According to the AP, “Henderson died Thursday night at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, after being hospitalized the day before, said her publicist, David Brokaw. Henderson had suffered heart failure, her manager Kayla Pressman said in a statement.”
Says EW, “The actress, talk show host, and pitchwoman gained her greatest fame on ‘The Brady Bunch,’ starring for five seasons (1969-1974) on the beloved family comedy as Carol Brady, the sunny, can-do matriarch of a blended family with six children. Her career would be forever defined by that part, as she served as a de facto honorary mom for a generation weaned on television. And that was a role she embraced. ‘I played Carol as the mother I always wished I had,’ she once said, ‘as the mother a lot of people wished they had.’”
EW adds, “You could say that she appeared on TV at virtually all hours, endearing herself to audiences first as the Today Girl on the ‘Today’ show and also becoming the first woman to guest-host ‘The Tonight Show.’”
The EW piece also notes that “Henderson kept working up until her death. She had been hosting a talk show on the Retirement Living TV network, ‘The Florence Henderson Show,’ since 2008. In 2013, she also began hosting a cooking show on the network, ‘What’s Cooking with Florence Henderson.’”
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