Florence Henderson

Florence Henderson, Brady Bunch Matriarch, Dead at 82

Florence Henderson, best known for her iconic role as matriarch Carol Brady on The Brady Bunch, has died. She was 82. 

The actress died surrounded by family and friends, her manager, Kayla Pressman, said in a statement to the AP late Thursday. The cause of death was heart failure.

In addition to The Brady Bunch, which ran from 1969 to 1974, Henderson appeared in offshoots The Brady Bunch Hour (1977), The Brady Brides (1981), The Bradys (1990) and the TV movie A Very Brady Christmas (1988). She also made a cameo in 1995’s The Brady Bunch Movie as the mother of Shelley Long’s Carol.

Henderson gained renewed fame in 2010 when she joined the Season 11 cast of Dancing with the Stars. She even appeared at Monday’s taping to support TV daughter Maureen McCormick, who was a contestant on the show’s current 23rd season.

TV kids Barry Williams, Christopher Knight, Susan Olsen and Eve Plumb thus far have also weighed in on Henderson’s passing:

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28 Comments
  1. Brian says:

    What a terrible loss. Loved her as Mrs. Brady.

  2. Lysh says:

    2016 can get outta here TBH.
    RIP Flo.

  3. laurelnev says:

    #RIP to a lovely lady, who was bringing up three very lovely girls…

    Rest easy, Florence Henderson

  4. ToyCannon says:

    This is terrible and sad news. She was my TV Mother. I am too upset now to enjoy the Gilmore Girls revival which debuts in less than an hour, Will have to postpone.

  5. Marilyn says:

    So sad, and so sorry. I’m sure there were countless kids who would have loved to have Carol Brady for a Mom, and Florence Henderson made her that way.

  6. Paula says:

    And more heartfelt memories from my childhood drift away ~~~
    I will miss you, Florence.

  7. Sandra Andrews says:

    Just deeply shocked over this!😪💔 Even considering that she was in attendance at DWTS. Goodbye Mrs. Brady.

  8. Phun says:

    RIP Mrs Brady! :( :(

  9. Bruce says:

    I am at an utter loss for words!! She was America’s mom…..

  10. Cheryl Simpson says:

    You will be miss. GOD bless the family

  11. Philip says:

    I had just seen her last night in a Thanksgiving repeat of King of Queens. Total shock.

  12. LADY_in_MD says:

    Very sad to hear condolences to her family and friends 🙁

  13. herman1959 says:

    Sad – this (formerly) city-kid learned about being a suburban Mom from Florence.

  14. Kevin says:

    This makes me very sad. One of the best TV moms of all time. My condolences to her family and friends. RIP :-(

  15. This was one of my favorite shows I would watch the reruns over and over I never got tired of the show Florence Henderson was a wonderful actress I am very saddened of her passing my prayers go out to her family and friends forever with us in our hearts

  16. Alex Meyer says:

    So sad. RIP>

  17. HAP says:

    Enough with The Brady references. Do yourself a favor and go to her IMDB page and you will see what an incredibly versatile woman she was. Seriously. RIP great lady.

  18. TvPeong says:

    May she rest in peace.

  19. iHeart says:

    oh man looking at Barry Williams’s statement I just remembered that he used to date her

  20. Nika says:

    Did we know what was the cause of death?

  21. Kristi says:

    So sad to hear of her passing. She was a classy lady and my prayers are with her family and friends.

  22. Nero tTVfiddler says:

    Such sad news… as others have noted, another part of our childhood has left us.

    It is nice and fortunate that Maureen was on DWTS earlier this week – gave all of us a final farewell visit from Florence.

    RIP Florence, and thank you.

  23. I am so shocked and saddened, RIP Flo!