Actress Florence Henderson, the beloved mother from the 70s TV series “The Brady Bunch,” has died today at 82-years-old. According to her manager Kayla Pressman, Henderson died with her family and friends by her side. There was no mention of whether Henderson had an illness, but it sounds like she did since her loved ones were around her. Henderson leaves behind four children.
When Henderson was first starting out as an actress in the 1950s and 1960s, she worked on the Broadway stage and then later got acting gigs on film and television shows. Henderson is also credited as being the first female host of “The Tonight Show,” which was in 1962 when she was a guest host for Johnny Carson.
Henderson’s big break came in 1969 when she got offered the role of Carol Brady in the TV comedy sitcom “The Brady Bunch.” The show would go on to last for five seasons and even had spinoff TV movies like “The Brady Girls Get Married,” “The Bradys,” “The Brady Brides,” and “The Brady Bunch Variety Hour.” In the 1990s, there was even a Brady Bunch movie remake in which Henderson had a cameo appearance in.
After the show ended, Henderson continued to find acting work but nothing else she did was ever as successful as “The Brady Bunch.” In recent years, Henderson made an appearance on “Dancing with the Stars” in 2010. She came in fifth place.
Henderson had been married twice. Her first husband was Ira Bernstein whom she married in 1956, and then divorced way later in 1985. Together they had four children. Henderson eventually got married again two years later to Dr. John George Kappas, but he died in 2002.
Henderson has millions of fans around the country and her death will surely be hard on a lot of them.