Florence Henderson Turns 80, Celebrates With 'Brady Bunch' Reunion

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Friday, 14 Feb 2014 01:29 PM

By Ken Mandel

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Florence Henderson's 80th birthday bash brought "The Brady Bunch" together again.

America's favorite "lovely lady" reached the milestone on Valentine's Day, and members of her 1970s sitcom family celebrated with her a day early on CBS's "The Talk," including Barry Williams (Greg), Christopher Knight (Peter), Mike Lookinland (Bobby), and Susan Olsen (Cindy).

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Eve Plumb (Jan) and Ann B. Davis (Alice) taped birthday greetings. Maureen McCormick, who played eldest sister Marcia, declined to participate, though Williams told the audience that all is good between the "siblings."

"It's just difficult to schedule everybody at the same time," Williams said.

Asked how her sitcom character Carol Brady would react to turning 80, Henderson said: "She'd probably feel the same way I do. A little nervous, a little excited ... I think she would be out there like I am, dating younger men."

"The Talk" hosts Julie Chen, Aisha Tyler, Sara Gilbert, Sheryl Underwood, and Sharon Osbourne recreated the "Brady Bunch" opening title sequence for the show, and the talk show set became a 1970s living room.

Cast members shared memories Henderson, while chef Jason Santos prepared a classic Brady dish, pork chops and applesauce.

Henderson cited "good genes" as the reason for her youthful appearance, and spoke about the late Robert Reed, who hid his homosexuality during the series run.

"I think he suffered tremendously," Henderson said. "Here he was, the father of the world. If that had come out at that time..."

A cake was brought out at the end of the hour, and Williams presented Henderson with a bouquet of roses from the cast, as well a long kiss on the lips.

"Something I've been waiting 40 years to do," Williams said.

The original "Brady Bunch" ran for five seasons from 1969-74 on ABC. It has enjoyed lasting success in syndication, which led to many reunion films and spinoff series, including "The Brady Brides" (1981), a television movie, "A Very Brady Christmas," and three big-screen adaptations.

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