Florence Henderson


1934 – 2016

Florence Henderson died Thanksgiving night at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center from congestive heart failure. She was hospitalized the prior day as reported by her publicist, David Brokaw.

Family and friends were by her side when she passed.

Ms. Henderson who was best known for her role as Carol Brady on the Brady Bunch TV show, that began in 1969, and ran for 117 episodes and ended in 1974.

Henderson, who was the youngest of 10 children, was born on February 14, 1934, in Dale, Indiana. She was of Irish Catholic ancestry, and was taught to sing at a very young age by her mother.

After high school she went to the American Academy of dramatic arts in New York City, and was in an alumna initiate of the alpha she chapter of the Delta Zeta sorority.

She started her career on the stage, appearing in musicals, such as the touring production of Oklahoma and South Pacific.

Primarily due to her role in the Brady Bunch, Henderson was ranked by TV land and entertainment weekly is number 54 on their list of the hundred greatest TV icons.

Recent history she was seen on Dancing with the Stars and made a special appearance on Mother’s Day on the Price is right and as recently as 2013 Henderson began hosting her own cooking show on RLTV.

Henderson is survived by her four children, 10 grandchildren, and five great grandchildren. She had become hospitalized the previous day, and her manager reported that she had died of heart failure. She had no previous signs of illness up until that point.

In fact she had attended a taping of Dancing with the Stars three days prior with her friend Maureen McCormick.

Here are her works in television, movies, and stage:


Year Title Role Notes
1954 General Foods 25th Anniversary Show: A Salute to Rodgers and Hammerstein Laurey TV Movie
1956 I Spy Nymph Episode: “The Abbe and the Nymph”[38]
1957–58 The U.S. Steel Hour Episodes: “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” (1957) and “A Family Alliance” (1958)
1958–59 Sing Along
1958 Little Women Meg March
1958–62 Tonight Starring Jack Paar Herself Regular guest
1959 Oldsmobile Music Theatre Canceled after a few months
1959 The Bell Telephone Hour
1959–60 The Today Show Herself Today Girl[15]
1962–67 Password Herself Contestant
1963 Discovery ’63
1968 The Dean Martin Show Guest appearance
1969–74 The Brady Bunch Carol Ann Brady 117 episodes
1970 A World Of Love – Celebrating UNICEF CBS Special Broadcast
1976 The Love Boat pilot for series
1976 The Muppet Show Herself Episode: “Florence Henderson”
1976 The Paul Lynde Halloween Special Herself
1976–77 The Brady Bunch Hour Carol Ann Brady 9 episodes
1981 The Brady Girls Get Married Carol Ann Brady TV reunion movie
1981 The Love Boat Annabelle Folker Episode: “Country Cousin Blues”
1981 The Brady Brides Carol Ann Brady 5 episodes
1982 Police Squad! Shot woman Episode: “Rendezvous at Big Gulch (Terror in the Neighborhood)”
1982–85 The $25,000 Pyramid Herself Contestant
1983 Alice Sarah James Episode: “It Had to Be Mel”
1985–86 The $100,000 Pyramid Herself Contestant
1985–93 Country Kitchen Herself Host
1986, 1990 Murder, She Wrote Maria Morgana / Patti Sue Diamond 2 episodes
1986 L.A. Law Margaret Flanagan
1987 It’s Garry Shandling’s Show Guest appearance
1987 Just a Regular Kid: An AIDS Story Ellen Casio After school special
1988 A Very Brady Christmas Carol Ann Brady TV movie
1990 The Bradys Carol Ann Brady TV series; canceled after six episodes. Also sang third version of theme song
1993–95 Dave’s World Maggie Occasional; Beth’s mother
1994 Roseanne Flo Anderson Episode: “Suck Up or Shut Up”
1995 Fudge Muriel Episode: “Fudge-a-mania”
1995–96 Our Generation Herself Co-host
1996 Ellen Madeline Episode: “Joe’s Kept Secret”
1998–2000 Short-cut Cooking Herself Host
1999–2000 Later Today Herself Presenter
2000 The King of Queens Lily Carrie Heffernan‘s stepmother
Episode: “Dark Meet”
2001 Legend of the Candy Cane Thelma Voice role
2001 Weakest Link Herself Contestant
Episode: “The Brady Bunch Episode”
2001 Who Wants to Be a Millionaire Herself Contestant
2002 Mom’s on Strike Betty TV movie
2002 Speaking of Women’s Health Herself Guest, discussing her battle with osteoporosis
2002 Whose Line Is It Anyway? Herself Guest appearance
2003 Mrs. America Herself Host
2003 Intimate Portrait: Florence Henderson Herself Interviewee
2003 The 26th Annual Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts Herself Special appearance
2006 The Surreal Life Herself Cast member
2007 The Ellen DeGeneres Show Herself Guest appearance
2007 Living Live Herself Co-host with Meshach Taylor
2006 Loonatics Unleashed Mallory “Mastermind” Casey 3 episodes
2008 Ladies of the House Rose Olmstead TV movie
2008–16 The Florence Henderson Show Herself Host
2009 Samantha Who Loretta Guest appearance
2010 WWE Raw Herself Guest host
2010 Dancing with the Stars Herself Contestant
2012 The Cleveland Show Nanny Barbara Episode: “The Men in Me
2012 The Living Room Guest appearances
2012 Handy Manny Aunt Ginny Episode: “Handy Manny and the Seven Tools”
2012 Matchmaker Santa Peggy TV Movie
2012 Happily Divorced Elizabeth Episode: “Meet the Parents”
2012 30 Rock Herself Episode: “My Whole Life Is Thunder
2013–16 Who’s Cooking with Florence Henderson Herself Host
2016 K.C. Undercover Irma Episode: “Dance Like No One’s Watching”
2016 The Eleventh Regina Episodes: “Facing Truths” (5/26/16) and “Crossroads” (6/2/16)


Year Title Role Notes
1970 Song of Norway Nina Grieg
1992 Shakes the Clown The Unknown Woman
1994 Naked Gun 33⅓: The Final Insult Cameo
1995 The Brady Bunch Movie Grandma (Carol’s mother) Cameo
1996 For Goodness Sake II Video store customer
1998 Holy Man Cameo
1999 Get Bruce Herself Documentary
2003 Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star Herself
2008 For Heaven’s Sake Sarah Miller
2010 The Christmas Bunny Betsy Ross
Venus & Vegas Carmen
2011 The Family Group
2013 Young One
2016 Fifty Shades of Black Mrs. Robinson
2017 Grandmother’s Murder Club Mimi


Year Title Role Notes
1949 Carousel Carrie Pepperidge
1952 Wish You Were Here The New Girl
1952 Oklahoma! Laurey
1953 The Great Waltz Resi
1954 Fanny Fanny
1961–62, 1968, 1978 The Sound of Music Maria Rainer
1963–64 The Girl Who Came to Supper Mary Morgan
1965 The King and I Anna
1966 Jerome Kern’s Theatre
1967 South Pacific Nellie Forbush
1974, 1981 Annie Get Your Gun Annie Oakley
1975 This is America!
1978 Bells Are Ringing
1989 Alone Together