a tiny bit darker without Florence! And the fact that now all three adults from the series are gone... well, just too sad.

joel65913 said...

This year is just relentless! Right on the heels of her passing Ron Glass and now Fritz Weaver passed today. Ugh!

She truly seems to have been a lovely woman, gifted and lively. I was so sorry to hear the news of her passing but was glad that it was very quick. That makes it harder for her family and the public of course but I would hate to think she had to suffer with some lingering illness.

She left behind a great legacy of many wonderful memories for generations of people. That's not something that happens to many people.