Maureen was the first "Brady kid" to get pregnant in real life. Early in the pregnancy, she had signed on to do the CBS made for TV movie A Very Brady Christmas, a production which included the original Brady Bunch cast, with the exception of Susan Olsen. Maureen fondly remembers all the love and kindness shown to her by her fellow cast members when she made the special announcement on set.
Throughout her life, Maureen always preferred the name Christine, a name her mother had once contemplated giving her, and vowed to use it if she ever had a daughter. When Ms. McCormick gave birth to a little girl in 1989, she immediately called her Christine. After bringing the baby home from the hospital, Maureen and her husband decided their daughter didn't look like a Christine, and ultimately named her Natalie.
After seeing 1,200 boys and girls as possible candidates to fill the roles of the children on The Brady Bunch, creator Sherwood Schwartz and director John Rich narrowed the field down to one set with three blond girls and three brown-haired boys and one set with three brunette girls and three blond boys. Maureen McCormick was in the first group, which actually had her playing the middle daughter, Jan (a role that later went to actress Eve Plumb). When Schwartz decided to go with younger children, she was moved into a new threesome where she was the oldest and ultimately won the part of the eldest Brady daughter, Marcia.
When Maureen McCormick's husband, Michael Cummings, proposed to her, he got down on one knee and presented Maureen with a Troll doll from a collection he started when he was a child. Pookie, Michael's favorite piece from his accumulation, was wearing a diamond engagement ring on its arm.
Although Maureen McCormick was raised Catholic, she is now a born-again Christian (2008).
Helping to raise awareness concerning the plight of poor children around the world, Maureen McCormick and her husband, Michael Cummings, went to Zambia, Africa on behalf of Children International, a relief organization that provides schooling for children, food, and medical care to the world's poorest villages (April 2008).
When Maureen McCormick was a little girl, she and her brothers had a pet duck. Whenever it laid eggs, her mother would make angel-food cake.
With the exception of The Bradys, Maureen McCormick returned for all of the Brady Bunch reunion shows. According to The Brady Bunch creator, Sherwood Schwartz, he and the rest of the cast asked Ms. McCormick to participate up until the day before shooting began, but insistent upon shedding the Brady image, she declined.
As a young child, Maureen McCormick enjoyed playing make-believe, practically lived in her backyard tree house, and would put on puppet shows for anyone willing to watch.
Although Marcia Brady, Maureen McCormick's character on The Brady Bunch, had a crush on The Monkees' lead singer, Davy Jones, Maureen McCormick's favorite member of the made-for-TV band was Peter Tork.
During the early 90s, Maureen McCormick was a spokeswoman for a series of birth control seminars sponsored by the Upjohn Company of Kalamazoo, Michigan, conducted at colleges and universities nationwide.
Winning the role of Marcia Brady on the ABC comedy series, The Brady Bunch, elevated Maureen McCormick to teen idol status. Her ever-growing popularity resulted in her being asked to write an advise column, "Dear Maureen," for 16 Spec magazine.
When Maureen McCormick was first introduced to Desi Arnaz, Jr. on the set of The Brady Bunch , when he guest starred in "The Possible Dream" (Season 1, Episode 22), they both felt an immediate connection. While their age difference loomed large enough to effectively keep them apart in 1970 (Maureen was thirteen and Desi was nearly four years older than her.), it proved a much less formidable obstacle several years later, when they met again and began dating.
Maureen McCormick was a one-time winner of 16 magazine's Female Star of the Year Award.
Maureen McCormick's favorite installment of The Brady Bunch is "The Show Must Go On??" (Season 4, Episode 79) in which the storyline calls for Carol (Florence Henderson) and Marcia Brady (Maureen McCormick) to perform the song, "Together," from the Broadway musical, Gypsy, as a mother/daughter duet in the annual school talent show. Maureen enjoyed the hours spent rehearsing, singing, dancing and, most of all, working one-on-one with Florence.
In one episode of The Brady Bunch ("Try, Try Again," Season 5, Episode 105), the younger cast members were allowed to select their own wardrobe. Maureen McCormick and costar Eve Plumb put their heads together to come up with pleasing outfits, except for their shoes. Maureen opted for bright orange clogs, while Eve spent most of the episode wearing an enormous pair of red patent leather platform pumps.
During her years on the ABC comedy series, The Brady Bunch, Maureen McCormick became increasingly obsessed with her self-proclaimed "overly round face." Incessantly working on plans to make it appear more angular and narrow, it wasn't unusual to find Miss McCormick walking around on the set, and even while shooting whole scenes (evident in some of the later episodes), while sucking in her cheeks.
