Sadly, “Brady Bunch” mom Florence Henderson died on Thanksgiving.
Florence Henderson died of heart failure last Thursday. She was 82, but it was fairly sudden. She played “Brady Bunch” mom Carol Brady. All six of the Brady kids have since paid tribute to her.
Barry Williams, who played Greg, said, quote, “She took what she did very seriously. She was very gracious. She was an inspiration with how to conduct yourself in public as a famous person. She was so kind and would always take time.”
Christopher Knight, a.k.a. Peter, said: “She was just a wonderful kind of warm and stern mothering figure. She, to me, was just someone I never wanted to disappoint. I admired her so much and respected her as a child, and I’ve lived like that ever since.”
Mike Lookinland, a.k.a. Bobby, said: “She was the kind of person [who’s] just great to be around. Just to be in the same room with her was a pleasure. You can’t say that about most people. She was just 100% fun and professional.”
Maureen McCormick, a.k.a. Marcia said: “She’ll be remembered as a real class act . . . someone with so much talent. She just brought a smile to everyone’s heart. She made people feel good. She will be loved forever.”
Eve Plumb, a.k.a. Jan, said: “She was loving, warm, generous, and could tell a funny, dirty joke. I’m fortunate to have been able to know and to work with her. She will be missed by her children, grandchildren, and us ‘kids.'”
Susan Olsen, a.k.a. Cindy, told a story about how she once saved her when she’d fallen into the ocean when the show was filming in Hawaii. She said, quote, “I didn’t have any family on that outrigger to calm me down. Except for Florence.”
And Robbie Rist who played COUSIN OLIVER even commented . . . but he didn’t say much. He just Tweeted, quote, “R.I.P. Florence Henderson. I was gonna write something flowery about my TV aunt but . . . I got nothing left, 2016.”
Brady dad Robert Reed died in 1992, and the housekeeper Alice, who was played by Ann B. Davis, died two years ago. And Sam the Butcher, a.k.a. Allan Melvin, passed away in 2008.
Florence’s final TV appearance was on “Dancing with the Stars” earlier this season, where she reprised her role as Carol Brady.