The late actress reflected on how the Brady Brunch represented "what everyone wants in life"
To hear of strong Catholic faith as the foundation of any actor’s life is noteworthy. When it’s a beloved American icon such as Florence Henderson, from one of the most popular TV shows of all time, it’s all the more fantastic.
Actress Florence Henderson, known for her motherly role as Carol Brady on the 70s sit-com The Brady Bunch, told St. Anthony Messenger magazine that the Catholic faith was her foundation.
“I don’t ever remember not praying. Bedtime prayers, the rosary, praying for friends, relatives, for the sick and for those who had died. It was a natural part of our lives,” she said in August, in what turned out to be her final interview. The story appears in the January 2017 issue of the magazine, published by Franciscan Media. Henderson died on Thanksgiving day at the age of 82.
“I frequently am contacted by people who want to thank me for The Brady Bunch,” Henderson told the magazine. “Whether they grew up during the show’s original television run or are brand-new fans of the present generation, they tell me how important The Brady Bunch has been in their lives. I wanted to portray Carol as a loving, fun, affectionate mother, and it seemed to resonate with a lot of people who maybe had the same situation I did growing up. To think that something I was involved in had such a positive effect on the lives of so many people is satisfying beyond words.”