The world lost an icon last week in Florence Henderson, who played television’s favorite mom, Carol Brady, on the ’70s hit The Brady Bunch. Over the show’s five seasons, she charmed audiences with many unforgettable moments — here are just five we won’t forget.
1. The many fights she settled between Jan and Marcia
There’s no sibling rivalry quite like the one between Jan and Marcia — after all, it did spawn the classic line “Marcia, Marcia, Maria!” After playing peacemaker between these two for five seasons, Carol deserves a medal.
2. When she stood up to liars — and sexism
Don’t mess with Carol Brady! After a car accident, she and the man involved in the collision agreed to pay for the minor damage to their cars themselves. But when he later tried to imply that she should pay for his — stating that she’s an inferior driver because she’s a woman — and completely changed his story, Carol was quick to fight back.
3. Her miraculous Christmas recovery
In the Brady world, the worst ailment you can get is laryngitis (or a broken nose) — just days before you’re supposed to sing at church! When Carol’s planned holiday performance almost went awry due to a lost voice, Cindy told Santa that all she wanted for Christmas was for her mom to be able to sing again. And in typical Brady fashion, Carol woke up on Christmas morning, singing and speaking beautifully.
4. Her performance with Marcia on Family Frolic Night
Carol didn’t just wait until Christmas to break out her vocal chops: At Marcia’s high school Family Frolic Night (what we have to imagine is some sort of parent-child variety show), Carol and Marcia did a mime-song-dance performance to resounding applause from the whole family. Has anything ever been so delightfully cheesy?
5. Her many words of wisdom
You don’t become one of the world’s most memorable TV moms without doling out some sound advice. And Carol was full of it — here’s just one example below.
BONUS: That opening reel
Is there a television theme song and opening credits more iconic than The Brady Bunch‘s boxes? We think not.
Thanks for always being a lovely lady on and off the screen, Florence.