Florence Henderson — The Perky Mom From ‘Brady Bunch’ — Has Died

Kaitlan Collins | White House Correspondent

Florence Henderson has died. She was 82.

(Photo: Jason Merritt/Getty Images for amfAR)

(Photo: Jason Merritt/Getty Images for amfAR)

The actress, who was best known for her role as the perky matriarch Carol Brady on “The Brady Bunch,” suffered from heart failure and died Thursday night at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, her publicist David Brokaw said in a statement.

Brokaw said she was surrounded by “her family and friends.”

“She was quite active until she started not feeling well several days ago,” Brokaw said. “It was felt that she would just bounce back from it.”

(Photo: Jason Merritt/Getty Images for amfAR)

(Photo: Jason Merritt/Getty Images for amfAR)

Henderson played the ever-smiling mother on the “The Brady Bunch” from 1969 to March 1974.

“It was really a show that was seen through the eyes of a child,” Henderson once said of the show, “and it was supposed to have a little soft glow about it.”

“It represents what people always wanted: a loving family. It’s such a gentle, innocent, sweet show, and I guess it proved there’s always an audience for that.”

(Photo: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

(Photo: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

Henderson often said she wasn’t prepared for the level of fame the show brought her.

“We had to have security guards with us,” she said. “Fans were hanging on our doors. We couldn’t go out by ourselves. We were like the Beatles!”

The show’s popularity continued years after it ended thanks to syndication, which later spawned remakes like “The Brady Bunch Hour,” “The Brady Brides” and “The Bradys,” all of which Henderson starred in.


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Kaitlan Collins

White House Correspondent


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