Florence Henderson

Florence Agnes Henderson (February 14, 1934 – November 24, 2016) was an American actress and singer with a career spanning six decades. She is best remembered for her starring role as Carol Brady on the ABC sitcom The Brady Bunch from 1969 to 1974. Henderson also appeared in film, as well as on stage, and hosted several long-running cooking and variety shows over the years. She appeared as a guest on many scripted and unscripted (talk and reality show) television programs and as a panelist on numerous game shows. She was a contestant on Dancing with the Stars in 2010. Henderson hosted her own talk show, The Florence Henderson Show, and cooking show, Who's Cooking with Florence Henderson, on Retirement Living TV during the years leading up to her death at age 82 on Thanksgiving Day 2016 from heart failure.[1]

Florence Henderson
Florence Henderson 2012
Henderson in 2012
Born
Florence Agnes Henderson

February 14, 1934
DiedNovember 24, 2016 (aged 82)
Resting placeWestwood Village Memorial Park
Alma materAmerican Academy of Dramatic Arts
OccupationActress, singer
Years active1952–2016
Known forCarol Brady (The Brady Bunch)
Spouse(s)
  • Ira Bernstein
    (m. 1956; div. 1985)
  • John Kappas
    (m. 1987; his death 2002)
Children4
AwardsTV Land Pop Culture Award
Florence Henderson William Tabbert Fanny
Florence Henderson and William Tabbert from the Broadway production of Fanny (1955)

Early life

Henderson, the youngest of 10 children,[2] was born on Valentine's Day, 1934,[3] in Dale, Indiana, a small town in the southwestern part of the state.[4] She was a daughter of Elizabeth (née Elder), a homemaker, and Joseph Henderson, a tobacco sharecropper.[5] During the Great Depression, she was taught to sing at the age of two by her mother, who had a repertoire of 50 songs. By the time she was eight, her family called her "Florency", and by age 12, she was singing at local grocery stores.[6]

Henderson graduated from St. Francis Academy in Owensboro, Kentucky, in 1951;[7] and shortly thereafter, went to New York City, enrolling in the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.[8] She was an Alumna Initiate of the Alpha Chi chapter of Delta Zeta sorority.[9]

Career

Henderson started her career on the stage performing in musicals, such as the touring production of Oklahoma! and South Pacific at Lincoln Center.[10]

She debuted on Broadway in the musical Wish You Were Here in 1952,[11] and later starred on Broadway in the long-running 1954 musical, Fanny (888 performances) in which she originated the title role.[7] Henderson appeared with Gordon MacRae in the Oklahoma! segment of the 90-minute television special, General Foods 25th Anniversary Show: A Salute to Rodgers and Hammerstein (1954).[12] She later appeared in "The Abbe and the Nymph", an episode of the 1950s TV series I Spy[13][14] (not to be confused with the 1960s series of the same name). She also portrayed Meg March in a CBS-TV musical adaptation of Little Women, which aired October 16, 1958.[15]

Henderson appeared in two episodes of The United States Steel Hour. She portrayed Mary Jane in an episodic adaptation of Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, which aired on November 20, 1957.[16][17] She also appeared in "A Family Alliance",[14] an episodic adaptation of a short story from A Harvest of Stories (1956)[18] by Dorothy Canfield Fisher, which aired on June 4, 1958.[19][20]

Henderson, along with Bill Hayes, appeared in the Oldsmobile commercials from 1958 through 1961 on The Patti Page Show for which Oldsmobile was the sponsor. In 1959, she sang “Don’t Let a Be-Back Get Away”[21], in Good News About Olds, an industrial musical for Oldsmobile[22]. Hayes and she also gave a musical performance in the January 13, 1960, broadcast of Tonight Starring Jack Paar.[23] Henderson also appeared on Broadway in The Girl Who Came to Supper (1963).[24]

In 1962, she won the Sarah Siddons Award for her work in Chicago theatre,[25] and the same year became the first woman to guest host The Tonight Show in the period after Jack Paar left as the show's host, and before Johnny Carson began his 30 years as the show's longest serving host in October 1962.[26] She also joined the ranks of what was then called The Today Girl on NBC's long-running morning show, doing weather and light news, a position also once held by Barbara Walters.[27]

She gave later musical performances on Paar's subsequent talk show in 1963, including the January 25[28] and February 22[29] broadcasts. She performed in the May 19, 1963, broadcast of The Voice of Firestone, alongside baritone Mario Sereni.[30] She also released her albums under RCA Victor as part of her music career.[28][29]

Carol Brady
Henderson's most famous role was as Carol Brady – the mother on the classic 1970s sitcom The Brady Bunch.

