Rumors can be harmful sometimes. “The Brady Bunch” star Maureen McCormick took offense when one started up around Robert Reed’s funeral.
McCormick, who played eldest daughter Marcia Brady, was not having any talk about no one attending her TV dad’s funeral 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.”
McCormick Says ‘The Brady Bunch’ Star’s Sexuality Wasn’t Talked About
Years after “The Brady Bunch” ended and was running in syndication, McCormick wrote a book about her time on the show. She shared in the book that Reed, who admitted on his death bed that he was gay, never talked about his sexuality.
“It was an un-talked-about thing,” she said. “People didn’t really talk about it back then. Unfortunately, the poor guy had to keep it in.”
When asked if she knew anything about his life as a gay man, McCormick said she didn’t have any information. She’s asked by the interviewer if she ever met any of Reed’s boyfriends.
‘Marcia Brady’ Actress Says She Never Met Reed’s Boyfriends
“I didn’t, but I wish I had!” she said. “Now, I do know that he had a really, really good friend named Anne Heney, who was an actress. And they were like – not boyfriend and girlfriend, of course, but they were like really, really close.
“She was his closest friend, I would say,” McCormick said. “But no, we never heard anything about his personal life other than that.”
Robert Reed died on May 12, 1999, at 52 years old. Reed’s death was originally reported as because of cancer. His death certificate, though, says that Reed was HIV positive at the time he died.
Henderson Said Reed Was ‘Unhappy Person’ Off-Camera
Florence Henderson, who played Carol Brady opposite Reed’s Mike Brady, discussed in a 2000 interview with ABC News about Reed’s life beyond the camera.
“Here he was, the perfect father of this wonderful little family, a perfect husband,” Henderson said. “Off-camera, he was an unhappy person – I think had Bob not been forced to live this double life, I think it would have dissipated a lot of that anger and frustration.
“I never asked him,” she said. “I never challenged him. (And) I had a lot of compassion for him because I knew how he was suffering with keeping this secret.”