10 reasons Eve Plumb just might be the coolest member of The Brady Bunch

Eat your heart out, Marcia.

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It's not easy being the middle child. Constantly overlooked, constantly fighting for attention. Nobody embodied middle-child syndrome better on TV than Jan Brady. Not even Peter.

Greg might have been Johnny Bravo and Marcia (Marcia! Marcia!) might have snagged Davy Jones, but Jan was more rock 'n' roll than you know. Well, Eve Plumb was, to be clear.

Here are some fun facts you might not know about the Brady star!

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1. She was a savvy real estate mogul at the age of 11.


Margin! Margin! Margin! Sometimes things do go Jan Brady's way, especially when it comes to real estate profits. At the age of 11, child actress Plumb purchased a Malibu beach house for $55,350. The 1950s blue cottage sat at the south end of the exclusive Escondido Beach. After nearly half a century of ownership, Plumb sold the flat-roofed bungalow in June 2016 for $3.9 million — a little over 10 times its original value, adjusting for inflation.

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2. She was the first Brady kid to get a solo record deal.


The Brady Kids made their recorded singing debut as a group in 1970 with the holiday album Merry Christmas from the Brady Bunch. Maureen McCormick and Chris Knight would cut an album together in 1973. Barry Williams dropped a single titled "Sweet Sweetheart" in November 1971. Even Mike Lookinland served up a piece of bubblegum for Capitol Records in 1974 with "Love Doesn't Care Who's In It." In February 1971, Plumb beat them all to the solo punch (if not the charts) with "How Will It Be?" for RCA Records in February 1971. You can see her promoting the 45 here in Billboard with DJ Jim Lange. It also happened to be an original tune, unlike Barry's Goffin-King cover.

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3. She gave up Jan to be Dawn.


The Brady Bunch Hour variety show will forever be associated with "Fake Jan," the substitute sibling (Geri Reischl). Eve Plumb famously did not reprise her role of Jan, though she was not against the idea. She agreed to do the Brady Bunch Variety Hour 1976 special but balked at the commitment to a full season. She was up for a few episodes, but when the network presented her with an all-or-nothing contract, she walked. Plumb had aspirations of being a more serious actress. She proved that — and shocked Brady diehards — with her title role as a prostitute in Dawn: Portrait of a Teenage Runaway. The made-for-TV movie featured the protopunk tune "Cherry Bomb" by the Runaways in the soundtrack and spawned a sequel, Alexander: The Other Side of Dawn.

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4. She made her big-screen debut in 'I'm Gonna Git You Sucka.'


In 1988, Keenen Ivory Wayans (and his Wayans brothers) spoofed the Seventies blaxploitation genre with I'm Gonna Git You Sucka. The comedy showcased loads of iconic Black talent from the past, including Clarence Williams III, best known as Linc from The Mod Squad. Plumb played his wife.

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5. She was in Dick Tracy without actually being in Dick Tracy.


In 1967, William Dozier, creator of the camp classic Batman, looked to replicate his success with another comic hero — Dick Tracy. A pilot was made, but the show never made it to series. The opening credits introduced the cast, in cartoon and in-the-flesh form, including Eve Plumb as "Bonnie Braids." Her character did not appear in the pilot, however! She was clearly meant to show up in unrealized later episodes.

6. Her dad produced the 'Batman' theme.


We've mentioned Batman and music, so we must bring up her dad, Neely Plumb. The producer, sax player and composer produced loads of records, including singles by TV stars Carol Burnett and a very young Don Johnson. (Yes, he produced Eve's single, too.) He also produced the recording of Neal Hefti's "Batman Theme"!

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7. Her sister was in a bunch of cool stuff, too.


Plumb's older sis Flora was 14 years her elder. Eve eventually played a runaway in Dawn and Clarence Williams III's wife in Sucka — coincidentally, Flora was in the Mod Squad episode "Home Is the Streets." Flora also appeared in The Wild Wild West, Mannix, Marcus Welby, Lou Grant and Quincy. You can see her here in The Young Lawyers (1970). Sadly, she never popped up on The Brady Bunch.

Image: The Everett Collection

8. There was a '90s alternate rock band named after her.


Grunge-pop band Eve's Plumb released a couple of records for Sony in the early Nineties. Their first single, "Blue," was a picture disc with Jan Brady's face on the record. But the band is probably best remembered because lead singer Colleen Fitzpatrick went solo under the name Vitamin C and scored a platinum record in 1999 with "Graduation (Friends Forever)."

