‘The Brady Bunch’ Star Maureen McCormick Heads to Lunch to Celebrate an ‘Inspiration to All’

by Kati Kuuseoks
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Here’s the story of a lovely lady… no, really. Maureen McCormick who played Marcia Brady on the ABC television sitcom “The Brady Bunch” from ’69-’74 actually does seem like a lovely person to share tea and conversation with. The 65-year-old TV legend just recently recreated one of her most iconic scenes from the beloved show over on her Instagram page (We’ll give you a hint– it involves a football).

The Instagram platform is also where she shares a look inside her personal life with fans. On Halloween, for example, she shared this touching photo with her brother Denny dressed as “Toy Story’s” Woody. McCormick has been open about Denny’s intellectual disabilities (otherwise referred to as ID) and how this diagnosis inspired her family’s work with disability advocacy. Her most recent Instagram post celebrates a friend who does similar work and who Maureen deems an ‘inspiration to all.’

Celebrating Her Friend’s Birthday

Here’s the Instagram photo from Maureen’s celebratory lunch with a friend:

The caption reveals that Maureen McCormick’s friend is named Yanti. Maureen calls her a “loving mother, beautiful friend, and inspiration to all.” Like Maureen, Yanti champions for a slew of noble causes. First and foremost, Yanti is a proud advocate for Ovarian Cancer Warriors on account of her own status. Additionally, she supports Down Syndrome Awareness on account of her daughter’s diagnosis.

Her daughter, Catherine, joined the birthday lunch as seen in the photo above. Catherine boasts many talents as a self-titled “artist, athlete, dancer, and model with Down Syndrome.” One of Yanti’s most recent Instagram posts celebrates Catherine as she accepted the Champion of the Year title at the Best Buddies Gala for her artistic expression. The non-profit offers “inclusive friendship, jobs, and leadership development opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in California.”

Maureen McCormick of ‘The Brady Bunch’ Talks About Supporting Achieve Australia

Maureen McCormick got involved with the Special Olympics as a Global Ambassador on account of her brother, Denny. She wanted to support individuals with ID and follow in her parents’ advocacy efforts. Over the years, she also became involved with an organization called Achieve Australia.

She actually played on the reality show “I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here” for that organization in 2015. In one clip from the show, she got emotional telling the other contestants about what the cause meant to her. Ultimately, she said she strives for inclusivity. Despite doctors telling her family to “put her brother away,” her family always fought for Denny to stay with them. She hopes to inspire other families in the same regard.

Unfortunately, Maureen never made it to the champion spot on the show, but she did make the top four.

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