Florence Henderson Passes Away At Age 82
Los Angeles, CA : The star of the hit 70s TV series, Florence Henderson, passed away in Los Angeles, CA on November 25, 2016 at the age of 82. Her publicist confirms she passed away at Ceders Sinai Medical Center due to heart failure, surrounded by friends and family. She was born on February 14th, 1934, Florence was the 10th child, born in to a family of 9 other siblings.
She started her career in the 1950s while in her early 20s with on stage musicals, such as Fanny and The King And I. She also made appearances on The Tonight Show (Johnny Carson Days). She quickly moved in to the mainstream spotlight as the upbeat “American Mom” in the ABC TV series The Brady Bunch as Carol Brady.
The Brady Bunch aired from 1969 to 1974 and was a successful 5 season show, still airing and attracting viewers today. In it’s syndication form, reunion specials and two made for TV movies spawned. Since the end of The Brady Bunch, Florence has appeared in special guest roles on commercials, reality TV shows and appeared in popular television sitcoms such as Ally McBeal (1997-2002) and 30 Rock (2006-2013). She made multiple appearances in “Fantasy Island (1977-1984)” and “The Love Boat (1977-1986)“.
Beginning in the mid 1980s, she hosted a cooking show, Country Kitchen, on The Nashville Network (TNN) [See article on the ‘The Brady Bunch Blog’]. This would last for nine years. In 2006, Florence appeared on the reality series The Surreal Life, offering wisdom on the shows sixth and final season. In 2010, she appeared on Dancing With The Stars. She was eliminated with her partner, Corky Ballas, ironically, while performing a tango to the Brady Bunch theme.
Florence Henderson married in 1956 to Ira Bernstein, and had four children before divorcing in 1985. In 1987, she re-married to John Kappas. Sadly, he passed away in 2002. The widowed Florence is survived by two daughters, Elizabeth and Barbara and two sons, Joseph and Robert, along with five grandchildren.
Rest in peace, Florence. You’ll forever have a place in our hearts!