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What happened to the rest of 'The Brady Bunch' cast?

Following the death of Florence Henderson, the matriarch of "The Brady Bunch," here's a look at the other cast members from the iconic TV show:


Maureen McCormick went to a dark place after playing the oldest girl on "The Brady Bunch," including a five-year addiction to cocaine. She co-starred in the 1980 film "The Idolmaker," toured as Wendy Darling in "Peter Pan" and Betty Rizzo in "Grease," and has released several albums, including "When You Get a Little Lonely." She played country singer Barbara Mandrell in the TV biopic "Get to the Heart: The Barbara Mandrell Story" and talked about her demons in the 2009 memoir, "Here's The Story." Just three days before her death, Henderson made an appearance at "Dancing With the Stars" to support McCormick, who was competing on the show.


Eve Plumb broke from her sweet image immediately after "The Brady Bunch" ended by starring as a 15-year-old prostitute in "Dawn: Portrait of a Teenage Runaway" in 1976. She's also become a painter, with gallery showings around the country. Her TV credits include guest spots on everything from "One Day at a Time" to "Murder, She Wrote," and from "The Love Boat" to "Fantasy Island." In the 1990s, she played the mother on the Judy Blume-based series "Fudge," and last January, appeared in the television special "Grease: Live!"


Before she was the "youngest one, in curls," Susan Olsen sang on "The Pat Boone Show" and had a bit part in an Elvis Presley movie, "The Trouble With Girls." As an adult, she studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and went on to become a radio talk show host, an artist, a designer who worked with Converse on their glow-in-the-dark sneakers, and an animal-welfare advocate. She co-wrote "Love to Love You Bradys" — a coffee table book about the horrifically bad "Brady Bunch Variety Hour" — and has a son diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome.


As a young child, actor Barry Williams appeared on TV shows such as "Dragnet," ''Mission: Impossible" and "The Mod Squad." At 14, he got the role of the eldest boy on "The Brady Bunch." Fresh off the series, he landed the lead in a road production of the musical "Pippin," put out the album of covers called "The Return of Johnny Bravo" and became a radio host. He also co-wrote the 1992 book "Growing Up Brady: I Was A Teenage Greg," which stripped the saccharine veneer off one of TV's legendary families and revealed the hardwood hijinks underneath, including affairs and drunkenness.


Christopher Knight was doing commercials at the age of 7 and landed the part of the middle Brady brother at age 11. After the show ended, he went on to become a businessman and enjoyed a semi-resurgence in Hollywood throughout the 2000s by appearing on reality shows including "Celebrity Family Feud." While on season four of "The Surreal Life" in 2004, Knight met and fell in love with 2003 "America's Next Top Model" champion, Adrianne Curry, and the couple starred in their own spinoff reality show, "My Fair Brady." In 2011, on the five-year anniversary of their wedding, the stars called it quits.


Born with strawberry-blonde hair, Mike Lookinland's locks were dyed dark brown so he'd look more like a Brady. After "The Brady Bunch" ended, Lookinland battled alcoholism and found a fulfilling role on the other side of the camera. He went to the University of Utah and became a camera technician for almost 20 years, including shooting the TV series "Everwood" and the film "Way of the Gun," starring James Caan. Later, Lookinland switched careers completely and now makes concrete countertops for a living.


Emmy-winning actress Ann B. Davis, who became the country's favorite and most famous housekeeper on "The Brady Bunch," died in 2014 at age 88. More than a decade before playing Alice, Davis was the razor-tongued secretary on another stalwart TV sitcom, "The Bob Cummings Show," which brought her two Emmys. Over the years, she also appeared on Broadway and in occasional movies. In 1965-66, she played a gym teacher at an exclusive girls' school in "The John Forsythe Show."


Robert Reed, who trained as a Shakespearean actor, only to gain fame as the father on "The Brady Bunch," died in 1992 at age 59. Reed appeared in movies, on Broadway and in several TV shows. He was born in Highland Park, Illinois, studied drama at Northwestern University and attended London's Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts and the University of London. He was nominated for three Emmy Awards, including one for his 1975 work on "Medical Center," in which he played a transsexual doctor.

Florence Henderson appeared on 'Dancing with the Stars' 2 months before her death

After making an appearance as a contestant on "Dancing with the Stars" in 2010, Florence Henderson later began popping up on the most recent installment of the dance competition.

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Henderson's television daughter from "The Brady Bunch," actress Maureen McCormick, appeared on the show during season 23 and received constant support from her sitcom mom.

