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"Sometimes my kids would say to me, you know, how come you don't scream at those kids on television like you do us? I said, because they're not my real kids, and you are, and I want you to turn out to be wonderful human beings -- and they have."- Florence Henderson
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Florence Henderson is remembered best as Carol Brady, the sunny, blended-family mom of six on “The Brady Brunch” (1969-1974). “It was really a show that was seen through the eyes of a child, and it was supposed to have a little soft glow about it,” she said to those who criticized the show for its relentless wholesomeness. Top row (left to right) Maureen McCormick, Henderson, Barry Williams, Christopher Knight; bottom row: Eve Plumb, Mike Lookinland, Robert Reed and Susan Olsen.
Set in California, “The Brady Brunch” offered a cheery look at suburban family life. Thanks to syndication, the show reached generations of audiences. Henderson, seen here in 1970, had a sense of humor about her character. When asked whether Carol had been widowed or divorced, she joked in 2015, “I killed my husband. I was the original Black Widow.”