Maureen McCormick

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Maureen McCormick
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At a booksigning for her book Here's the Story: Surviving Marcia Brady and Finding My True Voice in Maui, December 2009
Born Maureen Denise McCormick
(1956-08-05) August 5, 1956 (age 57)
Encino, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress, singer
Years active 1964–present
Spouse(s) Michael Cummings (m. 1985–present)
Children Natalie Cummings (b. 1989)

Maureen Denise McCormick (born August 5, 1956) is an American actress, author, and recording artist. She is most widely known for her career as a child actress, during which she portrayed Marcia Brady on ABC's The Brady Bunch from 1969 to 1974.

Early life and career[edit]

Maureen McCormick was born in Encino, California, the daughter of Irene (née Beckman) and William McCormick, a teacher.[1] She has three older brothers: Michael, Dennis and Kevin. At the age of six she won the Baby Miss San Fernando Valley beauty pageant.[2] McCormick first appeared on national U.S. television in 1964 for Mattel toys on Barbie and Chatty Cathy doll 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.

Marcia Brady[edit]

McCormick played the eldest daughter, Marcia, who had five siblings. She had a perky and popular personality in The Brady Bunch, an American television sitcom about a blended family that aired from late 1969 to early 1974 on ABC, Friday nights at 8 p.m. After its cancellation Brady Bunch episodes were rebroadcast in syndication for decades as children's programming, gathering a long-lasting, cross-generational popularity that led to spinoffs and movies.

Later career[edit]

After The Brady Bunch, McCormick made guest appearances on many television series such as Happy Days, Donny & Marie, Love Boat, Vega$, Streets of San Francisco and Fantasy Island, along with supporting roles in The Idolmaker and B-movies such as 1979's A Vacation In Hell, Skatetown, U.S.A. and 1987's Return to Horror High. However, perhaps owing to the ongoing broadcast of Brady Bunch reruns in syndication, she may have become typecast[by whom?]. McCormick later claimed she failed to get a part as a prostitute or heroin dealer for the movie Midnight Express because of this.[3] McCormick was the first actress to play Rebecca Crane on the soap opera Passions but she was not put on contract. McCormick also performed in musical stage productions during the mid 1980s, including as the character Wendy Darling in Peter Pan.[4]

In 2007, McCormick was a cast member on the fifth season of VH1's reality show Celebrity Fit Club, hoping to lose 30 pounds she had gained since her mother died of cancer and needing to move her disabled brother into an assisted living facility. McCormick lost 34 pounds and, in June of that year, was the individual winner of the series.

In 2008, she became a spokesperson for Children International.[5] Later that year, she became a cast member on the CMT reality show Gone Country. This led to a spin-off reality series called Outsiders Inn in which she opened a bed and breakfast inn in Newport, Tennessee.

On March 15, 2009, McCormick appeared on Comedy Central's roast of Larry the Cable Guy.

She also appeared in an episode of the show Scrubs as J.D.'s dream wife; however, she is married to him as Marcia Brady.

Personal life[edit]

McCormick and fellow Brady Bunch cast member Barry Williams had a sporadic romance during the original series run, with their first romantic kiss happening in the summer of 1972, while filming the Hawaiian episodes.

In her autobiography, McCormick wrote that her grandmother died from syphilis in a mental institution, having gotten the disease from her husband who had caught it in Europe at the time of World War I (and who committed suicide a week after his wife's death). McCormick's mother had contracted syphilis in utero and McCormick dealt with a lifelong, but unfounded, fear she would also get the disease.[6] Hence, McCormick later said her favorite scenes in The Brady Bunch were those that called for her to cry, since this allowed her to release feelings she drew from those fears.

Following the cancellation of The Brady Bunch, McCormick went through years of addiction to cocaine and quaaludes that harmed her career. McCormick later claimed she sometimes traded sex for drugs. She also had two abortions during her early twenties. She flubbed an audition with Steven Spielberg for a part in Raiders of the Lost Ark, showing up high on cocaine and sleepless for three days. She lost her reputation for reliability in Hollywood, and one producer threatened that she would never work as an actress again. She also dealt with bouts of depression and bulimia.[2][7]

On March 16, 1985 she married Michael Cummings, who had heard of The Brady Bunch but had never seen it. They fell in love upon meeting in a church.[8] McCormick and Cummings have one child, daughter Natalie Michelle, born May 19, 1989. The family lives in Westlake Village, northwest of Los Angeles.