Most of the time, like her last appearance on Nov. 21, Henderson was cheering along in the audience. Henderson was spotted during McCormick's final dance on the show, which occurred just days before her death on Thanksgiving.

Henderson died late Thursday night of heart failure.

Weeks before her death, Henderson got in front of the camera as she reprised her role of "Carol Brady" for a dance dedicated to the famed television program.

Though she was only on screen for a few moments, the audience loved it.

Correction: Obit-Henderson story

In a story Nov. 25 about (topic), The Associated Press reported erroneously that Florence Henderson had a role in the musical "Wish You Were There." The title of the musical is "Wish You Were Here."

A corrected version of the story is below:

'The Brady Bunch' matriarch Florence Henderson dies at 82

Florence Henderson, who went from Broadway star to become one of America's most beloved television moms in "The Brady Bunch," has died


AP Television Writer

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Florence Henderson, who went from Broadway star to become one of America's most beloved television moms in "The Brady Bunch," has died. She was 82.

Henderson died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles on Thursday night, a day after she was hospitalized, said her publicist, David Brokaw. Henderson had suffered heart failure, her manager Kayla Pressman said in a statement.

Family and friends had surrounded Henderson's hospital bedside, Pressman said.

On the surface, "The Brady Bunch" with Henderson as its ever-cheerful matriarch Carol Brady resembled just another TV sitcom about a family living in suburban America and getting into a different wacky situation each week.

But well after it ended its initial run in 1974, the show resonated with audiences, and it 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.

"It represents what people always wanted: a loving family. It's such a gentle, innocent, sweet show, and I guess it proved there's always an audience for that," Henderson said in 1999.

Premiering in 1969, it also was among the first shows to introduce to television the blended family. As its theme song reminded viewers each week, Henderson's Carol was a single mother raising three daughters when she met her TV husband, Robert Reed's Mike Brady, a single father who was raising three boys.

The eight of them became "The Brady Bunch," with a quirky housekeeper, played by Ann B. Davis, thrown into the mix.

Mourners flooded social media with memories of Henderson.

Maureen McCormick, who played the eldest Brady daughter, Marcia, tweeted, "You are in my heart forever Florence." ''Dancing With the Stars" host Tom Bergeron tweeted, "Heartbroken. I'll miss you, my friend." Henderson's last public appearance was Monday at the "Dancing With The Stars" taping where she was in the audience to support McCormick, who competed this season.

The blond, ever-smiling Henderson was already a Broadway star when the show began, having originated the title role in the musical "Fanny." But after "The Brady Bunch," she would always be known to fans as Carol Brady.

"We had to have security guards with us. Fans were hanging on our doors. We couldn't go out by ourselves. We were like the Beatles!" she said of the attention the show brought the cast.

Like the Beatles, there was even a Saturday morning cartoon version called "Brady Kids," though Henderson was not in that show.

She and Reed did return, however, for "The Brady Bunch Hour, "The Brady Brides" and "The Bradys." So did most of the original cast.

She was also back again in 1995 when a new cast was assembled for "The Brady Bunch Movie," a playful spoof of the original show. This time she was Grandma Brady opposite Shelley Long's Carol. Numerous memoirs also kept interest in the show alive as cast members revealed they were more than just siblings off camera. Barry Williams, who played eldest son Greg Brady, would confess to having a crush on his TV stepmom. Henderson, in her own book, denied having any relationship with Williams but did acknowledge a fling with former New York City mayor John Lindsay.

Henderson was a 19-year-old drama student in New York when she landed a one-line role in the play "Wish You Were Here."

Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II were so impressed they made her the female lead in a 1952 road tour of "Oklahoma!" When the show returned to Broadway for a revival in 1954, she continued in the role and won rave reviews.

"She is the real thing," wrote Walter Kerr of the New York Herald Tribune.

To broaden her career, Henderson took acting, dancing, singing and guitar lessons, even studying French and Italian.

She went on to play Maria in a road production of "The Sound of Music," was Nellie Forbush in a revival of "South Pacific" and was back on Broadway with Jose Ferrer in "The Girl Who Came to Supper" in 1963.

She made her movie debut in 1970 in "Song of Norway," based on the 1944 operetta with music by Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg.

Her career nearly came to an end in 1965 when she suddenly lost her hearing while appearing in "The King and I" in Los Angeles. She was diagnosed with a condition linked to heredity.

"Corrective surgery in both ears restored my hearing," she said in 2007.

