‘Brady Bunch’ Mom Florence Henderson Dies at 82

LOS ANGELES--We have to say goodbye to Florence Henderson.

Most of us got to know her as Carol Brady, the ideal mom in a blended family on the Brady Bunch.

That made her a household name. But even before the Brady Bunch, she was a star in musical theater.

"I don`t ever remember not singing. And I would sing and pass the hat. And I would sing for groceries," she said in an interview with CNN.

She appeared on NBC's Today show as a "Today Girl" in 1959.

She was back 40 years later as a co-host of Later Today.

And Florence still had a lot ahead of her.

At the age of 75, she busted some moves on Dancing with the Stars. Hey, she made it through five rounds!

She returned to Dancing with the Stars this season, not to dance, but to support another contestant, her TV daughter, Maureen McCormick.

She was even in the ballroom for part of this season's finale, Monday night, just three days before her death at age 82 from heart failure.

"I created the kind of mother that I wished I'd had, and I think everyone longs for," Henderson described in the CNN interview.

And that's the way she became America's mom.