McCormick in 2009
|Born||Maureen Denise McCormick
August 5, 1956
Encino, California, U.S.
|Occupation||Actress, recording artist, author|
|Spouse(s)||Michael Cummings (m. 1985–present)|
Maureen Denise McCormick (born August 5, 1956) is an American actress, recording artist and author. She is widely known for her portrayal of Marcia Brady on the ABC television sitcom The Brady Bunch, on which she starred from 1969 to 1974. She later reprised the role in many of the numerous Brady Bunch spin-offs and films, including The Brady Kids, The Brady Bunch Hour, The Brady Brides as well as A Very Brady Christmas (1988). McCormick also appeared in The Idolmaker (1980) as well as a wide range of other supporting film roles. In the 1980s and 1990s, she ventured into stage acting, appearing in a variety of different roles and productions such as Wendy Darling in Peter Pan and Betty Rizzo in Grease. McCormick also had a career as a recording artist, releasing four studio albums with the Brady Bunch cast as well as touring with them. Her only release as a solo artist to date is a country album, When You Get a Little Lonely (1995).
Despite professional success on The Brady Bunch and its spin-offs, McCormick struggled largely in her personal life for the years following the original series' end, struggling with addictions to cocaine and quaaludes as well as dealing with bouts of depression and bulimia, during which she lost her reputation for reliability as an actress. Since the 2000s, she has appeared on several reality television series such as VH1's Celebrity Fit Club, CMT's Gone Country (which led to a short-lived spin-off series led by McCormick, Outsiders Inn) and the Australian version of I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!, as well as guest spots on a wide range of television series. In 2008, McCormick published an autobiography, Here's the Story: Surviving Marcia Brady and Finding My True Voice, which debuted at number four on The New York Times bestseller list and garnered significant publicity and mild controversy.
- 1 Early life and career
- 2 Marcia Brady
- 3 Later career
- 4 Personal life
- 5 Biographical portrayals
- 6 Film and Television
- 7 Awards and nominations
- 8 References
- 9 Further reading
- 10 External links
Early life and career
McCormick was born in Encino, California, to Irene (née Beckman) and William McCormick, a teacher. She has three older brothers: Michael, Dennis, and Kevin. According to her biography, McCormick attended Taft High School in Woodland Hills, California.
At age six, she won the Baby Miss San Fernando Valley beauty pageant. In 1964, she first appeared on national U.S. television, in Mattel commercials for Barbie and Chatty Cathy dolls. 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. In 1970, she lent her voice to a redesigned Chatty Cathy doll.
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, on Friday nights. After its cancellation, the series was later rebroadcast in syndication for decades, as children's programming, gathering a long-lasting, cross-generational popularity that led to spinoffs and movies. The Brady Brides aired briefly in 1981 as a miniseries that was spun off from the movie The Brady Girls Get Married (1981), placing McCormick in a shared lead role alongside Eve Plumb. However, when The Bradys aired in 1990 as a revival of the original series, McCormick had just given birth to a child and was unavailable to return as Marcia, so Leah Ayres filled the role instead.
In 2015, archive footage of McCormick as Marcia was used for an American TV commercial advertising Snickers chocolate bars. The commercial, which debuted during Super Bowl XLIX, features action film star Danny Trejo as young Marcia who (in the context of being hungry) isn't acting like herself. After eating a Snickers, Marcia appears as McCormick once again.
Other film and television roles, stage debut and reality television appearances
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. McCormick later claimed she failed to get a part as a prostitute or heroin dealer for the movie Midnight Express because she continued to be identified with her Brady Bunch role. McCormick was the first actress to play Rebecca Crane on the soap opera Passions, but she was not put on contract. She also performed in several musical stage productions during the 1980s and 1990s, portraying such characters as Wendy Darling in Peter Pan and Betty Rizzo in Grease. In 1997, she portrayed country singer Barbara Mandrell in the television biopic Get to the Heart: The Barbara Mandrell Story.
In 2007, McCormick joined the cast of 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. Later that year, she joined the cast of the CMT reality show Gone Country, where she competed for a recording contract. This led to a spin-off reality series called Outsiders Inn, in which she opened a bed and breakfast in Newport, Tennessee. In March 2009, McCormick appeared on Comedy Central's roast of Larry the Cable Guy. She also reprised her role as Marcia Brady on an episode of the sitcom Scrubs as a character's dream wife.
