By: Pat Prescott
Published: Jun 27, 2021

Brady Bunch Mom Got Crabs

Brady Bunch Mom Crabs - Florence Henderson once had a one night stand with New York Mayor John Lindsay and contracted an STD. Henderson, who is now 77, gave into the advances of her friend Lindsay and contracted crabs from him. The Brady Brunch mom said she was cheating on her husband in the 1960′s.

“I was lonely. I knew it wasn’t the right thing to do. So, what did I do? I did it,” she writes in “Life is Not a Stage,” set for publication in September. Henderson went home later that night, and awoke to a grisly surprise the next day as she saw “little black things” crawling over her bed and body. An urgent call to a doctor took care of the problem, known medically as pubic lice, and Lindsay sent her flowers and a note of apology.

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“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.”

Lindsay was married to his wife for 51 years before his death in 2000, his wife later passed in 2004. After becoming a congressman, Lindsay was the mayor of New York from 1966 to 1973. He had a brief run as a democratic presidential hopeful in 1972.

For the most part, the book focuses on Henderson’s childhood in an abusive home, her struggles with papal edicts about birth control, her Broadway stardom, and her second marriage to her therapist. Co-written with Joel Brokaw, it will be published by Hachette’s Center Street imprint on Sept. 20.

Henderson married Ira Bernstein in January 1956, who she was cheating on, and the couple had four children, Barbara, Joseph, Robert, and Elizabeth. During the filming of The Brady Bunch in Los Angeles, Henderson returned to the family’s New York home each weekend to spend time with her children. In 1985, she divorced Bernstein after almost 29 years of marriage.


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