As her TV career blossomed with "The Brady Bunch," Henderson also began to make frequent TV guest appearances. She was the first woman to host "The Tonight Show" for the vacationing Johnny Carson.

For eight years she also commuted to Nashville to conduct a cooking and talk series, "Country Kitchen," on The Nashville Network. The show resulted in a book, "Florence Henderson's Short Cut Cooking."

After "The Brady Bunch" ended its first run, Henderson alternated her appearances in revivals of the show with guest appearances on other programs, including "Hart to Hart," ''Fantasy Island" and "The Love Boat."

In later years she also made guest appearances on such shows as "Roseanne, "Ally McBeal" and "The King of Queens."

She also became a commercial spokeswoman and co-produced "Country Kitchen," a Nashville Network series, The Los Angeles Times reported.

Florence Agnes Henderson was born Feb. 14, 1934, in the small town of Dale in southern Indiana. She was the 10th child of a tobacco sharecropper of Irish descent.

In grade school, she joined the choir at a Catholic church in Rockport, Indiana.

After high school she moved to New York, where she enrolled in a two-year program at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, her studies financed by a theatrical couple who had been impressed by her singing when they saw her perform in high school.

She dropped out of the program after one year, however, to take the role in "Wish You Were Here."

Henderson married theater executive Ira Bernstein and the couple had four children before the union ended in divorce after 29 years.

Her second husband, John Kappas, died in 2002.

Pressman said she is survived by her children, Barbara, Joseph, Robert and Lizzie, their spouses and five grandchildren.


Late Associated Press writer Bob Thomas contributed to this report.

Manager: Florence Henderson, mom on "Brady Bunch," has died

Manager: Florence Henderson, mom on "Brady Bunch," has died.

China TV show gets by rule by pairing fathers with fake kids

A hit Chinese reality TV show has attracted criticism for pairing male celebrities with young children standing in for their sons and daughters and posing them in intimate situations.

The fourth season of "Father, Where Are We Going?" sought to circumvent a government ban on celebrities appearing on such shows with their own children by casing those from other parents. But it has led to some awkward moments and accusations of promoting harmful relationships between young girls and unrelated men.

The show based on a South Korean format became an instant hit when it was first broadcast by Hunan Television in 2013. Audiences watched how the mostly clueless fathers were given parenting tasks and grew into their roles in a country that still thinks of looking after children as women's work.

Threatening the very future of the show, the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television in April banned the broadcast of reality shows featuring celebrity children. It had previously said that producers should endeavor to protect minors by reducing their participation in such shows.

China's opaque broadcasting regulator regularly bans popular television formats with little explanation.

Finding a way around the ruling, production company Mango TV decided to have celebrity fathers and single men take care of other people's children instead. The show was also made available only online.

However, some scenes have caused concern among the public, in particular scenes involving Olympic fencer Li Dong and the 4-year-old girl posing as his daughter. In one, the little girl tells him that she wants to marry him when she grows up, and they have been shown sharing a bed.

Media commentaries and postings by child protection workers have criticized the program for encouraging people to believe that intimate relations between young children and unrelated men are appropriate.

In response, Mango TV said it protected all the children involved in its show and had cast Dong as an interim father to educate young parents.

Not all viewers were disgusted, however. A Beijing father-of-two Geng Yanchao thought the idea to swap parents and kids was a good one.

"The ordinary children can become more confident by taking part in the show," said Geng, 30. "When children leave their parents they become stronger. Even though they are very young, they will be strong."

Was cable TV election poll coverage a waste of time?

It's understandable if Bill Hemmer, John King and Steve Kornacki still see flashing maps of blue and red states in their mind's eye before drifting off to sleep.

Each man was assigned by his television network to stand before a map of the U.S. several times a day during the election campaign to talk about the latest polls and speculate on "paths to victory" for Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

Given the Republican's surprise win, it's hard not to wonder whether it was wasted time that in future campaigns might be better spent trying to understand voters or the more substantive issues facing a new president.

"I do not feel it was a wasted political exercise at all," said Hemmer, of Fox News Channel. "Based on the level of national interest in this story, people were hungry for information and it was our duty to provide that."

The one dominant theme of the map-side discussions was that Clinton had the clear advantage, and that many things had to go right for Trump to win. "If you Googled it, you would probably hear the phrase 'inside straight' several times, because that was what they needed," Hemmer said.

There were signs in the campaign's final days that things were tightening, and it was reflected in the reporting. Nate Silver of ESPN's 538 blog, in fact, was sharply criticized by Clinton supporters the weekend before the election for not being as bullish about their candidate's chances as others were.

