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My friends call me Barry. From time to time I also hear the name Greg. Yeah, as in Greg Brady. The Brady Bunch represents a fun time in my life. But it’s only part of the story. There’s more to say and that’s what The Greg Brady Project is all about – a place to say it. So, I’ve invited some friends to join me and share their perspectives on the Brady’s, the 70′s and just about everything else. Now, I’m inviting you…

04 Aug
Barry Williams

A Very Brady Birthday

written by Barry Williams in Blog, barry | 7 comments

‘Birthday Wishes For You Mo’
‘Birthday Wishes For You Mo’

In October of 1968 I met an attractive, enchanting and charming, much younger girl than I.  She was hired to play my TV stepsister, Marcia, in a pilot we were making for a potential new series called The Brady Bunch.  The show was about three girls and three boys…  okay I don’t need to go into it.  What I do want to say is that it marks a near forty year relationship with her and our cast that has become among the most significant relationships of our lives.  In my business, that is rare and very special.

Today, August 5th, is Maureen McCormick’s birthday.  She is turning 26 again, can you believe it?  So there is something I would like to sing:

Happy birthday to you,
Happy birthday to you,
Happy birthday DEAR Maureen,
Happy birthday to you.

Hey, you have to admit that’s better than:

When it’s time to change then it’s time to change,
Don’t fight the tide go along for the ride
Don’t ya see?….

Happy birthday Mo.

Love,  Big Bro B

 

7 Comments

    Amy
    on Aug. 5th, 2008

    Happy Birthday to Maureen!

    nancy calabrese
    on Aug. 5th, 2008

    Happy Birthday Maureen

    Hope it’s the best Birthday Yet!

    Suzie
    on Aug. 7th, 2008

    Happy Birthday, Maureen! Wow! My birthday is August 4th, and two friends of mine have their birthday on August 5th. That’s amazing. Happy Birthday to all of us!!

    Martin
    on Aug. 7th, 2008

    Happy Birthday, Maureen.

    Sorry but I must share a short story with Barry, if you don’t mind. In the Summer of 1976, I went to NYC for my first Broadway show…which was Pippin, with Barry in the lead role. He was perfect for the character I think, and did a splendid job (which I say with some years of knowing, acquired through years of West end shows, when I moved to London). Anyway, a belated “Bravo,” Johnny, for your performance in ’76. Most of the readers here may not know that Pippin, at that time, was the biggest thing on Broadway. BIG BIG, tho it was soon to share that crown with A Chorus Line.

    Allie
    on Aug. 9th, 2008

    Happy birthday to Maureen. It’s so nice for Brady Bunch fans to know how close the cast were and still are, because it’s rarely the case that the closeness portrayed on screen is true to real life. Thanks for all the times you, Maureen and the rest have cheered me up :)

    Barry Wiliams
    on Aug. 11th, 2008

    Hi Martin,

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts about your broadway experience and seeing me in Pippin. I have done over 75 different productions of musicals in my career. Pippin was my first Broadway role and remains one of my favorite shows. Bob Fosse cast me in the role. Just a guy off looking for his Corner of the Sky. Take good care, Barry

    Kim
    on Oct. 21st, 2008

    Barry, I am one of the many who grew up with the Bradys on TV. I’m happy to see that although you’ve all had your ups and downs, you remained close. All of you seem to have come out on the other side none the worse for it all.
    I saw your interview with Brooke Anderson and you were just very gracious and genuine in the way you handled her questions regarding Maureen’s book. Kudos to you. Kudos to Maureen too. You’re a class act.

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