BREAKING: Brady Bunch Star DEAD, Here’s What We Know

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Dean James III% AMERICA’S FREEDOM FIGHTERS 

Florence Henderson, who is remembered most for her role as Carol Brady in the ’70s sitcom “The Brady Bunch,” has died. She was 82 years old.

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Ms. Henderson died Thursday night at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, after she was hospitalized the day before, said her publicist, David Brokaw. Henderson suffered heart failure, her manager Kayla Pressman said in a statement.

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Family and friends had surrounded Henderson’s hospital bedside.

“The Brady Bunch,” which also starred Robert Reed as a widowed father of three boys, ran on ABC-TV from 1969 to 1974 but seemed to grow in popularity through syndicated reruns that have kept it airing for decades. The entire “Brady Bunch” cast, including Ms. Henderson, reprised their roles for several TV specials over the years, as the show became an unexpected cultural touchstone.

 

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Here’s a little history on Ms. Henderson.

Henderson was a 19-year-old drama student in New York when she landed a one-line role in the play “Wish You Were Here.”

Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II were so impressed they made her the female lead in a 1952 road tour of “Oklahoma!” When the show returned to Broadway for a revival in 1954, she continued in the role and won rave reviews.

To broaden her career, Henderson took acting, dancing, singing and guitar lessons, even studying French and Italian.

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She went on to play Maria in a road production of “The Sound of Music,” was Nellie Forbush in a revival of “South Pacific” and was back on Broadway with Jose Ferrer in “The Girl Who Came to Supper” in 1963.

She made her movie debut in 1970 in “Song of Norway,” based on the 1944 operetta with music by Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg.

Her career nearly came to an end in 1965 when she suddenly lost her hearing while appearing in “The King and I” in Los Angeles. She was diagnosed with a hereditary condition called osteosclerosis.

“Corrective surgery in both ears restored my hearing,” she said in 2007.

We send our hearts and prayers to her family and friends.

Rest in peace. Thanks for the memories…

Sources:

FOX

Washington Post

Photo Credit/ WYFF

God bless. 

TOGETHER WE WILL MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!

Dean James III% AMERICA’S FREEDOM FIGHTERS

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