In 2016, Death must have had a quota to fill. A lot of big names passed away this year – Prince, David Bowie, Alan Rickman, Gene Wilder, Lemmy Kilmister to name a few. Now, another tinsel town elite has met their mortal coil. Florence Henderson, the actress famous for her portrayal as Carol Brady on The Brady Bunch has passed away at age 82
The AP reported the news, citing a statement from Henderson’s manager Kayla Pressman. She died with family and friends present on Thursday, November 24, according to the statement.
Henderson was hospitalized on Wednesday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, CA, where she died Thursday night of heart failure.
Florence Henderson hailed from my home state of Indiana as the youngest of 10 children. Her career started in Broadway and TV commercials before moving into to specialty appearances such as becoming the first female guest host of The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.
The beloved actress gained fame on The Brady Bunch, a wholesome sitcom about two families becoming one that aired from 1969-1974. Her acting career on television spanned a remarkable seven decades, as she continued to act into 2016, including recent guest appearances on K.C. Undercover and as the voice of “Grand Mum” on Disney’s Sofia the First animated series. Other random appearances include “Weird” Al Yankovic’s music video for “Amish Paradise,” the original version of Hollywood Squares, Dancing with the Stars, the American version of Whose Line Is It Anyway?, The Price Is Right, and also her own show on Retirement Living TV. Henderson has one film still yet to release in 2017, Grandmothers Murder Club, starring Judge Reinhold and Pam Grier.
Henderson is survived by two daughters, two sons and five grandchildren.
What a terrible year. What a terrible year.