Even on the afternoon of election day, pollster Ed Rollins said on Fox it would take a miracle for Trump to win. The New York Times' Upshot blog, which carried a constantly updating dial on each candidate's chance of winning, early that day pegged Clinton's chances at 84 percent.

Forecasters like Silver, who built his reputation on his 2012 success, increased the appetite for Hemmer, King and Kornacki's work. Obsessives hung on every word, every poll.

"I was as shocked as everyone as it turned on election night," MSNBC's Kornacki said. "There was about a 20-minute period, looking at Florida, in North Carolina and in Virginia, that just turned upside down everything I thought about where this was heading."

Kornacki takes some comfort in the knowledge that he repeatedly told viewers that Rust Belt states like Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin were the secret to any Trump victory scenario.

Four days before the election, Trump's polling team came to Fox News to show Hemmer that their research was more positive than public surveys were reflecting. They turned out to be right; at the time Hemmer had to worry if he was being spun.

Polling captures a moment in time when only one moment — election day — really matters. And the public polls are generally ill-equipped to fully capture changes happening in the last days of the campaign.

Thomas Patterson, a professor who teaches about politics and the press at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, wrote a decade ago about the flood of polls damaging campaign coverage. He called them a cheap branding opportunity for universities and media organizations.

Things haven't changed since then, he said.

"The problem with polls when you have that many is that it's cheap and easy journalism," Patterson said. "The audience is interested and you get new stuff every day. At some point, when you pay that much attention (to polls), it hijacks the news."

In an upcoming study, Patterson found that no substantive issue brought up by Clinton attracted more than 1 percent of campaign coverage. The candidates shoulder some blame for the type of campaigns they ran, but the finding also reflected how it was covered, he said.

Polls are especially tempting for cable networks with endless hours to fill, where talking about the news often beats reporting it. They become the mirror that reflects everything; much of the discussion over Clinton's use of a private email server was not about the issue itself, but rather how it would affect her popularity, he said. Clinton was often covered as the next president, Trump as a curiosity and sure loser.

Michigan-based filmmaker Michael Moore, who predicted a Trump victory last summer, is seen now as a seer for his knowledge of a region often overlooked by national news organizations. His post-election appearance on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" was gripping television and the failure to read attitudes in the Midwest has dominated media post-mortems.

CNN, which declined to make King available to talk for this story, hired as a contributor Salena Zito, a former Pittsburgh newspaper reporter who, like Moore, had seen clearly what was coming.

MSNBC's Kornacki, a political junkie who volunteered for his map duty, argued that studying the polls is as important to spot trends as better regional reporting, even with the spotty performance this year. "We cannot go out and conduct 350 million interviews across the country," he said.

The veteran political observer Patterson needs no poll to predict what the current media self-examination will result in.

"When the flag drops the next time," he said, "I don't think it will be that different."


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Pumpkin-flinging TV special canceled after explosion, injury

The Science Channel has canceled its planned TV special on a Delaware pumpkin-launching competition after a woman was critically injured during the event earlier this month.

Science Channel spokesman Paul Schur said in a statement that the network has canceled the Saturday night three-hour "Punkin Chunkin" special. The show was also going to air on the Discovery Channel.

Delaware State Police said in a statement that an air cannon's trap door ripped off the machine after the cannon fired a pumpkin on Nov. 6. A 39-year-old woman was hit by chunks of metal and remains in critical condition. A 56-year-old man was also hurt.

A Science Channel production crew had been chronicling the three-day Sussex County tradition.

Authorities say the incident has been preliminarily considered an "industrial accident."

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"I'm in," DeGeneres captioned the video, which has been liked more than 16,000 times on Twitter.

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Gold medalist Laurie Hernandez wins 'Dancing with the Stars'

Olympic gold medalist Laurie Hernandez can add a "Dancing with the Stars" crown to her 2016 haul after winning the 23rd season of the ABC reality competition.

The 16-year-old gymnast took home the Mirrorball Trophy after the conclusion of a two-episode finale Tuesday night. Hernandez and partner Val Chmerkovskiy received a perfect score for one of their dances during the finale and 38 points out of a possible 40 for another.

They beat out Canadian race car driver James Hinchcliffe and his partner, Sharna Burgess, for the crown. Former NFL star wide receiver Calvin Johnson and partner Lindsay Arnold came in third.

Hernandez told host Tom Bergeron that the trophy is another step in her goal to "inspire others" as she goes on with her journey.

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