We’re completely heartbroken that Florence Henderson passed away on Nov. 24! Though everyone knows the iconic actress as Carol Brady from ‘The Brady Bunch,’ there’s so much more to know about this lovely lady! Here are five facts about her.
Who doesn’t know Carol Brady? Florence Henderson brought so much life, wit, and fire to the beloved matriarch of The Brady Bunch that she became one of the most famous TV moms in American history. However, this amazing woman is so much more than that one role! Here are five more things to know about her after her Nov. 24 death:
1. She’s an awesome dancer. The legendary actress took a spin at dancing on Season 11 of Dancing with the Stars in 2010, and she was actually awesome! She was the 5th person to get eliminated, and she made some amazing friends along the way who gushed about her after her passing, as you can see here.
2. She had a talk show AND a cooking show. Florence hosted The Florence Henderson Show on Retirement Living TV where she could “present an insider’s view of Hollywood from a true Hollywood insider,” with special guests, visits to landmarks and more from inside the biz. Plus, she showed off her cooking chops on Who’s Cooking with Florence Henderson.
3. She began as a singer during the Great Depression. Florence grew up in Indiana, where her mom taught her how to sing. She began bringing her to grocery stores to show off her talent and, then she went on to move to NYC and study at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. She debuted on Broadway in the musical Wish You Were Here in 1952!
4. Florence wasn’t supposed to be Carol Brady. The role was originally offered to her best friend Shirley Jones, who turned it down to become Shirley Partridge in The Partridge Family, but recommended Florence for the gig instead, and the rest is history!
5. She was a huge supporter of the Sisters of St. Benedict. Since the early 2000’s, Florence has done a lot to support the nuns in Indiana. Some of them were her teachers when she was a kid, so she won money for them on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, and even refused to wear a nun costume in a skit once because she respected them so much.
HollywoodLifers, what did you learn about Florence? Share your thoughts with us!