Florence Henderson, who is best known as the beloved mother Carol Brady on The Brady Bunch, died on November 24, 2016. Born on February 14, 1934, Florence was a beloved figure of theater, television, movies and had a successful singing career.
Her career in entertainment spanned sixty years and came to a crashing halt when at 82-years-old, she succumbed to heart failure. Her last movie Bad Grandmas was released posthumously in 2017. Florence Henderson was born on Valentine’s Day and died on Thanksgiving.
Though it’s been one year since Florence Henderson’s passing, many people took to social media to remember the multi-talented woman.
While best known for The Brady Bunch, Florence had pushed many boundaries and lived a life of great accomplishments.
The youngest of 10 children, Florence’s mother taught her to sing at the tender age of two-years-old. By the time she was 12 she was singing in public. She made her Broadway debut at 18-years-old in the musical Wish You Were Here.
In 1954, she made her television debut in General Foods 25th Anniversary Show: A Salute to Rodgers and Hammerstein. Later she appeared in the television series Toast of the Town. Guest appearances followed including spots on I Spy, Coke Time, The United States Steel Hour, and Sing Along.
You may listen to Florence Henderson as she sang “O Holy Night” on the Merv Griffin Show in 1965 in the video player below.
Nov. 24/2016 – Actress Florence Henderson passes away. Best known for her starring role as Carol Brady on the TV show Brady Bunch. pic.twitter.com/2f8es8JDYZ
— Today In History (@TodayThatWas) November 24, 2017
The year 1958 was a very successful year for Florence in television. She portrayed Meg March in the CBS, musical adaptation of Little Women. She also landed a series of Oldsmobile commercials that endeared her to many, making her a household name.
Throughout the years she continued to appear on television whether it was guest starring on programs, appearing in musical specials, or as a guest on game shows and talk shows.
In 1963 she became the first woman to host The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson and became a staple of The Match Game.
It was the Brady Bunch, however, that ran from 1969-1974 that Florence Henderson will be remembered most for. The series has become an iconic part of American culture and continues to attract a devoted audience. For many, Florence Henderson will always be known and loved by many as Mrs. Brady.
Florence Henderson began her professional career at 18-years-old and continued working until her sudden death.In 2016, the year of her death, she appeared in K.C. Undercover, Sofia the First, The Eleventh, Fifty Shades of Black, filmed Bad Grandmas, and Chelsea.
Fans continue to love and appreciate Florence Henderson and there is no doubt she will be beloved by generations to come.