Her most widely recognized role was as Carol Brady in The Brady Bunch which aired on ABC from 1969 until 1974. Henderson's best friend, Shirley Jones, had turned down the role, but the following year, she accepted the similar role of a mother with five children, named Shirley Partridge, in The Partridge Family, which aired from 1970–1974.[31]

Primarily owing to her role on The Brady Bunch, Henderson was ranked by TV Land and Entertainment Weekly as number 54 on their list of the 100 Greatest TV Icons.[32]

An avid game-show fan, Henderson was a frequent panelist on the original version of Hollywood Squares[33] and made occasional appearances on The $25,000 Pyramid. Her other game show appearances include Password, the original Match Game, What's My Line (as panelist and mystery guest), To Tell The Truth, I've Got A Secret, Snap Judgment, Personality, The Magnificent Marble Machine, and Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?. She also appeared alongside her Brady Bunch co-star Robert Reed on the John Davidson-hosted version of Hollywood Squares and teamed with Reed, Maureen McCormick, Christopher Knight, and Susan Olsen on one of the original Family Feud's All-Star weeks, where they finished in second place.

Henderson was the spokeswoman for Wesson cooking oil from 1974 to 1996.[2][34] During that time, she hosted a cooking show on TNN, Country Kitchen,[34] and did ads for Prange's, a Wisconsin department store chain. Henderson co-hosted the short-lived NBC morning talk show Later Today (1999–2000), with Jodi Applegate and Asha Blake.[35]

In the 2000s, she was the spokeswoman for Polident.[2] In 2003, Henderson seemed to poke fun at her wholesome image by appearing in a Pepsi Twist television commercial with Ozzy Osbourne.[36]

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Henderson's handprints in front of Hollywood Hills Amphitheater at Walt Disney World's Disney's Hollywood Studios theme park

Henderson also appeared with her TV children, as she did with Christopher Knight on the reality television series My Fair Brady.[37] She was also in the sixth season of VH1's The Surreal Life.[38]

Beginning in the mid-1990s, the song "God Bless America" was performed by Henderson at the Indianapolis 500 accompanied by the Purdue All-American Marching Band,[39] at the request of the Hulman-George family, the owners of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and friends of Henderson's.[40]

She appeared in the "Weird Al" Yankovic video for "Amish Paradise". In 2002, she made a memorable guest appearance on improvisational comedy show Whose Line Is It Anyway?, participating in on-screen kisses with Ryan Stiles and Colin Mochrie.[41]

From 2007 to 2009, Henderson co-hosted the daily talk show Living Live with former Designing Women star Meshach Taylor on Retirement Living TV.[42] The show was reworked to focus on her and was renamed The Florence Henderson Show.[42] The show was nominated for an Emmy award in 2010.[43] In May 2010, Henderson did a series of promotional radio ads for Fox.[44] On the July 12, 2010, edition of WWE Raw, Henderson appeared as the night's guest host.[45]

Henderson was one of 12 celebrities competing on the 11th season of Dancing with the Stars, which premiered on September 20, 2010. Her professional partner was Corky Ballas, father of two-time champion, Mark Ballas.[46] On October 19, 2010, she was the fifth contestant eliminated.[47]

Henderson voiced Barbara, Cleveland's childhood nanny, in the episode "The Men In Me" of The Cleveland Show, which originally aired on March 25, 2012. The episode features a depressed and confused Cleveland singing a parody version of his show's theme before Barbara interjects and gets Cleveland to realize it does not matter who he is or who others perceive him to be as long as he accepts himself for who and what he is. At the end of the episode, Cleveland says "Florence Henderson, everyone!"

