‘The Brady Bunch’: Maureen McCormick Explained Why She ‘Never’ Watches Show

by Joe Rutland

Don’t count Maureen McCormick among those who watch “The Brady Bunch” returns almost religiously. After all, she appeared in those episodes.

In a November 2009 interview with Jenny Stewart, McCormick, who played Marcia Brady, simply admits that she doesn’t like watching her act on the TV.

“Oh my God, I hate to watch myself!” McCormick said. “I loved doing the show, I loved being on the show, but I have never, ever liked watching myself. It’s also weird for me, because watching ‘The Brady Bunch’ also brings back some sort of sad memories in my life.”

Those “sad memories” of which McCormick talks about probably include her battle with substance abuse. She developed a hardcore cocaine addiction, which took a lot from her life. It also cost her opportunities in the show business world, but she manged to get sober. She has stayed that way for more than three decades.

McCormick Shot Down Rumors About ‘The Brady Bunch’ Costar’s Funeral

Maureen McCormick had a lot of respect for her costars, especially Robert Reed. Reed, who played patriarch Mike Brady on “The Brady Bunch,” died on May 12, 1999. The original reason given publicly was cancer, yet Reed’s death certificate listed him as being HIV positive.

Reed never came out publicly as gay, yet did admit to it on his death bed.

Upon his death, rumors spread that no one attended Reed’s funeral. McCormick wasn’t putting up with that junk at all.

“No that’s totally not true!” she said in a 2009 interview. “There was a really nice turnout, actually. I was there. It was really, really nice. Sad, but nice.”

As for Reed’s sexuality, McCormick said, “It was an un-talked-about thing. People didn’t really talk about it back then. Unfortunately, the poor guy had to keep it in.”

Actress Quite Surprised By How Many Of Show’s Fans Look Up To Her

It’s been hard for McCormick to wrap her brain around how many of “The Brady Bunch” fans look up to her. She has been quite forthright about the issues she was having in her personal life.

In a 2008 article with CBS News, McCormick opened up about her struggles.

“I’ll always be struck by how much a part of people’s lives Marcia is and always will be,” she said. “But now I’m not bothered by the connection. It took most of my life, countless mistakes and decades of pain and suffering to reach this point of acceptance.”

She’s come to terms with her famed character, Marcia Brady.

“It’s been kind of a roller coaster ride,” McCormick said. “At one time, it was wonderful. At one time, it was awful to be her. And I’ve come to this point where I really love her and accept her.”