Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Here's the Story by Maureen McCormick

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Maureen McCormick Autobiography

Surviving Marcia Brady and Finding My True Voice

Maureen McCormick Marcia Brady
Here's the Story
Marcia Brady was the quintessential 70s teenager. She seemed to have it all—looks, brains, a sunny disposition, and confidence to spare. Like the other child actors who played her siblings on The Brady Bunch, Maureen McCormick graced the covers of teen magazines and drew screaming fans at appearances all over the country.

Her life seemed ideal. But behind the scenes a different series of dramas were unfolding in the McCormick household, and those problems were carried into Maureen's post-Brady Bunch life.

I heard about Here's the Story when it was first published, but never got around to reading it. I love to read biographies, and picked this book up at Barnes & Noble while on a quest for something light and interesting to read.

This book piqued my curiosity. Did Marcia and Greg secretly make out on the set? Were Maureen and Eve Plumb really best friends, or did Eve harbor resentment against her more popular TV sibling? Did straight-laced Greg (gasp!) smoke weed? You'll know the answers to these probing questions and more by the end of the book.

Maureen McCormick The Brady Bunch

Maureen McCormick
Maureen Denise McCormick is a southern California native, born in Encino in 1956. At the age of six she was crowned Baby Miss San Fernando Valley, which led to national television commercials for Mattel toys.

In fact, Maureen McCormick’s voice was used for the Chatty Cathy doll in 1970. She is best known for portraying Marcia Brady in the television series The Brady Bunch from 1969 to 1974.

She is married to Michael Cummings, a man she became acquainted with at church who had never seen The Brady Bunch. They have a daughter, Natalie Michelle Cummings, who was born in 1989. The family lives in Westlake Village in southern California.

The Brady Bunch

Marcia, Marcia, Marcia! Maureen McCormick Tribute

Maureen McCormick
None of us had any idea that that line, written by veteran comedy scribe Ben Starr, would take on a life of its own. Ever since that show aired, I can legitimately say, "All I ever hear is Marcia, Marcia, Marcia."

Here's the Story: Surviving Marcia Brady and Finding My True Voice
by Maureen McCormick

Brady Bunch House 1969
The Brady Bunch House (1969)
All of the establishing shots of the house were done before the series aired, so nothing seemed to change for the show’s five-year run. A phony window was attached to make it appear the house had a second story. Why this particular house? The show’s producer, Sherwood Schwartz, thought it looked like the kind of place an architect would live in.

Take a virtual tour of The Brady Bunch Home.

The Brady Bunch
The Complete Series with Shag Carpet Cover (117 Episodes!)
Starring Robert Reed, Florence Henderson, Barry Williams, Maureen McCormick, Christopher Knight, Eve Plumb, Mike Lookinland, Susan Olsen, and Ann B. Davis as Alice

Maureen McCormick
It was 1972! Our home was untouched by the world around us. Imagine if the writers had dealt with Greg worrying about the draft, Carol and Mike spicing up their sex life by skinny-dipping with the neighbors, Marcia hiding a boy in her bedroom, or Jan staying out all night after seeing a rock concert.

Brady Bunch House 2009
The Brady Bunch House (2009)
One of my friends lives across the street from The Brady Bunch house, so I snapped a picture while I was in the area. It’s a little unnerving to see tour buses driving through this quiet residential neighborhood in Studio City, California. The fence is attractive as well as functional. It keeps looky-loos from peeking through the window to see the Brady’s living room (which only existed on Stage 5 at Paramount Studios—more than four decades ago!)

The Brady Bunch

Brady Bunch Halloween Costumes

Paisley background graphic by Viscious-Speed