WASHINGTON — Florence Henderson seemed destined for show business — a consummate performer, she made her mark in theater early but is best remembered as “mom,” Carol Brady on “The Brady Bunch.”
In the early 1960s, many aspiring actresses with singing and dancing backgrounds found their way to New York and onto the stage for the many colorful musicals surging on- and off-Broadway at the time. Henderson was no different. But her radiant talent not only made her a stand out in “Sound of Music,” “Oklahoma” and other performances, but led her to the lead role in a new TV sitcom that would become one of the most beloved classics of all time. Her role as mother Brady would catapult Henderson into the television pantheon and kept her working as an actress for decades later, all the way up until her death on Nov. 24.
She was ubiquitous in television specials, movies, game and variety shows, reality TV and even “Dancing with the Stars.” She had her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and was embraced by generations of fans. Above are just a few of her on-screen moments through a decades-long career.