‘The Brady Bunch’: Susan Olsen Said Florence Henderson Was the ‘Ultimate Team Player’ with Co-Stars

by Anna Dunn
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The Brady Bunch star Susan Olsen said Carol Brady actress Florence Henderson was the “ultimate team player” with her co-stars. Susan Olsen played Cindy Brady, the youngest Brady in the bunch. Henderson played her mother on the show and went on to be an incredibly respected actress before passing away in 2016 at 82 years old.

“Florence was the ultimate team player,” Olsen said in an interview with Fox. “She not only got along well with cast members but everyone on the set — electricians, makeup, everyone was a respected team member and one of her goals was to get everyone home to their families as soon as possible.”

However, Florence knew she was working with children. If there was some time to spare on the Brady Bunch set, she’d find ways to make the kids laugh.

“That said, if time allowed, she enjoyed creating deliberate bloopers,” Olsen added. “She would purposefully screw up a scene to get everyone laughing. Florence was all about putting smiles on peoples’ faces!”

After The Brady Bunch, Henderson got multiple roles elsewhere including on the film The Love Boat. In 2010, she even competed on Dancing with The Stars.

Henderson Once Went an Interesting Route to Alleviate Stage Fright

But just because Henderson had multiple successes, that doesn’t mean there weren’t periods of her life where she underwent serious struggle. Following The Brady Brides, a flopped special that attempted to capitalize on the show’s initial success, Henderson had a serious low point. The actress found work opportunities becoming more and more scarce. Her personal life also took a hit.

In 1985, Henderson and her husband of 25 years decided to end their marriage. The stress of everything gave Henderson some serious anxiety and stage fright problems. According to The Brady Bunch Exposed, She wound up turning to hypnosis to help alleviate those issues. She claimed that it had worked, and it helped Henderson get back on her feet.

Once she did the hypnosis, she actually landed her own talk show called Country Kitchen. The popularity she gained from that talk show coupled with The Brady Bunch finding new popularity with a new audience wound up giving platform to yet another Brady Bunch special, A Very Brady Christmas.

Unlike the previous special, A Very Brady Christmas did incredibly well in the ratings.

“I think we were all stunned by that, truly, and again it just amazed me that people out there just loved the show,” Henderson said in the documentary.

Still, many decades after the show initially aired, The Brady Bunch still has fans. Many kids of that generation still watch old episodes back to relive their childhoods, and the show has become one of the most famous ever made.

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