Florence Henderson Biography (1934-)

Full name, Florence Agnes Henderson; born February 14, 1934, in Dale, IN; daughter of Joseph (a tobacco sharecropper) and Elizabeth (a homemaker; maiden name, Elder) Henderson; married Ira Bernstein (a producer), January 9, 1956 (divorced, 1985), married John Kappas (a hypnotherapist), August 4, 1987; children: (first marriage) Barbara Bernstein Chase (a television host), Joseph, Robert Norman, Elizabeth. Addresses: Contact: c/o FHB Productions, P.O.Box 11295, Marina Del Rey, CA 90295.

Nationality
American
Gender
Female
Occupation
Actress, singer, producer, writer
Birth Details
February 14, 1934
Dale, Indiana, United States

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Regular, Sing Along, CBS, 1958
  • Regular, The Tonight Show (also known as The Jack Paar Showand The Tonight Show with Jack Paar), NBC, 1958-1962
  • (With Bill Hayes) Cohost, Oldsmobile Music Theatre (also known asOldsmobile Presents and Oldsmobile Theatre), NBC, 1959
  • Today girl, The Today Show (also known as NBC News Today and Today), NBC, 1959-1960
  • Summer hostess, The Bell Telephone Hour, 1964
  • Carol Ann Brady, The Brady Bunch, ABC, 1969-1974
  • Semiregular panelist, The Hollywood Squares, NBC, between 1969 and1976
  • Carol Brady, The Brady Bunch Hour, ABC, 1976-1977
  • Carol Brady, The Brady Brides, 1981
  • Host, Country Kitchen (also known as Florence Henderson's HomeCooking), The Nashville Network, 1985-1993
  • Carol Brady, The Bradys, CBS, 1990
  • Maggie Colby, Dave's World, CBS, 1993-1995
  • Cohost, Our Generation, Faith and Values Network, 1995-1996
  • Host, Florence Henderson's Short-cut Cooking, 1998-1999
  • Cohost, Later Today, NBC, 1999-2000
  • Special correspondent, The Today Show, 2000-2001
  • Moms on Strike, The Family Channel, 2002
  • Voice of Demeter, Hercules (animated; also known as Disney's Hercules).
  • Episodic
  • Guest, Coke Time with Eddie Fisher, 1954
  • "Huck Finn," The U.S. Steel Hour, CBS, 1957
  • "A Family Alliance," The U.S. Steel Hour, CBS, 1958
  • Celebrity contestant, Password, between 1962 and 1967
  • Celebrity guest, The Face Is Familiar, 1966
  • Guest, The Ed Sullivan Show, 1966
  • "The Abbe and the Nymph," I Spy, 1966
  • The Don Knotts Show, 1970
  • To Tell the Truth, 1971
  • Grandma Hutchins, "You're Never Too Old," The Brady Bunch, NBC, 1973
  • Medical Center, 1975 and 1976
  • Herself, The Muppet Show, syndicated, 1976
  • Audrey Baynes, "Lonely at the Top/Divorce Me, Please/Silent Night," The Love Boat, ABC, 1977
  • Diane DiMarzo, "Folks from Home/The Captain's Cup/Legal Eagle," The Love Boat, ABC, 1978
  • Christine Frank, "The Captain's Ne'er-do-well Brother/The Perfect Match/The Remake," The Love Boat, ABC, 1980
  • Harriet Rogers, "Isaac's Teacher/Seal of Approval/The Successor," TheLove Boat, ABC, 1981
  • "Country Cousin Blues/Daddy's Little Girl/Jackpot," The Love Boat,ABC, 1981
  • Ellen Ashley, "My Mother, the Swinger," Fantasy Island, ABC, 1981
  • Violet Casper (some sources cite Violet Cuthbert), "Hartland Express," Hart to Hart, ABC, 1981
  • "The Sailor," Fantasy Island, ABC, 1982
  • "Rendezvous at Big Gulch" (also known as "Terror in the Neighborhood"), Police Squad!, ABC, 1982
  • Celebrity contestant, The $25,000 Pyramid, between 1982 and 1985
