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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (158 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Florence Henderson Narrator: Florence Henderson Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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For millions of people around the world, Carol Brady is synonymous with motherhood, but growing up as the youngest of ten children in rural Indiana in the aftermath of the Great Depression, Florence Henderson lived a life quite different from that of the quintessential TV mom she later played on television.
Florence's father was a dirt-poor tobacco tenant farmer who was nearly fifty years old when he married Florence's twenty-five-year-old mother, and was nearly seventy when Florence was born. Florence's childhood was full of deprivation and abandonment. Her father was an alcoholic at a time when there was no rehab or help for the disease. Their home rarely had electricity or running water. When she was twelve, Florence's mother left the family to work in Cleveland and never returned.
Florence opens up about her childhood, as well as the challenges she's faced as an adult, including stage fright, postpartum depression, her extramarital affairs, divorce, her hearing loss, and heart problems. She writes with honesty and wisdom of how her faith and ability to survive has brought her through rough times to a life of profound joy and purpose. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “I count Florence as one of my dearest friends. Now I count her as one of my favorite storytellers. I have always loved the way she looks at life with humor and inspiration. This book provides that—in spades!”

    Carol Burnett

  • “The teenaged Florence Henderson only needed a one-way ticket to Broadway when she left her hometown in Southern Indiana. The great Rodgers and Hammerstein quickly recognized in her what the rest of us would also soon discover—a big talent matched with an even bigger human spirit.”

    Bill Cosby

  • Life Is Not a Stage encompasses a life so rich and varied that it defies brief summary. The actress’ candor and compassion transmute even her worst experiences into the transcendent glow of the Mrs. Brady we so fondly remember.”

    Barnes & Noble, editorial review

  • “Competently written and straightforward…There are plenty of entertaining showbiz stories and some real eye-openers, such as the surprising fact that Gene Hackman originally tested for the role of Mike Brady. Like its author, the book is likable and engaging, especially for those with fond memories of The Brady Bunch.”


  • “An inspiring story of faith and survival by one of television's beloved performers. Recommended.”

    Library Journal

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Sheri | 2/6/2014

    " I found this autobiography quite intriguing! Florence Henderson had quite the life! And she is not only Mrs. Brady (if you know what I mean!) I will always be a Hollywood girl at heart so I tend to soak up the gossip. She is an intelligent, hard working woman whom I admired greatly at the end of this book! An easy and entertaining read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Theresa Gassler | 2/6/2014

    " I didn't know what to think of this book as I thought oh it's going to be all Brady Bunch. Learned so much about this talented actress. Really honest look at her life being born during the depression years, family issues ( which we all have but are afraid to talk about ), and life on the stage and small-screen. Funny, gritty, intimate look at being on the road with touring Broadway productions. I did not know that she had that much Broadway experience. Really liked this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Karen K | 1/30/2014

    " Nothing earth-shaking, but a nice, solid bio from one of my favorites. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Debbie | 1/27/2014

    " I have always liked Florence Henderson and I know she has a reputation for being quite witty off-screen. I have roots in Broadway, I'm a television addict, and I love autobiographies - so for all of these reasons I was looking forward to reading this book. Much to my surprise, I found most of it boring. The most interesting part to me was her husband John. I thought his work was fascinating. I think her work was probably fascinating too, but that didn't come across at all. Many of the events she wrote about didn't seem at all out of the ordinary to me and weren't told well - and her attempts at humor fell flat. Considering the life she has had, this could have been so much better. Sorry, Florence! "

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