From Wikipedia: McCormick was born in Encino, California, the daughter of Irene (née Beckman) and William McCormick, a teacher. At the age of six she won the Baby Miss San Fernando Valley beauty pageant. McCormick first appeared on national US television in 1964 on Barbie doll and Chatty Cathy commercials. She lent her voice to a redesigned Chatty Cathy doll in 1970. Through the later 1960s McCormick appeared in two episodes of Bewitched and played guest roles on I Dream of Jeannie, Honey West, The Farmer’s Daughter and My Three Sons.
McCormick played the eldest daughter Marcia, a popular girl with a perky personality, in The Brady Bunch, an American television sitcom about a blended family which aired from late 1969 to early 1974 on ABC. After its cancellation these Brady Bunch episodes were rebroadcast in syndication for decades as children’s programming, gathering a long lasting, cross-generational popularity which led to spinoffs and movies.
From Wikipedia: Henderson started her career on the stage, performing in musicals, such as the touring production of Oklahoma! and South Pacific at Lincoln Center. She debuted on Broadway in the musical Wish You Were Here in 1952 and later starred on Broadway in the long-running 1954 musical, Fanny (888 performances) in which she originated the title role and whose opening night cast also included Gary Wright who played her son later in the show’s run and who is perhaps best known for his 1976 top ten hit “Dream Weaver”. Henderson also appeared on Broadway in The Girl Who Came to Supper (1963). In 1962, she won the Sarah Siddons Award for her work in Chicago Theatre, and the same year became the first woman to guest host The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. She also joined the ranks of what was then called “The Today Girl” on NBC’s long running morning show, doing weather and light news, a position also once held by Barbara Walters. Talented at skit comedy as well as song and dance, she was ideal for the Dean Martin Variety Show, on which she was a frequent guest.
Her most widely seen role was as Carol Brady in The Brady Bunch which was produced from 1969 until 1974, a role that Shirley Jones had turned down. A worldwide success, it continues to be screened in many countries through syndication. Primarily owing to her role in the Brady Bunch, Henderson was ranked by TV Land and Entertainment Weekly as one of the 100 Greatest TV Icons. Henderson’s ability to effortlessly transmit warmth and affection was an essential element to the long enduring success of the Brady Bunch. Henderson was a frequent panelist on the original version of the television game show Hollywood Squares and made occasional appearances on The $25,000 Pyramid.
Henderson was also the spokeswoman for Wesson cooking oil, from 1976 to 1996. During that time, she hosted a cooking show on TNN called Country Kitchen, and also did ads for Prange’s, a former Wisconsin department store chain. Henderson co-hosted the talk show Later Today on NBC (1999-2000) with co-hosts Jodi Applegate and Asha Blake. Today, she is the spokeswoman for Polident denture cleanser (although she does not wear dentures herself). In 2003, Henderson seemed to poke fun at her wholesome image by appearing in a Pepsi Twist television commercial with Ozzy Osbourne.
Henderson regularly tours as a singer on the condominium circuit with other performers such as magician/comedian Jamie Porter. Henderson has also appeared with her TV children whenever the opportunity comes about. For instance, she appeared on the reality-television series My Fair Brady starring Christopher Knight. She is also in the sixth season of VH1’s Surreal Life.
In most years since the mid-1990s, the song “God Bless America” has been performed by Henderson at the Indianapolis 500 accompanied by the Purdue All-American Marching Band. Henderson is a friend of the Hulman-George family, the owners of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Her performance is followed by “The Star-Spangled Banner,” performed by a notable artist each year.
She appeared in the “Weird Al” Yankovic video for “Amish Paradise” and co-hosted the daily talk show “Living Live” with former Designing Women star Meshach Taylor on Retirement Living TV. The show was reworked to focus on her and was renamed “The Florence Henderson Show”. In 2002 she made a memorable guest appearance on comedy improv show Whose Line Is It Anyway?, participating in an on-screen kiss with Ryan Stiles and Colin Mochrie.
From Wikipedia: Barry Williams was born in Santa Monica, California to Doris May Moore and Canadian-born Frank Millar Blenkhorn of English, Scottish and German ancestry. He decided as a very young child that he wanted to be an actor, and in 1967 he made his television debut in an episode of Dragnet. He played guest roles in Adam-12, The Invaders, That Girl, Mission: Impossible and The Mod Squad before being cast as Greg Brady in The Brady Bunch sitcom in 1969. As the eldest of the kids, his story lines often involved his many romances, and as the Greg character reached his mid-teens the show’s producers began to groom and promote Williams as a teen idol.