Henderson made a special appearance on May 11, 2012, in a special Mother's Day episode on The Price Is Right with Drew Carey, displaying prizes, as well as one of the showcases.[48]

In February 2013, she began hosting a cooking show, Who's Cooking with Florence Henderson, on Retirement Living TV.[49] Henderson hosted several times the beauty pageants Mrs. America and Mrs. World.

Charity appearances

In the 2000s, Henderson became a public benefactor to the Sisters of St. Benedict in Ferdinand, Indiana. Some of the nuns there had been early educators of Henderson. She appeared in a number of their promotional videos and helped in fundraising efforts. She won money for the sisters on the game show Weakest Link and on a classic television-themed episode of Who Wants To Be a Millionaire in 2001, winning $32,000 in their name.[50] When Henderson appeared on The Surreal Life, she refused to wear a nun's habit in a comedy skit.[51]

Personal life

Henderson married her first husband Ira Bernstein in 1956. They had four children together before divorcing in 1985. In 1987, she married her second husband, hypnotherapist Dr. John George Kappas, whom she had met when he treated her for depression and stage fright in the early 1980s.[52] They remained married until his death in 2002. Henderson had five grandchildren.[53]

Death

Henderson died on November 24, 2016, at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California at the age of 82.[54][1] She had been hospitalized the previous day.[54] According to her manager, Kayla Pressman, Henderson died of heart failure.[1][55] Three days before her death, Henderson had attended the recording of Dancing with the Stars to support her friend and former on-screen daughter Maureen McCormick, who was a contestant.[56] Pressman reported that Henderson had not been ill prior to her sudden hospitalization and that her death was a "shock".[57] She was cremated, and interred at Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in Los Angeles.

Awards

At the 33rd Annual Gracie Awards Gala (2008), Henderson won an Individual Achievement Award and an Outstanding Host (Information or Entertainment) for The Florence Henderson Show.[58][59]

She won another Outstanding Host (Information or Entertainment) at the 37th Annual Gracie Awards Gala (2012) for co-hosting Good Food, Good Deeds.[59][60]

Selected filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
1970 Song of Norway Nina Grieg
1992 Shakes the Clown The Unknown Woman
1994 Naked Gun 33⅓: The Final Insult Herself Cameo appearance
1995 The Brady Bunch Movie Grandma (Carol's mother) Cameo appearance
1996 For Goodness Sake II Video Store Customer
1998 Holy Man Herself Cameo appearance
1999 Get Bruce Herself Documentary
2003 Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star Herself Cameo appearance
2008 For Heaven's Sake Sarah Miller
2010 The Christmas Bunny Betsy Ross
2016 Fifty Shades of Black Mrs. Robinson
2017 Bad Grandmas Mimi Released posthumously

