Florence Henderson, star of Brady Bunch has passed away and is regretted by many. However, the actress’s passing seems to have uncovered dark secrets that no one could even imagine “America’s favorite mom” could have. Off screen, Florence Henderson lived a completely different life from her on screen character.
According to insiders, Henderson suffered from depression – a result of her bleak childhood as well as of her marriage struggles.
“Florence learned to sing for her support, clean houses and work in the fields,” a source told the National Enquirer. “She supplemented the pittance earned by her father, a tobacco sharecropper, during the Depression.”
Later on, as the actress approached stardom and went closer and closer to her goal – Broadway, she was struck by what is no less than a horrible ‘disease’ for an entertainer – stage fright.
According to a close friend of the late actress, Henderson believed that marrying theatrical manager Ira Bernstein and having four kids would help her cope with her struggle. Instead it only got worse. “It was a loveless marriage, and she was terribly lonely,” said the source. “She suffered agonizing postpartum depressions, and their careers kept them apart for long stretches.”
Confused and depressed, she chose to have an affair with New York mayor John V. Lindsay in the 60’s. “I was lonely,” Henderson said. “I knew it wasn’t the right thing to do. So, what did I do? I did it.”
The affair resulted in an STD for the unfortunate actress. “Guess I learned the hard way that crabs do not discriminate. What a way to put the kibosh on a relationship!”
Her marriage was falling apart, especially because her mistake was not singular in the relationship – her husband was cheating on her as well. After 29 years of marriage the two divorced, and the Brady Bunch actress married hypnotherapist John Kappas.
“She finally found the love of her life” an insider told the National Enquirer. She was finally happy.
“They were married for a blissful 15 years until his death in 2002, that their time together was the happiest in her life!”