Celebrity Reactions To Florence Henderson's Death Prove She Truly Was "America's Mom"
The entertainment world was shocked and saddened Thanksgiving evening, when it was announced the matriarch of the Brady family, Florence Henderson, had passed away at the age of 82. Celebrity reactions to Florence Henderson's death prove she truly was "America's mom," solidified by her role as Carol Brady on the timeless ABC sitcom, The Brady Bunch.
Henderson's passing was first announced by her manager on Thanksgiving, and later confirmed by the Associated Press. Moments later, it was reported by Entertainment Tonight that Henderson died from heart failure, and passed surrounded by the family and friends she held so dear. (Romper reached out to Henderson's representation for a statement.) The news of Henderson's passing swept through social media and, in no time at all, fans and celebrities took to twitter to express their sadness, their gratitude for her career — one that spanned over 60 years and made her nothing short of a television legend — and their continued thoughts and heartfelt prayers for Henderson's family.
Although The Brady Bunch only aired for five years, from 1969 to 1974, it was well-known that Henderson stayed in close contact with her cast members and television family. Her six "children" helped Henderson celebrate her 80th birthday, and she stayed in close contact with Robert Reed (Mike) and Ann B. Davis (Alice) until their deaths. So, it's no wonder that Henderson not only touched the lives of television viewers, but anyone who was lucky enough to know her. Her lasting impression on those who knew her, and celebrities who wish they had, was apparent when so many of them expressed their love for the matriarch of all matriarchs.
Florence Henderson was a dear friend for so very many years & in my <3 forever. Love & hugs to her family. I'll miss u dearly #RIPFlorence— Maureen McCormick (@MoMcCormick7) November 25, 2016
Florence Henderson, thanks for your light and love. You were America's mom, and we shall miss you dearly.— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) November 25, 2016
RIP Florence Henderson. "The Brady Bunch" was everything.— Debra Messing (@DebraMessing) November 25, 2016
So terribly sad to hear of the passing of the great Florence Henderson. It was a true honor to have known and worked with her. pic.twitter.com/bhgLigHEI4— Al Yankovic (@alyankovic) November 25, 2016
Not only was Henderson the mother so many Americans wish they had, she was also a pioneer for women in the entertainment industry. In 1962 she became the first woman to ever host The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, and held a position on The Today Show as "The Today Girl," before it would eventually be filled by the likes of Barbara Walters. She was also a working mother, having four children with her first husband Ira Bernstein. In 2015, Henderson told The Today Show host Matt Lauer, "There are just some things we can't do at 81. I didn't get that memo."
Florence Henderson-Warm Talented & kind passed away today.Thank you Florence for being such a kind generous friend to Alexis.— Patricia Arquette (@PattyArquette) November 25, 2016
Florence Henderson was a doll and a dame and funny as hell. RIP— Michael McKean (@MJMcKean) November 25, 2016
I'm so sad to hear this news tonight..Rest in peace you gorgeous lady...what a treasure pic.twitter.com/XuoxJaF3Pj— Erin Andrews (@ErinAndrews) November 25, 2016
So sad to hear of the passing of the lovely Florence Henderson. Look up, there's one more star in heaven— Len Goodman (@GrumpyLGoodman) November 25, 2016
A gorgeous actress who sang like an angel and danced like a Rockette. You will be missed very much, our dear friend Florence Henderson. RIP— RUTH BUZZI (@Ruth_A_Buzzi) November 25, 2016
While Henderson is no longer of this world, the reactions of those who worked with her (or wish they had worked with her) are a reminder that she will live on as America's mom, forever.