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‘Brady Bunch’ Star Florence Henderson Dies at 82

Florence Henderson, who starred on beloved ’70s TV series The Brady Bunch, died on Thursday, November 24, at the age of 82, the Associated Press reports.

The Hollywood veteran died surrounded by family and friends after suffering heart failure, her manager said in a statement late Thursday. Henderson’s publicist said that she had been hospitalized on Wednesday and died Thursday night at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. 

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Henderson, who played effervescent mom Carol Brady on the hit TV series, was most recently seen in the audience at the finale of Dancing With the Stars on Monday, November 21.

“She looked great,” a source tells Us Weekly. “She was with a female friend or relative and was in the front row to the left of the judges.”

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The actress, singer and talk show host, who was a contestant on the ABC dancing competition in 2010, “enjoyed the show so much,” the source adds. “Even the audience warm-up guy pointed her out as ‘America’s favorite mom,’ and everyone cheered for her. She was such a wonderfully nice lady.”

Florence Henderson dies at 82
Florence Henderson posed with TV producer Norman Lear at the ‘DWTS’ finale on Monday, Nov. 21, days before her death.

The Indiana native started her career onstage and made her Broadway debut in Wish You Were Here in 1952. Ten years later, she became the first woman to guest host The Tonight Show With Johnny Carson and later had a role on the Today show, doing weather and news.

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Her best-known role came in 1969, when she made her debut on ABC’s The Brady Bunch as the mother of three daughters who married a man with three sons. The series ran for five years till 1974. She also appeared in The Brady Bunch Hour in 1977, The Brady Brides in 1981 and The Bradys in 1990.

Henderson, who was married twice and had four children, went on to host a cooking show, cohosted NBC’s Later Today and hosted her own talk show on Retirement Living TV.

Maureen McCormick, who played oldest daughter Marcia on The Brady Bunch and recently danced with her TV mom on Dancing With the Stars, shared a photo with Henderson on Twitter late on Thursday, writing, “You are in my heart forever Florence.”

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