LOS ANGELES (AP) - Florence Henderson, the wholesome actress who went from Broadway star to television icon when she became Carol Brady, the ever-cheerful mom residing over "The Brady Bunch," has died.
She was 82.
She died surrounded by family and friends, her manager, Kayla Pressman, said in a statement late Thursday.
Henderson started off in musicals in the 1950s and performed on Broadway.
She became Carol Brady in the hit show about a widow with three daughters who marries a widower with three sons, setting up home in sunny suburban California.
Millions loved, and kept on loving, the innocent sitcom about a blended family. "The Brady Bunch," first aired in 1969, returned to television in various forms again and again, including "The Brady Bunch Hour" in 1977, "The Brady Brides" in 1981 and "The Bradys" in 1990. It was also seen endlessly in reruns.
Maureen McCormick who played the actress TV daughter Marcia Brady said on Twitter, "Florence Henderson was a dear friend for so very many years and in my heart forever."