After her marriage, McCormick went through a series of interventions, stints in rehab and experimental therapies. She says treatment with psychologist Eugene Landy, who had also treated Brian Wilson, set her back. Although she began to get sober after marrying her husband, McCormick still suffered from depression and paranoia. McCormick once threatened to jump from a balcony in front of her husband.[8] She and her husband were at first wary of medication, but McCormick has been treated with antidepressant medication such as Prozac since the 1990s. McCormick also said she was helped by her friendships with former Brady Bunch cast members.[2][3]

In April 2007, on the TV series Dr. Phil, McCormick talked about a family dispute, accusing her brother of both elder abuse and alienating their father from his other children to gain control of his finances.[9]

Autobiography[edit]

On October 14, 2008, with wide and sometimes controversial publicity, she released her autobiography Here's the Story: Surviving Marcia Brady and Finding My True Voice, which debuted at number four on The New York Times Best Seller List and stayed on the list for three weeks.[10] The book was published by HarperCollins and was acquired by the Director of Creative Development, Lisa Sharkey. While promoting the book she was a guest on many news and talk shows such as Access Hollywood, The Howard Stern Show, Good Day L.A. and Paula's Party. The Today Show reportedly aired an interview with McCormick about the book rather than switch to a story about the 2008 recession.[11] McCormick said a movie would likely be made about her autobiography.[12]

Other TV, film and stage work[edit]

  • In 1967 she played Sylvia on My Three Sons (season 8, episode 10; "Ernie The Bluebeard")
  • in 1975-02-11 She played Hildie on Happy Days (season 2 epi 16 "CRUIZIN'")
  • In 1976, she played a teenage prostitute on the TV series The Streets of San Francisco.
  • On February 5, 1989, she reprised her role as Marcia Brady in a dream sequence episode of the short-lived sitcom Day by Day. The episode brought together the Brady family in a dream to slacker son Ross who neglects schoolwork to watch a Brady Bunch marathon. McCormick scored big laughs in the satiric segment playing a visibly pregnant Marcia.
  • In 1993, she played herself on an episode of Herman's Head.[13]
  • In 1994, McCormick played the role of Rizzo in the Broadway production of Grease.
  • In 1997, she played the title role in Get to the Heart: The Barbara Mandrell Story.
  • In 2000, she played Rebecca Hotchkiss on Passions for 10 episodes; after her stint ended, she was replaced by Andrea Evans.
  • In 2001, she played Mrs. Strawther on Son of the Beach.
  • In 2003, she appeared in Scrubs in a dream sequence where protagonist J.D. imagines Marcia Brady as his ideal bride (he shushes her when she points out that her name is actually Maureen McCormick).
  • In 2003, she appeared as herself in a "bonus feature" entitled "Child Stars on Your Television" [14] in the DVD release of Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star.[15]
  • In 2007, she played a shy, clumsy woman who was the eventual object of Jason Alexander's desires in the Brad Paisley country music video, "Online".[16]
  • In 2009, she participated in the Comedy Central Roast of Larry the Cable Guy, which aired on March 14.

Recording career[edit]

McCormick recorded four albums, with the Brady Bunch cast, and toured with them. In 1972, she released her first solo single with the songs "Truckin' Back to You" and "Teeny Weeny Bit (Too Long)." A year later McCormick recorded an album with Brady co-star Christopher Knight. The pop LP, called Chris Knight and Maureen McCormick, carried both duets and solo tracks by the two young television stars. McCormick's second solo single was "Little Bird", backed with "Just a Singin' Alone", had mild chart success in the western US. McCormick performed "Little Bird" on American Bandstand and the show's host Dick Clark encouraged her to follow a singing career. McCormick released another single in 1973, "Love's in the Roses", backed with "Harmonize."

More than twenty years later McCormick released her first solo album, a country CD called When You Get a Little Lonely (1995). Although not a commercial success, it gathered mostly positive reviews.

In 1997, she played country singer Barbara Mandrell in the television biography Get to the Heart: The Barbara Mandrell Story and in 2008 competed for a record contract on the CMT reality show Gone Country.

Biographical portrayals[edit]

Kaley Cuoco portrayed Maureen McCormick in Growing Up Brady. McCormick's character Marcia Brady has been portrayed by Christine Taylor in The Brady Bunch Movie and A Very Brady Sequel.