Television

Year Title Role Notes Refs
1954 General Foods 25th Anniversary Show: A Salute to Rodgers and Hammerstein Laurey TV Movie [12]
1956 I Spy Nymph Episode: "The Abbe and the Nymph" [13][14]
1957 The United States Steel Hour Mary Jane Wilk Episode: "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" [14][17]
1958 The United States Steel Hour Gladys Pratt Episode: "A Family Alliance" [14][20]
1958 Little Women Meg March TV musical special [15]
1958–62 Tonight Starring Jack Paar Herself Regular guest
1959–60 The Today Show Herself Today Girl [27]
1962–67 Password Herself Contestant
1968 The Dean Martin Show Guest appearance
1969–74 The Brady Bunch Carol Ann Brady 117 episodes
1976 The Love Boat pilot for series
1976 The Muppet Show Herself Series 1 Episode 7: "Florence Henderson"
1976 The Paul Lynde Halloween Special Herself
1976–77 The Brady Bunch Hour Carol Ann Brady 9 episodes
1981 The Brady Girls Get Married Carol Ann Brady TV reunion movie
1981 The Love Boat Annabelle Folker Episode: "Country Cousin Blues"
1981 The Brady Brides Carol Ann Brady 5 episodes
1982 Police Squad! Shot woman Episode: "Rendezvous at Big Gulch (Terror in the Neighborhood)"
1982–85 The $25,000 Pyramid Herself Contestant
1983 Alice Sarah James Episode: "It Had to Be Mel"
1985–86 The $100,000 Pyramid Herself Contestant
1986 Murder, She Wrote Maria Morgana Episode: "Death Stalks the Big Top" (Parts 1 & 2)
1987 It's Garry Shandling's Show Guest appearance
1988 A Very Brady Christmas Carol Ann Brady TV reunion movie
1990 The Bradys Carol Ann Brady TV series; canceled after six episodes. Also sang third version of theme song
1990 Murder, She Wrote Patti Sue Diamond Episode: "Ballad for a Blue Lady"
1993–95 Dave's World Maggie Occasional; Beth's mother
1994 Roseanne Flo Anderson Episode: "Suck Up or Shut Up"
1995 Fudge Muriel Episode: "Fudge-a-mania"
1995–96 Our Generation Herself Co-host
1996 Ellen Madeline Episode: "Joe's Kept Secret"
1999–2000 Later Today Herself Presenter
2000 Saturday Night Live Herself (parody) Guest appearance (uncredited)
Episode: "Jackie Chan/Kid Rock" (May 20, 2000)
[61]
2000 The King of Queens Lily Carrie Heffernan's stepmother
Episode: "Dark Meet"
2001 Who Wants to Be a Millionaire Herself Contestant
2001 Legend of the Candy Cane Thelma (voice) TV movie
2002 Mom's on Strike Betty TV movie
2002 Whose Line Is It Anyway? Herself Guest appearance
2003 Mrs. America Herself Host
2003 The 26th Annual Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts Herself Special appearance
2004 The Brady Bunch 35th Anniversary Reunion Special Herself TV reunion special
2006 The Surreal Life Herself Cast member
2006 Loonatics Unleashed Mallory "Mastermind" Casey 3 episodes
2007 The Ellen DeGeneres Show Herself Guest appearance
2007–09 The Florence Henderson Show Host 52 episodes [62][63]
2008 Ladies of the House Rose Olmstead TV movie
2009 Samantha Who? Loretta Guest appearance
2010 WWE Raw Herself Guest host
2010 Dancing with the Stars Herself Contestant
2012 The Cleveland Show Nanny Barbara (voice) Episode: "The Men in Me"
2012 Handy Manny Aunt Ginny Episode: "Handy Manny and the Seven Tools"
2012 Happily Divorced Elizabeth Episode: "Meet the Parents"
2012 30 Rock Herself Episode: "My Whole Life Is Thunder"
2012 Matchmaker Santa Peggy Hallmark Channel TV movie [64]
2013 Who's Cooking with Florence Henderson Host 12 episodes [62]
2014 Trophy Wife Frances Harrison Episode: "The Wedding - Part Two"
2014 Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off Herself Episode: "Boardwalk Bites"
2016 K.C. Undercover Irma Episode: "Dance Like No One's Watching"
2016 Chelsea Herself Episode: "Ellen Page & Inspiring Role Models"
2016 Sofia the First Grand Mum (voice) Episode: "Best in Air Show"

Stage

Year Title Role Notes
1949 Carousel Carrie Pepperidge
1952 Wish You Were Here The New Girl
1952 Oklahoma! Laurey
1953 The Great Waltz Resi
1954 Fanny Fanny
1961–62, 1968, 1978 The Sound of Music Maria Rainer
1963–64 The Girl Who Came to Supper Mary Morgan
1965 The King and I Anna
1967 South Pacific Nellie Forbush
1974, 1981 Annie Get Your Gun Annie Oakley

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External links

28th Tony Awards

The 28th Annual Tony Awards ceremony was held on April 21, 1974, at the Shubert Theatre in New York City, and broadcast by ABC television. Hosts were Peter Falk, Florence Henderson, Robert Preston and Cicely Tyson. The theme was "Homecoming", where stars from TV and film returned to Broadway to help present the awards or perform.

42nd Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Awards

The 42nd Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Awards ceremony, which honors the crafts behind American daytime television programming, was held at the Hilton Universal City Hotel in Los Angeles on April 24, 2015. The event was presented in conjunction with the 42nd Daytime Emmy Awards by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. The nominations were announced on March 31, 2015.The ceremony was held with Jeopardy! icon Alex Trebek and The Brady Bunch actress Florence Henderson serving as the ceremony's hosts.

