Eve Plumb – TV Actress (Jan Brady) and Whiner

Celeb:  Eve Plumb
Occupation:  TV actress (Jan Brady)

Then

  

Now

Oh dear. What happened here? Eve Plumb was the middle girl, Jan Brady, who envied older sis Marcia, on The Brady Bunch series, Jan Brady. It was she who coined the term Marcia, Marcia, Marcia. (See my blog Marcia, Marcia, Marcia). Eve got her tv start in 1966 commercials. In 1968 she portrayed a terminally jealous, oops, ill child on Family Affair. That was where she met Anissa Jones. (See my blog Anissa Jones – Buffy on Family Affair). I wonder if Anissa slipped her the drugs that killed her?  Worked for Anissa. In the 1969–1974 she starred as Jan in the hit series The Brady Bunch. Notable Jan episodes included  Jan’s insecurity over her glasses, as a middle child, and her embarrassment over not having a boyfriend. Jan’s litany “Marcia, Marcia, Marcia!” remains the most quoted line from The Bradys today. Well, at least Jan got something right. To see the infamous Marcia, Marcia, Marcia episode watch Will the Real Jan Brady please stand up?  

During The Brady Bunch era, the “siblings”  became very popular in teen fan magazines , including  the long defunct “16″ and “Tiger Beat.” The featured in  paperback books, coloring books, lunch boxes, board games, posters and paper dolls. After The Brady Bunch ended, Eve won the role of a teenage hooker in the 1976 television movie Dawn: Portrait of a Teenage Runaway. She did a darn good job too. She starred in the sequel “Alexander: The Other Side of Dawn.” I didn’t know there was a sequel. It must have tanked.  Eve appeared as “Beth” in the NBC production of Little Women, a short-lived series. I remember that one. She was good in that too. To see Eve in Dawn: Portrait of a Teenage Runaway click here.

 During that time she was the only original Brady who didn’t reunite for the 1976-77 variety show The Brady Bunch Hour.  Actress Geri Reischl (who?) was cast to replace Eve and earned the illustrious title of  “fake Jan” among the show’s fans. Yep, they had fans. In the 1980s, Eve returned to star in several Brady TV movies including “The Brady Girls Get Married,” (Marcia’s gown was nicer)which led to “The Brady Brides,” a short-lived sitcom where Marcia (Maureen McCormick) and Jan get married (Jan married a hoarder).  Eve starred in the 1988 TV movie A Very Brady Christmas where Jan and her husband experienced marital problem (Marcia’s marriage was fine). That led to the 1990 spinoff series The Bradys where Jan had fertility problems (sometimes Mother Nature knows what she’s doing), leading to her husband Phillip adopting a Chinese girl named Patty (Marcia had her own kids). To see the opening of The Brady Brides click here.  Warning:  its painful.

Throughout the 70’s,80’s and 90’s, Eve appeared briefly in “Here’s Lucy,” “The Love Boat,” “Fantasy Island,” “Wonder Woman,” “The Facts of Life,” “All My Children,” “One Day At A Time” and “Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman.” Wow. She was still popular with the producers. She was also the original Pam Burkhart on That ’70s Show (only seen in episode 6 “The Keg“). Perhaps she drained the keg and her co-stars kicked her out. After that Eve’s career took a nosedive. She simply disappeared from television for about a decade. No commercials, no sitcoms, no nothing. It wasn’t until August 2008, that Eve appeared once on Days Of Our Lives. In October, she returned to television for a Brady-theme week in “Trivial Pursuit: America Plays.” The show was hosted by former co-star Chris Knight (“Peter” – who?). To see The Love Boat featuring Eve Plumb

Since October, 2010, Eve has starred in the stage production Miss Abigail’s Guide to Dating, Mating and Marriage, based on a book and website. It was her first New York stage role. To see Miss Abigail’s Eve Plumb on Geraldo at Large click here
To see an interview with Eve about the Show click here. 
 

Why is she a wash up?  10 years out of the television scene, for one. Too many re-hashed, painful Brady Bunch spinoffs for another. Have you checked out her character Miss Abigail?  Enough said.

Redemption
She’s working at least.
Comeback
She’s working at least.
Comeback Grade: J for Jealous Jan 
Eve’s Facebook Fans: 667- washed up

 

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5 Responses to Eve Plumb – TV Actress (Jan Brady) and Whiner

  1. Judy says:

    These comments are mean, not necessary. You could have been funny without being so mean.

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  3. Joe says:

    Judy is right, your then and now on Eve Plumb is just mean. Did I miss something? And just for the record I’d rather be a has-been than a never was. Not surprising you shamelessly selfpromote your other blogs. Btw, who are you anyway? I didn’t see anyone’s name on the heading of this pos.

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