This profile is going to be hard for you 1970’s Brady Bunch fans to believe so if you don’t believe me (would I lie to you, faithful readers?), read about it here. That said, Maureen struggled with a private hell that originated in her family before she became a Brady. Her grandfather was a playboy who gave her grandmother syphillis. Granny was institutionalized for some mental reason or another (I swear I’m not making this stuff up). Maureen’s mother contracted syphillis in utero. Maureen lived in terror that she would also contract the disease. Small wonder that Maureen hit the drug scene later in life. To see Maureen in The Brady Bunch click here).
That’s where it gets tawdry.
After the Brady’s were cancelled Maureen became addicted to cocaine and quaaludes, often prostituting herself to afford the drugs. Correct me if I’m wrong but wasn’t she worried about getting syphillis at one time? Oh well. Her professional reputation took a nosedive when she failed to appear for auditions, or showed up high. She auditioned for a part in Raiders of the Lost Ark but performed so poorly and a producer threatened that she would “never work in Hollywood again“. Maureen was bulimic, clinically depressed and she ended two unwanted pregnancies in abortions. Not her finest hours you might say. To see Maureen McCormick Marcia Brady tells all on WGN-TV click here.
Like Cinderella, Maureen met her prince, got married and had a daughter named Natalie. The marriage strengthened her, however she continued to struggle with her drug addiction. She also suffered from paranoia. Eventually she went clean and focused on being a wife and mother. To see Marcia, Marcia, Marcia: Maureen McCormick Speaks.
Her autobiography, Here’s the Story: Surviving Marcia Brady and Finding My True Voice made the New York Times Bestseller List and is slotted to became a made for TV movie. She has appeared on Dr. Phil and several other talk shows promoting her book and discussing her personal history.
Comeback Grade: M for milk that addiction all you can, Marcia