30 Untold Behind-the-Scenes Stories of 'The Brady Bunch'

By Sarah Norman | May 18, 2024

Maureen McCormick Struggled With A Cocaine Addiction

Get ready to embark on a far-out journey filled with laughter, nostalgia, and a few surprises! These stories from behind the scenes of The Brady Bunch offer a sneak peek into the captivating world of America's favorite TV family. Discover untold tales, hidden moments, and cherished memories as we unveil the groovy secrets of this iconic show. So grab your bell-bottoms and put on your best polyester, because it's time to step behind the curtain and explore the colorful world of The Brady Bunch like never before!

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Maureen's struggle with addiction began in the mid-1970s, as the success of The Brady Bunch faded and the pressure of maintaining her image as picture-perfect Marcia Brady intensified. Searching for a way to cope with the stress and expectations of her life in the spotlight, Maureen turned to drugs as an escape. What began as a casual experimentation quickly spiraled into a full-blown addiction to cocaine, quaaludes, pills and mushrooms. McCormick began slipping up on set and tanking auditions while under the influence. As she slipped deeper into addiction, she even traded sex for drugs. Her career and mental health suffered greatly. Luckily, this story has a happy ending. McCormick credits her husband, Michael Cummings, with helping her find her way to sobriety: 

[I] met this guy [Michael Cummings] — it was before we were married and we were just dating — and I had my last relapse. He came to me and said, ‘If you ever do this drug again, I’m gone, I’m leaving.’ It woke me up. It was like the coldest shower you could ever take, there’s just no way I’m gonna lose somebody that I love.

We’ve been married now for 33 years. I just had a feeling that I could trust him with my whole heart and that he was so honest and such a beautiful, beautiful human being.

Marcia Dated Her On-Screen Brother, Greg

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Barry Williams and Maureen McCormick, known for their roles as Greg and Marcia Brady on The Brady Bunch, shared an on-screen sibling bond that millions of viewers adored. But what many fans didn't know was that behind the scenes, this TV brother and sister duo had a flirtatious fling that sizzled with so much chemistry it got in the way of filming! 

When we shot “A Room at the Top,” the final show of the fourth season, the tension between Barry and me was at an all-time high, I couldn’t read the word bedroom in the script without conjuring up fantasies of the two of us. It was as if "bedroom" had turned into a code word for something illicit and wonderful. Barry wasn’t much better. Shooting the scene where we sat next to each other on the bed was more than either of us could handle. We couldn’t keep our hands off each other.

The director of the episode, Lloyd Schwartz, even found it hard to film the scene, as the energy between the two definitely wasn't reading very brother-sister. Luckily they eventually got through the moment and wrapped the season!