Fan Reactions To Florence Henderson's Death Prove She Was More Than Just "A Lovely Lady"
Hollywood, and those entertained by it, were shocked and saddened to hear that Florence Henderson died at 82 years of age, late Thanksgiving day. As the news of her passing quickly spread, fan reactions to Florence Henderson's death prove that her role as the beloved Carol Brady on the ABC sitcom The Brady Bunch, solidified her as America's mom; then, now, and always. Not only did she care for three boys and three girls of the blended Brady family from 1969 to 1974, she — in a way and for much longer than the five years The Brady Bunch aired — cared for us all.
After enjoying a successful career spanning more than 60 years, Entertainment Tonight reported that Henderson died of heart failure in a Los Angeles hospital, surrounded by family and friends. (Romper reached out to Henderson's representation for statement.) While her role as the impossibly kind and benevolent matriarch of The Brady Bunch was somewhat short, her rendition of the mother who could "do it all" made her a television icon. On her Facebook page, Henderson wrote, "I played Carol as the mother I always wished I had, as the mother a lot of people wish they had." She did it well, as made heartbreakingly obvious by her fans' reactions to her death.
Saddened by the new about the passing of Florence Henderson. Such an amazing talent and such a memorable part of childhood TV.— Heather Reed (@HPReed13) November 25, 2016
Woke up to the news that Florence Henderson passed away. My heart is saddened. Love her and the Brady Bunch show. She will be so missed. — Nicole (@MsAngel80) November 25, 2016
I am absolutely heartbroken to hear the news that Florence Henderson has passed away! I LOVED Mrs. Brady! #RIPFlorenceHenderson— Jennifer Irons (@TeamBobbyEwing) November 25, 2016
How iconic is Florence Henderson? Even my 8 year old daughter knew who she was. Rest In Peace, Florence.— Diane (@dimobey) November 25, 2016
Henderson was last seen just a few days prior to her death in the audience of the hit television show Dancing With The Stars. Henderson had made numerous appearances on the dance competition, supporting her former television daughter Maureen McCormick, who played Marcia Brady. Henderson even made a small cameo in one of McCormick's performances, channeling Mrs. Brady and introducing her former-television daughter with the iconic, "Marcia! Marcia! Marcia!" before McCormick and her dance partner, Artem Chigvintsev, took the floor and danced a quickstep. Fans pointed out that Henderson looked wonderful, healthy, and happy, so news of her death was nothing short of shocking.
I'm kind of shocked about Florence Henderson's passing. She was just on #dwts and looked great. Thought she had a few more yrs ahead of her.— Nicole (@MsAngel80) November 25, 2016
I loved watching The Brady Bunch growing up..I'll still catch a couple of episodes every once in awhile now.. R.I.P. Florence Henderson...— Shawntae C. Franklin (@caramellady3) November 25, 2016
The Brady Bunch was such a big part of my childhood and I still watch the show to this day. RIP Florence Henderson — Raquel Marie Salada (@raquelmsalada) November 25, 2016
Florence Henderson was the mom everyone wanted,sympathies to loved ones— john lewis (@johnrlewis2121) November 25, 2016
It's clear to see that Henderson was not only loved by many, she was a pivotal part of so many people's childhoods. Whether she provided viewers with a few laughs, or gave them a mother figure they didn't have in their own lives, Florence Henderson will live on as mom to us all. Even though she's gone, we can visit her in reruns, and remember that there is no one "right" way to have a family. Family, in the end and always, is whoever you decide it to be.