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1965 Farmer's Daughter, TheThe Farmer's Daughter Christine TV series; season 2, episode 25: "Why Don't They Ever Pick Me?"
1965 Bewitched Young Endora — Girl TV series; season 2, episode 7: "Trick or Treat"
1965 Honey West Margaret Mary Driscoll TV series; season 1, episode 8: "In the Bag"
1965–
1966
Camp Runamuck Maureen Sullivan TV series; two episodes; season 1, episode 1: "Who Stole My Bathtub"; season 1, episode 16: "Tomboy"
1966 I Dream of Jeannie Susan TV series; season 1, episode 20: "My Master, the Doctor"
1967 My Three Sons Sylvia Walters TV series; season 8, episode 10: "Ernie the Bluebeard"
1969 Arrangement, TheThe Arrangement Uncredited Zephyr Commercial
1969–
1974
Brady Bunch, TheThe Brady Bunch Marcia Brady TV series; 116 episodes; series regular
1971 Cold Turkey Talking Doll Voice
1972 ABC Saturday Superstar Movie, TheThe ABC Saturday Superstar Movie Marcia Brady The Brady Kids on Mysterious Island; television movie; voice
1972–
1973
Brady Kids, TheThe Brady Kids Marcia Brady TV series; voice
1973 Marcus Welby, M.D. Sharon Boyd TV series; season 4, episode 23: "The Day After Forever"
1975 Happy Days Hildie TV series; season 2, episode 16: "Cruisin'"
1975 Harry O Nancy Wayne TV series; season 1, episode 22: "Street Games"
1975 Turning Point of Jim Malloy, TheThe Turning Point of Jim Malloy Uncredited Television movie
1975 Joe Forrester Irene Kellogg TV series; season 1, episode 3: "Bus Station"
1976 Streets of San Francisco, TheThe Streets of San Francisco Cindy Lawson TV series; season 5, episode 5: "No Minor Vices"
1976 Pony Express Rider Rose of Sharon Theatrical release
1976 Gibbsville Uncredited TV series; season 1, episode 4: "All the Young Girls"
1976–
1977
Brady Bunch Hour, TheThe Brady Bunch Hour Marcia Brady TV series; 9 episodes; series regular
1977 Delvecchio Lynette Youndfellow TV series; season 1, episode 14: "One Little Indian"
1977 Moonshine County Express Sissy Hammer Theatrical release
1977 Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries, TheThe Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries Karen Phillips TV series; season 2, episode 10: "Nancy Drew's Love Match"
1977–
1982
Love Boat, TheThe Love Boat Barbara Holmes TV series; 5 episodes
1978 Vega$ Jenny Logan TV series; season 1, episode 8: "The Pageant"
1978–
1983
Fantasy Island Angela Brennan TV series; 6 episodes
1979 Take Down Brooke Cooper Theatrical release
1979 Insight Jenny TV series; one episode: "When, Jenny? When?"
1979 Lou Grant Tiffany TV series; season 2, episode 16: "Sweep"
1979 Vacation in Hell, AA Vacation in Hell Margret Television movie
1979 Runaways, TheThe Runaways Janet TV series; season 2, episode 2: "Throwaway Child"
1979 Skatetown, U.S.A. Susan Theatrical release
1980 Idolmaker, TheThe Idolmaker Ellen Fields Theatrical release
1981 Brady Girls Get Married, TheThe Brady Girls Get Married Marcia Brady TV special
1981 Brady Brides, TheThe Brady Brides Marcia Brady-Logan TV series; 6 episodes; series regular
1981 Texas Lightning Fay Theatrical release
1983 Shout for Joy Uncredited Co-stars: Michael Cummings; Robert Pierce
1986 New Love, American Style Uncredited TV series; episode: "Love and the F.M. Doctor"
1987 Return to Horror High Officer Tyler Theatrical release
1988 Very Brady Christmas, AA Very Brady Christmas Marcia Brady Logan Television movie
1989 That's Adequate Space Princess Theatrical release
1989 Day by Day Marcia Brady TV series; season 2, episode 11: "A Very Brady Episode"
1993 Bradymania: A Very Brady Special Marcia Martin Brady-Logan TV special
1996 Single Guy, TheThe Single Guy Valerie TV series; season 2, episode 4: "Kept Man"
1996 Panic in the Skies! Turkey, Walker's Assistant Television movie
1997 Touched by an Angel Jodi TV series; season 3, episode 19: "Clipped Wings"
1997 Dogtown Didi Schmidt Theatrical release
1997 Get to the Heart: The Barbara Mandrell Story Barbara Mandrell Television movie
1997 ABC TGIF Judy Beauchamp TV series; episode: "Halloween Frightful Bash"
1997–
1998
Teen Angel Judy Beauchamp TV series; 11 episodes; series regular
1997–
2003
Johnny Bravo Franny
Amberly
Pizza Girl
TV series; voice; 3 episodes
1999 Baby Huey's Great Easter Adventure Nick's Mom Direct-to-video
1999 Moesha Saleslady TV series; season 5, episode 8: "Isn't She Lovely?"
2000 Million Dollar Kid, TheThe Million Dollar Kid Betsy Hunter Theatrical release
2000 Passions Rebecca Hotchkiss (#1) TV series; season regular
2000–
2002
Son of the Beach Mrs. Strawther TV series; 3 episodes
2001 A-List, TheThe A-List Uncredited Short film
2001 Title to Murder Leah Farrell Theatrical release
2001 Shock Video 2002: America Undercover Narrator Television special
2002 Ellen Show, TheThe Ellen Show Rita Carter TV series; season 1, episode 14: "Shallow Gal"
2002 Jane White Is Sick & Twisted Nancy Theatrical release
2003 Brothers Garcia, TheThe Brothers Garcia Mrs. Bauer TV series; season 4, episode 11: "Moving on Up"
2004 Guardian, TheThe Guardian Receptionist TV series; season 3, episode 12: "Beautiful Blue Mystic"
2008 Stone & Ed Dream Mother Theatrical release
2008 Outsider's Inn The Innkeeper TV series; series regular; 7 episodes
2011 Prayer Hour Stage Mom TV movie
2011 Christmas Spirit Sarah TV movie
2012 Snow White: A Deadly Summer Eve Direct-to-video

