Florence Henderson, actress, singer, TV personality and generational icon has died.
The 82-year-old, who is best known for her performance as Carol Brady on the iconic TV program “The Brady Bunch,” passed away on Thursday night of heart failure, according to her publicist.
Henderson was still in the public eye and was the host of two different TV programs on Retirement Living TV.
Since her stint as Carol Brady in the 1970s, Henderson has been a constant face on TV screens.
In the early 1950s, Henderson made her mark on Broadway with appearances in “Fanny,” “Wish You Were Here,” and the first revival of “Oklahoma.” The accomplished singer always kept the stage close to her heart, even when she became well known for television.
“I don’t ever remember not singing,” Henderson once said.
Though she was known for other roles, “The Brady Bunch” was what audiences always associated with Henderson.
“It represents what people always wanted: a loving family. It’s such a gentle, innocent, sweet show, and I guess it proved there’s always an audience for that,” Henderson said of the show in 1999, according to the Associated Press.
As news of Henderson’s passing began matriculating online, stars of all generations paid tribute to “Mrs. Brady.”
“Florence Henderson, thanks for your light and love. You were America’s mom, and we shall miss you dearly,” actor George Takei wrote.
“Sad to read about the passing of Florence Henderson, one of the loveliest, most loveable and beloved people in our business,” Carl Reiner added.