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Marcia! Marcia! Marcia!

Marcia Brady, eldest daughter on television's The Brady Bunch, had it all—style, looks, boys, brains, and talent. No wonder her younger sister Jan was jealous! For countless adolescents across America who came of age in the early 1970s, Marcia was the ideal American teenager. Girls wanted to be her. Boys wanted to date her. But what viewers didn't know about the always-sunny, perfect Marcia was that offscreen, her real-life counterpart, Maureen McCormick, the young actress who portrayed her, was living a very different—and not-so-wonderful—life. 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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The poignant memoir of the real woman who starred as the beloved Marcia Brady on "The Brady Bunch" series, "Here's the Story" offers a behind-the-scenes look at her time on the show and reveals what happened off-screen, and after the series ended. Two 16-page b&w photo inserts. (Biograpy/Autobiography)

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The New York Times bestseller Heres the Story is the poignant memoir of Maureen McCormick, who starred as the beloved Marcia Brady on the hit series The Brady Bunch. Maureen tells her shocking and inspirational true story, taking readers behind the scenes of one of Americas favorite television families, and to the dark side, where she was caught up in a fast-paced, drug-fueled, star-studded Hollywood existence that ultimately led to the biggest battle of her life.

About the Author

Born in 1956, Maureen McCormick began her career at the age of six after winning the Baby Miss San Fernando Valley beauty pageant. She appeared in numerous commercials for brands such as Mattel and Kool-Aid, and performed in early episodes of Bewitched and My Three Sons before landing the starring role as Marcia Brady in the groundbreaking sitcom The Brady Bunch, which aired in prime time from 1969 to 1974. McCormick is also a singer and voice-over actor who has made a number of appearances in television and movie roles during her long career. She recently returned to television as a cast member of VH1's Celebrity Fit Club and won! She lives in Southern California with her husband and daughter.

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elysergooser, March 29, 2009 (view all comments by elysergooser)
If you are as obsessed with the Brady Bunch like I am you will probably be drawn to this book for the backstage stories and behind the scenes trivia like I was. But there is so much more. I was struck by Maureen's candor and brutal honesty regarding her traumatic early childhood and how it affected her relationships with men and made her vulnerable to living the fast Hollywood high life which literally made her crave drugs so much that she admits she even sold her body to obtain them. She tells of blowing off an important audition with director Steven Spielberg because she was under the influence of cocaine.Sadly the only parts she could find out of the Brady umbrella at that time were bit parts in B movies and insignificant ones on shows such as Fantasy Island and The Love Boat.

Thankfully she triumphed with the help of her TV husband who began her spiritual transformation and with her real life husband who supported her through her battles with depression, anxiety and through her struggles with her troubled family.Happily she also talk about the joys of mothering her only child, Natalie.

I was so intrigued by this book which was exceedingly well written that I was able to read it in a day which is very unlike me. I would recommend this book to anybody who is a Brady devotee and also to people who have battled substance abuse and depression problems. The real life actress who played the "perfect" TV daughter takes is far more interesting and compelling than anything Marcia ever did on screen.

Highly recommended.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780061490149
Subtitle:
Surviving Marcia Brady and Finding My True Voice
Author:
Mccormick, Maureen
Author:
McCormick, Maureen
Author:
by Maureen McCormick
Publisher:
William Morrow
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Entertainment & Performing Arts - General
Subject:
Entertainment & Performing Arts - Actors & Actresses
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Television actors and actresses
Subject:
Child actors
Subject:
McCormick, Maureen
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20081014
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1.0378 in 19.36 oz

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"Synopsis" by , The poignant memoir of the real woman who starred as the beloved Marcia Brady on "The Brady Bunch" series, "Here's the Story" offers a behind-the-scenes look at her time on the show and reveals what happened off-screen, and after the series ended. Two 16-page b&w photo inserts. (Biograpy/Autobiography)
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The New York Times bestseller Heres the Story is the poignant memoir of Maureen McCormick, who starred as the beloved Marcia Brady on the hit series The Brady Bunch. Maureen tells her shocking and inspirational true story, taking readers behind the scenes of one of Americas favorite television families, and to the dark side, where she was caught up in a fast-paced, drug-fueled, star-studded Hollywood existence that ultimately led to the biggest battle of her life.

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