The Brady Bunch star Florence Henderson, who infamously played the matriarch Carol Brady for the blended family died Thursday night. She was 82.
Kayla Pressman, Henderson’s manager, said the actress died of heart failure surrounded by family and friends in Los Angeles.
At the time of her death, Henderson was hosting a talk show, “The Florence Henderson Show,” and a cooking show, “Who’s Cooking With Florence Henderson,” on Retirement Living TV — showcasing the versatility that kept her in the public eye for decades.
She started in show business as a singer and soon moved into acting, studying at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York. She was soon starring in musicals — notably the touring production of “Oklahoma!” — and she made her Broadway debut at age 18 in the 1952 musical “Wish You Were Here.”
Beginning in 1954, Henderson gave almost 1,000 performances playing the title role in the Broadway hit “Fanny.”
Our condolences goes to her family and friends.