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Florence Henderson

Date of birth : 1934-02-14
Date of death : -
Birthplace : Dale, Indiana
Nationality : American
Category : Arts and Entertainment
Last modified : 2011-08-25

Florence Henderson is an American actress and singer, best known for playing the role of Carol Brady in the television program The Brady Bunch, which ran from 1969 to 1974. As of 2010, she hosts the American TV talk show The Florence Henderson Show.

Henderson, the youngest of ten children, was born in Dale, Indiana, a small town in the southwest region of the state. Henderson was the daughter of Elizabeth (née Elder), a homemaker, and Joseph Henderson, a tobacco sharecropper. Raised a Roman Catholic, she graduated from St. Francis Academy in Owensboro, Kentucky, in 1951; shortly thereafter, she went to New York City, enrolling in the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. She is an Alumna Initiate of the Alpha Chi chapter of Delta Zeta Sorority.

This multi-faceted actress broke new ground in television, as the star of one of the medium's most beloved and longest-running situation comedies, THE BRADY BUNCH. In 1969, when Henderson took the role, she wanted to make Carol a bit more realistic, begging the studio to let the character have a job, but her request was refused. The classic series aired for 5 seasons (1969-1974); has never been off the air in this country, and currently airs in 122 countries around the world.

As a producer and a talk-show host, her credits include 9 seasons of The Nashville Network's cooking and comedy series COUNTRY KITCHEN and the experiences inspired her to write a cookbook, A Little Cooking, A Little Talking and A Whole Lot of Fun. Currently, DirectTV is airing the very popular RLTV Network's FLORENCE HENDERSON SHOW. Florence's shows are lively and spontaneous, offering a nostalgic pop cultural program including interviews with legendary guests and on location visits to famous Hollywood landmarks as well as first hand experiences such as flying with the Lima Lima Aviation Team.

In the mid 80's Florence met and married John Kappas who introduced her to the study of hypnotherapy, and eventually becoming a hypnotherapist herself. In 2002, Florence faced the ultimate family challenge when her husband of 18 years was diagnosed with terminal cancer. Since that time, Florence has become a featured health care and motivational speaker, specializing in women's health and is a spokeswoman for City of Hope Cancer Research Center among her other humanitarian interests.

Whether on stage, screen, feature films, television or the printed page, her legion of fans internationally and nationally can count on her to continue sharing the many talents she possesses, and the warmth and exuberance with which she does so.


Living Live (2007)
Loonatics Unleashed (2007) (voice)
Ladies of the House (TV movie) (2008)
The Florence Henderson Show (TV Show on Network Cable RLTV) (2008–Present)
WWE Monday Night Raw (2010) (Guest Host)
Dancing with the Stars (2010) (Dancer)


Song of Norway (1970)
Shakes the Clown (1992)
Naked Gun 33?: The Final Insult (1994) (Cameo)
The Brady Bunch Movie (1995) (Cameo)
Holy Man (1998) (Cameo)
Get Bruce (1999) (documentary)
Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star (2003)
For Heaven's Sake (2008)
Venus & Vegas (2009)
The Christmas Bunny (2010)
The Faily Group (2011)
Young One (2013)

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