Wednesday, June 19, 2013
In her upcoming memoir Life Is Not a Stage, actress Florence Henderson is making a major departure from her squeaky-clean image as matriarch of the Brady Bunch. In the 1960s, as her marriage to Ira Bernstein crumbled, the erstwhile Carol Brady hopped in the sack with then-NYC mayor, John Lindsay and got much more than she bargained for. The two lovers weren't the only ones in the bed that night. After Henderson headed home, she woke up the next morning to find "little black things" crawling over her bed and body. An urgent call to the doctor revealed that the mayor had infected her with pubic lice, aka crabs. "Guess I learned the hard way that crabs do not discriminate but cross over all socioeconomic strata," Henderson writes. "He must have had quite the active life. What a way to put the kibosh on a relationship." She also shoots down rumors of another contagious relationship rumor that's dogged her throughout the years. Tabloids have long claimed Henderson had an affair with her on-screen son, Barry Williams, who played Greg Brady; however, Henderson writes that it's bunk. "Barry did have a serious crush on me, which I understood and helped him get past," Henderson writes. "Let us just say that if he had entertained a roll in the hay with me, I would never have done it."