The Brady Bunch – Then And Now

The Brady Bunch is an American sitcom created by Sherwood Schwartz that aired from September 26, 1969, to March 8, 1974, on ABC. The series revolves around a large blended family with six children. Considered one of the last of the old-style family sitcoms, the series aired for five seasons and, after its cancellation in 1974, went into syndication in September 1975. (wikipedia)

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Susan Olsen (Cindy) made her first scripted TV appearance in more than 10 years on the soap opera “The Young and the Restless,” playing a pre-school owner. The recent “Brady, Brady, Brady” book ends speculation that the youngest girl in the bunch was directed to affect a lisp to boost her cuteness quotient. “The lisp was real,” wrote author/casting agent Sherwood Schwartz, who said Olsen landed the role after she told him about her recent work on “Gunthmoke,” which included riding a “horth” and seeing a “thnake.”

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A “Brady Bunch” tell-all revealed how Mike Lookinland (Bobby) wound up on the dark-haired Brady boys team. The casting-agent-turned-author explained that he wanted the boys to have the same color hair as the father. Once brunette Bob Reed was chosen to play the patriarch, the die – or, in this case, dye — was cast. Brunette boys were hired to play the two older brothers. Six-year-old Lookinland was clearly the best actor of the youngest boys – despite his flaxen locks — so he was hired and his hair was darkened.

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It was Eve Plumb’s (Jan) beauty that convinced casting agents to overlook her touchy personality and assign her the role of the cerebral sibling typically at war with her old, more popular sister Marcia (Maureen McCormick). “She was very pretty but sounded like she could easily be provoked,” according to “Brady, Brady, Brady: The Complete Story of the Brady Bunch as Told by the Father/Son Team who Really Know.” Today Plumb denies speculation that a rift with McCormick caused the last-minute cancellation of a morning show reunion of castmates this spring. She downplayed rumors that she continually avoids events that McCormick attends because she is still angry that McCormick tried to increase sales of her memoir by implying there had once been some sexual attraction between them.

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According to “Brady, Brady, Brady: The Complete Story of the Brady Bunch as Told by the Father/Son Team who Really Know,” back when he was a teen idol, Barry Williams was taken on a multi-city fan tour and attracted attention from “attractive flight attendants who weren’t bothered by how young he was,” according to author Sherwood Schwartz. He said he left Williams overnight with a stewardess and the next morning “his eyes were as big as Frisbees.”

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Every teenager’s fantasy on TV as Marcia Brady, Maureen McCormick grew up to live any adult’s nightmare: drug addiction, depression, a failed marriage and an eating disorder, all of which she discussed in her memoir “Here’s the Story.” She appeared on “Celebrity Fit Club” and lost 30 pounds. But when she left the show she quickly gained back the weight, reaching her all-time heaviest at 161 pounds last summer. A new devotion to diet and exercise has helped McCormick, now 54, lose 50 pounds.

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Carol Brady (Florence Henderson), is seen here with her three daughters, from left: Jan (Eve Plumb), Cindy (Susan Olsen) and Marcia (Maureen McCormick).

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The Brady Bunch’s success in syndication led to several television reunion films and spin-off series: The Brady Bunch Hour (1976–77), The Brady Girls Get Married (1981), The Brady Brides (1981), A Very Brady Christmas (1988), and The Bradys (1990). In 1995, the series was adapted into a satirical comedy theatrical film titled The Brady Bunch Movie, followed by A Very Brady Sequel in 1996. A second sequel, The Brady Bunch in the White House, aired on Fox in November 2002 as a made-for-television film(wikipedia)

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Mike Brady (Robert Reed) and Carol Brady (Florence Henderson) seen with, from left: Greg (Barry Williams), Jan (Eve Plumb), Cindy (Susan Olsen), Marcia (Maureen McCormack), Bobby (Mike Lookinland) and Peter (Christopher Knight). Ann B. Davis (fourth from right) played the family’s housekeeper Alice.

 

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