The Brady Bunch offered the vast middle of America a place of quirky, family-oriented respite in a time of enormous change and social conflict. Real-life Brady matriarch Florence Henderson, beloved as “America’s Mom” for the rest of her life, was as changed by the times as anyone. She’d grown up poor, married young, and spent much of the 1950s and ’60s trying to balance a thriving career in entertainment with the demands of a growing family, amidst the backdrop of Women’s Liberation, the pill, and the Sexual Revolution. Alicia has the goods on one of our era’s most adored performers.
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Life Is Not a Stage: From Broadway Baby to a Lovely Lady and Beyond, by Florence Henderson, with Joel Brokaw (Amazon link)
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