Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Maureen McCormick titled Here's the Story

By Mr. Walrath  

 I recently finished an autobiography by Maureen McCormick titled Here's the Story.  Maureen played the character Marcia Brady on the hit 70s show The Brady Bunch.  For those young people who have never heard of The Brady Bunch, it was a TV show where a single dad with three boys falls in love with a single mom with three girls.  They get married and form a big family with their housekeeper, Alice.  Marcia was the oldest of the three girls in the "family".  I loved this show when I was a kid and thought that Marcia Brady was the greatest thing since sliced bread.  My buddies and I thought that she was the most beautiful girl on the planet.  If you haven't seen this show, you should check it out on You Tube or Nick at Night.
    In any event, Maureen is only about 12 when she gets the part on this new TV show.  It is pretty popular and goes on to last for five seasons, ending when she's about 17.  Much of the book is about the Brady "family" and the trials and tribulations of being a child star.  Maureen misses school during the filming of the show and tries to fit in back at her school during the off-season.  When the show ends, Maureen has trouble finding regular work because everyone knows her as Marcia Brady.
    Things really get interesting when Maureen enters her 20s and becomes part of the Hollywood 80s scene with wild parties that include excessive alcohol and cocaine.  She becomes a hopeless drug addict.  After quite a few wild years, Maureen finds religion and her future husband.  However, there are still many conflicts and bouts of drama as Maureen battles bulimia and finds that she's bipolar.  I would recommend this book, especially if you are a Brady Bunch fan.  I kept wondering if Maureen would ever find happiness in her life, and I won't divulge if she does or not.

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