His death, first attributed simply to colon cancer, was later revealed to have been hastened by AIDS.
“There were a few of us who knew that he was HIV positive, and we protected his privacy,” says Florence Henderson (Reed’s TV wife, Carol Brady).”I really, honestly don’t think everyone on the show knew.
While on-camera, the big Brady sister pined for Monkees dreamboat Davy Jones, but off-camera she dated funnyman Steve Martin and singer Michael Jackson.
Maureen Mc Cormick, 52, dishes the salacious secrets in "Here's The Story: Surviving Marcia Brady and Finding My True Voice." The tell-all tome hits bookstore shelves Tuesday and shreds what the actress describes as the "unreal perfection" of her television teen queen.
“It was hard not to notice how pretty she was and how attracted I was to her,” says Williams, recalling the days when he (if not Greg) was in high puberty.
“That feeling was shared by hundreds of thousands of young men. “There were stretches of time when our relationship was professional, and other times we’d find ourselves amorous,” he says. In 1970, during the show’s second season, the 15-year-old asked his TV mom, Florence Henderson, then 36, out on a date. “All the director knew was I was acting like a jerk.
) Virtually everyone else, she finds, regards her as an acquaintance.
"As a teenager, I had no idea that few people are everything they present to the outside world," she writes in the book.
"Yet there I was, hiding the reality of my life behind the unreal perfection of Marcia Brady." Mc Cormick was 14 in 1969 when viewers were introduced to the aw-shucks wholesomeness of the Brady Bunch - consisting of a "lovely lady," "a man named Brady" and their six kids.
I never discussed it with anyone except Barry Williams.
The others, even if they had known, would have protected his privacy.” Williams and Susan Olsen (Cindy) agree that, for Reed, privacy was paramount.
Still, "Here's The Story" dishes plenty of dirt, with Mc Cormick revealing she blew an interview with Steven Spielberg when she was high, and had long struggles with depression.