Susan Olsen on the stigma of being a child star

Olsen did her best to clarify the confusion surrounding The Brady Bunch.

When it comes to The Brady Bunch, everybody has their favorite conspiracy theory. There's all the misinformation about Florence Henderson dating younger castmates. Then there's the ever-popular "Cindy is dead" rumor. Don't even get us started about all the hoaxes about Cousin Oliver, either. 

While she wasn't disputing her own death, Susan Olsen (The Brady Bunch's Cindy Brady) spent a lot of her time setting the record straight about other things. In fact, Olsen was so passionate about clearing things up that it led her to produce a one-hour ABC special.

In 1995, Susan Olsen served as co-executive producer for Brady Bunch Home Movies, which allowed the cast to share their memories and update fans on their lives after Brady.

"So many people just didn't get it," Olsen told the Los Angeles Times. "They wanted to turn it into some reunion show full of contrivances and just trying to dictate how it should be. My whole point was just let the material speak for itself. Just let us be ourselves. This is the first time anybody has ever seen us not be our characters. That's where the home movies came in handy."

But one of the main reasons for the special's existence was because Olsen was "sick and tired of these crybabies who get on TV and say my life is so terrible because I had the good fortune of being on a TV show when I was a kid. I don't mean to be unsympathetic to those people, but what was starting to happen was that instead of people coming up to me and saying, 'That must have been so neat to do that show,' they were coming up and saying, 'How messed up are you?' I wanted to show we are six people who may not necessarily have gone on to be actors, but we are all successful people."

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CoreyC 4 months ago
Of all of the Brady kids Susan was stigmatised for being perceived as stupid and her last Cindy episode The Snooperstar was the worst. She was too old to play Shirley Temple.
Drujon 4 months ago
All of the kids on The Brady Bunch are examples of child actors that grew up to have normal, non-tragic lives. I believe a lot of that has to do with healthy support and guidance from their parents and families.
harlow1313 4 months ago
Fact: At the tail-end of the season five closing theme song, a garbled voice can be heard to say, "I buried Sue."
daDoctah 4 months ago
I don't remember a "Cindy is dead" hoax (were they somehow confusing her with Anissa Jones from "Family Affair"?) but I do remember hearing that Susan Olsen somehow was in a p*rn movie. When asked about it, she acknowledged that she had done a painting or poster that was used as set decoration in some adult film, and somebody thought it'd be funny to put her name in the movie's credits for it.
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Lantern daDoctah 3 months ago
People who thought Susan Olsen had died might have been confusing her with Suzanne Crough, who played the youngest Partridge kid. She passed in 2015.
LoveMETV22 4 months ago
Yes. A number of the surviving Brady Bunch cast members as well as a few cast that have passed, have tried to set the record straight about misinformation/conspiracies/theories in various interviews, whether a news show, convention, etc. There's not much of anything surrounding the series that is worthy of the rumor mill. If one doesn't like the show, don't watch it, pretty simple.

About the only thing that might have buzz-worthiness in regard to the show was Robert Reed's need for accuracy in episodes/scenes, but all that did was slow down production and excluded Mr. Reed from the last episode.
cperrynaples 4 months ago
I know that Susan has always been cynical about Cindy, but the fact remains she did everything but the Brady Christmas movie! She only missed that one because she was on her honeymoon!
cperrynaples cperrynaples 4 months ago
PS I know about the "Cindy is dead" story! I think she died of a drug overdose in high school! WHOOPS...wrong girl! That was Buffy!
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