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9. Eve had a cool spoken-word record, too.


Back to Eve's musical career for a moment. Composer Pat Williams, who wrote the Streets of San Francisco theme song, made a record in 1974 called "California Love Story." The song featured a spoken word bit recited by Plumb. "A sweet Santa Ana wind is blowing along the road this afternoon," she reads. "I miss you, Billy." Take a listen.

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10. She brought the Partridge and Brady families together in 'Little Women.'


Every generation has its adaptation of Little Women, from the Winona Ryder take in the Nineties to the recent Greta Gerwig spin. In 1978, a miniseries cast loads of beloved television talent. Plumb played the ill-fated Beth. Susan Dey was Jo March. That's right — Laurie Partridge and Jan Brady as sisters! William Schallert and William Shatner were in it, too!

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DethBiz 38 months ago
Growing up I knew a George Glass and he was always waiting for a call from Jan to ask him to go out with her.
deimos DethBiz 5 months ago
She has become an artist over the past 25 years. Very successful also, her painting sell for several thousand. She's very talented.
frenchman71 41 months ago
The last couple years of the Brady Bunch, Eve was turning into a beautiful woman. There was a wall poster I saw of her in '74 and she was smokin' hot. I would pay top dollar if I could get that. She was also an accomplished painter in her adult years. And she proved she could do other things besides BB. She also co-starred in a kid series, "Fudge" in the 90s.
rexford112 frenchman71 12 months ago
@Frenchman 71 "The last couple years of the Brady Bunch, Eve was turning into a beautiful woman." YEP! I have the whole TV series on DVD and have been watching the last 2 seasons off and on. I agree Eve/Jan WAS becoming quite lovely! The entire clan were some good looking folks, but Barry/Greg, Maureen/Marcia & Eve/Jan were the DEFINITE top lookers of the, er, bunch. Eve had that very soft, understated beauty -- the kind that sort of sneaks up on you and takes your breath away once when you ACTUALLY notice it. And that's the thing isn't it? On the show and perhaps even in real life, Eve / Jan was often overshadowed by Maureen /Marcia, who was one of the HOTTEST TV babes of that era. So many male fans (myself included) were too enamored with Maureen/Marcia to ever really pay much attention to Eve/Jan. But honestly? Now that I can closely look at BOTH young ladies as clearly as can be seen, not to mention LARGER than ever on the enormous hi-res screens of today, I honestly can say that given the choice between them I actually prefer EVE/JAN! By the time she hit high school age she was VERY PRETTY, in an accessible kind of way. She didn't knock you off your feet like Maureen, rather she kind of drew you in with those soft eyes. Both had very statuesque physiques in their own right. By the mid '70s (after the show ended) the two of them TOGETHER could have stopped traffic! IMAGINE if the series had gone onto a 6th season. Ah, what could have been...
frenchman71 rexford112 12 months ago
Agree with all you said. I have 2 pictures of Eve in her last years of BB I want to post but I'm not too tech savvy. You would love them.
rexford112 frenchman71 12 months ago
Indeed, I'm sure I would. I may have seen them if they were posted anywhere on the 'net at some point. Btw, I now realize what it is about Eve's face that I like so much: she somewhat reminds me of Helen Slater, back when SHE first hit scene in that rather underwhelming Supergirl motion picture from '84. (Check out the b&w pic beneath #10 above and you'll see what I mean.) Similar soft eyes and fresh-faced innocence. Very inviting, and just pleasant to behold, someone you could look at and talk to for hours and hours. Definitely my kind of gal! :)
LeBeau 45 months ago
Can’t believe she never won an Emmy?! So much deserved
45 months ago
She had a very unique way of speaking.
JanFresh 45 months ago
She had a very busy life that started at a very young age.
45 months ago
I remember Little women and I have seen Dawn. I remember Eve on Fudge. It was a sitcom on Saturday Mornings on ABC in the 1990s. She played Mrs. Hatcher, mother of Fudge and Peter Hatcher. A series of books written by author Judy Blume. Her hair was cut short and colored brown.
daDoctah 45 months ago
I have a copy of one of Eve Plumb's singles as part of a collection of rare 45s called the Lost Jukebox collection. The song is "(Nicchi Sgnacchi Mucchi Mucchi) The Fortune Cookie Song".

