Maureen McCormick

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Maureen McCormick
Maureen McCormick Maui crop.PNG
At a booksigning for her book Here's the Story: Surviving Marcia Brady and Finding My True Voice in Maui, December 2009
BornMaureen Denise McCormick
(1956-08-05) August 5, 1956 (age 57)
Encino, California, U.S.
OccupationActress, singer
Years active1964–present
Spouse(s)Michael Cummings (m. 1985–present)
ChildrenNatalie Cummings (b. 1989)
 
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Maureen McCormick
Maureen McCormick Maui crop.PNG
At a booksigning for her book Here's the Story: Surviving Marcia Brady and Finding My True Voice in Maui, December 2009
BornMaureen Denise McCormick
(1956-08-05) August 5, 1956 (age 57)
Encino, California, U.S.
OccupationActress, singer
Years active1964–present
Spouse(s)Michael Cummings (m. 1985–present)
ChildrenNatalie Cummings (b. 1989)

Maureen Denise McCormick (born August 5, 1956) is an American actress, author, and recording artist. She is most widely known for her career as a child actress, during which she portrayed Marcia Brady on ABC's The Brady Bunch from 1969 to 1974.

Early life and career[edit]

Maureen McCormick was born in Encino, California, the daughter of Irene (née Beckman) and William McCormick, a teacher.[1] She has three older brothers: Michael, Dennis and Kevin. At the age of six she won the Baby Miss San Fernando Valley beauty pageant.[2] McCormick first appeared on national U.S. television in 1964 for Mattel toys on Barbie and Chatty Cathy doll commercials. She lent her voice to a redesigned Chatty Cathy doll in 1970. Through the later 1960s McCormick appeared in two episodes of Bewitched and played guest roles on I Dream of Jeannie, Honey West, The Farmer's Daughter and My Three Sons.

Marcia Brady[edit]

McCormick played the eldest daughter, Marcia, who had five siblings. She had a perky and popular personality in The Brady Bunch, an American television sitcom about a blended family that aired from late 1969 to early 1974 on ABC, Friday nights at 8 p.m. After its cancellation Brady Bunch episodes were rebroadcast in syndication for decades as children's programming, gathering a long-lasting, cross-generational popularity that led to spinoffs and movies.

Later career[edit]

After The Brady Bunch, McCormick made guest appearances on many television series such as Happy Days, Donny & Marie, Love Boat, Vega$, Streets of San Francisco and Fantasy Island, along with supporting roles in The Idolmaker and B-movies such as 1979's A Vacation In Hell, Skatetown, U.S.A. and 1987's Return to Horror High. However, perhaps owing to the ongoing broadcast of Brady Bunch reruns in syndication, she may have become typecast[by whom?]. McCormick later claimed she failed to get a part as a prostitute or heroin dealer for the movie Midnight Express because of this.[3] McCormick was the first actress to play Rebecca Crane on the soap opera Passions but she was not put on contract. McCormick also performed in musical stage productions during the mid 1980s, including as the character Wendy Darling in Peter Pan.[4]

In 2007, McCormick was a cast member on the fifth season of VH1's reality show Celebrity Fit Club, hoping to lose 30 pounds she had gained since her mother died of cancer and needing to move her disabled brother into an assisted living facility. McCormick lost 34 pounds and, in June of that year, was the individual winner of the series.

In 2008, she became a spokesperson for Children International.[5] Later that year, she became a cast member on the CMT reality show Gone Country. This led to a spin-off reality series called Outsiders Inn in which she opened a bed and breakfast inn in Newport, Tennessee.

On March 15, 2009, McCormick appeared on Comedy Central's roast of Larry the Cable Guy.

She also appeared in an episode of the show Scrubs as J.D.'s dream wife; however, she is married to him as Marcia Brady.

Personal life[edit]

McCormick and fellow Brady Bunch cast member Barry Williams had a sporadic romance during the original series run, with their first romantic kiss happening in the summer of 1972, while filming the Hawaiian episodes.

