Maureen McCormick, who played Marcia Brady of “The Brady Bunch” seemed like the girl next door. But in Maureen’s personal life, she was suffering from depression and drug addiction. Read more of Maureen McCormick’s story below.
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As Marcia Brady on “The Brady Bunch,” Maureen McCormick seemed like the perfect little teenager. But behind her girl-next-door image was a dark struggle with drugs and depression.
Maureen McCormick, 52, wrote about her drug problems in a new memoir, “Surviving Marcia Brady and Finding My True Voice,” hitting stores Tuesday. She speaks about her romance with TV sibling Barry Williams, her dates with Michael Jackson and Steve Martin, her cocaine binges and parties at the Playboy Mansion, an unwanted pregnancy, and how she traded sex for drugs.
Maureen McCormick was 14 when “The Brady Bunch” aired on ABC, running from 1969 to 1974. Despite her role as a sunny Miss Perfect, she fought with anxiety and insecurity, the youngest of four children born to a father who abused and cheated on their mother.
“As a teenager, I had no idea that few people are everything they present to the outside world,” she writes in the book, published by William Morrow. “Yet there I was, hiding the reality of my life behind the unreal perfection of Marcia Brady. … No one suspected the fear that gnawed at me even as I lent my voice to the chorus of Bradys singing, `It’s a Sunshine Day.’”
When the television show, “The Brady Bunch” ended, Maureen took up a hard-partying lifestyle in Hollywood,doing drugs including cocaine and Quaaludes. McCormick wanted to go back to acting but got a reputation for being unreliable due to her addiction. McCormick even ruined an audition she had with Steven Spielberg because she was messed up on drugs.
Maureen McCormick began getting sober in 1985 when she married actor Michael Cummings, with whom she has a daughter, Natalie. McCormick still fights depression through therapy, medication and the help of “Brady” cast mates.
McCormick, who is also a singer,recently starred on the Country Music Television reality series “Gone Country” and “Outsider’s Inn.” She also appeared as the winning contestant on the VH1 reality show “Celebrity Fit Club.”
McCormick says of her “Marcia Brady ” role, “I’ll always be struck by how much a part of people’s lives Marcia is and always will be. But now I’m not bothered by the connection. It took most of my life, countless mistakes and decades of pain and suffering to reach this point of equanimity and acceptance,” she says.