"The Brady Bunch" was a story about a lovely lady and a man named Brady, a widow and widower with three children each. At 76 years old, she was one of the oldest contestants in the show's history.
Her former castmates expressed their shock and grief at her passing.
But regardless of what that job was, to most of America, Florence Henderson will always be "mom". She was maternal, and she had two families.
FLORENCE HENDERSON: (As Carol Brady) All right, Greg, if you say so. "She nurtured everybody. She was so caring", Lauer said. She was very courageous and very up front and was capable of standing for her rights. Privileged to have known her and the kindness of her heart.
"What is the one thing that, I guess, is the most different about you from Carol Brady?".
According to the sources, the role she has played during her tenure, no one else would be able to play equally. She was grand marshal for this year's race.
She made her movie debut in 1970 in Song of Norway, based on the 1944 operetta with music by Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg.
The sitcom "tapped into Florence's heart", McCormick said, describing her as a woman who overcame life's obstacles to endure as a stage and TV star, always seeing the glass half-full and relishing fun. "I would sing for people and pass the hat when I was 4". She segued from the chorus to the lead role in the final national touring company of Rodgers and Hammerstein's "Oklahoma!". Her voice carried her to a successful Broadway career, and eventually she began landing high-profile television gigs.
After the filming of the last season of The Brady Bunch in 1979, Florence Henderson went on to appear in several movies and TV shows that spanned many genres. This time she was Grandma Brady opposite Shelley Long's Carol. Henderson even hugged McCormick and told her how proud she was of her.
To broaden her career, Henderson took acting, dancing, singing and guitar lessons, even studying French and Italian. Her manager said in a statement Henderson died of heart failure with family and friends nearby.
Henderson married theater executive Ira Bernstein and the couple had four children before the union ended in divorce after 29 years.