42nd Daytime Emmy Awards

The 42nd Daytime Emmy Awards, presented by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS), "recognizes outstanding achievement in all fields of daytime television production and are presented to individuals and programs broadcast from 2:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. during the 2014 calendar year". The ceremony took place on April 26, 2015, at the Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank, California, 5:00 p.m. PST / 8:00 p.m. EST. The ceremony, televised in the United States by Pop was executive produced by Michael Levitt, Gary Tellalian and Mike Rothman. Talk show host, actress and producer Tyra Banks hosted the show for the first time.The drama pre-nominees were announced on February 4, 2015, and the standard nominations were announced on March 31, 2015, during an episode of The Talk. In related events, the 42nd Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Awards ceremony was held at the Universal Hilton in Los Angeles on April 24, 2015 with Jeopardy! icon Alex Trebek and The Brady Bunch actress Florence Henderson serving as the ceremony's hosts.Variety reported that the return of the Daytime Emmys on Television was due that the Academy hoped to rebound in viewership after the previous year's internet-only ceremony, which also resulted in a high-volume of no-shows among the nominees. The awards ceremony was also moved up from its normal month in June to April to improve participation since many shows were still in production during that time. The Academy also choose to hold the ceremonies at the Warner Bros. Studios instead of a hotel ballroom like in previous years so participants "would feel [more] comfortable". They specifically picked Stage 16, where Casablanca and other famous films were produced. It was later announced that the Lifetime Achievement Award would be presented to Betty White.

A Very Brady Christmas

A Very Brady Christmas is a 1988 American made-for-television Christmas comedy-drama film directed by Peter Baldwin and starring Robert Reed, Florence Henderson, Ann B. Davis, Barry Williams, Maureen McCormick, Christopher Knight, Eve Plumb, Mike Lookinland, and Jennifer Runyon. It reunited the original cast members of the 1969–1974 sitcom The Brady Bunch, with the exception of Susan Olsen, who was on her honeymoon at the time of filming. Ron Kuhlman and Jerry Houser both reprised their characters from the short-lived 1981 sitcom The Brady Brides.

A Very Brady Christmas premiered on CBS on December 18, 1988 and was the second highest-rated television film of 1988.

I Enjoy Being a Girl

"I Enjoy Being a Girl" is a show tune from the 1958 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical Flower Drum Song. It is the showpiece for the character of Linda Low, the lead showgirl. The musical is a comedic love story about growing up Chinese in America, the clash between the traditional values of the old country and the modern ways of America.

Though Flower Drum Song was not as successful as other Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals, the song "I Enjoy Being a Girl" has remained a popular choice for recording vocalists, including Doris Day, Peggy Lee, Pat Suzuki, Lea Salonga, Florence Henderson, and Phranc.

The lyrics praise the traditional values of being a woman who longs to be the object of a man's affection. It is often considered to be "camp" or "kitsch" and has frequently been performed by drag queens.

I Wanna Be Loved by You

"I Wanna Be Loved by You" is a song written by Herbert Stothart and Harry Ruby, with lyrics by Bert Kalmar, for the 1928 musical "Good Boy". It was chosen as one of the Songs of the Century in a survey by the RIAA to which 200 people responded (out of 1300 asked). One of Marilyn Monroe's most famous musical performances is her singing the song in Billy Wilder's classic farce Some Like It Hot.

The song was first performed in 1928 by Helen Kane, who became known as the 'Boop-Boop-a-Doop Girl' because of her baby-talk, scat-singing tag line to the song. This version was recorded when Kane's popularity started to reach its peak, and became her signature song. Two years later, a cartoon character named Betty Boop was modeled after Kane. Betty Boop performs the number in the 1980s animated film The Romance of Betty Boop.

In 1950, the song was a highlight of the Kalmer-Ruby biopic Three Little Words, performed by Debbie Reynolds and Carleton Carpenter as Helen Kane and vaudeville performer Dan Healy. Helen Kane dubbed the vocal for Reynolds’ voice.

