'The Brady Bunch' matriarch Florence Henderson dies at 82

'The Brady Bunch' matriarch Florence Henderson dies at 82

She was known as Carol Brady by generations of fans, the always cheerful, dutiful mom to the six Brady kids on the popular TV show "The Brady Bunch" from 1969 to 1974.

Henderson's family members, including her four children, son and daughter-in-laws, and five grandchildren, were present during her final moments. "It's such a gentle, innocent, sweet show, and I guess it proved there's always an audience for that,".

But it was for her role as Carol Brady, the calm, problem-solving mother of "The Brady Bunch", a sitcom about a blended suburban family, that Henderson became nothing less than a television superstar.

Some of Henderson's on-screen children took to social media to mourn the death of the beloved actress and role model.

Florence Henderson was a prolific actress, leaving behind an iconic portrayal of the lovable Carol Brady, the matriarch of The Brady Bunch.

"It never hurts to ask", said Kirsh, who soon received a phone call from Henderson.

Henderson got her start in musicals in the 1950s and also performed on Broadway. Fans were hanging on our doors. I spent so much time with her on weekends at her house with her family. Later she was the first female guest host of "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" in the 1970s.

On Thursday, the 60-year-old actress shared an image of the pair together on Twitter, writing, "You are in my heart forever Florence". Henderson's career began long before "The Brady Bunch" and lasted long after. So we got a little champagne and we were in our towels and we're sitting around at the spa and it's off the record and she is telling us stories about Marilyn Monroe and Frank Sinatra because she knew those people. For 20 years, starting in 1976, she was the pitchwoman for Wesson cooking oil, singing about "Wessonality".

'It's this kind of loyalty and support and caring.thus is the way she was in life with people, ' Barry said. She was also something of an accidental style icon. There, the Benedictine nuns taught her to sing Latin Masses and Gregorian chants.

She made her movie debut in 1970 in "Song of Norway", based on the 1944 operetta with music by Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg. "Even the audience warm-up guy pointed her out as "America's favorite mom" and everyone cheered for her". First time I saw her, she came in, she was completely made up as Carol Brady. Her mother had abandoned the family when Henderson was 12 years old.

According to the sources, the role she has played during her tenure, no one else would be able to play equally. She hosted numerous daytime talk and cooking shows, co-anchored the short-lived "Today" show spin-off "Later Today" and competed on "Dancing with the Stars" in 2010.

Henderson's first marriage, to theater producer Ira Bernstein, ended in divorce.

Her second husband, John Kappas, died in 2002.