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Soap World Shares Their Sorrow On The Passing Of Florence Henderson

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The entertainment world is a little less brighter today following the news on Thanksgiving evening that America’s mom Florence Henderson, best known and beloved for her role as Carol Brady on the 70’s sitcom, The Brady Bunch, had passed away at age 82.

Henderson died of heart failure at Cedar-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles surrounded by her children and loved ones.  Her manager, Kayla Pressman said that her death was unexpected.  Henderson had not been sick and earlier this week, she attended a taping of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars to cheer on Maureen McCormick, who played her TV daughter Marcia Brady.

For decades and revivals of The Brady Bunch, she was the mom we all wished we had, and even Florence herself had noted on a TV interview: “I created the kind of mother that I wished I’d had, and I think everyone longs for.”  Florence’s enduring career started with her first big break in 1951 when she was offered a starring role in the musical Oklahoma!  Her voice carried her to a successful Broadway career, and eventually she began landing high-profile television gigs. In 1959 she was on set as the first NBC “Today Girl”, and in 1962, she became the first woman to guest host the Tonight Show. 

Over the last 24 hours, the soap opera world has been shocked and saddened with the news of Henderson’s passing.  Here are a just a sampling of some of the stars and more who took to social media to share their grief.

Y&R’s Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki) and husband Ed Scott (B&B producer) : “We will miss our good friend  FlorenceHenderson. So charming and gracious and funny. RIP Flo. Xo”

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DAYS Bill Hayes (Doug): “Deeply saddened to learn that my sweet friend Florence Henderson passed away. Yes, Florence Henderson and I worked together a lot, 1954, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1962. We had a terrific act. You’d have loved it! For three years, Florence and I did all the commercials for Oldsmobile. They were musical and FUN!!!”

B&B’s Sean Kanan (Deacon): “Florence Henderson helped raise my generation. When I finally met her she was such a warm person. She will be so missed.”

OLTL’s Robin Strasser (Ex-Dorian): “Florence Henderson Was at ‘DWTS’ Days Before She Died  …A true hottie-She didn’t “sit it out” Brava RIP”

GH’s Kathleen Gati (Liesl): “My heart is broken! Grew up watching & loving #RIP FlorenceHenderson @ItsFloHenderson @TODAYshow Sending love to her family, friends & fans.”

NATAS (Daytime Emmys): “NATAS would like to extend our condolences to the family of Florence Henderson. We have lost one of the truly great entertainers. From Broadway to films and Daytime to Primetime, Florence was not only America’s Favorite TV Mom, but television royalty as the first Today Show Girl on NBC to her own Daytime talk show and, of course, the iconic role of Mrs. Brady on The Brady Bunch as well as being one of the first women to have her career recognized by The Smithsonian in DC as a ‘Legendary Lady of Stage and Screen.’ Florence will miss you tremendously!”

Susan Olsen (Guest starred on Y&R and played Cindy Brady on The Brady Bunch): “Of course we are all devastated by the loss of our TV Mom, but four magnificent human beings are proof that Florence was a wonderful mother in real life. It is for them that my heart is aching.”

Knots Landing’s Donna Mills (Ex-Abby): “Today we lost one of my most favorite people and closest friends. You were such a fiery light in my life and you will be so greatly missed. Forever in our hearts rest peacefully dear Flo.”

On-Air On-Soaps heart goes out to all of Florence’s family, and in particular, her wonderful daughter, Barbara Chase, who all of us in daytime have had the pleasure of knowing and working with in her position at the Television Academy.

Now, share your condolences, remembrances and thoughts on the passing of Florence Henderson in the comment section below.

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Mo
Mo

It’s very sad and shocking. I just saw her in the DWTS audience.

RIP Flo

Gerry
Gerry

Years ago, in a special edition of “Soap Opera Digest,” I read that Florence Henderson had been a fan of “Days of Our Lives.”

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

Florence and Bill Hayes (Doug Williams, DAYS) were billed as “The Singing Sweethearts” in singing tours. Their partnership began with a series of Oldsmobile commercials. Here is one commercial:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=THcjUHOFBfI

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

4ever DAYS…loved your link. What a classic find, ( the jingle aka The Music Man…so you say you got trouble…) thanks!

Ray
Ray

This is such sad news, especially to everyone old enough to remember when “The Brady Bunch” was on ABC every Friday night. It is sad to think we just recently saw her in the audience of “Dancing With the Stars,” looking beautiful as ever. There have been so many celebrity deaths (Bowie, Prince, Leonard Cohen, Natalie Cole) and ones that impact the soap world (Claire Labine, Agnes Nixon, Larkin Malloy).

