Life Is Not A Stage

Life Is Not A Stage

From Broadway Baby to A Lovely Lady and Beyond

Large Print - 2011
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For millions of people around the world, Carol Brady is synonymous with motherhood, but growing up as the youngest of ten children in rural Indiana in the aftermath of the Great Depression, Florence Henderson lived a life quite different from that of the quintessential TV mom she later played on television.
Florence's father was a dirt-poor tobacco tenant farmer who was nearly fifty years old when he married Florence's twenty-five-year-old mother, and was nearly seventy when Florence was born. Florence's childhood was full of deprivation and abandonment. Her father was an alcoholic at a time when there was no rehab or help for the disease. Their home rarely had electricity or running water. When she was twelve, Florence's mother left the family to work in Cleveland and never returned.
Florence opens up about her childhood, as well as the challenges she's faced as an adult, including stage fright, postpartum depression, her extramarital affairs, divorce, her hearing loss, and heart problems. She writes with honesty and wisdom of how her faith and ability to survive has brought her through rough times to a life of profound joy and purpose.
Publisher: New York : Center Street, 2011
Edition: 1st large print ed
ISBN: 9781455507283
Branch Call Number: 792.028 H383a 2011a
Characteristics: xxii, 391 p. (large print), [16] p. of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Brokaw, Joel


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Sep 06, 2017

Oh, wow. Her life more in common in HBO than Disney with alcoholic moonlighting moonshiner father, forced to work in Cleveland mother & a handsey "fill his own sin material" priest.
At least she gave warning on TMI events aka misadventure affair.
Never thought as her as postpartum depression poster child, genetic hearing loss or given Catholic dispersion on using the pill to preserve her health.
So depressed on her brother helping her in above depression only to lose his life falling asleep with a cigarette in his hand.
Interesting adventures at supper club & Vegas.
I definitely remembered her Weston Oil, & Tang commercials. Now I have to look up on Youtube when Carol challenged Mike Douglas to do her walk & talk commercial while holding plate of fried chicken that didn't end well.
I could see near scandal on dating & marrying her bland looking hypnotherapist as her second husband.
Ditto on hiring new nanny rotating nightmare despite glowing recommendation. I smell movie here!

Apr 06, 2017

It was pretty good and straightforwardly written, while I found it was interesting that she became a hypnotherapist in her later years.


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