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- Here's the Story: Surviving Marcia Brady and Finding My True Voice
- Here's the Story: Surviving Marcia Brady and Finding My True Voice by Maureen McCormick
The Brady Bunch has become such a part of pop culture that it seems as if the series ran for much longer syndication will do that, I guess. Although each of the child actors and actresses who portrayed the Brady kids became closely identified with his or her character, America and a good deal of Hollywood seems to find it most difficult to separate Maureen McCormick from Marcia Brady.
Hence the rationale for writing this book. Life in the Brady household was picture-perfect … and whatever problems or crises erupted were easily solved within the episode. And nobody was more perfect and more idolized than Marcia. Judging people on what we pereceive them to be is a recurrent theme throughout the book.
Now, for the very first time, Maureen tells the shocking and inspirational true story of the beloved teen generations have invited into their living rooms—and the woman she became. In Here's the Story , Maureen takes us behind the scenes of America's favorite television family, the Bradys.
With poignancy and candor, she reveals the lifelong friendships, the hurtful jealousies, the offscreen romance, the loving support her television family provided during a life-or-death moment, and the inconsolable loss of a man who had been a second father. But The Brady Bunch was only the beginning. Haunted by the perfection of her television alter ego, Maureen landed on the dark side, caught up in a fast-paced, drug-fueled, star-studded Hollywood existence that ultimately led to the biggest battle of her life.
Moving from drug dens on Wonderland Avenue to wild parties at the Playboy mansion and exotic escapades on the beaches of Hawaii, this candid, hard-hitting memoir exposes a side of a beloved pop-culture icon the paparazzi missed. Yet it is also a story of remarkable success. After kicking her drug habit, Maureen battled depression, reconnected with her mother, whom she nursed through the end of her life, and then found herself in a pitched battle for her family in which she ultimately triumphed.
There is no question: Maureen McCormick is a survivor. After fifty years, she has finally learned what it means to love the person you are, insight that has brought her peace in a happy marriage and as a mother. Here's the Story is the empowering, engaging, shocking, and emotional tale of Maureen McCormick's courageous struggle over adversity and her lifelong battle to come to terms with the idea of perfection—and herself.
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Enter your HarperCollins account username and password. Please note that your username is an e-mail address. Download your e-book s from your bookshelf. She didn't have to be told. From that first moment on, she felt dirty and diseased. It was the most shameful thing in the world to her. She was also frightened that she'd end up in an institution like her mother. She was treated with stovarsol and mercury capsules, though both treatments caused a bad rash and later a more extreme skin condition. She ate her meals off a separate set of dishes.
It was like wearing a scarlet A , only worse. At thirteen, she began special treatments at the State University of Iowa in Iowa City to ensure she would never pass the syphilis on to any children she might have. Those treatments lasted for three years and required long and lonely bus rides. She was quite cooperative but acted rather self-consciously.
She blossomed into a beautiful, intelligent, ambitious young woman. On the one hand, I picture her sitting on those long bus rides to the hospital: On the other hand, I marvel at the strength she must have had; though she didn't show it, she was the strongest woman I've ever met.
At twenty, she fell in love and married a soldier who was immediately shipped off to Europe. Devastated, she moved to the West Coast with her best girlfriend, Mary Crawley.
Here's the Story: Surviving Marcia Brady and Finding My True Voice
They wanted to live in Hollywood, among the movie stars and fancy theaters. They dreamed of adventure, maybe even stardom. My mom didn't care.
She was happy to be out of Burlington and away from the stares and stigma of her past. His father was a heavy drinker who abused his wife. He lost everything in the Depression and died in his mid-thirties from illnesses related to alcoholism.
Here's the Story: Surviving Marcia Brady and Finding My True Voice by Maureen McCormick
My father's mother did the best she could to raise her family, but they were very poor and at one point they had to burn furniture to keep warm in the winter. My dad spent most of his youth in a wheelchair, the result of osteomyelitis. By his late teens, though, his illness was gone. One day he was on deck, cooking for his shipmates, and his gas stove exploded, severely burning his leg. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. Available now wherever books are sold.