Maureen McCormick was the eldest daughter on the hit TV show, the Brady Bunch (aired 1969 – 1974). Most of us know her as Marcia Brady, or as the famous line goes, “Marcia! Marcia! Marcia!” Maureen, a pretty blond, comes from the generation of “teen idols” and all the girls her age wanted to be her and the boys wanted to be her boyfriend.
But all was not as it would seem on the hit show. Maureen’s home life was hard, at best. Her mother hid many insecurities that later would transfer to Maureen, her father once the man who took classes on how to be a better father to Maureen’s mentally handicapped brother, later puts him in a home. Her brother Kevin, is a mess of emotional highs and lows, involved in drugs and alcohol abuse….
Maureen McCormick reveals in this tell all that was also not the sweet girl she portrayed on TV, all innocent and naive, instead Maureen dabbled with cocaine addiction, troubled relationships, depression and more.
Here is the story.
Why did I want to read this book? While Maureen McCormick’s role as Marcia Brady was a little before my time, (I was more the Little House On The Prairie tv era) I knew enough about her through Brady Bunch reruns and later movies to know who she was. I had watched the Celebrity Fit Club that aired a while back where she admitted battling with depression and subsequently weight gain and was interested in her story then. And really… who wouldn’t want the inside scoop on the Brady who had a little fling with her on tv brother, Greg? 😛
Here’s The Story was a memoir I wanted to read, but in reality I was not prepared for. I had no idea the level of pain and issues that Maureen faced at a young age. I think often we watch people on TV and we forget that they are real people outside of their performance and they have real lives and real battles just like the rest of us. While many people envied the on tv persona of Marcia Brady, no one would have envied the child hood of Maureen McCormick.
I have to admit, at times, this audiobook made me angry. Maureen’s decisions at time are so bad that I wanted to shake her. I also took a little issue with her referring to her handicapped brother as ‘retarded’ which seems like such a cruel word. I know that is not a fair assessment, and I apologize for that. I have not walked in her shoes and on the flip of that, kudos, really, for her willingness to share such personal truths.
Overall, I did enjoy learning about Maureen’s life behind the mask of Marcia. She admits it took a long time to shake off Marcia, she was like the alter ego, always mocking Maureen into believing she was not good enough. I thought that she would talk more about her time on Celebrity Fit Club, which if you seen that season, Maureen was on with Dustin Diamond (the guy who played Screech in Saved By The Bell) and he was a real jerk. For me, it was a show I loved to hate because of his awfulness. Maureen however touches on this period of her life only briefly towards the end of her book.
The heart of this book is really the time Maureen spent on TV as a Brady, the years afterwards trying to find work as she met up with poor relationship after poor relationship, her battle with drugs, eventually becoming a Christian, and finding her way to happy and healthy.
An interesting listen, narrated by the author.