Florence Henderson, TV Icon Dies at 82

Florence Henderson, best known for her role on the Brady Bunch, has passed away at age 82 from heart failure, at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, CA.

Henderson’s manager, Kayla Pressman, confirmed via news sources Henderson’s passing on Thanksgiving night. She was surrounded by family and had been hospitalized the day before.

Henderson was best known for her role on the incredibly successful family sit-com “The Brady Bunch,” where she played Carol Brady. The show’s success made her a household name. She enjoyed a long and successful career, starting on stage in the 50’s and lasting decades. Henderson was seen on screen recently while attending a taping of Dancing with the Stars, with her Brady Bunch co-star Maureen McCormick, who played Marsha Brady.

Her charm on and off screen has endeared her to many people around the world.  She never tried to distance herself from the role that made her a household name and was always a willing participant in any Brady Bunch revival, whether on television or the big screen.

The actress started her life in Dale, Ind. Born to tobacco farmers. She began singing at a young age. Upon graduating high school, she attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York. She made her Broadway debut in 1952. In 1969, she became the first woman to guest host The Tonight show.

Florence Henderson will always be fondly remembered for her role on the iconic show, The Brady Bunch. She is survived by her children Barbara, Joseph, Robert, Lizzie and their respective spouses as well as her five grandchildren.

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