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Presenter Award Result
2005–
2006
TV Land Awards Choice Dream Sequence Nominated
2005 TV Land Awards Choice Singing Siblings (shared with the kids of The Brady Bunch) Nominated
2006 TV Land Awards Most Beautiful Braces Nominated
2007 TV Land Award Pop Culture Award Won

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Maureen McCormick Biography (1956–)". Filmreference.com. Retrieved 2010-05-07. 
  2. ^ a b c "And the Truth Will Set You Free: Maureen McCormick Steve Duin for The Oregonian October 17, 2008". Blog.oregonlive.com. Retrieved 2010-05-07. 
  3. ^ a b "A Very Brady Confession Maureen McCormick for Newsweek Magazine November 10, 2008 issue". Newsweek.com. 2008-11-10. Retrieved 2010-05-07. 
  4. ^ "Brady World Peter Pan". Retrieved 22 October 2013. 
  5. ^ https://www.children.org/AChildJustForYou-3MonthsFreeTV.asp?
  6. ^ okmagazine.com, McCormick Talks Cocaine, Abortions & Syphilis, 16 October 2008. Retrieved 3 October 2009.
  7. ^ Brady Bunch star 'traded drugs for sex' The Times October 14, 2008
  8. ^ a b "Marcia Brady" On Her Drug Use, Paranoia CBS Early Show November 21, 2008". Cbsnews.com. 2008-11-21. Retrieved 2010-05-07. 
  9. ^ "The True Life of Marcia Brady". Drphil.com. Retrieved 2010-05-07. 
  10. ^ "New Thriller "The Brass Verdict" By Michael Connelly Tops New York Times Best Seller List AHN October 27, 2008". Allheadlinenews.com. Retrieved 2010-05-07. 
  11. ^ Thursday, October 16, 2008 (2008-10-16). "The Thursday wrap Pittsburgh Tribune Review October 16, 2008". Pittsburghlive.com. Retrieved 2010-05-07. 
  12. ^ "‘Brady Bunch’ Star’s Memoirs May Be Made Into A Movie Access Hollywood October 25, 2008". Accesshollywood.com. 2008-10-25. Retrieved 2010-05-07. 
  13. ^ Herman's Head (TV series), episode "When Hermy Met Maureen McCormick" (first aired 18 November 1993) at Internet Movie Database
  14. ^ “” (1991-08-14). "Child Stars On Your Television (Some Bad Language)". YouTube. Retrieved 2010-10-07. 
  15. ^ [1] at Internet Movie Database
  16. ^ "Broadcast Yourself". YouTube. Retrieved 2010-10-07. 

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