Eve Plumb

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Eve Plumb
Eve Plumb Official Headshot 2012.jpg
Plumb in 2012
Born Eve Aline Plumb
(1958-04-29) April 29, 1958 (age 57)
Burbank, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress, painter/artist
Years active 1966–present

Eve Aline Plumb (born April 29, 1958) is an American actress and painter. She is known for her portrayal of middle daughter Jan Brady in the sitcom The Brady Bunch.[1]


Plumb was a young child when her acting career began in TV commercials in 1966. The following year, she appeared on The Virginian, The Big Valley, and Lassie. In 1968, she appeared on It Takes A Thief and Family Affair; in the latter, she played a terminally ill girl on the episode "Christmas Came A Little Early". In 1969, she appeared on an episode of Gunsmoke.

Plumb as Jan Brady on the 1970s sitcom The Brady Bunch

From 1969 to 1974, Plumb appeared as middle sister Jan Brady in the ABC sitcom The Brady Bunch. Her featured storylines included Jan's embarrassment over not having a boyfriend, concerns about her future appearance, being a middle child, and her insecurity over wearing glasses. Several episodes centered on Jan's jealousy of older sister Marcia, resulting in the famous "Marcia, Marcia, Marcia!" line that has arguably become the quintessential quote of the series. Plumb also supplied the voice of Jan in the ABC Saturday morning cartoon The Brady Kids from 1972 – 1973. After The Brady Bunch was cancelled in 1974, it went on to even greater success in syndicated reruns. The show has never left the television airwaves and eventually spawned numerous spinoffs, reunion specials, feature films, and parodies.

Several episodes of the show featured the Brady kids singing and as a result, Plumb and the rest of the younger cast recorded several albums. Plumb would also provide a monologue for the Pat Williams Orchestra's 1974 recording of "California Love Story". The single was co-produced by Plumb's recording executive father, Neely Plumb.

Plumb as the title character in Dawn: Portrait of a Teenage Runaway, 1976

After The Brady Bunch ended, Plumb's first notable role was that of a teenage prostitute in the 1976 NBC television movie Dawn: Portrait of a Teenage Runaway. She also appeared in the sequel Alexander: The Other Side of Dawn. Plumb starred as "Beth" in NBC productions of Little Women, both a TV movie and a short-lived series. Plumb also made numerous guest-starring appearances in such shows as Here's Lucy, The Love Boat, That 70's Show, Fantasy Island, Wonder Woman, One Day At A Time,The Facts of Life, Murder, She Wrote, The Super Mario Brothers Super Show, Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, and All My Children. She appeared in the episode "The Force of Evil" from the 1977 series Quinn Martin's Tales of the Unexpected (known in the United Kingdom as Twist in the Tale).[2]

Plumb was the only original cast member who declined to reunite for the 1976–77 variety show The Brady Bunch Hour on ABC. Much was made of her absence, including accusations that she no longer wanted to be associated with the Bradys. Plumb has stated in interviews that she was willing to do the variety show's original special episode, but could not commit to a five-year option for additional shows. Her role would be filled by Geri Reischl, who went on to be known among Brady Bunch fans as "fake Jan". The show lasted for only nine episodes.

Plumb returned to the "Jan" role for the 1981 NBC TV movie The Brady Girls Get Married, which led to The Brady Brides, a short-lived sitcom in which she co-starred with Maureen McCormick, who played Marcia Brady. She also appeared in the 1988 CBS television movie A Very Brady Christmas and its 1990 spinoff dramedy series, The Bradys. To promote their latest incarnation, the cast appeared on an episode of Sally Jessy Raphael, which is remembered for having been shot outdoors in Florida during a rainstorm.