The song has also been recorded by Vaughn De Leath, Annette Hanshaw, Jack Lemmon, Rhonda Towns, Rose Murphy, Tina Louise, Verka Serduchka, Patricia Kaas, Sinéad O'Connor, Jinx Titanic, Shiina Ringo, Paul Manchin, Claire Johnston, Lorraine Allan (formerly Lorraine Gray), Eve's Plum, Barry Manilow (in a duet with the Marilyn Monroe recording) and many more.

Actress Rue McClanahan performed a humorous rendition of the song while portraying Blanche Devereaux in the sitcom The Golden Girls.

Actor and actress Robert Reed and Florence Henderson sang "I Wanna Be Loved By You" in a 1973 episode "Never Too Young" of The Brady Bunch.

Intimate Portrait

Intimate Portrait is a biographical television series on the Lifetime cable network focusing on different celebrities, which includes interviews with each subject. 12 seasons were made with a total of 271 episodes. Using stock footage, on-camera interviews, and photographs of the celebrities lives, who grew up.

People who have been profiled include, Paramount legend Judge Judy, Grace Kelly, Natalie Wood, Carly Simon, Jackie Kennedy, and Katharine Hepburn.

Ladies of the House

Ladies of the House is a television movie made-for-TV movie that aired on Hallmark Channel in October 2008. It stars Florence Henderson, Donna Mills, and Pam Grier.

Logie Awards of 1978

The 20th Annual TV Week Logie Awards were presented on Friday 3 March 1978 at Southern Cross Hotel in Melbourne and broadcast on the Nine Network. Bert Newton from the Nine Network was the Master of Ceremonies. American singer Sammy Davis, Jr., television actors Mike Farrell, Florence Henderson, Richard Anderson and Patty Weaver, and British television host David Frost appeared as guests. Bob Hope also made a brief introduction via cable from Sydney.

Shag (haircut)

A shag cut is a hairstyle that has been layered to various lengths. It was created by the barber Paul McGregor. The layers are often feathered at the top and sides. The layers make the hair full around the crown, and the hair thins to fringes around the edges. This unisex style became popular after being worn by various celebrities, including Joan Jett, David Bowie, Mick Jagger, Rod Stewart, David Cassidy, Jane Fonda and Florence Henderson in the early 1970s. During the 1990s Jennifer Aniston popularized "The Rachel" hairstyle, and Meg Ryan wore a shag in the early 2000s.

Shakes the Clown

Shakes the Clown is a 1991 American black comedy film directed and written by Bobcat Goldthwait, who performs the title role. It also features Julie Brown, Blake Clark, Paul Dooley, Kathy Griffin, Florence Henderson, Tom Kenny, Adam Sandler, Scott Herriott, LaWanda Page, Jack Gallagher, and a cameo by Robin Williams as Mime Jerry (using the pseudonym "Marty Fromage", an homage to an earlier film they worked in together called Tapeheads in which Goldthwait used the pseudonym "Jack Cheese").

Song of Norway (film)

Song of Norway is a 1970 film adaptation of the successful operetta of the same name, directed by Andrew L. Stone.

Like the play from which it derived, the film tells of the early struggles of composer Edvard Grieg and his attempts to develop an authentic Norwegian national music. It stars Toralv Maurstad as Grieg and features an international cast including Florence Henderson, Christina Schollin, Robert Morley, Harry Secombe, Oskar Homolka, Edward G. Robinson, Hermione Farthingale and Frank Porretta (as Rikard Nordraak). Filmed in Super Panavision 70 by Davis Boulton and presented in single-camera Cinerama in some countries, it was an attempt to capitalize on the success of The Sound of Music.

Story of My Life (Smash Mouth song)

"Story of My Life" is the first promo single from Smash Mouth's 2006 album Summer Girl.

The "Story Of My Life" music video was filmed in an episode in Season 6 of the VH1 reality show The Surreal Life, featuring all the housemates from that season, like Florence Henderson, Alexis Arquette, Tawny Kitaen, C.C. DeVille and others.

The song has been used in promotion of Shrek the Third. This is the third instance of a Smash Mouth song being used in some fashion for the Shrek film series. "All Star" and a cover of The Monkees song "I'm a Believer" were both used in the first Shrek film.

