Fans of "The Brady Bunch" know Maureen McCormick as Marcia Brady, the wholesome older sister on the classic sitcom about a blended family. But in her new memoir, "Here's the Story: Surviving Marcia Brady and Finding My True Voice," the actress writes of her romance with TV sibling Barry Williams, who played Greg Brady, dates with Michael Jackson and Steve Martin, and her many addictions.
Things became hot and heavy while McCormick and Williams were filming episodes in Hawaii.
"We couldn't hold back any longer," she writes in the book published by William Morrow. "It was our first kiss, and it was long, passionate and deep. It was wonderful, too, though as we continued to kiss and press against each other so closely that we could feel each other's body heat, a part of me — a tiny part, admittedly — said to myself, `Oh my God! I'm kissing my brother. What am I doing?'"
Now 52, McCormick — who endured a battle with drug addiction and depression — also discusses her dates with Martin and Jackson. It was several years after "The Brady Bunch" ended that McCormick went out with Martin, who had asked for the actress' phone number through friend Chevy Chase.
"I remember him being a very good kisser," McCormick writes about Martin. "But I was insecure and either high or spaced out (most likely both), and I didn't laugh at his jokes.
"Though Steve was too polite and confident of his talent to say anything, I'm sure my inability to carry on a normal conversation or respond intelligently put him off," she writes. "We never spoke again after that date. I've always regretted my behavior because he impressed me as an extraordinary guy. I would've enjoyed a second date."
McCormick's time with Jackson was innocent. They met while she was starring on "Brady" and he was part of the Jackson 5.
"Once we went ice-skating and he held my hand as we glided around the rink," the book recalls. "I wondered if he might try to kiss me, but he didn't. After another outing, he did give me a kiss goodbye. But it was only a gentle peck on the cheek."
There were more men in McCormick's life, which spiraled downward into substance abuse and depression as she struggled to reconcile her Marcia Brady image of the girl next door with her private pain.
In the book, hitting stores Tuesday, she discusses cocaine binges and parties at the Playboy Mansion and the home of Sammy Davis Jr., an unwanted pregnancy and trading sex for drugs. McCormick was not available for comment on her book.
McCormick was 14 when "The Brady Bunch" debuted on ABC, running from 1969 to 1974. Despite her role as a sunny Miss Perfect, she grappled privately with anxiety and insecurity, the youngest of four children born to a mercurial father who abused and cheated on their mother.
"As a teenager, I had no idea that few people are everything they present to the outside world," she writes. "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.'"
When the series had its final bow, she took up a hard-partying lifestyle in Hollywood, using drugs including cocaine and Quaaludes. She struggled to regain her earlier success, landing some TV and movie roles, but developed a reputation for unreliability due to her addiction, even botching an interview with Steven Spielberg for a role in "Raiders of the Lost Ark" because she was high.
After interventions, stints in rehab and experimental therapies, McCormick began getting sober in 1985 when she married actor Michael Cummings, with whom she has a daughter, Natalie. She continued to fight depression through therapy, medication and the help of "Brady" cast mates.
McCormick, who is also a singer, starred on the Country Music Television reality series "Gone Country" and "Outsider's Inn." She also confronted her weight issues several years ago as the winning contestant on the VH1 reality show "Celebrity Fit Club."
As for her iconic role, "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," she says.
1st time top 10. Yay!! And I been knew about this...
Or should I say 5!!!
I SAW THIS ON THE MORNING SHOW THIS MORNING. I WAS ROLLIN... MARCIA MARCIA MARCIA!!
Dayum well at least she kept it 100 and didn't do a flikc like most former tv starz. SMH.
It's too *** early to read all this $#!T
Jesus take the wheel...qucik!!!
that is sad, someone should have told this girl about investmnets and all
*** THAT'S CRAZY. THE MEDIA IS ALL IN CELEBS BUSINESS NOWADAYS. APPARENTLY BACK THEN NOBODY CARED CAUSE I NEVER HEARD ABOUT THIS UNTIL RECENTLY.
I wonder what the lip service was like...Real Talk.Brooklyn Lives-The Borough Becomes Me...