In 1993, Plumb had a brief role as Mrs. Noah in the B-Movie mockumetary ...And God Spoke. Two years later she was interviewed as part of a 1995 retrospective special titled Brady Bunch Home Movies, produced by Susan Olsen, who played Cindy Brady. That same year, Plumb appeared on a special "child stars" installment of The Jenny Jones Show. From 1995 - 1997, Plumb was a member of the cast of the Saturday morning sitcom Fudge, playing the title character's mother, Mrs. Ann Hatcher. The show aired on ABC in its first season and moved to CBS for its second season. To promote the series, Plumb appeared on The Jon Stewart Show. Plumb also appeared in the movie Fudge-A-Mania (1997). In 1996, she reminisced about her Brady years on The Rosie O'Donnell Show and on the E True Hollywood Story: The Brady Bunch. In 1998, Plumb was the original Pam Burkhart on That '70s Show (only seen in episode 6, "The Keg").

In 2001, Plumb appeared on a special Brady-themed edition of the NBC game show The Weakest Link. In 2004, she was part of the TV Land production The Brady Bunch 35th Anniversary Reunion Special: Still Brady after All These Years. Plumb appeared on the December 18, 2006, premiere episode of the NBC game show Identity.

Plumb attending a "Heroes For Autism" event in Hollywood, California, April 2009

In 2007, Plumb was the only surviving cast member who was not on hand when TV Land honored The Brady Bunch with its Pop Culture Award. In 2008, she appeared on a special Brady-themed week of the syndicated game show Trivial Pursuit: America Plays, hosted by Christopher Knight, who played Peter Brady. Also in 2008, Plumb was a guest on The Florence Henderson Show on RLTV, hosted by her former TV mom.

Plumb appeared in a number of made-for-television movies, including The House on Greenapple Road in 1970, The Force of Evil and Telethon in 1977, Secrets of Three Hungry Wives in 1978, The Night the Bridge Fell Down in 1983 and Yesterday Today in 1992. Her film credits include I'm Gonna Git You Sucka in 1988, ... And God Spoke in 1993, Nowhere and Breast Men in 1997 and Manfast in 2003. In August 2008, Plumb appeared on the NBC daytime drama Days of Our Lives.

In 2010, Plumb originated the title character in the New York production of Miss Abigail's Guide to Dating, Mating and Marriage, inspired by a book and website of the same name. The role was her first New York stage role. She was next seen on the New York stage when she starred in Nora Ephron and Delia Ephron's award-winning Love, Loss, and What I Wore, and she co-starred in Same Time, Next Year with Broadway's John Bolton at the Surflight Theater in Beach Haven, New Jersey. July–October 2013, Plumb portrayed Aunt June in the off-Broadway play Unbroken Circle by James Wesley.[3]

In 2013, she had a guest-starring role on Law and Order: SVU as Angela Brooks in the episode "Monster's Legacy" and a guest-starring role on Army Wives as Reba Green in the episode "Damaged".[4][better source needed] In 2013 she had a small part in Blue Ruin.

Personal life[edit]

Plumb has been painting for more than two decades and has enjoyed success at select galleries across the U.S. Plumb has been married to Ken Pace, a business and technology consultant, since 1995.

In popular culture[edit]

The American New York City-based alternative rock band Eve's Plum derived its name from the actress. One of the members was reportedly within Plumb's circle of friends.[5]