With the show’s demise in 1974, Williams was unable to attract the type of high profile roles that might have expanded on his earlier success. He resumed playing guest roles on television, and became involved in musical theater, touring with productions such as Grease, The Sound of Music and West Side Story, as well as making unsuccessful attempts to establish a career as a recording artist. However he was later able to capitalize on his type-cast of being “Greg Brady”. Amid a procession of appearances in TV and movies that played up his famous teen role, Williams ended up landing a role that was quite a depature from the Brady state of mind, and that could have shaken off that image if the role was held longer: briefly in 1984, he was tapped to play English con man Hannibal, who conspired with Holly Sutton Scorpio (Emma Samms) on the top-rated General Hospital. Although the appearance was well-received, Williams was not asked back after his initial story arc was concluded.
His 1992 autobiography, Growing Up Brady: I Was a Teenage Greg, written with Chris Kreski, spent three months on the New York Times bestseller list. The book was adapted into a 2000 TV movie titled Growing Up Brady that starred Adam Brody as Williams.
Always proud of his success with The Brady Bunch, Williams has appeared in various Brady TV movie reunions, including the hit 1988 Christmas movie “A Very Brady Christmas” where his sole family problem is missing his wife, Nora. His problem is solved when Nora shows up at the Brady house on Christmas with a poinsettia in hand. He also has built a cabaret act that pays tribute to his past, and has played himself in the film Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star (2003), which is about a former child star who finds himself out of work. In 2000, when Eminem had a hit with “The Real Slim Shady,” Williams released his own parody version, “The Real Greg Brady.”
Geri Reischl is known fondly to millions of people around the world by the nick name “Fake Jan” for replacing Eve Plumb in nine episodes of the Brady Bunch Hour during the 1976-77 television season. She was unexpectedly thrust into this well-known television family as the new Jan Brady when Eve Plumb refused to appear in a musical revival of the original 1969-74 series. To her credit, many people cite Geri’s exceptional singing and dancing abilities for bringing some substance to a variety show cast with wide ranges of musical talent.
Geri had the longest and most extensive experience of all the actresses that replaced Brady girls, having joined the cast in October of 1976 and remaining in her role until May of 1977. She continued to make personal appearances with Brady Bunch cast members through March of 1978. Geri became especially close friends with Susan Olsen (Cindy) and Mike Lookinland (Bobby) who were the only classmates during her junior year of high school on the studio set.
As Jan Brady, Geri was often featured in many of the teen magazines of the mid-1970’s, made numerous promotional appearances as part of The Brady Bunch Kids singing group, and lived life as a Brady for almost an entire television season. Her experience, although brief, is an enviable one. Encyclopedia Brady cites the issue of two different Jans as being one of the top 10 most asked questions about The Brady Bunch.
“Fake Jan” Becomes a Pop Icon
The legend of Geri Reischl is best known from a 1997 episode of The Simpson’s, in which the family performs in their own television show- “The Simpson’s Smile-Time Variety Hour” – and Lisa refuses to appear (mocking Eve Plumb). She is replaced by a “slim adolescent” baring a striking resemblance to Reischl (see photo on left). Simpson’s composer Alf Clausen, former associate of Sid & Marty Krofft and music director of The Donny and Marie Show, seems to be partially responsible for inspiring the spoof.
Although the term “Fake Jan” has been used by Brady fans since 1976, in pop culture it originated in Sassy magazine in the late 1980’s from a column which paired famous people with a not-so-famous look-a-like and labeled them “Fake (blank).” In one installment, Eve Plumb was placed next to Geri Reischl and dubbed “Fake Jan.” The rest is history.
Additional media references to Geri Reischl include 1991 promotions for The Brady Bunch on Nick-at-Nite, which referred to “Fake Jan,” and also a 1992 episode of Tiny Toons in which Elmyra’s pet hamster, “Jan Brady”, dies and her new one is called ” a mid-season replacement.” The fanzine “Teenage Gang Debs,” published by Erin and Don Smith, also made frequent references to Fake Jan. In 2000, an episode of the Fox’s That 70’s Show included a parody of The Brady Bunch Variety Hour. A 2002 episode of Futurama featured a reunion of the original Star Trek cast. When James Doohan refused to reprise his role as Scotty, they replaced him with a character named “Welshy” who could yodel and explained: “We did some musical reunion specials in the 2200’s but the guy who played Scotty had trouble yodeling.”
