Eve Plumb can’t escape The Brady Bunch. She’ll always be Jan and everything wrapped with it. So why fight the fame?
As you read this, someone, somewhere, probably is using the “Sure, Jan” meme on social media. How often have you heard the classic line “Marcia, Marcia, Marcia.” Jan is a teenager, often filled with angst, frozen in time.
Plumb chose to embrace the celebrity and notoriety generated from playing the most famous middle daughter in TV history. The Brady Bunch ran from 1969-74. And it plays every day in syndication. She says she’ll still audition for any part offered to her. So thank you, Jan Brady.
Eve Plumb Doesn’t Mind When The Brady Bunch Gets Her In The Door
“If it gets me in the door, then fine,” Plumb told Closer Weekly. “If you’re surprised to learn I can do other things, then great!”
Eve Plump will be 63 next month. She started drawing a paycheck from acting in 1966. She gained entry into Hollywood after a talent agent who represented child actors moved to her neighborhood. Plumb booked her first commercial. Then came guest starring roles in several 60s-era shows, including the The Virginian, The Big Valley, Gunsmoke and Lassie.
“I had so much success as a child,” she tells Closer. “But once you age out of being the cute kid, then what? If you’re not ready for it, it can be very difficult.”
Her father, a recording executive, managed her career and invested her paycheck. Her mother stayed with her on set. Plumb said she didn’t have the same issues, post-Brady Bunch, as other child stars do. Plus, she said the money she earned was hers. Her parents never took a cut of her checks.
On The Brady Bunch, Jan went through all the teenaged pratfalls. She needed glasses. Jan pondered whether she’d ever have a boyfriend. She was jealous of Marcia, her pretty older sister. Plus, Cindy, her younger sister, received the attention because she was the baby.
Plumb mostly stuck with her Brady Bunch identity. She declined to appear on a reunion show, Brady Bunch Hour, three years after the series was cancelled. But she did do a Brady Bunch spinoff — Brady Brides — and appeared in several Brady reunion movies. And two years ago, she reunited with other cast members in the HHTV series A Very Brady Renovation.
“I’ll always be Jan Brady to so many people,” Plumb told Closer Weekly. “I can’t escape it, but I can do other things.”
The she joked, “Isn’t [Jan] dead yet?”
She’ll never die.