Brady Bunch Mom Florence Henderson Dead at 82

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Brady Bunch mom Florence Henderson, who was best known for her role as Carol Brady on the comedy sitcom, has died at the age of 82. She passed away on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 24, 2016 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, and her death has been confirmed by her publicist, David Brokaw. She began her decades-long career as an ingénue soprano in stage musicals in the 1950s, and  was making a film in Norway in 1969 when she was asked to appear in the pilot episode of “The Brady Bunch”.

Brokaw says, in an official statement regarding her death,

“She was quite active until she started not feeling well several days ago. It was felt that she would just bounce back from it.”

Her family has confirmed that the cause of her death was apparent heart failure. She portrayed Carol Brady, the widowed mom of three daughters who ends up meeting, marrying and making a sunny suburban California home with a widower of three sons. The show ran from September 1969 to March 1974, and attracted viewers during a period of extreme social change and the Vietnam War, neither of which touched the Bradys’ sitcom world.

Florence Agnes Henderson was born on Feb. 14, 1934, the youngest of Joseph and Elizabeth Henderson’s 10 children, in Dale, Ind., near the Kentucky border. Remember Florence Henderson’s life and career with this beautiful tribute video, and tell us in the comments what part of her career has impacted you the most. Leave your condolences for her family, friends, and fans below! May she rest in peace!

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