Thursday 23 November 2017

Florence Henderson - who played Carol Brady on The Brady Bunch - dies aged 82

Actress Florence Henderson poses at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences 22nd annual Hall of Fame gala in Beverly Hills
Actress Florence Henderson, star of the 1970's television comedy series 'The Brady Bunch', arrives for '60 Years A Retrospective of the Television and The Television Academy' at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
Actress Florence Henderson poses backstage after the premiere of ABC's series "Dancing with the Stars Season 11" in Los Angeles September 20, 2010.
Actress Florence Henderson poses at the Television Academy's Performers Peer Group cocktail reception to celebrate the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards in Beverly Hills

Florence Henderson, the wholesome actress who went from Broadway to television stardom when she became Carol Brady, the ever-cheerful mother in The Brady Bunch, has died. She was 82.

She died surrounded by family and friends, her manager, Kayla Pressman, said late on Thursday.

Millions loved, and kept on loving, the innocent sitcom about a blended family.

The Brady Bunch, which first aired in 1969, returned to television in various forms again and again, including The Brady Bunch Hour in 1977, The Brady Brides in 1981 and The Bradys in 1990. It was also seen endlessly in reruns.

Henderson died of heart failure on Thursday night at Cedars-Sinai Medical Centre in Los Angeles, after being taken to the hospital the day before.

Florence Agnes Henderson was born on February 14 1934, in the small town of Dale in southern Indiana. She was the 10th child of a tobacco sharecropper of Irish descent.

She married theatre executive Ira Bernstein and the couple had four children before the union ended in divorce after 29 years.

Her second husband, John Kappas, died in 2002, and she is survived by her children, Barbara, Joseph, Robert and Lizzie, their respective spouses, and five grandchildren.

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