Eileen Hargis
Eileen Hargis

She MATTERED!

Ricardo
Ricardo

Wow this is so sad, Florence was a classy sassy lady. Loved her on the Brady Bunch. RIP my dear lady.

davlestev1
davlestev1

R.I.P. FLORENCE HENDERSON

Darren
Darren

Florence Henderson was an icon, may she rest in peace.

Melissa
Melissa

I always admired how energetic and alive she was well into her 80s. So sad to hear this news.

Jan
Jan

So sad to hear she passed away, awesome lady, I saw her in Illinois @ one of her outings, she was a breath of fresh air, couldn’t go a week without watching her on Brady Bunch, what a great mom she was on the show, will miss her smiling face, prayers to her family

Charday
Charday

…a lovely lady, indeed. RIP

Peace & Blessings
Peace & Blessings

Beautiful, hard-working, faith-based (which she shared in her memoir), joyfully talented, she seemed as if she’d be with us forever–her vibrant nurturing spirit surrounds us, always. #LovelyLady

michellr
michellr

Flo was a great actress I always watch the Brady Bunch you will be missed RIP

mark
mark

I’m sad but she will live on forever as carol Brady and people will discover that show and love her as their fave tv mom and how great is that?

jaybird369
jaybird369

OH, MY GOD!!!!! I am VERY, VERY SHOCKED AND EVEN MORE SADDENED by the sudden death of Florence Henderson!!!!! She was such an A+ CLASS ACT ALL THE WAY!!!!! I was such a BIG FAN of Miss Florence. You will be TRULY MISSED, Miss Florence. Rest In Peace.

Amen.

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

Like many people I was shocked to hear of Florence Henderson’s passing. She was such a youthful, pretty woman and so very alive! Saddened to hear it…I can see her smiling face/apple cheeks…

Timmm
Timmm

Our beloved TV mom is gone. Who will remind us not to play ball in the house? Bless the Henderson family.

Shay
Shay

Florence Henderson’s life truly was “the story of a lovely lady!” She will be missed….

Bart
Bart

My generation lost one of the best TV moms one could ever hope for – RIP, Ms. Henderson and thank you.

Patricio
Patricio

Ms. Henderson should have been a bigger celebrity. She had more talent than most. The early 50s Florence was chosen lead in “Oklahoma ‘ the musical by great Rogers and Hammerstein. Her voice was operatic but also comical and theatrical. God bless you and your family.

I hope they dim the theater lights on Broadway for her soon.

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When Marci Miller decided to depart the role of Abigail, Kate Mansi returned to the role she played before Miller to finish the arc, which would have potentially left Abby to leave town and Chad to be without her, since Mansi signed on to just complete the storyline,

DAYS head writer Ron Carlivati told Soap Opera Digest  (in latest issue on newsstands now) the thought process of having the duo leave together: “While it was kind of agonizing to make the decision that Chad will exit the canvas with Abigail, I decided that was the best thing for the couple, it was the best thing for the fans and it was the best thing for the show. The way that they exit is very, very open-ended. It’s not like someone is going to die. They leave happy and the door is completely open for them to come back. As much as I’m sure some people will be sad to see them go, I think they’ll be happy to see them go together. It just seemed so unfair to not give them a happy ending. And I just didn’t see how that happy ending would work if Chad stayed in Salem and Abigail left.”   He added: “Obviously, if the time is right, the story is right, and the people are available, they’ll be back.”

Looks like we all need to get out the hankies after checking out the latest NBC promo for Chad and Abby’s wedding and farewell.  You can watch it below.  Then let us know if you are sad to see Billy and Kate exit DAYS, and if you hope they will be back sooner than later via the comment section below.

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The new episode of Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast is currently streaming on NBC.com here, and will be available for download via iTunes on Monday.

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Sony Pictures Television distributes Days of our Lives in overseas territories, and in ancillary markets such as digital streaming.  The DAYS suit alleges that Sony has failed to sell the show in key territories including: Great Britain, France, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, Canada, France, Zambia, and South Africa.”

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The complaint filed Monday in Los Angeles Superior Court, also alleges that Sony has provided Corday with inaccurate accounting and has failed to pay millions of dollars in profits.

Make sure to read more on the lawsuit click here.

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