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Florence Henderson

Florence Henderson

Florence Agnes Henderson (born February 14, 1934 in Dale, Indiana as one of 10 children in a Roman Catholic tobacco farmer's household) is an American actress and singer best known for playing the role of Carol Brady in the television program The Brady Bunch, which ran from 1969 to 1974.

Florence Henderson graduated from St. Francis Academy in Owensboro, Kentucky in 1951; shortly thereafter, she went to New York City, enrolling in the prestigious American Academy of Dramatic Arts.

Henderson started her career on the stage, performing in musicals, such as the touring production of Oklahoma! and South Pacific at Lincoln Center. She debuted on Broadway in Wish You Were Here in 1952, and later starred in such notable shows as Fanny (1954), and The Girl Who Came to Supper (1963). In 1962 she won the Sarah Siddons Award for her work in Chicago theatre.

It would be the role of Carol Brady, however, that would endear her to millions of Americans, even today. Ever popular, The Brady Bunch is still shown on the TV Land cable television channel, some 31 years after the last episode aired.

Henderson was also the spokeswoman for Wesson cooking oil, from 1976 to 1996. Today, she is the spokeswoman for Polident denture cleanser (although she does not wear dentures herself). In 2003, Henderson seemed to poke fun at her wholesome image by appearing in a Pepsi Twist television commercial with Ozzy Osbourne.

She is the mother of 4 children, none of whom have entered show business. Henderson has also provided motherly advice to her TV children. For instance, she appeared on the reality-television series My Fair Brady starring Christopher Knight (AKA Peter Brady).

Note: This profile was written in or before 2005.

Florence Henderson Facts

BirthdayFebruary 14, 1934 (88)
BirthplaceDale, Indiana, USA

Selected Filmography

The Brady Bunch Movie
Brady Bunch: The Complete Series
Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star
The Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult
The Brady Bunch
The Brady Bunch: The Complete Series with Shag Carpet Cover
Fairytale: A True Story
Shakes The Clown
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