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Florence Henderson

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Florence Henderson on how she got cast as "Carol Brady" on The Brady Bunch

03:26

I think that God does give us all different gifts and sometimes it takes people longer to find what that gift is. I was just lucky that I found it early. I loved to entertain. I loved to make people smile. I loved to make them feel something and I've never lost that desire.

About this interview

In her four-and-a-half hour Archive interview, Florence Henderson discusses her career as an actress, first on Broadway, and later on television. She talks about her appearances on The Tonight Show with Jack Paar and becoming the show's first female guest host. She speaks of her tenure as a "Today Girl" on NBC's Today, and recalls her appearance on Jim Henson's The Muppet Show. She then details her time as "Carol Brady" on the hit sitcom, The Brady Bunch, reminisces about later Brady incarnations (made-for-television movies and feature films), and speaks of the place that the show holds in pop culture. She touches on her long-time affiliation with Wesson Oil, and mentions her work on the first Emmy Webcast and on NBC's Later Today. Michael Rosen conducted the interview in two parts on October 20 and October 29, 1999 in New York, NY.

I think that God does give us all different gifts and sometimes it takes people longer to find what that gift is. I was just lucky that I found it early. I loved to entertain. I loved to make people smile. I loved to make them feel something and I've never lost that desire.

Interview Highlights

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Florence Henderson on how she got cast as "Carol Brady" on The Brady Bunch

Brady Bunch, The03:26
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Florence Henderson on becoming the first female guest host on The Tonight Show

Tonight Show, The (1957-1962, aka The Jack Paar Show)01:00
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Florence Henderson on her commercials for Wesson Oil

Commercials03:55
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Florence Henderson on starring in "The King and I" with Ricardo Montalban

Florence Henderson on starring in "The King and I" with Ricardo Montalban04:10
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Florence Henderson on one of the highlights of her career: being on The Muppet Show

Muppet Show, The00:43

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