Maureen McCormick Reacts To The Death Of Her TV Mom Florence Henderson

Florence Henderson passed away on Thursday at the age 82 from heart failure. News of her death quickly spread through the post-Thanksgiving airwaves. Henderson, of course, was best known as America’s TV mom, Carol Brady, on the The Brady Bunch. The show ran for five seasons in the late 1960s and early ’70s, but the pop culture juggernaut lived in infamy through TV Land reruns, plus assorted spinoffs and a 1995 big-screen spoof where Henderson played Grandma Brady.

As the matriarch of this beloved television institution, Henderson realized that the show was much more than entertainment to the at-home audience. In 1999, she told the Associated Press how The Brady Bunch “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.” Henderson was certainly much more than a co-star to her fellow cast members, who helped bring the blended family’s antics to life.

Maureen McCormick, who played Marcia Brady, stayed in close touch with Henderson over the decades and tweeted her love and condolences, along with a tribute photo.

Barry Williams, who played Greg Brady, also paid his respects while calling Florence not only his TV mom but also a lifelong friend. He was joined by several other friends, former co-stars, and admirers of the beloved icon.

(Via Variety & Chicago Tribune)