  • Annabelle, "Hits and Missus/Return of Annabelle/Just Plain Folks Medicine/Caught in the Act/The Real Thing/Do Not Disturb/Lulu & Kenny (Country Music Jamboree): Parts 1 & 2," The Love Boat, ABC, 1983
  • Anita, "Friend of the Family/Affair on Demand/Just Another Pretty Face,"The Love Boat, ABC, 1983
  • Sarah James, "It Had to Be Mel," Alice, CBS, 1983
  • Lyla Armstrong, "Forgotten Melodies," Finder of Lost Loves, 1984
  • Irene, "Runaway," The Love Boat, ABC, 1985
  • "Love and the Piano Teacher," The New Love, American Style, ABC, 1985
  • Host, "A Team Show," Musical Encounter, part one, KLCS, 1985
  • Host, "A Record Show," Musical Encounter, part three, KLCS, 1985
  • Host, "Musical Families," Musical Encounter, part five, KLCS, 1985
  • "Healthy, Wealthy, and Dead," Cover Up, 1985
  • Celebrity contestant, The $100,000 Pyramid, between 1985 and 1986
  • Margaret Flanagan, L.A. Law, NBC, 1986
  • Maria Morgana, "Death Stalks the Big Top: Parts 1 & 2," Murder, She Wrote, CBS, 1986
  • Herself, "The Schumachers Go to Hollywood," It's Garry Shandling's Show, Showtime and Fox, 1987
  • Carol Brady, "Brady Dimension" (also known as "A Very Brady Episode"), Day by Day, NBC, 1989
  • Everyday with Joan Lunden, 1989
  • Patti Sue Diamond, "Ballad for a Blue Lady," Murder, She Wrote, CBS, 1990
  • The Sally Jessy Raphael Show, CBS, 1990
  • Herself, "My Mom and Why I Love Her," Out of This World, 1991
  • Celebrity guest, Scattergories, 1994
  • Florence "Flo" Anderson, "Suck Up or Shut Up," Roseanne, ABC, 1994
  • "Mommies Day," The Mommies, NBC, 1994
  • Lydia Sexton, Burke's Law, CBS, 1994
  • Herself, "Caroline and the Balloon," Caroline in the City, NBC, 1995
  • Herself, Night Stand, 1995
  • Muriel, Fudge-a-Mania, 1995
  • Biggers and Summers, Lifetime, 1995
  • Madeline, "Joe's Kept Secret," Ellen, ABC, 1996
  • Guest Host, The Vicki Lawrence Show (also known as Fox after Breakfast), Fox, 1996
  • Straight Forward with Roger Ailes, America's Talking Network, 1996
  • The Rosie O'Donnell Show, 1996 and 1997
  • Mother-in-law, "Thankless Giving," Hiller and Diller, 1997
  • Voice, Nightmare Ned, ABC, 1997
  • The Late, Late Show, CBS, 1997
  • Larry King Weekend, 1997
  • Nellie Forbush, "No Sex 'til after Homework," Union Square, 1997
  • The View, ABC, 1998
  • The Howie Mandel Show, 1998
  • The Donny & Marie Show, 1998
  • Leeza, 1998
  • CBS This Morning, CBS, 1999
  • The Today Show, 1999
  • The Rosie O'Donnell Show, 1999
  • The Ainsley Harriott Show, 2000
  • Guest host, Larry King Live, Cable News Network, 2000
  • Lily, "Dark Meet," The King of Queens, CBS, 2000
  • Herself, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, ABC, 2001
  • Herself, "The Brady Bunch Episode," The Weakest Link, 2001
  • The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, 2001
  • Shirley Grouper, "Two's a Crowd: Part 1," Ally McBeal, 2002
  • Appeared in episodes of The Dean Martin Show; The Dictionary Game; The Hollywood Palace, The Jackie Gleason Show; The Jonathan Winters Show; Kraft Music Hall; in "1984," an episode of The Love Boat, ABC; The Mike Douglas Show in the 1970s; as guesthost of Nashville Now in the 1980s; Operation: Entertainment;Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher in the 1990s; The Tony Orlando and Dawn Rainbow Hour in the 1970s; and The Wil Shriner Show.
  • Specials