After winning the title role in Blake Edwards' 1968 made-for-TV movie, Heidi, Maureen McCormick was devastated when, at the last minute, the director replaced her with his daughter, Jennifer Edwards.
Cast in the role of Ernie Douglas' girlfriend in the 1960s ABC sitcom, My Three Sons, Maureen McCormick received her first on-screen kiss from actor Barry Livingston.
In 2007, Maureen McCormick denied rumors that she and Eve Plumb, costar and on-air sister, Jan, on the ABC comedy series, The Brady Bunch, had a lesbian fling while filming the show. Ms. McCormick declared that the real truth will come out with the release of a tell-all book she is writing, slated for publication in October 2008.
Maureen McCormick's favorite movies are Cinderella Man, Beaches, Dirty Dancing, Saturday Night Fever, Grease, and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.
During an episode shoot of The Brady Bunch, Maureen McCormick and and fellow cast member, Eve Plumb, tried to appear on screen braless under their shirts. Eve was caught, but Maureen was not.
Maureen McCormick is a smoker.
While in her late teens, Maureen McCormick suffered from the eating disorder bulimia.
During the early 60s, Maureen McCormick recorded the soundtracks for Chatty Cathy and the rest of Mattel's female talking dolls, totaling about two dozen voice-overs. She also appeared in a black and white TV commercial for the original Chattys along with her "Brady Bunch" sister Eve Plumb.
Maureen McCormick has appeared in several movies such as Stone & Ed, Jane White Is Sick & Twisted, Title to Murder, The A-List, The Million Dollar Kid,Baby Huey's Great Easter Adventure and Dogtown.
In 1995, Maureen McCormick released a country album called When You Get A Little Lonely.
Maureen McCormick was ranked number nine in VH1's list of the "100 Greatest Kid Stars."
Maureen McCormick graduated from William Howard Taft High school in Woodland Hills, California.
Maureen McCormick married actor Michael Cummings in 1985. They have one daughter, Natalie Cummings, born on May 19, 1989.
When native Californian Maureen McCormick was six years old, her mother entered her in the Baby Miss San Fernando Valley beauty pageant, and she won. Shortly after receiving the title, Miss McCormick was discovered by a Hollywood agent. A year later (1964), she was cast in the play, Wind It Up and It Breaks, produced by future Academy Award-nominated film producer Ray Stark. Under the direction of Cy Howard, she made her acting debut performing at the La Jolla Playhouse in La Jolla, California, at which time actors Mike Conners and Jack Weston, stars of the production, gave Maureen pointers and bolstered her onstage confidence.
Maureen McCormick's nickname is "Mo."
Maureen McCormick: (after the October 2008 release of her tell-all book, 'Here's the Story: Surviving Marcia Brady and Finding My True Voice') I may not be the grooviest girl on campus, but I am a lot stronger than I ever thought. And now when people say they wanted to be me or date me when they were little, when they say, "Who didn't have a crush on Marcia Brady," I feel blessed.
Maureen McCormick: (about her iconic role on ABC's long-lived comedy series, 'The Brady Bunch') I'll always be struck by how much a part of people's lives Marcia is and always will be. But now I'm not bothered by the connection. It took most of my life, countless mistakes and decades of pain and suffering to reach this point of equanimity and acceptance.
Maureen McCormick: As a teenager, I had no idea that few people are everything they present to the outside world. Yet there I was, hiding the reality of my life behind the unreal perfection of Marcia Brady. ...No one suspected the fear that gnawed at me even as I lent my voice to the chorus of Bradys singing, "It's a Sunshine Day."
Maureen McCormick: For most of my life, I have been followed, sometimes haunted, by Marcia Brady. I don't have a choice in the matter. Imagine always being shadowed by a younger, prettier, more popular you.
Maureen McCormick: (about auditioning for 'The Brady Bunch') It was really fun! All I remember is that there were a ton of boys and girls. He [creator Sherwood Schwartz] really wanted to know what our personalities were like, more than anything. He wanted to get people who were nice to work with.
Maureen McCormick: (when asked what she thought attributed to the success of 'The Brady Bunch') I think it was because of the great relationships we had with each other on the set. We became friends and it showed. It was like having another family.
Maureen McCormick: If you aren't going to do something all the way, don't do it.
Maureen McCormick: Back on the show, I could eat whatever I wanted. Things changed. I am 5-foot 3-inches. At some point I stopped growing, and it is harder when you are small. We never dealt with [eating disorders] on the show.