There was also a short film in 2003 entitled Fake Stacy that was inspired by the Fake Jan character.
In July of 2002, In another test of pop-icon status, a musician in Illinois named his rock band Fake Jan in honor of Geri Reischl, saying “It’s my way of slapping back to all the critics and fans that called her Fake Jan.”
The Brady Bunch Hour was named by TV Guide as the 4th Worst Show of All Time and pictures of Geri and the other Bradys were featured prominently. In addition, a parody of the three Brady girls portrayed them singing while standing in a trash can.
With the ongoing obsession with everything Brady, Geri Reischl has earned a permanent (if not notorious) place in television history.
Davis’s first success was as Charmaine “Schultzy” Schultz in the sitcom The Bob Cummings Show on NBC, twice winning the Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series out of four nominations for this role. In the 1965-1966 television season, she appeared as Miss Wilson, a physical education teacher at a private girls’ academy in San Francisco, in John Forsythe’s NBC sitcom The John Forsythe Show. For a period in the 1960s and 1970s, Davis was known for her appearances in television commercials for the Ford Motor Company, particularly for the mid-sized Ford Fairlane models. Davis was featured in commercials for Minute Rice until the mid-1980s.
She played housekeeper Alice Nelson in The Brady Bunch television series, and various Brady Bunch sequel series and TV movies. She made a cameo appearance as a truck driver named “Schultzy”, a reference to her days on The Bob Cummings Show, in The Brady Bunch Movie in 1995.
Davis never completely retired from acting; in her later years she appeared in several disposable mop commercials featuring famous television domestics, and has appeared in a number of Brady Bunch reunion projects, most recently TV Land’s The Brady Bunch 35th Anniversary Reunion Special: Still Brady After All These Years. On April 22, 2007, The Brady Bunch was awarded the TV Land Pop Culture Award on the 5th annual TV Land Awards. Davis and other cast members accepted the award, and she received a standing ovation.
She appeared on Broadway in the musical Crazy For You.
From Wikipedia: Christopher Anton Knight (born November 7, 1957; New York City, New York) is an American actor best known for playing Peter Brady on the 1970s series, The Brady Bunch. He has since gone on to become a successful businessman and has enjoyed a semi-resurgence in the public eye with recent TV appearances. His father, Edward Knight, is also an actor. He is married to reality TV star Adrianne Curry.
Susan Olsen is internationally recognized for her role as Cindy Brady on The Brady Bunch. She is an actress, writer, artist, producer, radio personality and, most importantly, the mother of a teenage son.
She began her career as an entertainer in 1962 at the age of fourteen months, retiring from the business at the age of 3. She returned to show business a couple of years later when a talent scout picked her out of her kindergarten class to sing a song on The Pat Boone Show. She also appeared singing in an Elvis Presley movie. Various jobs finally led her to the role of Cindy on The Brady Bunch – a show that has been on the air for over 40 years around the world.
After The Brady Bunch ended, she became a successful graphic artist. Susan worked for fashion designers and served as art director for a Malibu based clothing company. She left there to start her own firm called Man In Space and developed a line of glow in the dark sneakers for Converse Shoes as well as various other graphic art projects including book illustration.
A unique and valued relationship shared with the original Cast members of the Brady Bunch led to Olsen Executive producing “Brady Bunch Home Movies” a prime time television special for CBS. Experience with improvisational comedy in radio has developed Susan’s wit making her a successful spokesperson for a number of issues and a favorite guest on all the major talk shows. Radio experience has included both performing and writing for “Ober and Olsen” a Los Angeles based radio show which followed Howard Stern on KLSX and “H2O” another radio show based in Los Angeles for the Comedy World Network. Susan’s later appearances involved being a spokesperson for Migraine awareness.
