RIP Florence Henderson

Oh my God, 3.5 readers.

It is a very sad day here for the pop culture fest that is Bookshelf Battle due to the news that Florence Henderson has passed away at the age of 82.

I mean, she lived a full life and got to do great things and lived to an old age but still, she was truly America’s mom.

She played Carol Brady, the mom on the Brady Bunch, then in her post-Brady years, made a career off of cameos where she’d either do something hilariously un-Mrs. Brady-like or would appear as a funny motherly figure or something.

I never heard of some of her other pre-Brady gigs before but the news outlets are reporting she did have a pretty noteworthy Broadway career and spent some time on The Today Show before becoming Alice’s boss.

Oh God, I’m so shaken by this tragic news that I’m going to refrain from asking why did Mrs. Brady need a house keeper if she didn’t have a job.  We all know why. Six kids are a handful and the woman needed assistance. Stop judging, haters.

2016, you dick! How dare you take America’s mom?

Anyway, I’m sure you’ve seen plenty of Brady Bunch clips on the news today, so I’m going to share the Weird Al Yankovic clip where she starred opposite Weird Al in his Amish Paradise video.

What are your favorite Florence Henderson memories, 3.5 readers?

PS thank you the Yeti for letting me out of the cage to write this Florence Henderson report.  It is nice to know that we can put our rivalry aside in dark times like these.

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10 thoughts on “RIP Florence Henderson

  1. I only remember her from the Brady Bunch, which we got to see in NZ fairly soon after it was broadcast in the US. If I calculate correctly, the first (1969) broadcasts of that show have reached the following stars (all about 47-48 light years distant): Nu Lupi, Theta Boötis ,Asellus Primus, Iota Ursae Majoris, Talita, HR7898, Psi Capricorni, 111 Tauri, Psi Serpentis, Psi Capricorni and Alpha Corvi. I’m not sure whether that means anything particular or not…

  2. lgould171784 says:

    Always wondered what kept the Bradys from having another kid, as happened in the movie “Yours, Mine, and Ours.” I guess that would’ve messed too much with the show’s formula (three boys, three girls). In those days TV executives were reluctant to change anything, once they had a hit.

    • True, especially since Mike and Carol were the first TV couple to be taped in the same bed together because at some point TV execs decided this idea of showing husbands and wives in separate beds was silly. I suppose they could have decided that six is enough, although they did bring in Cousin Oliver for a little while when the kids started getting long in the tooth.

  3. Mei-Mei says:

    She was in the same sorority as me, very cool lady.

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