Year Title Role Notes
1966, 1967 Big Valley, TheThe Big Valley Sara Jane / Ellen / Laure 3 episodes
1967 Virginian, TheThe Virginian Kathy Cooper Episode: "A Small Taste of Justice"
1967 Lassie Terry Episode: "Miracle of the Dove"
1968 It Takes a Thief Maritsa Episode: "The Radomir Miniature"
1968 Mannix Marian Harriman Episode: "Edge of the Knife"
1968 Family Affair Eve Bowers Episode: "Christmas Came a Little Early"
1968 Lancer Pony Alice Episode: "The Heart of Pony Alice"
1969 Gunsmoke Sue Episode: "Gold Town"
1969–1974 Brady Bunch, TheThe Brady Bunch Jan Brady Main role (117 episodes)
1970 House on Greenapple Road Margaret Ord Movie
1972 ABC Saturday Superstar Movie, TheThe ABC Saturday Superstar Movie Jan Brady (voice) Episode: "The Brady Kids on Msyterious Island"
1972 Here's Lucy Patricia Carter Episode: "Lucy and Donny Osmond"
1972–1973 Brady Kids, TheThe Brady Kids Jan Brady (voice) Main role (22 episodes)
1973 World of Sid & Marty Kroft at the Hollywood Bowl, TheThe World of Sid & Marty Kroft at the Hollywood Bowl The Brady Bunch Kids Movie
1974 Sigmund and the Sea Monsters Harriet Episode: "Now You See 'Em, Now You Don't"
1974 ABC Afterschool Special Gretchen Episode: "Sara's Summer of the Swans"
1976 Dawn: Portrait of a Teenage Runaway Dawn Wetherby Movie
1977 Force of Evil, TheThe Force of Evil Cindy Carrington Movie
1977 Alexander: The Other Side of Dawn Dawn Wetherby Movie
1977 Wonder Woman Elena Episode: "The Pied Piper"
1977 Telethon Kim Movie
1978 Insight Jeannie Episode: "Is Anyone Listening?"
1978 Little Women Elizabeth "Beth" March Miniseries
1978 Greatest Heroes of the Bible, TheThe Greatest Heroes of the Bible Lilla Episode: "The Story of Noah" (Parts 1 & 2)
1978/80/82 Love Boat, TheThe Love Boat Vanessa Summerhill / Teri Carlson / Beth Heller 3 episodes
1979 Fantasy Island Clare Conti
Terry Summers
"Hit Man/The Swimmer"
1981 Fantasy Island Elizabeth Blake Episode: "Elizabeth's Baby"
1981 Brady Girls Get Married, TheThe Brady Girls Get Married Jan Brady Miniseries
1982 One Day at a Time Melissa Layton Episode: "Lovers & Other Parents"
1983 Facts of Life, TheThe Facts of Life Meg Warner Episode: "Best Sister" (Parts 1 & 2)
1983 Night the Bridge Fell Down, TheThe Night the Bridge Fell Down Terry Kelly Movie
1985 Murder, She Wrote Tug Episode: "Jessica Behind Bars"
1988 Very Brady Christmas, AA Very Brady Christmas Jan Brady Covington Movie
1989 Super Mario Bros. Super Show!, TheThe Super Mario Bros. Super Show! Jodie Episode: "Pizza Crush/The Legend of Zelda: Fairies in the Spring"
1990 Bradys, TheThe Bradys Jan Brady Covington Main role
1992 Yesterday Today Rick's Mom Movie
1994 Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman Rose Collins Episode: "Illusions of Grandeur"
1995 Fudge Anne Hatcher Regular role (25 episodes)
1997 Breast Men Mother Movie
1998 That '70s Show Mrs. Burkhart Episode: "The Keg"
1998 Kenan & Kel Teacher Episode: "Chicago Witch Trials"
2003 All My Children June Landau Daytime drama
2008 Days of Our Lives Dora Daytime drama
2012 Pox Show, TheThe Pox Show Nurse Dremel Movie
2013 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Angela Brooks Episode: "Monster's Legacy"
2013 Army Wives Reba Green Episode: "Damaged"
2014 Comeback Kids, TheThe Comeback Kids Eve Plumb Episode: "Reality TV Sucks"


Year Title Role Notes
1988 I'm Gonna Git You Sucka Kalinga's Wife
1993 Making of '...And God Spoke', TheThe Making of '...And God Spoke' Mrs. Noah
1997 Nowhere Mrs. Sighvatssohn
1999 Kill the Man Revolutionary #3
2003 Manfast Prof. Mason
2013 Blue Ruin Kris Cleland
2014 Boy Who Stayed, TheThe Boy Who Stayed Sam's Mother Short film
2015 {{{last}}}, Sisters PlotzSisters Plotz {{{last}}} Celestia Plotz In post-production


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