Florence Henderson was longtime pre-race Indy 500 performer

As the six children of "The Brady Bunch" struggled to adapt to sibling rivalry and teenage awkwardness, Henderson's character was the sensible, reassuring presence that held the household together.

"We thank her for her friendship and love for our sport and her friends and family will be in our prayers", he said.

"God Bless & Love!' She also sent back the 'after" photo, on which she wrote, 'Dear Campbell A.K.A. Florence Henderson - Great Job! She embraced everyone. She had incredible love for everyone and wanted to spread that joy and light and laughter wherever she went. "I'll miss u dearly". "We were like the Beatles!"

She also joined the cast of the 1995 spoof The Brady Bunch Movie, playing Grandma Brady opposite Cheers star Shelley Long as Carol. The kernel of the idea came from a news article Schwartz read about how 30 percent of American families included at least one child from a previous marriage.The Bradys looked a lot like other television families, normalizing the second-marriage family and paving the way for other less traditional homes, like the ones in "Who's the Boss?"

In 1974, when "The Brady Bunch" had ended its run, prime-time television had changed.

Her career almost came to an end in 1965 when she suddenly lost her hearing while appearing in “The King and I” in Los Angeles.

In 1959, she was on set as an NBC "Today Girl", and in 1962, she became the first woman to guest host the "Tonight Show".

And in 2010 she appeared on "Dancing With the Stars" with a professional ballroom dancer, Corky Ballas, as her partner. News, the actress visited the show three days before she passed away.

Maureen McCormick, known for her role as Marcia Brady, expressed her condolences for her TV mom on Twitter. - An ABC TV series.

Those who didn't know Henderson personally will remember her by her lasting legacy - the lovely lady, Carol Brady. Her work ethic was awesome. Due to her contribution towards cancer awareness, City of Hope Cancer Center named her "Star of Hope". She played country singer Barbara Mandrell in the TV biopic "Get to the Heart: The Barbara Mandrell Story" and talked about her demons in the 2009 memoir, "Here's The Story".

Applegate remembered a time when she and Henderson had to shoot a promo in Times Square, and filming had been constantly interrupted by adoring fans.

And Henderson came to see him perform in the role - just like a "proud mom", he added.

She also helped raise money for the Sisters of the St. Benedict.

Henderson defended the original television show from its detractors, who ridiculed it for its simplistic, impossibly wholesome plots and its idealized portrait of family life.

Florence's work did not go unrecognized.

'It's this kind of loyalty and support and caring.thus is the way she was in life with people, ' Barry said.

Until the day she died, Henderson was answering each piece of fan mail by hand - complete with an autographed picture. Her unexpected death was attributed to "heart failure", her manager, Kayla Pressman, said in a statement.

She also became a commercial spokeswoman and co-produced “Country Kitchen, ” a Nashville Network series, The Los Angeles Times reported.

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