Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Here's the Story: surviving Marcia Brady and finding my true voice

by Maureen McCormick,
HarperCollins, 2008

Seems like every celebrity bio I read these days portrays a dramatic fall from the peak of fame into sex, drugs, and (sometimes) rock and roll. Maureen's tale is no different in this regard. Hugely recognized for her role as Marcia Brady on The Brady Bunch, Maureen struggled to separate herself from her character when the show ended after five seasons. Challenged to find suitable work, and falling in with cocaine users, Maureen sank into a deep pit of drug addiction, doing whatever necessary to feed her habit.

Halfway through the story, though, we come to a startling turning point and are suddenly in a different book. A life-changing experience, which I won't spoil for you by sharing, starts her on a better path. Though she continues to make questionable choices at times, she is blessed to meet and marry a wonderful man, whose commitment to their marriage is remarkable, considering how much Maureen tests it. Eventually she is diagnosed as bipolar and finds relief through Prozac.

Her book concludes with the words "And that's the story", but I know it isn't really finished. I look forward to hearing more about the life of this actress as her story continues.

By the way, for Brady Bunch fans, Maureen does discuss the show and relationships between cast members.

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