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Florence Henderson

America’s favorite TV mom and her life apart from the Brady Bunch

Florence Henderson publishes a book entitled,

Actress Florence Henderson performs "Nothing Like a Dame" during the 2009 Broadway Backwards at the American Airlines Theater, Feb. 09 in New York City — Photo by: Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images

For millions of people Carol Brady exemplifies the ideal of motherhood. She's America’s favorite TV mom and has been for decades. However, Florence Henderson’s life has been very different from the one she portrayed on the classic TV sitcom, The Brady Bunch.

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Henderson grew up as the youngest of ten children in rural Indiana and her family was very poor. In spite of having a very rough childhood, she was cheery from the beginning and has always kept her faith.  Her love of music has always provided her with a sense joy and security. In her new book, Life is not a Stage, Henderson opens up about her childhood, early career, and many challenges she has faced as an adult, including heart problems and hearing loss.

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