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Here's the Story

Surviving Marcia Brady and Finding My True Voice

    • 4.3 • 215 Ratings
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    • $12.99

Publisher Description

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.

Biographies & Memoirs
October 6
HarperCollins e-books

Customer Reviews

Rheeter92 ,

It was pretty good

I learned about the addictions Maureen went through. Great book overall

Hardlinemike ,

Not earth shattering

This was a light and interesting read about one of the hottest babes on TV in the late 60's. I felt like I was catching up on a long ago girlfriend, wondering what has happened to her, only to find out she had a hard life. She was someone on top of the world, how could anything go wrong? As you get into the book, you will see the roadblocks and land mines that all of us have faced, but to Marcia? No way. As a young guy in love with her, she had it all, or so it would seem. Humbling to read that real things and situations happen to fictional people.
The book was informative, but not earth shattering. I do however feel as though I have found an old heartbeat from long ago. Loved her, still do.

Amigo73 ,

Not bad

Not a bad memoir, though the author wrote a great deal of it with a great deal of detachment, like she was still trying to distance herself from her own story. Some read as if it were an exercise in therapy, harsh, clinical, swift. Like she was finally in a hurry to get past that long part of her life.

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