In her autobiography, McCormick wrote that her grandmother died from syphilis in a mental institution, having gotten the disease from her husband who had caught it in Europe at the time of World War I (and who committed suicide a week after his wife's death). McCormick's mother had contracted syphilis in utero and McCormick dealt with a lifelong, but unfounded, fear she would also get the disease.[6] Hence, McCormick later said her favorite scenes in The Brady Bunch were those that called for her to cry, since this allowed her to release feelings she drew from those fears.

Following the cancellation of The Brady Bunch, McCormick went through years of addiction to cocaine and quaaludes that harmed her career. McCormick later claimed she sometimes traded sex for drugs. She also had two abortions during her early twenties. She flubbed an audition with Steven Spielberg for a part in Raiders of the Lost Ark, showing up high on cocaine and sleepless for three days. She lost her reputation for reliability in Hollywood, and one producer threatened that she would never work as an actress again. She also dealt with bouts of depression and bulimia.[2][7]

On March 16, 1985 she married Michael Cummings, who had heard of The Brady Bunch but had never seen it. They fell in love upon meeting in a church.[8] McCormick and Cummings have one child, daughter Natalie Michelle, born May 19, 1989. The family lives in Westlake Village, northwest of Los Angeles.

After her marriage, McCormick went through a series of interventions, stints in rehab and experimental therapies. She says treatment with psychologist Eugene Landy, who had also treated Brian Wilson, set her back. Although she began to get sober after marrying her husband, McCormick still suffered from depression and paranoia. McCormick once threatened to jump from a balcony in front of her husband.[8] She and her husband were at first wary of medication, but McCormick has been treated with antidepressant medication such as Prozac since the 1990s. McCormick also said she was helped by her friendships with former Brady Bunch cast members.[2][3]

In April 2007, on the TV series Dr. Phil, McCormick talked about a family dispute, accusing her brother of both elder abuse and alienating their father from his other children to gain control of his finances.[9]

Autobiography[edit]

On October 14, 2008, with wide and sometimes controversial publicity, she released her autobiography Here's the Story: Surviving Marcia Brady and Finding My True Voice, which debuted at number four on The New York Times Best Seller List and stayed on the list for three weeks.[10] The book was published by HarperCollins and was acquired by the Director of Creative Development, Lisa Sharkey. While promoting the book she was a guest on many news and talk shows such as Access Hollywood, The Howard Stern Show, Good Day L.A. and Paula's Party. The Today Show reportedly aired an interview with McCormick about the book rather than switch to a story about the 2008 recession.[11] McCormick said a movie would likely be made about her autobiography.[12]

Other TV, film and stage work[edit]

Recording career[edit]

McCormick recorded four albums, with the Brady Bunch cast, and toured with them. In 1972, she released her first solo single with the songs "Truckin' Back to You" and "Teeny Weeny Bit (Too Long)." A year later McCormick recorded an album with Brady co-star Christopher Knight. The pop LP, called Chris Knight and Maureen McCormick, carried both duets and solo tracks by the two young television stars. McCormick's second solo single was "Little Bird", backed with "Just a Singin' Alone", had mild chart success in the western US. McCormick performed "Little Bird" on American Bandstand and the show's host Dick Clark encouraged her to follow a singing career. McCormick released another single in 1973, "Love's in the Roses", backed with "Harmonize."

More than twenty years later McCormick released her first solo album, a country CD called When You Get a Little Lonely (1995). Although not a commercial success, it gathered mostly positive reviews.

In 1997, she played country singer Barbara Mandrell in the television biography Get to the Heart: The Barbara Mandrell Story and in 2008 competed for a record contract on the CMT reality show Gone Country.

Biographical portrayals[edit]

Kaley Cuoco portrayed Maureen McCormick in Growing Up Brady. McCormick's character Marcia Brady has been portrayed by Christine Taylor in The Brady Bunch Movie and A Very Brady Sequel.

