Florence Henderson Of "Brady Bunch" Fame Dies At Age 82

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She died November 24 at a Los Angeles hospital at age 82.

The news was confirmed by the late actress' manager, Kayla Pressman, revealing that Henderson died on Thanksgiving night surrounded by family and friends.

"It's such a gentle, innocent, sweet show, and I guess it proved there's always an audience for that", the actress said in 1999.

But it was the 1969 premiere of "The "Brady Bunch," among the first US television shows to focus on a non-traditional family, that made her a household name". And what better way to celebrate Henderson's memory than with a shoe homage? "It was felt that she would just bounce back from it".

The world is saying goodbye to one of the most beloved television mothers. Just three days before her death, Henderson made an appearance at "Dancing With the Stars" to support McCormick, who is competing on the show. She was the youngest of ten children. "She gave them everything she had in that moment", Applegate told CNN.

In addition to Maureen McCormick, several other Dancing with the Stars alums remembered Florence Henderson after her death, including host Tom Bergeron, co-host Erin Andrews, and head judge Len Goodman.

The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences called Henderson "one of the truly great entertainers", saying in a statement: "Florence was not only America's favorite TV mom, but television royalty". She was also unfailingly gracious in public and delightfully bawdy when she wanted to be, "loaded with double entendres", he said in an interview. And I would sing and pass the hat. She showed up on "Murder She Wrote", "Ellen", "Roseanne", "30 Rock", and curiously, as a guest host on "WWE Raw" in 2010. She was actually very progressive - starting with her role on "The Brady Bunch", which first aired in 1969. Privileged to have known her and the kindness of her heart.

Born in 1934 in southern in, the actress began her career in theatre before turning to television.

She appeared on NBC's Today show as a "Today Girl" in 1959. She also ran her own cooking show beginning in 2013.

She made her movie debut in 1970 in "Song of Norway", based on the 1944 operetta with music by Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg.

She dropped out of the program after one year, however, to take the role in “Wish You Were There.”. Later she was the first female guest host of "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" in the 1970s.

Henderson married theater executive Ira Bernstein and the couple had four children before the union ended in divorce after 29 years. Then she told Lauer about her long-distance "friend with benefits", who lived in Florida at the time, while she lived in L.A. And, no, she wasn't interested in getting married again.