  • Laurey, "Oklahoma," General Foods Anniversary Show: A Tribute to Rodgers and Hammerstein (also known as General Foods Anniversary Show and General Goods Anniversary Special), 1954
  • An Evening with Richard Rodgers (also known as The Rodgers andHammerstein Anniversary Show), 1954
  • Oscar Hammerstein II--An Appreciation (also known as Tribute toOscar Hammerstein), NBC, 1960
  • A World of Love, 1970
  • Highlights of the Ice Capades: Bell System Family Theatre, 1970
  • This Is Tom Jones, 1970
  • The Gershwin Years, 1961
  • City vs. Country, 1971
  • A Salute to Television's 25th Anniversary, 1972
  • The Paul Lynde Halloween Special, 1976
  • Bob Hop Special: Bob Hope's All-Star Comedy Special From Australia, 1978
  • Bob Hope Special: Bob Hope's Women I Love--Beautiful But Funny, 1982
  • The Night of 100 Stars II, 1985
  • Sylvia Fine Kaye's Musical Comedy Tonight III, 1985
  • Host, Star Tour Australia, 1986
  • Candid Camera Christmas Special, 1987
  • Happy Birthday, Hollywood!, 1987
  • Jay Leno's Family Comedy Hour, 1987
  • Ellen Casio, "Just a Regular Kid: An AIDS Story," ABC Afterschool Special, ABC, 1987
  • Host, The Mrs. America Pageant, 1987
  • Today at 35, 1987
  • Host, The Fourth Annual Mrs. of the World Pageant, 1988
  • Host, Still a Family, 1989
  • There Really Is a Santa Claus, 1989
  • Bob Hope Lampoons Show Business, 1990
  • Stand-Up Comics Take a Stand!, 1990
  • Starathon '90, 1990
  • Host, The Mrs. America Pageant, 1990
  • The Tube Test, 1990
  • Funny Business with Charlie Chase, 1991
  • New York host, Starathon '91, 1991
  • Mom Knows Best (also known as Sitcom Moms), CBS, 1992
  • Host, Starathon '92: A Weekend with the Stars, syndicated, 1992
  • Segment host, A 70s Celebration: The Beat Is Back (also known as A Salute to the 70s: The Beat Is Back), NBC, 1993
  • Bob Hope: The First Ninety Years, NBC, 1993
  • Host, Bradymania: A Very Brady Special (also known as Bradymania), ABC, 1993
  • A Capitol Fourth, PBS, 1994
  • Brady Bunch Home Movies, CBS, 1995
  • Gail Sheehy's New Passages, ABC, 1996
  • Host, Mom USA, syndicated, 1996
  • Herself, "Weird Al" Yankovic: (There's No) Going Home, 1996
  • Host, The Mrs. America Pageant, 1997
  • Host, A Capitol Fourth, PBS, 1997
  • Fifty Years of Television: A Celebration of the Academy of TelevisionArts and Sciences Golden Anniversary, HBO, 1997
  • Host, The Mrs. America Pageant, 1998
  • Celebrity guest, Music Too Hot for Mom, VH1, 1998
  • The E! True Hollywood Story: Dean Martin, E! Entertainment Television, 1999
  • The E! True Hollywood Story of the Brady Bunch, E! Entertainment Television, 1999
  • Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, 1999
  • Cohost, Macy's Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular, NBC, 2000
  • Today: 50th Anniversary Special, NBC, 2002
  • Mrs. World Pageant, PAX, 2002
  • Awards Presentations
  • The 41st Annual Emmy Awards, 1989
  • MTV Movie Awards, MTV, 1993
  • Movies
  • Meg March, Little Women (musical), 1958
  • Carol Brady, A Very Brady Christmas, CBS, 1988
  • Muriel, Fudge-A-Mania, ABC, 1995
  • Pilots
  • Monica Richardson, The Love Boat, ABC, 1976
  • Carol Brady, The Brady Girls Get Married (also known as The Brady Brides), NBC, 1981
  • Television Work
  • Series