Filmography[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1965Farmer's Daughter, TheThe Farmer's DaughterChristineTV series; season 2, episode 25: "Why Don't They Ever Pick Me?"
1965BewitchedYoung Endora — GirlTV series; season 2, episode 7: "Trick or Treat"
1965Honey WestMargaret Mary DriscollTV series; season 1, episode 8: "In the Bag"
1965–
1966
Camp RunamuckMaureen SullivanTV series; two episodes; season 1, episode 1: "Who Stole My Bathtub"; season 1, episode 16: "Tomboy"
1966I Dream of JeannieSusanTV series; season 1, episode 20: "My Master, the Doctor"
1967My Three SonsSylvia WaltersTV series; season 8, episode 10: "Ernie the Bluebeard"
1969Arrangement, TheThe ArrangementUncreditedZephyr Commercial
1969–
1974
Brady Bunch, TheThe Brady BunchMarcia BradyTV series; 116 episodes; series regular
1971Cold TurkeyTalking DollVoice
1972ABC Saturday Superstar Movie, TheThe ABC Saturday Superstar MovieMarcia BradyThe Brady Kids on Mysterious Island; television movie; voice
1972–
1973
Brady Kids, TheThe Brady KidsMarcia BradyTV series; voice
1973Marcus Welby, M.D.Sharon BoydTV series; season 4, episode 23: "The Day After Forever"
1975Happy DaysHildieTV series; season 2, episode 16: "Cruisin'"
1975Harry ONancy WayneTV series; season 1, episode 22: "Street Games"
1975Turning Point of Jim Malloy, TheThe Turning Point of Jim MalloyUncreditedTelevision movie
1975Joe ForresterIrene KelloggTV series; season 1, episode 3: "Bus Station"
1976Streets of San Francisco, TheThe Streets of San FranciscoCindy LawsonTV series; season 5, episode 5: "No Minor Vices"
1976Pony Express RiderRose of SharonTheatrical release
1976GibbsvilleUncreditedTV series; season 1, episode 4: "All the Young Girls"
1976–
1977
Brady Bunch Hour, TheThe Brady Bunch HourMarcia BradyTV series; 9 episodes; series regular
1977DelvecchioLynette YoundfellowTV series; season 1, episode 14: "One Little Indian"
1977Moonshine County ExpressSissy HammerTheatrical release
1977Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries, TheThe Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew MysteriesKaren PhillipsTV series; season 2, episode 10: "Nancy Drew's Love Match"
1977–
1982
Love Boat, TheThe Love BoatBarbara HolmesTV series; 5 episodes
1978Vega$Jenny LoganTV series; season 1, episode 8: "The Pageant"
1978–
1983
Fantasy IslandAngela BrennanTV series; 6 episodes
1979Take DownBrooke CooperTheatrical release
1979InsightJennyTV series; one episode: "When, Jenny? When?"
1979Lou GrantTiffanyTV series; season 2, episode 16: "Sweep"
1979Vacation in Hell, AA Vacation in HellMargretTelevision movie
1979Runaways, TheThe RunawaysJanetTV series; season 2, episode 2: "Throwaway Child"
1979Skatetown, U.S.A.SusanTheatrical release
1980Idolmaker, TheThe IdolmakerEllen FieldsTheatrical release
1981Brady Girls Get Married, TheThe Brady Girls Get MarriedMarcia BradyTV special
1981Brady Brides, TheThe Brady BridesMarcia Brady-LoganTV series; 6 episodes; series regular
1981Texas LightningFayTheatrical release
1983Shout for JoyUncreditedCo-stars: Michael Cummings; Robert Pierce
1986New Love, American StyleUncreditedTV series; episode: "Love and the F.M. Doctor"
1987Return to Horror HighOfficer TylerTheatrical release
1988Very Brady Christmas, AA Very Brady ChristmasMarcia Brady LoganTelevision movie
1989That's AdequateSpace PrincessTheatrical release
1989Day by DayMarcia BradyTV series; season 2, episode 11: "A Very Brady Episode"
1993Bradymania: A Very Brady SpecialMarcia Martin Brady-LoganTV special
1996Single Guy, TheThe Single GuyValerieTV series; season 2, episode 4: "Kept Man"
1996Panic in the Skies!Turkey, Walker's AssistantTelevision movie
1997Touched by an AngelJodiTV series; season 3, episode 19: "Clipped Wings"
1997DogtownDidi SchmidtTheatrical release
1997Get to the Heart: The Barbara Mandrell StoryBarbara MandrellTelevision movie
1997ABC TGIFJudy BeauchampTV series; episode: "Halloween Frightful Bash"
1997–
1998
Teen AngelJudy BeauchampTV series; 11 episodes; series regular
1997–
2003
Johnny BravoFranny
Amberly
Pizza Girl
TV series; voice; 3 episodes
1999Baby Huey's Great Easter AdventureNick's MomDirect-to-video
1999MoeshaSalesladyTV series; season 5, episode 8: "Isn't She Lovely?"
2000Million Dollar Kid, TheThe Million Dollar KidBetsy HunterTheatrical release
2000PassionsRebecca Hotchkiss (#1)TV series; season regular
2000–
2002
Son of the BeachMrs. StrawtherTV series; 3 episodes
2001A-List, TheThe A-ListUncreditedShort film
2001Title to MurderLeah FarrellTheatrical release
2001Shock Video 2002: America UndercoverNarratorTelevision special
2002Ellen Show, TheThe Ellen ShowRita CarterTV series; season 1, episode 14: "Shallow Gal"
2002Jane White Is Sick & TwistedNancyTheatrical release
2003Brothers Garcia, TheThe Brothers GarciaMrs. BauerTV series; season 4, episode 11: "Moving on Up"
2004Guardian, TheThe GuardianReceptionistTV series; season 3, episode 12: "Beautiful Blue Mystic"
2008Stone & EdDream MotherTheatrical release
2008Outsider's InnThe InnkeeperTV series; series regular; 7 episodes
2011Prayer HourStage MomTV movie
2011Christmas SpiritSarahTV movie
2012Snow White: A Deadly SummerEveDirect-to-video

