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

By Sarah Norman | July 12, 2023

Marcia Was Really Hit In The Face With A Football

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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Despite breaking her nose in a car accident only a week prior to filming, Marcia, played by Maureen McCormick, was actually hit in the face with a football in the episode, "The Subject Of Noses" - albeit accidentally. Her on-screen brother Greg, played by Barry Williams, describes the incident below: 

It was a real football. But it was thrown into screen very close to her, maybe a couple of feet. Actually, the prop man tried a couple of times and it didn’t connect. Then, (Peter Brady actor) Christopher Knight reminded me that he came in and he actually lobbed it into her face. That’s how it happened.

In Real Life, Marcia Underwent Three Abortions Before She Was 21

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When Maureen McCormick, who played Marcia Brady, was deep in the clutches of her addiction, she lost touch with the real world. In her memoir, Here's the Story: Surviving Marcia Brady and Finding My True Voice, she has spoken openly about missing out on job opportunities, going without sleep for days, and ending up in dangerous situations due to drugs. She also has spoken candidly about getting pregnant multiple times while on drugs: 

I was 18, 19 and 20 when I had each abortion. It shows how careless I was. It shows what drugs did to me and how far I went. I was not aware of the things going on in my life. Playing Marcia, I always had to be perfect... but I had so much going on underneath. 

We're so happy McCormick came out the other side!