In "I'm Gonna Get You Sucka", the Brady Bunch theme plays as background music in the scene that Eve appears in.
iloveoldtvshows 45 months ago
I bet metv won’t change to fall schedule until September 21
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JimPawPawBritt 45 months ago
RichardPniewski 45 months ago
Between Beth in Little Women and her seriously touching performance in "Family Affair ," not to mention " Dawn, " I have to wonder if "Brady Bunch" didn't prevent her from becoming an acclaimed dramatic actress.
RichardPniewski 45 months ago
The Family Affair episode made me cry.
Jon 45 months ago
2) "How Will It Be?" has to be one of the most depressing songs sung by a child that I can recall. Another point between Eve & her dad's career: "Purple People-Eater", produced by Neely Plumb, was the #1 single on Billboard the week Eve was born.
7) According to IMDB, Flora Plumb died in 2018, RIP. Eve has another sister named Susan who appeared as a nun on THREE'S COMPANY. Eve herself played a novice nun on THE FACTS OF LIFE who was also Blair's cousin.
10) I loved that 1978 version of LITTLE WOMEN. It also included Robert Young as Grandfather Lawrence.
bradyguy Jon 17 months ago
Actually, I think Plumb's character, Meg, was Blair's STEP-SISTER.

But I do remember being thrilled that the TWO of my fave TV crushes - Lisa Whelchel and Eve Plumb were on TOGETHER!!! Even if one of them was a nun!!
HerbF 45 months ago
You forgot another interesting fact, Eve actually did a fair amount of drama roles before on television BEFORE "The Brady Bunch" - which would explain why she did mostly drama after the series.
RedSamRackham HerbF 45 months ago
* Indeed she did a great dramatic performance on a Family Affair episode as a terminally ill child named Eve befriended by Buffy & Jody! saddest FA episode ever! ♣
SalIanni HerbF 45 months ago
The "Family Affair" episode is a classic and one of my favorites. Also high on my list is when she appeared on "Here's Lucy" in the episode "Lucy and Donny Osmond" as Lucy's niece Patricia who had a big crush on Donny and was invited to meet him.
EricFuller HerbF 25 months ago
She was in the TV movie "The Secret of Three Hungry Wives" playing the daughter of one of the women who was having an affair with a man who ends up dead.
bradyguy HerbF 17 months ago
True. Eve was, by far, the most experienced, and arguably the best actress among the kids...I'm not sure that the "Jan-centered" scripts - glasses...freckles...etc. EVER did her justice...but we love(d) her anyway...
UTZAAKE 45 months ago
Both Eve Plumb and Christopher Knight appear in the underrated 1997 surreal film Nowhere. Watch full movie on YouTube (subject to removal at any time): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IkmwkbFCz9s.
AnnieM 45 months ago
I wish that MeTV would get the rights to air all of those 70's 'teensploitation' TV movies: "Dawn", "Sarah T - Portrait of a Teenage Alcoholic", "Mary Jane Harper Cried Last Night", "Sooner or Later", et al. Sure, they weren't Shakespeare, but I'd still love to see them again.
Ilovelalaw AnnieM 45 months ago
There was also an episode of "Fantasy Island" where she played a young pregnant wife who, knowing that she's going to die giving birth to her daughter, wants to go into her daughter's future and make sure that she'll be all right without her mother. She finds out to her horror that her daughter, after an unhappy childhood, runs away and winds up in the clutches of a brutal sleazebag pimp. At the end of the episode, having delivered her daughter from the scumbag, she's saying goodbye to Mr. Roarke and Tattoo and Mr. Roarke's usual composure cracks a bit as he tells her how courageous she is. Absolutely heartbreaking.
Jcarba 45 months ago
Loved her in Dawn, perfect choice to showcase her range and acting abilities, supercool Jan, err Eve Plumb.
KathrynJordan 45 months ago
Cool facts about Jan. She was my favorite of the Brady girls. Greg was my favorite of the Brady boys. Jan always had a great sense of humor which reminded me of mine; I am the oldest in a family of two children. Jan was amazing to be able to purchase things at such as young age like a house at 11(with the help of her parents) and then be able to sell it for 3.6 million; that is amazing. Way to go, Jan!
KathrynJordan 45 months ago
I read that at one time both Barry and Chris had major crushes on her
Amalthea 45 months ago
She was hilarious as Mrs. Murdock in "Grease Live".
bradyguy Amalthea 17 months ago
When she appeared as Mrs. Murdock, I tweeted that with "Jan Brady" in "Grease", my 70's-loving heart might just explode. Eve "liked" my tweet...it made my day!

Quick BB trivia for you - WHICH of the Brady CMs have appeared in "Grease"?
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