‘The Brady Bunch’: Susan Olsen Revealed the Petty Comment That Got Her ‘a Dirty Look from Florence Henderson’

by Joe Rutland

One might think actor Susan Olsen, who played Cindy Brady on “The Brady Bunch,” would never do something wrong. Think again, classic TV fans.

Olsen apparently got in trouble with costar Florence Henderson, who played Carol Brady, one time. She talked about the incident during an interview on the out-of-print “The Brady Bunch Variety Hour” DVD.

“Eve (Plumb, who played Jan Brady) had done ‘Dawn: Portrait of a Teenage Runaway,'” Olsen said. “So she was kind of a hot property and I remember saying something that, um. I think it was my first and only really, really dirty look from Florence Henderson.”

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After making another comment, Olsen said she said, “Don’t we all wish we had something better to do than this show? Big mistake, big mistake. Yeah, I thought Florence was going to box my ears.”

Olsen was interviewed along with costar Mike Lookinland, who played Bobby Brady. They were swapping stories about their careers both on and off the show. One might presume Olsen watched her P’s and Q’s around Henderson after getting “the look” from Ma Brady.

Beyond the show itself, Olsen and “The Brady Bunch” child actors sometimes had trouble adjusting to life after the ABC family sitcom ended its five-season run in 1974. Some of them stayed in show business; others left it altogether.

Henderson died on Nov. 24, 2016, at 82 years old.

Henderson Would Have To Remind Show Husband That They Were Doing Comedy

Speaking of Henderson, she worked alongside Robert Reed, who played patriarch Mike Brady on “The Brady Bunch.” He came from a background where acting is a serious profession. Henderson, though, had a lot of television and stage experience in her career.

There were times she had to remind Reed that the show wasn’t all serious.

The show was a comedy. Henderson shared her thoughts about being on it in an interview with the Archive of American Television.

“It was a sitcom but it was a little more stylized,” Henderson said. “And I don’t think Robert Reed ever understood that. You know, I’d have to go every so often, ‘Bob, this is comedy, this is not Shakespeare.’ The situation is comedy for television. For what it was, I think it was good.”

Thankfully, they worked well together on the small screen.

Robert Reed took part in some of the show’s revivals and specials. He died on May 12, 1992, at 59 years old.