“The Brady Bunch” star Florence Henderson has died of heart failure at the age of 82. She leaves behind legions of fans of all ages, but it’s a true shame she was never recognized for her talents as an actress. Henderson was snubbed by the Emmys and Golden Globes throughout her career — in fact, the only major award she competed for was at the CableACE Awards thanks to her comedic performance at the 1993 MTV Movie Awards.
The Emmys ignored Henderson and “The Brady Bunch” every year from 1969 to 1974, never nominating it for a single award. One ironic twist of fate came in 2015, when old “Brady Bunch” footage of Henderson (as Carol Brady) and Robert Reed (as Mike Brady) was made into a Snickers commercial with Steve Buscemi and Danny Trejo. That ad ended up being nominated as Outstanding Commercial at the Emmy Awards, almost as if the TV academy was apologizing for snubbing such an endearing pop culture sitcom. Watch the “Brady Bunch” Snickers commercial above.
In August Gold Derby chatted with Henderson on the red carpet as the TV academy hosted its first Emmy reception of the season. “Thank God I keep working,” she told us with a smile. Watch the video on our YouTube channel.
Henderson was last seen on the set of “Dancing with the Stars” in October supporting her TV daughter Maureen McCormick, who ended up finishing in sixth place. Back in 2010 Henderson also starred on the reality program and came in fifth place.