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Also Known As: Florence Agnes Henderson Died:
Born: February 14, 1934 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Dale, Indiana, USA Profession: actor, radio host, singer

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Indelibly, and by most accounts, happily linked in the minds of television audiences with upbeat suburban mom Carol Brady on "The Brady Bunch" (ABC, 1969-74), Florence Henderson began her acting career in numerous musical theater productions during the 1950s. Her effervescent personality and knack with a quip made her a likable guest star on television variety programs throughout the 1960s. But it was her role on "The Brady Bunch" that became the most defining of her career. Her calming, good-natured presence on the show endeared her to generations of young viewers. Henderson tapped into that same maternal warmth for a wide variety of guest appearances, hosting gigs, and promotional opportunities. Despite a lifetime of trying to branch out from her "Brady" persona, Henderson remained ever the trooper, gamely poking fun at her alter ego on numerous occasions throughout the years.

Indelibly, and by most accounts, happily linked in the minds of television audiences with upbeat suburban mom Carol Brady on "The Brady Bunch" (ABC, 1969-74), Florence Henderson began her acting career in numerous musical theater productions during the 1950s. Her effervescent personality and knack with a quip made her a likable guest star on television variety programs throughout the 1960s. But it was her role on "The Brady Bunch" that became the most defining of her career. Her calming, good-natured presence on the show endeared her to generations of young viewers. Henderson tapped into that same maternal warmth for a wide variety of guest appearances, hosting gigs, and promotional opportunities. Despite a lifetime of trying to branch out from her "Brady" persona, Henderson remained ever the trooper, gamely poking fun at her alter ego on numerous occasions throughout the years.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
3.
 Get Bruce (1999) Herself
4.
 Holy Man (1998) Herself
5.
 Fudge-A-Mania (1995) Muriel
6.
 Shakes the Clown (1991) The Unknown Woman
7.
 Very Brady Christmas, A (1988) Carol Brady
9.
 Love Boat, The - Pilot Movie (1976) Monica Richardson
10.
 Song of Norway (1970) Nina Grieg
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Milestones close milestones

1952:
Made Broadway debut in "Wish You Were Here"
1954:
Played title role in the Broadway musical "Fanny"
1957:
TV debut, "U.S. Steel Hour" (CBS)
1958:
Debut series, "Sing Along" (CBS)
1958:
Was a regular on "The Jack Paar Show" (NBC)
1959:
With Bill Hayes, co-hosted "Oldsmobile Music Theatre/Hayes and Henderson," a seven episode variety series on NBC
1960:
Made regular appearances on NBC's morning show "Today"
1961:
Played Maria in the road company tour of "The Sound of Music"
1962:
Became the first woman to guest host "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" (NBC)
1964:
Starred in Noel Coward's final Broadway musical "The Girl Who Came to Supper"
1969:
Best known for her role as Carol Brady on ABC's "The Brady Bunch"
1970:
Feature film debut, "Song of Norway"
1976:
Was the spokeswoman for Wesson cooking oil
1977:
Reprised role of Carol Brady on the ABC variety series "The Brady Bunch Hour"
1981:
Again played Carol Brady on the NBC sitcom "The Brady Brides"
1985:
Hosted "Country Kitchen" on TNN
1988:
Appeared in the CBS variety special "A Very Brady Christmas"
1990:
Reprised the role of Carol Brady in the CBS sitcom "The Bradys"
1992:
Returned to features after a 22-year absence in "Shakes the Clown"
1995:
Appeared as Carol Brady's mother in "The Brady Bunch Movie"
1995:
Co-hosted "Our Generation" with daughter Barbara Chase on the Faith & Values Network
1997:
Hosted a radio program on KGIL radio in Los Angeles
2000:
Co-hosted NBC's short-lived "Later Today"
2002:
Starred alongside Faith Ford in the ABC Family series "Moms on Strike"
2006:
Joined the sixth season of VH1's "Surreal Life" as the house therapist
2008:
Co-hosted the daily talk show "Living Live" with former Designing Women star Meshach Taylor on Retirement Living TV; the show was reworked and renamed "The Florence Henderson Show"
2010:
Joined the 11th season of "Dancing with the Stars" (ABC) as a contestant
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Education

St Francis Academy: Owensboro , Kentucky -
American Academy of Dramatic Arts: New York , New York -

Notes

The Carol Brady flip-shag hairdo was created by hairdresser Kaye Pownall

Florence Henderson has lived on a yacht docked in Marina del Rey for many years.

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husband:
Ira Bernstein. Producer. Married on January 9, 1956; divorced; father of Henderson's four children.
husband:
John Kappas. Married in August 1987.

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father:
Joseph Henderson.
mother:
Elizabeth Henderson.
daughter:
Barbara Chase. TV host. Co-hosted TV talk show "Our Generations" with mother on Family Values Channel.
son:
Joseph Bernstein.
son:
Robert Norman Bernstein.
daughter:
Elizabeth Bernstein.
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"A Little Cooking, A Little Talking and a Whole Lot of Fun

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