I'm glad that she got help. Pray for her
Didn't she fall in love with Bobby Brown..gotta be a crackhead
MARCIA, MARCIA, MARCIA!!!!
NOT SURPRISED. SHE WAS A REAL DRUGGIE. THATS WHAT THEY DO FOR A QUICK HIGH.
she is a human just like all of us!
Crack is a hell of a drug
i think we've all traded sum koopappie for sumthing evry once in a while. I gave sum up for sum burger king last ***. She wants cocaine, i want a whopper! LOL, just kidding.
Ok MTO, I understand she had a past and she made some wrong decisions but do you have to call her a "crack ho" I mean that is really cruel of ya'll. You know we all got somebody in our family who took the wrong path!
everybody was doin that *** in the 80's
i aint read all this ***./....find a *** story mto
as long as she's getting help. nobody's perfect.
MARSH, MARSHA, MARSHA!!!! LMAO
old news... all then 70's kids got dirt on them...
COCAINE IS A HELL OF A DRUG! NOW WONDER SHE HAD ALL THE BOYS HITTIN ON HER DURING THE SHOW THEY KNOW WHAT THEY COULD GET FOR $5 SUCKI SUCKI FIVE DOLLA
ROFL @ SAINT LEWIS!!!!!
Marcia! Marcia! Marcia!
ALL DEM *** KIDS IN THE BRADY HOUSE DROVE HER AZZ TO COCAINE.. LMAO.... DANG SHE HIT MIKE JACKSON? OMG! I NEED TO TALK TO HER.. I GOTS SOME QUESTION THAT NEED ANSWERS ASAP! LMAO.. CALL ME MARCIA
Please, its not like she's the only one....You can take that same story and apply it to a while lot of current "stars" out there now.
SHE SOUND LIKE THE BOOK CRACK HEAD WAS WRITTEN JUST FOR HER
NOT SUPRISING....MOSTLY ALL THOSE KIDS ON THOSE SHOWS BACK IN THE 70'S, GOT ALL MESSED UP AFTER THE SHOWS WERE CANCELED AND WHILE THEY WERE STILL ON TV, AND NOW WE HAVE THE KIDS ON DISNEY FOLLOWIN IN THOSE SAME FOOTSTEPS!!!!!
MARCIA WAS MY GIRL THOUGH......"OH MY NOSE", THAT *** WAS FUNNY AS HELL, EVEN WHEN I WAS A KID!!!!!
((P.S. FOR THE YOUNGER GENERATION, THAT WAS THE EPISODE WHEN SHE HAD A DATE WITH THE FOTTBALL PLAYER,(the big man on campus) AND GOT HIT IN THE NOSE WITH A FOOTBALL AND HER *** S WAS ON SWOLL))
The Brady "Hunch"
I will not judge her because of the grace of God I didn't go that far. Why did she have to mention Sammy Davis name? The man is dead, he can't defend himself
Not surprised, she was all up on Bobby Brown during their show, "Gone Country".
Drugs will do that to you. Some of us has family members who's on that stuff..I mean next...Can we get something interesting?
This is not News.
Here we are in a Fuucking RECESSION and this *** tryna sell a book to make money.
Go on CRAIG'sLIST and find a job like erbody else.
Wow.. I will NOT be reading that book. She must be REALLY desperate to write that book. Whatever. Get a 9 to 5 like everyone else.
See u never Know...
Funny @ saintlewis. I wonder how she is doing as a mother.
miyonte1982 is super bad...
WHERE ARE ALL THE BLACK MEN AND WHITE WOMEN WHO HATE BLACK WOMEN ON THIS SITE? IF SHE WAS BLACK THEY'D ALL HAVE SOMETHING TO SAY A CRACK HO IS A CRACK HO THERE IS NO DIFFERENCE IN REGARDS TO COLOR OR STATUS DOES ANYONE WATCH INTERVENTION? THAT SHOW IS FULL OF WHITE ADDICTS THIS IS NOTHING
Am I blind? There is a lot to read. Where does it say that she had *** for cocaine? She could afford it with her salary rather than having ***.
