Florence Henderson


Age: 82

actress and singer known for viewers as Carol Brady who came of age during The Brady Bunch years from 1969 to 1974 and became everyone's mom (she was partly old-school TV mom as perfectly groomed and poised as Harriet Nelson on The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet or Barbara Billinglsey's June Cleaver on Leave It to Beaver, both of 1950's and 1960's vintage), but whose own sass, warmth, and strength made Carol Brady the right surrogate mom for the changing 1970's as fans of the show who watched her preside with screen husband Robert Reed (d. 1992) over one of TV's first blended families knew it, who was already a Broadway star when the show began after having originated the title role in the 1954 musical Fanny and later played Maria in a road production of The Sound of Music (she was Nellie Forbush in a revival of South Pacific and made her movie debut in 1970 in Song of Norway with music by Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg), who was the first woman to host The Tonight Show for vacationing Johnny Carson and recently made her last public appearance at a taping of the show Dancing with the Stars, where she cheered on Maureen McCormick (who played her eldest daughter on The Brady Bunch) as a contestant this season.

Cause of Death: Heart failure

Born: February 14, 1934

Died: November 24, 2016

Los Angeles, California