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Maureen McCormick is best known for playing Marcia Brady in the T.V. family sitcom series The Brady Bunch, which aired from 1969 to '74.
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Actress Maureen McCormick, was born in Woodland Hills, California, on August 5, 1956. She played teenager Marcia Brady on the ABC television sitcom The Brady Bunch from 1969 to 1974. She married Michael Cummings in 1985, and their daughter Natalie was born in 1989. McCormick battled drug addiction after the TV series ended, and eventually overcame her addictions. She appeared as a contestant on and won VH1's Celebrity Fit Club in 2007.
"I had played Marcia Brady for five years. But I wasn't her in any way, shape or form. She was perfect. I was anything but that."
Maureen Denise McCormick was born on August 5, 1956, in Woodland Hills, California, the youngest and only daughter of Richard and Irene McCormick. Her father was a schoolteacher, and her mother was a stay-at-home mom. She has three older brothers: Michael, Dennis and Kevin.
Beginning at a very early age, McCormick loved to sing and dance, and would often put on puppet shows for the neighborhood children. Her fairytale rise to fame started when she won the Baby Miss San Fernando Valley contest at the age of 6, which led to a call from talent agent Pat Domigan of the Jack Wormser Agency, who asked if she would like to be in show business.
McCormick landed her first major job in 1964, when she starred in a television commercial for Mattel's newest doll, "Baby Pattaburp." Later that year, she did another commercial for the company's "Chatty Cathy" doll, and was soon cast in the play Wind It Up And It Breaks, at the La Jolla Playhouse.
In 1969, Maureen McCormick was chosen from a field of 1,200 children who auditioned to play the eldest of three tow-headed daughters on the new TV sitcom The Brady Bunch, starring Florence Henderson and Robert Reed as newlyweds with a blended family. The show would run for five years on ABC.
In her book Here's the Story: Surviving Marcia Brady and Finding My True Voice, published in 2008, McCormick revealed that during the show's fifth season, she almost lost her virginity to her on-screen brother and co-star, Barry Williams. She was 16 years old at the time; he was 19. "It would have happened," she said, "but the timing was never right for us."
In the meantime, McCormick graduated from William Howard Taft High School in Woodland Hills.
In 1981, the entire cast of The Brady Bunch, who had kept in touch casually over the years, reunited to make the TV movie The Brady Brides. McCormick was 25 years old at the time, and by then heavily into cocaine and quaaludes. (The actress would also star in The Brady Bunch Hour, A Very Brady Christmas and The Brady Girls Get Married.)
McCormick struggled for years with body issues and bulimia that began in her teen years and eventually put her on a path of self-destruction. After The Brady Bunch ended its run, McCormick found it impossible to shake off her pristine, good-girl image, and, thusly found it difficult to get serious acting roles. She made guest appearances on the TV shows The Streets of San Francisco, Love Boat, Fantasy Island, Vega$, Happy Days, Donny & Marie and Fantasy Island, along with supporting roles in a string of B-rated films.
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