MARSHA,MARSHA,MARSHA. LMAO. WAD DA *** IS GOING ON WID DA BRADY KIDS ?? FIRST GREG HAD A TELL ALL BOOK ON HOW HE AND MRS. BRADY *** IN THE DOG HOUSE FROM THE SET. AND MR. BRADY WAS ***!!! MMM-MMM-MMM YALL NEVER KNOW. BUT IT DOSNT DURPRISE ME CAUSE ALL THOSE JUNKIES SELL THEIR *** TO GET THEIR FIX. OM SEXY 41 AND I APPROVE THIS MESSAGE.
UMMM WHO CARES GIVE ME SOME NEWS ABOUT THELMA FROM GOOD TIMES MTO!! I DONT *** WITH THE BRADY BUNCH ITS NICCAS IN THE HOOD EVERYDAY THAT MARRY A BYTCH WITH LIKE 5 KIDS DONT NOBODY MAKE A SHOW ABOUT THEM!! LOL
LMAO@SAINTLEWIS...LOL YEAH I HEARD OF THIS YESTERDAY....ALL THOSE CHICKS IN THE PAST DID DOPE.
LMAO@CRACK HO! MTO THAT AIN'T RIGHT
I never would have guessed this about her back in the day...
She is probably doing this to help her move on and get past the past. Nothing like writing down your Story and reading it later to help you see what you did wrong or how things went wrong. This way you can move on into a healthy future. Even if no one reads it or buys it, I'm sure some folks will, I think it helped her move on to somewhere positive in her life. And its probably a load off her shoulders.
LMAO@BIGTYMVP...THTS WHAT IS SAID...LOL! KINDA TOO EARLY
MARCIA MARCIA MARCIA
POOR THING CRACK HAS GOTTEN
THE BEST OF EM SWEETIE.
This girl is a nut- I saw her in Dr. Phil. Her father and brother were on to tell about her stealing and lying- Marcia is a liar- She has been trying to promote this book for over a year. this woman has mental issues. Even Dr, Phil didn't believe half the things she said. She still has issues and drug problem and her father and brother said on TV that they hated her because she lies, steals and is a trouble maker
I was looking for them too!
*crickets* I guess
@ Twinkletoes..no you're not blind, you just missed the paragraph.
It's paragraph 10 of this story; I counted the loose sentence as a paragraph.
It says she traded *** for drugs.
CAN'T TALK ABOUT HER. SOMETHING ABOUT THIS WHITE WOMAN GIVES ME A FEELING SHE HAS A GOOD AURA ABOUT HER. EVERYBODY GOT SKELETONS IN THEIR CLOSET. DIDN'T EVEN READ THE B.S. ABOVE.
It's cool if you don't talk negatively about Marsha, Marsha, Marsha. She does appear to have a good aura about herself. However it's just as important to show love and sensitivity toward the women of color that MTO often write about. Those "who endured a battle with drug addiction and depression" or maybe has "an unwanted pregnancy and trading *** for drugs". I can empathize with anyone because we all know or love a lost soul somewhere in this world.
Respect*this is directed to no one in particular*
umm thats a shame i used to love tha brady bunch
OK WHO SELLS THEIR BODY FOR COKE, THATS WHAT CRACKHEADS DO. COKE IS SUPPOSED TO BE THE GLAMOUROUS DRUG, IF YOU CAN'T AFFORD IT, THEN YOU *** BE DOING IT! LMFAO
DEAD @ "Got Crack"! Yall are so wrong MTO.
heck naw all them turned out crazy
what is wrong with them brady's lol
Um, the article is too long for me. So I'ma take the headline for face value. And that's sad by the way.
***...almost all the kids that grew up in the spotlight ended up living a *** up a life...there is a curse in Hollywood mannnn...real talk.
~luv fashion and NYC lifestyle~
I would have given her a ten cent piece for the throat
wow...how disrespectful mto!
***.... That's *** up. Hope she gets her life back on track.
OMG! MAN ALL THEM TEEN STARS PROBABLY DID THAT! U AINT ALONE MARCIA MARCIA MARCIA!
The things people will do for drugs. (Sigh)
the show must not have been paying her alot of money