Life Is Not a Stage: From Broadway Baby to a Lovely Lady and Beyond

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Life Is Not a Stage: From Broadway Baby to a Lovely Lady and Beyond

Format:  Paperback,

264 pages

Publisher: Grand Central Pub

Publish Date: Sep 2012

ISBN-13: 9781599953878

ISBN-10: 1599953870

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Publisher: Grand Central Pub
Publish Date: Sep 2012
ISBN-13: 9781599953878
ISBN-10: 1599953870
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 264
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.55
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 5.0 x 8.25 x 1.0

Chapter outline

Introductionp. xi
The Faith of a Childp. 1
Singing for My Supperp. 12
Growing Up Fastp. 27
Wide-Eyed and Confidentp. 36
Wish You Were Herep. 53
Hitting the Roadp. 60
The Big Breakp. 73
Yes, I Was a Virgin!p. 88
The Today Show Girlp. 98
Do Re Mip. 108
The Girl Who Came to Supper Loses Her Appetitep. 116
The Pillp. 125
The "No Door Actp. 136
Detours and Other Digressionsp. 152
Hollywood… Finallyp. 160
Brady-moniump. 170
Good Help Is Hard to Find…p. 192
Days of Wine and Roses… and Clam Chowder and Chickenp. 206
Cutting Through the Layers to the Truthp. 220
D-Dayp. 231
The Dragonfliesp. 242
The Horse Stays in the Gamep. 253


Review by Library Journal (2011-08-05)

Who knew that the actor portraying Carol Brady, the epitome of warm, loving motherhood on The Brady Bunch, grew up dirt poor, the child of an alcoholic, abusive father and a distant, unloving mother who left her family of ten children? But Henderson believes this hardscrabble life and her natural optimism gave her the backbone to pursue her dreams as a performer. With the help of a wealthy local family, Henderson studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City and quickly landed the role of Laurey in the touring company of Oklahoma! Other Broadway roles followed as well as a cabaret act and a stint as the "Today Show Girl" in the early days of the Today Show.

But it was The Brady Bunch that lifted her into the national consciousness. Henderson is candid about her stage fright, bouts with depression, health problems, and affairs and how hypnotherapy and Dancing with the Stars helped her regain her confidence.

Verdict: An inspiring story of faith and survival by one of television's beloved performers. Recommended.

-Rosellen Brewer, Sno-Isle Libs., Marysville, WA

(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Book description

Carol Brady, the character Florence Henderson played on the perennially popular sitcom the Brady Bunch was the perfect mother, but Henderson's background growing up in the aftermath of the Great Depression was a sharp contrast to that innocent suburban idyll. And though Mrs. Brady is the character she's most associated with, Henderson's talents have taken her career far beyond the scope of one TV sitcom. From The Tonight Show, to Broadway with Rodgers and Hammerstein, to her more recent appearance on Dancing With the Stars, Florence opens up about her life in and out of the spotlight. From her challenging childhood, to her extramarital affairs and divorce, Florence writes with honesty and wisdom in this inspiring memoir.

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