  • Coproducer, Country Kitchen (also known as Florence Henderson'sHome Cooking), The Nashville Network, 1985-1993
  • Stage Appearances
  • New girl, Wish You Were Here, Imperial Theatre, New York City, 1952
  • Laurey, Oklahoma!, City Center Theatre, New York City, 1953
  • Resi, The Great Waltz, Los Angeles Civic Light Opera, Los Angeles,later Curran Theatre, San Francisco, CA, both 1953
  • Title role, Fanny, Majestic Theatre, New York City, 1954
  • Mary Morgan, The Girl Who Came to Supper, New York City, 1963
  • Anna, The King and I, Los Angeles Music Center, Los Angeles, 1965
  • Jerome Kern's Theatre (benefit performance), Lincoln Center Theatre, New York City, 1966
  • New Faces of 1966 (revue), 1966
  • Nellie Forbush, South Pacific, New York State Theatre, New York City, later Lincoln Center Theatre, 1967
  • The Sound of Music, Los Angeles Civic Light Opera, 1978
  • Ella, Bells Are Ringing, Los Angeles Civic Light Opera, then San Francisco Civic Light Opera, between 1978 and 1979
  • The Night of 100 Stars II, Theatre at Radio City Music Hall, New York City, 1985
  • Alone Together, La Mirada Civic Theatre, La Mirada, CA, 1989
  • Major Tours
  • Laurey, Oklahoma!, 1952-1953
  • Maria, The Sound of Music, 1961
  • Annie Oakley, Annie Get Your Gun, 1974
  • Film Appearances
  • Nina Grieg, The Song of Norway, Cinerama, 1970
  • The one-night stand, Shakes the Clown, IRS Releasing, 1992
  • Herself, Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult, Paramount, 1994
  • Grandma, The Brady Bunch Movie, Paramount, 1995
  • Herself, Holy Man, Buena Vista, 1998
  • Herself, Get Bruce!, Miramax, 1999
  • RECORDINGS
  • Videos
  • Amish wife, "Amish Paradise," "Weird Al" Yankovic: The Videos, 1996
  • Also appeared in the video Looking Great, Feeling Great.
  • Albums
  • With One More Look at You, Manhattan Records, 1979
  • The Girl Who Came to Supper, Sony, 1992
  • It's a Sunshine Day: The Best of the Brady Bunch, MCA, 1993
  • Broadway in Love: Embraceable You, Sony, 1993
  • Fanny (original Broadway cast recording), RCA, 1996
  • Taped Readings
  • (With Linda Lavin and Marcia Rodd) The Performances of John Vliet Lindsay, 1970
  • WRITINGS
  • Books
  • (Adaptor with Shari Lewis) One-Minute Bible Stories, New Testament, illustrated by C. S. Ewing, Doubleday (Garden City, NY), 1986
  • A Little Cooking, A Little Talking and a Whole Lotta Fun, edited by Elyssa A. Harte, Panorama Publishing (Van Nuys, CA), 1988
  • Florence Henderson's Short-Cut Cooking: America's Favorite Mom Shows You How to Get Food on the Table Fast, photographs by Lisa Koenig, Morrow(New York City), 1998

Further Reference

OTHER SOURCES

    Books
    • Lovece, Frank, and Andrew Edelstien, The Brady Bunch Book, WarnerBooks (New York City), 1990
    • Stoddard, Sylvia, TV Treasures: A Companion Guide to the Brady Bunch, St. Martin's Press (New York City), 1996
    • Williams, Barry, and Chris Kreski, Growing Up Brady, HarperPerennial (New York City), 1992
    Periodicals
    • Advocate, August, 1993, pp. 54-55
    • Entertainment Weekly, May 29, 1992, pp. 43-44
    • Fitness Plus, September, 1991
    • Parade, August, 1992
    • People Weekly, July 26, 1993, pp. 60-64; September 13, 1999, p. 152
    Electronic
    • Florence Henderson Official Site, http://www.flohome.com, January14, 2002

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