Here's the Story (Google eBook)

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HarperCollins, Oct 6, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 320 pages
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Marcia! Marcia! Marcia!

Marcia Brady, eldest daughter on television's The Brady Bunch, had it all—style, looks, boys, brains, and talent. No wonder her younger sister Jan was jealous! For countless adolescents across America who came of age in the early 1970s, Marcia was the ideal American teenager. Girls wanted to be her. Boys wanted to date her. But what viewers didn't know about the always-sunny, perfect Marcia was that offscreen, her real-life counterpart, Maureen McCormick, the young actress who portrayed her, was living a very different—and not-so-wonderful—life. Now, for the very first time, Maureen tells the shocking and inspirational true story of the beloved teen generations have invited into their living rooms—and the woman she became.

In Here's the Story, Maureen takes us behind the scenes of America's favorite television family, the Bradys. With poignancy and candor, she reveals the lifelong friendships, the hurtful jealousies, the offscreen romance, the loving support her television family provided during a life-or-death moment, and the inconsolable loss of a man who had been a second father. But The Brady Bunch was only the beginning. Haunted by the perfection of her television alter ego, Maureen landed on the dark side, caught up in a fast-paced, drug-fueled, star-studded Hollywood existence that ultimately led to the biggest battle of her life.

Moving from drug dens on Wonderland Avenue to wild parties at the Playboy mansion and exotic escapades on the beaches of Hawaii, this candid, hard-hitting memoir exposes a side of a beloved pop-culture icon the paparazzi missed. Yet it is also a story of remarkable success. After kicking her drug habit, Maureen battled depression, reconnected with her mother, whom she nursed through the end of her life, and then found herself in a pitched battle for her family in which she ultimately triumphed.

There is no question: Maureen McCormick is a survivor. After fifty years, she has finally learned what it means to love the person you are, insight that has brought her peace in a happy marriage and as a mother. Here's the Story is the empowering, engaging, shocking, and emotional tale of Maureen McCormick's courageous struggle over adversity and her lifelong battle to come to terms with the idea of perfection—and herself.

  

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Review: Here's the Story: Surviving Marcia Brady and Finding My True Voice

User Review  - Karen Kataline - Goodreads

Ultimately, this book was better than I expected; more compelling and in some chapters, more frustrating. I found myself asking aloud when Maureen was going to get a clue. That is of course, what kept ... Read full review

Review: Here's the Story: Surviving Marcia Brady and Finding My True Voice

User Review  - Richard Ward - Goodreads

I'm sure it was good therapy for her, writing this book. That doesn't mean it's gonna be good reading. Yet it is good, though less would have been more. I admire her vulnerability in laying bare her ... Read full review

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Contents

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102
Part
111
Vacation in Hell
113
One Flew into the Cuckoos Nest
121
A Brady Bride Is Fried
132
The Vineyard
141
Much More Than a Hunch
149
Shout for Joy
160
Insanity
197
Get to the Heart
203
Mo Better
212
Part Four
223
Coming to Terms
225
How Much Time?
233
The Family Trust
240
Reality
249

Tears in Heaven
169
Part Three
179
For Better and For Worse
181
The Story of a Lovely Lady
189
Fifty
258
Being Me
266
Acknowledgments
275
Copyright

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About the author (2009)

Born in 1956, Maureen McCormick began her career at the age of six after winning the Baby Miss San Fernando Valley beauty pageant. She appeared in numerous commercials for brands such as Mattel and Kool-Aid, and performed in early episodes of Bewitched and My Three Sons before landing the starring role as Marcia Brady in the groundbreaking sitcom The Brady Bunch, which aired in prime time from 1969 to 1974. McCormick is also a singer and voice-over actor who has made a number of appearances in television and movie roles during her long career. She recently returned to television as a cast member of VH1's Celebrity Fit Club and won! She lives in Southern California with her husband and daughter.

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