Brady actor's book out
As Marcia Brady on “The Brady Bunch,” Maureen McCormick projected an image of the wholesome girl next door. But off camera, she spiraled downward into drug addiction and depression.
Now 52, McCormick writes about her struggles in a new memoir, “Here's the Story: Surviving Marcia Brady and Finding My True Voice,” hitting stores today. She discusses her romance with TV sibling Barry Williams, her dates with Michael Jackson and Steve Martin, cocaine binges and parties at the Playboy Mansion and the home of Sammy Davis Jr., an unwanted pregnancy and trading sex for drugs.
McCormick was 14 when “The Brady Bunch” debuted on ABC, running 1969 to 1974. Despite her role as a sunny Miss Perfect, she struggled privately with anxiety and insecurity, the youngest of four children born to a mercurial father who abused and cheated on their mother.
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“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 Brady Bunch” ended, she took up a hard-partying lifestyle in Hollywood, using drugs, including cocaine and Quaaludes.
After interventions, stints in rehab and experimental therapies, McCormick began getting sober in 1985 when she married actor Michael Cummings, with whom she has a daughter, Natalie.
Jonas Brothers to join the Cowboys
The Jonas Brothers will perform during halftime of the Dallas Cowboys' nationally televised Thanksgiving Day game against the Seattle Seahawks.
The band will officially kick off the 2008 Salvation Army Red Kettle Christmas campaign at the Nov. 27 contest. The fundraising drive continues through Christmas Eve.
Since its partnership with the Cowboys began in 1997, the annual Red Kettle campaign has raised more than $1 billion, helping the Salvation Army serve 30 million people each year nationwide. Last year, the campaign raised a record $118 million.
Previous halftime performers have included Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Sheryl Crow, Destiny's Child, Toby Keith, LeAnn Rimes, Jessica Simpson, Randy Travis and Reba McEntire.
Hopper highly honored in France
Dennis Hopper has been named a commander in the French Legion of Honor.
The 72-year-old actor was visibly moved as he received France's most prestigious prize at a ceremony in Paris on Monday.
The Cinematique Francaise in Paris is opening an exhibit on Hopper this week that will run through Jan. 19.
Hopper's screen credits include “Apocalypse Now,” “Blue Velvet” and 1969's “Easy Rider,” which he also directed.
Actor Roger Moore, 81. Fashion designer Ralph Lauren, 69. Country singer Natalie Maines, 34. Singer Usher, 30.
This day in history Oct. 14
1912: Theodore Roosevelt, campaigning for the presidency, was shot in the chest in Milwaukee. Despite the wound, he went ahead with a scheduled speech.
1947: Air Force test pilot Chuck Yeager broke the sound barrier as he flew the experimental Bell XS-1 (later X-1) rocket plane over Muroc Dry Lake in California.