Florence was successful on Broadway and on television. She was the first female guest-host on The Tonight Show. She had an amazing voice and you would know this if you ever endured that first The Brady Bunch Christmas episode when she had laryngitis but miraculously got her voice back to sing in church for Christmas. Ugh.
When Florence arrived to do her screen test at Paramount, she had her makeup done in the next-door to Desilu where they were shooting Star Trek. She claimed she was "made-up" in a chair between Shatner and Nimoy. They totally ignored her.
Playing Carol Brady on The Brady Bunch from 1969 - 1974 really cemented her in Americana. Long before she was cemented in Westwood Cemetery. Hrrr.
Unbeknownst to the rest of the world, Florence did have her own family. Daughters Barbara and Lizzie, sons Joe and Robert. As her child, that had to be a bit of a mind-fuck. Having an entire country of people assuming her on-screen kids were her real family. But apparently Flo kept it in check and her kids are well adjusted. Flo was a licensed hypnotherapist.
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Florence lived for many years in a in a gated community in Marina Del Rey.
Florence was diagnosed with heart disease and an irregular heartbeat 10 years prior. I understand that she had a heart valve repaired in 2008.
Three days before she died, she attended a taping of Dancing With the Stars in which Maureen McCormick was competing.
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Word about The Real Live Brady Bunch got back to Sherwood Schwartz who created the show (along with Gilligan's Island) and he flew in to see a performance. I was fortunate enough to be there that night. He and his wife Mildred were tops.