Did you hear? Florence Henderson’s book, Life Is Not A Stage was just released. I am very happy for Florence that we can all learn “the rest of the story”. Over the years I have always felt like I “knew” Florence but this new book is loaded with revelations that I even her close friends will come as news.
I knew she would be in New York City last week on a promotional tour for the book which included appearances on The Today Show, The View and the Joy Behar Show. By chance, I was scheduled to be in the City at the same time.
I met her at the The Today Show and joined her backstage at The View. One of the things I am very grateful for is the ongoing lifetime friendships I have with her and the rest of the cast of the Brady’s and this was a nice way to catch up and support her as she shared her life story with everyone.
The next night I invited her to dinner in the heart of Broadway at Sardi’s restaurant, a favorite of us both. My son, Brandon who is now 8 an ¾’s, as he puts it, joined us. He has become a big fan of The Brady Bunch, not because I pushed it, and was prepared with plenty of questions for her. What was your favorite episode, did you like it when…, were you really mad when Peter broke the vase in the living room with the basketball?
What a fun evening and good food we had. Florence was so patient and answered each question as though it was the first time she had been asked. Brandon thinks it’s pretty cool I actually know her. I think it’s pretty cool he cares.
I just arrived in Branson, MO to begin my new show BRADY BRUNCH with BARRY WILLIAMS this week on Oct 5th. I am looking forward to her making a guest appearance. We certainly won’t run out of things to talk about. After I have read her new book I am sure I’ll have some new questions to ask her about.
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