Florence Henderson was longtime pre-race Indy 500 performer

28 November, 2016, 11:56 | Author: Evan Mason

So did Maureen McCormick, who played eldest daughter Marcia Brady.

Henderson died yesterday of heart failure surrounded by her family and friends, a day after being hospitalised.

"It represents what people always wanted: a loving family". Henderson also made a cameo in The Brady Bunch Movie in the 1995, playing Shelley Long's character's mother (she played Carol Brady), and appeared on Dancing With the Stars in 2010 at the age of 76.

Several celebrities who had the honor of working with Florence Henderson took to their social media accounts after learning of her death. She was the youngest of ten children.

"I grew up in a very large, poor family", Henderson said in the "CBS Sunday Morning" interview.

Mike Lookinland, who was just 8 years old when the series first debuted in 1969, told the News that he was stunned by the tragic news of Henderson's passing. "Everybody loved her", McCormick said of Henderson.

Henderson was born in the small southern in town of Dale, the 10th child of a tobacco sharecropper.

The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences called Henderson "one of the truly great entertainers", saying in a statement: "Florence was not only America's favorite TV mom, but television royalty".

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In 1962, she broke ground in the still-male-dominated late-night television landscape as the first woman to fill in for Jack Paar as the guest host of The Tonight Show.

By the time she was 4, Henderson later recalled, "My mother would send me to the store to get groceries, and they'd give them to me if I would sing". Her kids became nearly siblings - and all of them are such attractive people today, which is such a testament to Florence.

Beyond her work in the sitcom world, Henderson, a native of Dale, Indiana, made her start in acting on Broadway, after moving to NY at the age of 17. "I did have a crush on her - I was also, like, 16", he told the News with a laugh.

Applegate remembered a time when she and Henderson had to shoot a promo in Times Square, and filming had been constantly interrupted by adoring fans.

"We thank her for her friendship and love for our sport and her friends and family will be in our prayers", he said.

She was also back again in 1995 when a new cast was assembled for “The Brady Bunch Movie, ” a playful spoof of the original show. "She was a wonderful mother and was so proud of her four children and five grandchildren".

Post-"Bradys", she hosted starting in 1985 a cooking talk show "Country Kitchen". They were married for 29 years.

Her second husband, John Kappas, died in 2002.


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