On August 30, 2016, McCormick was revealed as one of the celebrities who would compete on season 23 of Dancing with the Stars. She was partnered with professional dancer Artem Chigvintsev. McCormick and Chigvintsev were eliminated on the seventh week of competition and finished in 8th place.
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)". The following year, McCormick recorded an album with her Brady Bunch co-star Christopher Knight, a pop extended play titled Chris Knight and Maureen McCormick, which carried both duets and solo tracks. McCormick's second solo single "Little Bird", backed with "Just a Singin' Alone", had mild chart success in the western United States. McCormick later performed "Little Bird" on American Bandstand, where host Dick Clark encouraged her to follow a singing career. McCormick released another single in 1973, "Love's in the Roses", backed with "Harmonize".
Over twenty years later, McCormick released her first and only solo studio album to date, a country album titled When You Get a Little Lonely (1995). Although not a commercial success, it garnered mostly positive reviews.
McCormick released her autobiography, Here's the Story: Surviving Marcia Brady and Finding My True Voice, on October 14, 2008, with wide and sometimes controversial publicity. It debuted at number four on The New York Times bestseller list, where it stayed for three weeks. The book was published by HarperCollins and was acquired by Director of Creative Development Lisa Sharkey. While promoting the book, McCormick 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. McCormick said that a film would likely be made about her autobiography.
In her autobiography, McCormick wrote that her grandmother died from syphilis in a mental institution, infected by her husband, who caught it in Europe during World War I (and who committed suicide a week after his wife's death). McCormick's mother contracted syphilis in utero, and McCormick dealt with a lifelong but unfounded fear that she would also get the disease, and stated that her favorite scenes in The Brady Bunch were those that called for her to cry, since this allowed her to release feelings which she drew from those fears.
McCormick had a sporadic romance with her Brady Bunch co-star Barry Williams during the original series' run. Following the cancellation of The Brady Bunch, McCormick spent years addicted to cocaine and quaaludes, which harmed her career. McCormick later claimed that she sometimes traded sex for drugs, and also had two abortions during her early twenties. She flubbed an audition with Steven Spielberg for a part in Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), arriving for the audition under the influence of cocaine and having not slept for three days. She lost her reputation for reliability as an actress in Hollywood, and one producer threatened that she would never work as an actress again. She also dealt with bouts of depression and bulimia.
McCormick married Michael Cummings on March 16, 1985, who had heard of The Brady Bunch but had never seen it at the time. They fell in love upon meeting in a church. McCormick and Cummings have one child, Natalie Michelle, born May 19, 1989. The family lives in Westlake Village, northwest of Los Angeles. After getting married, McCormick went through a series of interventions, stints in rehab, and experimental therapies. She says that treatment with psychologist Eugene Landy set her back. She began to get sober after marrying, but she still suffered from depression and paranoia. She once threatened to jump from a balcony in front of her husband. 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 that she was helped by her friendships with former Brady Bunch cast members.
In April 2007, McCormick appeared on Dr. Phil to discuss a family dispute, accusing her brother of both elder abuse and alienating their father from his other children to gain control of his finances.
Kaley Cuoco portrayed Maureen McCormick in Growing Up Brady (2000). McCormick's character Marcia Brady has been portrayed by Christine Taylor in The Brady Bunch Movie (1995) and its sequel A Very Brady Sequel.
Film and Television
|1964||Bewitched||Young Endora — Girl||TV series; season 1, episode 12: "And Something Makes Three"|
|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"|
|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|
|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 (voice)||The Brady Kids on Mysterious Island; television movie|
|Brady Kids, TheThe Brady Kids||Marcia Brady (voice)||TV series; 17 episodes|
|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"|
|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"|
|Love Boat, TheThe Love Boat||Barbara Holmes||TV series; 5 episodes|
|1978||Vega$||Jenny Logan||TV series; season 1, episode 8: "The Pageant"|
|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||Alma||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!||Tukey, 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"|
|Teen Angel||Judy Beauchamp||TV series; 11 episodes; series regular|
|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|
|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"|
|2003||Scrubs, Scrubs||Maureen McCormick||TV series; season 3, episode 2: "My Journey"|
|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|
|2014||Video Game High School||Mrs. Barnstormer||Web-series|
|2014||Christmas Mix||Kate.. Sandra's Mother|
|2015||I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here! – Australia||Herself||Contestant|
|2015||Christmas Land||Glinda Stanwick||Hallmark TV Movie|
|2016||Dancing with the Stars||Herself||Contestant on season 23, 8th place|
Awards and nominations
|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|
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