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Susan Olsen is a former child actress best known for her role as Cindy Brady, the youngest of six children on the popular 1970s television sitcom The Brady Bunch
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Susan Olsen was born in Santa Monica, California, on August 14, 1961. She began acting in television commercials at the age of 14 months, and at age 8, was cast as the youngest of six children on the TV sitcom The Brady Bunch, which ran from 1969 to 1974. Olsen went on to become a radio talk show host, an artist, a designer and an animal-welfare advocate. She also speaks to promote migraine-headache awarness and Asperger syndrome awareness.
"There are only five other people in the world who will know what the experience is like, being a Brady kid."
Susan Marie Olsen was born on August 14, 1961, in Santa Monica, California. She was the youngest of four children, three of whom were actors.
At 14 months old, Olsen began appearing in television commercials. At the age of 5 and still in kindergarten, she was discovered by a talent scout and cast to sing the Monkees pop song "I'm a Believer" on The Pat Boone Show. Olsen made an appearance on the TV drama Ironside in 1968, and soon after, made appearances on Gunsmoke and Julia. She also had a bit part in the Elvis Presley movie The Trouble With Girls in 1969, playing an auditioning singer.
Olsen attended William Howard Taft High School in Woodland Hills, California.
In 1969, after auditioning with almost 500 young actors, Susan Olsen, with her endearing, trademark lisp, was cast as Cindy Brady, the youngest in a brood of six on the sitcom The Brady Bunch, which soon gained immense popularity. Olsen stayed with the show throughout its duration. The Brady Bunch ended in 1974, but hasn't been off of the air since, airing in syndication around the world. Audiences came to know Cindy for her tight blonde curls and cute and witty lines. She often appeared on-screen with her favorite doll, "Kitty Karry-All."
Olsen returned for most of the Brady reunions, wth the exception of the 1988 film A Very Brady Christmas.
After The Brady Bunch ended, Olsen became a graphic artist, working for fashion designers and becoming an art director for a clothing company in Malibu, California. Additionally, she started her own company, Man In Space, through which she created a glow-in-the-dark sneaker for Converse. Olsen has successfully used art as an expression, with her whimsical "Fluffart" and "The Art of Rescue" collections reflecting her love of pop culture and animals, respectively.
With her lively personality and quick wit, Olsen became a popular TV talk show guest, and eventually began hosting a morning talk show on KLSX Real Radio 97.1 in Los Angeles, Ober and Olsen, with Ken Ober.
In 2009, Olsen co-wrote Love To Love You Bradys, a coffee table book parodying The Brady Bunch Variety Hour.
Olsen was married to Steve Ventimiglia from 1988 to 1990, and to Mitch Markwell from 1995 to 2004. She and Markwell have a son, Michael. Olsen wed third husband Chris Fonseca in 2009.
Olsen also serves as a spokesperson for both migraine awareness (she suffers from frequent migraines) and Aspergers syndrome, a disorder on the autism spectrum that her son, Michael, is afflicted with.
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