Lifelong animal lover and single mother with a child diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome, Susan became involved in foster parenting kittens and puppies from the local shelter as an aid in helping her son understand empathy. Over the past five years, Susan has become more involved in animal causes. Susan wishes to present a rational voice in animal welfare advocacy and not align herself with radical animals rights activists groups. She is the Director of Media and Special Projects and also a foster mother for the nonprofit group Precious Paws. She takes under aged animals into her home weans them and helps prepare and place them for adoption.
Susan has recently gone back to art and has produced a series of fine art giclees sold under the name “the Art of Rescue by Susan Olsen”. Sale’s of these paintings of rescued animals and other scenes help raise funds for animal causes.
Susan has also started a line of candy, intended as a gag gift, the candy resembles animal waste and is called “Candy Kitten Crap” and “Candy Puppy Poop”. It is currently being marketed across the country and a percentage of the proceeds go to animal rescue.
She has also gone back to radio and can also be heard Monday nights with co-host, Sheena Metal on their show, “Two Chicks Talkin’ Politics” on latalkradio.com. And on Tuesday nights she can be heard with co-hosts Willie Aames and Jennifer Runyon on the “Fluid” show broadcast on Blog Talk radio.
To stay up to date with Susan please go to her official website, www.SusanOlsen.Net.
From Wikipedia: Reed was born John Robert Rietz, in Highland Park, Illinois, the son of Helen (née Teaverbaugh) and John R. Rietz. Reed spent much of his childhood in Muskogee, Oklahoma, and later studied Shakespeare in college. He was educated at Northwestern University, where he was a member of Beta Theta Pi, and later transferred to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, in London.
He gained his greatest fame as the father, Mike Brady, on the sitcom The Brady Bunch, on which he appeared from 1969 to 1974. From the beginning of The Brady Bunch he was unhappy with the part, feeling that acting in the often silly sitcom was beneath his serious Shakespearean training. Despite his discontent with the show, by most accounts he genuinely liked his co-stars, and became beloved as a father figure by the younger cast members. In an effort to bring more realism to the show, Reed argued with the show’s creator, Sherwood Schwartz. He frequently presented Schwartz with written memos detailing why a character’s motivation did not make sense, or why it was wrong for one episode to combine elements of different styles, such as farce and satire. One such argument resulted in Reed being written out of the show’s final episode. Reed reprised his role in the variety show, The Brady Bunch Hour, as well as The Brady Brides, several made-for-TV Brady movies, and new series that followed, The Bradys.
During the run of The Brady Bunch, Reed also had a recurring role as Lt. Adam Tobias on the television drama Mannix from 1967 to 1975 for most of its run.
From Wikipedia: Mike Lookinland was a TV commercial actor before he was cast in The Brady Bunch, having done around thirty commercials. He has naturally sandy-colored curly hair. Because his hair color did not match Peter’s or Greg’s natural dark brown color, he had to have his hair dyed dark brown and straightened to match. The lights on set though were so hot that his dye job would sometimes run down his face. During the last two seasons of The Brady Bunch, his natural hair color was finally allowed to show.
The biography of Susan Buckner is forthcoming.
The biography of Chris Wallace is forthcoming.
The biography of Dee Kay is forthcoming.
From Wikipedia: Throughout the 1970s Rip Taylor was a frequent celebrity guest panelist on game shows such as Hollywood Squares, To Tell the Truth, and The Gong Show, and substituted for Charles Nelson Reilly on The Match Game. He became a regular on Sid & Marty Krofft’s Sigmund and the Sea Monsters, playing Sheldon, a sea-genie who lived in a conch shell. In addition, Taylor was also a regular on The Brady Bunch Hour, playing a role of neighbor / performer Jack Merrill. He also hosted a short-lived send-up of beauty pageants called The $1.98 Beauty Show created by Gong Show producer/host Chuck Barris, in 1978. Taylor appeared as a celebrity on the slot-machine version of Match Game. On one episode of Super Password in 1988, gameplay went awry after another celebrity guest, Patty Duke, inadvertently gave away the password and host Bert Convy lost control of the show. Rip reacted to the craziness by ripping off his toupee (something he claimed to have never done on network television before), resulting in hysterical laughter from everyone in the studio. This scene has been seen on TV many times since and has even been posted on YouTube.
The biography of Judy Susman is forthcoming.
The biography of Lynne Latham is forthcoming.
The biography of Linda Hoxit is forthcoming.
The biography of Robyn Blythe is forthcoming.