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R.I.P. Florence Henderson, beloved mom of 'The Brady Bunch'

The actress died on Thanksgiving at the age of 82.

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Before becoming Carol Brady, the all-American mother of six, Florence Henderson had accomplished much. The Broadway star became the first woman to guest host The Tonight Show in 1962, in the transition period between Paar and Carson.

On the theatrical stage, the Indiana native headlined as the original lead in the musical Fanny. In 1969, after appearing in a handful of Oldsmobile commercials, Henderson landed her first major TV role, portraying the mother of three girls — Marcia, Jan and Cindy — who marries a widowed father of three boys. The role of Carol Brady had originally been offered to her best friend, Shirley Jones, who turned down the job. Of course, Jones would soon become an iconic small screen mom herself on The Partridge Family.

On Thursday, November 24, the longtime actress passed away. She was 82. Her sudden death was confirmed by her publicist, according to The New York Times.

Mere weeks earlier, Henderson had attended a taping of Dancing with the Stars, to support her former onscreen daughter, Maureen McCormick. Henderson herself had appeared on the dance competition series in 2010.

On Twitter, McCormick wrote: "Florence Henderson was a dear friend for so very many years & in my

She will be missed by all. What is your favorite Carol Brady moment?

MeTV will pay tribute to the late, great actress on Sunday, December 4, at 12PM | 11C by highlighting some of her best episodes of The Brady Bunch.

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  • BOBBY VEE, TEEN IDOL OF THE 1960S
  • EDDIE APPLEGATE OF 'THE PATTY DUKE SHOW'
  • GARRY MARSHALL
  • PATTY DUKE
  • BETH HOWLAND FROM 'ALICE'
  • MIKE MINOR OF 'PETTICOAT JUNCTION'
  • WILLIAM SCHALLERT OF 'THE PATTY DUKE SHOW'
  • ROBERT HORTON OF 'WAGON TRAIN'
  • JACK RILEY OF 'THE BOB NEWHART SHOW' AND 'RUGRATS'
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  • THERESA SALDANA FROM 'THE COMMISH'
  • FRANK SINATRA, JR.
  • EARL HAMNER, JR., CREATOR OF 'THE WALTONS' AND 'FALCON CREST'
  • ALAN YOUNG OF 'MR. ED'
  • BUCK KARTALIAN FROM 'PLANET OF THE APES'
  • MICHU MESZAROS OF 'ALF'
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  • SYLVIA ANDERSON, CO-CREATOR OF 'THUNDERBIRDS' AND 'SPACE: 1999'
  • RICHARD DAVALOS OF 'EAST OF EDEN'
  • GEORGE GAYNES OF 'POLICE ACADEMY' AND 'PUNKY BREWSTER'
  • GARRY SHANDLING, COMIC AND STAR OF 'THE LARRY SANDERS SHOW'
  • RET TURNER, EMMY-WINNING COSTUME DESIGNER FOR CAROL BURNETT AND CHER
  • JOE ALASKEY, VOICE OF BUGS BUNNY AND DAFFY DUCK
  • KEN HOWARD, STAR OF 'THE WHITE SHADOW'
  • PAT HARRINGTON, JR. OF 'ONE DAY AT A TIME'
  • GARY DUBIN, STAR OF 'THE PARTRIDGE FAMILY'
  • JAMES NOBLE OF 'BENSON'
  • STUART NISBET, WHO APPEARED IN (ALMOST) EVERY TV SHOW
  • FYVUSH FINKEL OF 'PICKET FENCES'
  • BARRY JENNER OF 'FAMILY MATTERS' AND 'STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE'
  • MARVIN KAPLAN OF 'ALICE' AND 'TOP CAT'
  • HUGH O'BRIAN OF 'THE LIFE AND LEGEND OF WYATT EARP'
  • WAYNE ROGERS, TRAPPER JOHN OF 'M*A*S*H'
  • BOBBY VEE, TEEN IDOL OF THE 1960S
  • EDDIE APPLEGATE OF 'THE PATTY DUKE SHOW'
  • GARRY MARSHALL
  • PATTY DUKE
  • BETH HOWLAND FROM 'ALICE'
  • MIKE MINOR OF 'PETTICOAT JUNCTION'
  • WILLIAM SCHALLERT OF 'THE PATTY DUKE SHOW'
  • ROBERT HORTON OF 'WAGON TRAIN'
  • JACK RILEY OF 'THE BOB NEWHART SHOW' AND 'RUGRATS'
  • ANN MORGAN GUILBERT OF 'THE DICK VAN DYKE SHOW'
  • RONNIE CLAIRE EDWARDS OF 'THE WALTONS'
  • THERESA SALDANA FROM 'THE COMMISH'
  • FRANK SINATRA, JR.
  • EARL HAMNER, JR., CREATOR OF 'THE WALTONS' AND 'FALCON CREST'
  • ALAN YOUNG OF 'MR. ED'
  • BUCK KARTALIAN FROM 'PLANET OF THE APES'
  • MICHU MESZAROS OF 'ALF'
  • JOE SANTOS OF 'THE ROCKFORD FILES'
  • DORIS ROBERTS, 'RAYMOND' MOM AND 'REMINGTON STEELE' STAR
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  • GEORGE KENNEDY, STAR OF 'COOL HAND LUKE,' 'AIRPORT' AND 'THE NAKED GUN'
  • MARTIN E. BROOKS OF 'THE SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN' AND 'HUNTER'
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  • MARVIN KAPLAN OF 'ALICE' AND 'TOP CAT'
  • HUGH O'BRIAN OF 'THE LIFE AND LEGEND OF WYATT EARP'
  • WAYNE ROGERS, TRAPPER JOHN OF 'M*A*S*H'

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