Awards and nominations[edit]

YearPresenterAwardResult
2005–
2006
TV Land AwardsChoice Dream SequenceNominated
2005TV Land AwardsChoice Singing Siblings (shared with the kids of The Brady Bunch)Nominated
2006TV Land AwardsMost Beautiful BracesNominated
2007TV Land AwardPop Culture AwardWon

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Maureen McCormick Biography (1956–)". Filmreference.com. Retrieved 2010-05-07. 
  2. ^ a b c "And the Truth Will Set You Free: Maureen McCormick Steve Duin for The Oregonian October 17, 2008". Blog.oregonlive.com. Retrieved 2010-05-07. 
  3. ^ a b "A Very Brady Confession Maureen McCormick for Newsweek Magazine November 10, 2008 issue". Newsweek.com. 2008-11-10. Retrieved 2010-05-07. 
  4. ^ "Brady World Peter Pan". Retrieved 22 October 2013. 
  5. ^ https://www.children.org/AChildJustForYou-3MonthsFreeTV.asp?
  6. ^ okmagazine.com, McCormick Talks Cocaine, Abortions & Syphilis, 16 October 2008. Retrieved 3 October 2009.
  7. ^ Brady Bunch star 'traded drugs for sex' The Times October 14, 2008
  8. ^ a b "Marcia Brady" On Her Drug Use, Paranoia CBS Early Show November 21, 2008". Cbsnews.com. 2008-11-21. Retrieved 2010-05-07. 
  9. ^ "The True Life of Marcia Brady". Drphil.com. Retrieved 2010-05-07. 
  10. ^ "New Thriller "The Brass Verdict" By Michael Connelly Tops New York Times Best Seller List AHN October 27, 2008". Allheadlinenews.com. Retrieved 2010-05-07. 
  11. ^ Thursday, October 16, 2008 (2008-10-16). "The Thursday wrap Pittsburgh Tribune Review October 16, 2008". Pittsburghlive.com. Retrieved 2010-05-07. 
  12. ^ "‘Brady Bunch’ Star’s Memoirs May Be Made Into A Movie Access Hollywood October 25, 2008". Accesshollywood.com. 2008-10-25. Retrieved 2010-05-07. 
  13. ^ Herman's Head (TV series), episode "When Hermy Met Maureen McCormick" (first aired 18 November 1993) at Internet Movie Database
  14. ^ “” (1991-08-14). "Child Stars On Your Television (Some Bad Language)". YouTube. Retrieved 2010-10-07. 
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