Fans that watch “The Brady Bunch” see a pretty picture of a TV family. That was not real life, especially when it comes to Maureen McCormick.
McCormick, who played older sister Marcia Brady on the ABC sitcom, had an awful drug addiction problem after the show. She has detailed the issues it caused in her life. In a 2017 interview with Entertainment Tonight, McCormick talked about her low points.
“I remember my father saying that he was going to turn me into the police … I wish I could take back all the pain that I caused them,” “The Brady Bunch” star said.
McCormick also felt her hard-partying ways impacted her work on some post-“Brady Bunch” roles. She admits that “I destroyed certain jobs, there were some where I was really high and it was bad. It was really bad.”
Addiction has affected her life and caused great pain. But there is a good turn in McCormick’s story.
‘The Brady Bunch’ Star Gives Husband Lots Of Credit For Getting Her Sober
When an addict gets an ultimatum, either he or she will get help or refuse it. McCormick faced “the music,” so to speak, from her fiance’.
Let “The Brady Bunch” actress share about her now-husband Michael Cummings. She started dating Cummings in the early 1980s. After a cocaine relapse, Cummings gave her a choice according to a story in Us Weekly.
“[I] met this guy … and I had my last relapse,” McCormick said. “He came to me and said, ‘If you ever do this drug again, I’m gone, I’m leaving.’ It woke me up. It was like the coldest shower you could ever take, there’s just no way I’m gonna lose somebody that I love.”
They married in 1985 and have a daughter. She has stayed sober ever since, by the way. McCormick does share her story of the pitfalls of Hollywood life as a warning sign for others.
McCormick played Marcia for all five seasons that “The Brady Bunch” was on ABC. She also appeared in TV specials and reunion shows dedicated to it.
Don’t Expect McCormick To Be Watching Her Show’s Reruns Anytime Soon
When it comes to watching the show as classic TV fans do, then count her out.
In a November 2009 interview with Jenny Stewart, McCormick admitted that she doesn’t like watching herself on 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.”
That is tied back to her drug addiction issues. McCormick’s long sobriety, though, will give hope to others struggling with similar issues.