Florence Henderson
February 14, 1934 – November 24, 2016

Florence became a part of Cowsill-land several times over the years. Florence was a guest on one of the Operation Entertainment shows the Cowsills were on. In fact, it was the Ft. Gorden show, that aired October 4, 1968, where of course Richard Cowsill was stationed at the time.

Florence later hosted the Cowsills on her own show The Florence Henderson Show which aired February 29, 2008.

Florence was admired by at least one Cowsill. Paul, in a July 21, 2011 interview on K-EARTH 101 radio, said in a discussion of "pretty dog-gone cute" TV moms, "Florence Henderson is too."

The Washington Post gave this obituary:
Before she became known as “America’s Mom” on “The Brady Bunch,” Florence Henderson was an established Broadway star and a frequent presence on television as a singer, a member of NBC’s “Today” show team and the first female guest host of “The Tonight Show.”

But it was for her role as Carol Brady, the calm, problem-solving, yet stylish mother of “The Brady Bunch,” a sitcom about a blended suburban family, that Ms. Henderson became one of the most popular actresses on television.

She died Nov. 24 at a Los Angeles hospital at age 82. Her unexpected death was attributed to “heart failure,” her manager, Kayla Pressman, said in a statement.

Earlier in the week, Ms. Henderson had attended a taping of ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” to cheer on Maureen McCormick, who played her daughter Marcia Brady on “The Brady Bunch.” In 2010, when she was 76, Ms. Henderson had been one of the oldest contestants on “Dancing With the Stars.”

“The Brady Bunch,” which also starred Robert Reed as a widowed father of three boys, ran on ABC-TV from 1969 to 1974. The show never cracked the top 25 in ratings, but through continual reruns it attracted a strong following in later years and became an unexpected cultural touchstone.

The Cowsills with Florence

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