‘The Brady Bunch’ Actor Explained Why They’re Open About Addiction and Depression Struggles

by Will Shepard

The Brady Bunch was a staple of television in the early 1970s. Even though the show only lasted for five seasons, it feels like it ran for twenty years. The actress who played Marcia Brady, Maureen McCormick, was a nation’s heartthrob. She was perfect, cute, and relatable.

When the show concluded, McCormick felt that she needed to continue being a perfect person in every way. But, she found that it wasn’t a sustainable path. In 2008 she published a book, “Here’s the Story: Surviving Marcia Brady and Finding My True Voice,” about her life. While it detailed much of her life, one major touching point was her struggles with addiction and depression.

Later in 2008, The Brady Bunch star went on WGN News to talk about her book. During the interview, McCormick was asked why she has been so open about her struggles.

“I felt like, kind of, my whole life I was kind of hiding, being this perfect person like Marcia was,” she said. Then she explained that when she turned 50, she did a celebrity show. The show was about losing weight. She remembered how she had to step on a scale in front of the whole world. It was certainly not easy for her to do, but it changed something within her personality.

“The Brady Bunch” Star, Maureen Mccormick, Said Why She Shared Such Personal Details

“I realized that it was really wonderful to show the world me, imperfect me with all of my mistakes and all of my faults.” She explained that was why she wrote the book.

The book is an intense look inside her life. It details an incredible story of her battle through addiction and the things she would do to get drugs. So, she explained why she decided to share all of the insanely personal details with the world.

She said, “Because I feel like that’s what we are here for on this earth. I feel like we all learn from each other, and we learn from each other’s stories.”

The Brady Bunch star continued to explain why she opened up about her struggles. “And where we’ve been, and where we are going. Life is a journey to me, and I feel like I’ve gone through certain things, and now, maybe, I can help reach other people.”

It is never easy to share personal details with anyone in your life. There are millions of people all around the world who have an incredible weight on their shoulders. They go through life with a burden that they don’t know how to fix.

By having someone like Maureen McCormick, the star of The Brady Bunch, share her story, it helps normalize struggle. It doesn’t necessarily matter whether or not you struggle with the same issues. Instead, it might be just knowing that someone you look up to is dealing with difficult issues helps.