Florence Henderson started her career on the stage, performing in musicals, such as the touring production of Oklahoma! and South Pacific at Lincoln Center. She debuted on Broadway in the musical Wish You Were Here in 1952 and later starred on Broadway in the long-running 1954 musical, Fanny (888 performances) in which she originated the title role. Ms. Henderson also appeared on Broadway in The Girl Who Came to Supper (1963). In 1962, she won the Sarah Siddons Award for her work in Chicago theater, and the same year became the first woman to guest host “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.”
She also joined the ranks of what was then called “The Today Girl” on NBC’s long-running morning show, doing weather and light news, a position also once held by Barbara Walters. Her most widely seen role was as Carol Brady in “The Brady Bunch,” which aired on ABC from 1969 until 1974. Primarily owing to her role in “The Brady Bunch,” Florence Henderson was ranked by TV Land and Entertainment Weekly as one of the “100 Greatest TV Icons.”
Post date: Monday, September 19, 2011
Life Is Not a Stage: From Broadway Baby to a Lovely Lady and Beyond
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