‘Brady Bunch’ Star Maureen McCormick: Her Journey From TV Star to a Life of Pain — and How She Found Herself Again

Of the six “kids” from The Brady Bunch, it’s probably Maureen McCormick — who, like her costars, will be known as her onscreen alter ego, in her case Marcia Brady — that had the most challenging time coping with life outside of the show, particularly in its aftermath. But unlike many other Classic TV child stars whose path led to self-destruction — a road which Maureen definitely treaded on — she did not come to a tragic end or become embittered to the point of retreat from the thing that made her famous in the first place. Just as importantly, she did more than just survive, moving her life and career in different directions.

Like Barry Williams, Eve Plumb, Christopher Knight, Susan Olsen and Mike Lookinland, her life as a Brady is something Maureen, 63, has come to peace with. And why not? The original show celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, the public still loves the Bunch and the actors are reuniting for what is their sixth series — this one in the form of their first reality show, HGTV’s A Very Brady Renovation.

“For me,” Maureen recently explained at the annual TCA gathering for the new show, “I always look at each project on its own and see if it resonates with me as something that would be real and just good. When I heard about this, I’m a huge fan of HGTV and all the shows that they do, and I talked with the people and just felt like they had a love for this project. I felt like this would be a really good one to be involved with, and I was very excited in getting back together with everyone. It’s been a really long time since we’ve all been together and working together, and it’s just been so beautiful to be a part of.”

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