Corky BallasQuick Facts:
Claim to fame: Countless TV, theater, and film roles, but most noteably played Carol Brady on The Brady Bunch
Full Name: Florence Agnes Henderson
Date of Birth: February 14, 1934
Birthplace: Dale Indiana
Occupation: Actress, talk show host, recording artist, author, Broadway veteran
Previous dance experience: Lots. Henderson started her career in musical theater, singing and dancing in shows like Oklahoma!
, The Sound of Music
, and Fanny
. But her most illustrious dance performances to date remain on The Brady Bunch Variety Hour
Henderson got her start on stage in the early 1950s, debuting on Broadway’s Wish You Were Here
in 1952. She has had a successful stage career but is best-known for her role as matriarch Carol Brady on The Brady Bunch
. Though the show only aired for five seasons (1969-1974), it has never been off the air in the U.S., and currently airs in 122 countries around the world.
She also appeared as the “Today Girl” on NBC’s Today Show
and was the first woman to host The Tonight Show
. Today, Henderson frequently tours the country as a motivational speaker and performs her one-woman show, “All the Lives of Me… A Musical Journey.” Let’s hope she can keep her dance partner motivated!
Henderson has been a celebrity spokeswoman for Oldsmobile, Tang, Polident, Rain Soft, Pepsi Light, and Wesson Oil. While a spokesperson for Wesson Oil, she hosted a cooking show on The Nashville Network. The experiences inspired her to write a cookbook, A Little Cooking, a Little Talking and a Whole Lot of Fun
.Achievements and Awards:
TV Land and Entertainment Weekly
selected Henderson as one of TV’s 100 Greatest Icons. Henderson’s talk show, The Florence Henderson Show
, which currently airs on Retirement Living TV, was nominated for an Emmy in 2010.RELATED FEATURES:Our Ideal DWTS Season 11DWTS Season 11 Star and Pro Pairs Revealed