The Brady Bunch

The Brady Bunch is an American sitcom created by Sherwood Schwartz that aired from September 26, 1969, to March 8, 1974, on ABC. The series revolves around a large blended family with six children. Considered one of the last of the old-style family sitcoms, the series aired for five seasons and, after its cancellation in 1974, went into syndication in September 1975. While the series was never a critical success or hit series during its original run, it has since become a popular staple in syndication, especially among children and teenaged viewers.

The Brady Bunch's success in syndication led to several television reunion films and spin-off series: The Brady Bunch Hour (1976–77), The Brady Girls Get Married (1981), The Brady Brides (1981), A Very Brady Christmas (1988), and The Bradys (1990). In 1995, the series was adapted into a satirical comedy theatrical film titled The Brady Bunch Movie, followed by A Very Brady Sequel in 1996. A second sequel, The Brady Bunch in the White House, aired on Fox in November 2002 as a made-for-television film. In 1997, "Getting Davy Jones" (season three, episode 12) was ranked number 37 on TV Guide's 100 Greatest Episodes of All-Time. The enduring popularity of the show has resulted in it becoming widely recognized as an American cultural icon.

The Brady Bunch Hour

The Brady Bunch Hour is an American variety show featuring skits and songs produced by Sid & Marty Krofft Productions in association with Paramount Television that aired on ABC from November 28, 1976 to May 25, 1977.

The series starred the original cast members of The Brady Bunch, with the exception of Eve Plumb, who was replaced by Geri Reischl (a.k.a. "Fake Jan"). The show began as a 60-minute special titled The Brady Bunch Variety Hour on November 28, 1976. The special garnered high ratings and led to eight additional 60-minute episodes which were produced and aired sporadically under the shortened title The Brady Bunch Hour from January 23 to May 25, 1977.

The show's events are not included or mentioned in the later Brady Bunch revival series and TV reunion movies.

The Bradys

The Bradys is an American comedy-drama series that aired on CBS from February 9 to March 9, 1990. The series is a sequel and continuation of the original 1969–1974 sitcom The Brady Bunch, focusing on its main characters as adults, and was the second such continuation after the short-lived 1981 sitcom The Brady Brides.

Airing on Friday nights, The Bradys failed in the ratings against the night-leading TGIF lineup on ABC and was cancelled after one month, with the last of six produced episodes airing on March 9, 1990. In its short run, it went through three different theme songs based on that of The Brady Bunch, the last featuring revised lyrics sung by Florence Henderson.

The Paul Lynde Halloween Special

The Paul Lynde Halloween Special is a Halloween-themed television special starring Paul Lynde broadcast October 29, 1976 on ABC. It featured guest stars Margaret Hamilton in her first reprisal of her role as the Wicked Witch of the West from The Wizard of Oz. Also guest starring are Billie Hayes as Witchiepoo from H.R. Pufnstuf, Tim Conway, Roz Kelly, Florence Henderson, rock band Kiss, Billy Barty as Gallows the Butler, Betty White and, in an unbilled surprise appearance, Donny and Marie Osmond. The special aired only once.

Trust Us with Your Life

Trust Us with Your Life is an American improvisational comedy television series, based on the BBC Two program Fast and Loose. It premiered on ABC on July 10, 2012. It was hosted by Fred Willard and starred comedians Wayne Brady, Colin Mochrie, and Jonathan Mangum, with rotating performers that include Greg Proops, Craig Cackowski, Brad Sherwood, Nicole Parker, and Josie Lawrence. Each week they act out scenes in the lives of guest celebrities. Serena Williams, Ricky Gervais, Jerry Springer, Florence Henderson, Mark Cuban, Jack and Kelly Osbourne, David Hasselhoff and Jane Seymour have so far appeared. At least eight episodes have been filmed thus far in London, England.

The show was on hiatus due to ratings competition with larger events, such as the 2012 Olympic Games. Previously, reports claimed that the show was not cancelled. However, 32 months on, no further episodes had been aired.

Youth Pictures of Florence Henderson

Youth Pictures of Florence Henderson is a Norwegian post-rock band, formed by journalism students in Bodø in 2003. The band is now located in Oslo.

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