Maureen McCormick is an actress, singer, and author who began her career in 1964. She is best known for playing Marcia Brady on the hit ABC sitcom 'The Brady Bunch.' Due to a career in the entertainment industry that spans seven decades, she is now a wealthy woman who has an estimated net worth of $4 million. Here is how Maureen McCormick accrued her wealth.
Maureen McCormick's Early Life
Born in Los Angeles on August 5, 1956, Maureen McCormick grew up in the city's Encino section with her three older brothers and her parents. As a child, she took part in beauty pageants, winning the Baby Miss San Fernando Valley title at the age of six.
She also began her acting career as a child, and her first job was appearing in Mattel television commercials for Chatty Cathy and Barbie dolls. McCormick was also the voice of the redeveloped Chatty Cathy doll. She also had small parts in television series such as 'My Three Sons,' 'The Farmer's Daughter,' 'Honey West,' 'I Dream of Jeannie,' and 'Bewitched.'
Her Career in Television
McCormick's career in television took off when she landed the role of Marcia Brady, the oldest daughter in 'The Brady Bunch.' It was a popular sitcom about a blended family that aired on ABC from 1969 to 1974. The series led to multiple spin-offs and one-off specials in which McCormick appeared.
After the cancellation of 'The Brady Bunch,' McCormick had many small television series roles throughout the 1970s and 1980s. Some of the television series in which she appeared included 'Love Boat,' 'Donny & Marie' 'Happy Days,' 'Fantasy Island,' 'Streets of San Francisco', and 'Vega$.'
She also had supporting roles in various films, such as 'Skatetown U.S.A,' 'A Vacation in Hell,' and 'The Idolmaker.' During the 1990s, McCormick's career took a different turn when she began acting on stage. She made her Broadway debut playing Betty Rizzo in Grease in 1994.
During the following years, her personal issues meant that her television career suffered. However, she made a return to television in 1997, portraying country singer Barbara Mandrell in the made-for-television biopic 'Get to the Heart: The Barbara Mandrell Story.' Three years later, she landed the role of Rebecca Crane in the soap opera 'Passions.'
Appearances on Reality Shows
In addition to her acting roles, Maureen McCormick has also appeared on television in various television reality series. The first of these was 'Celebrity Fit Club' in 2007. Her aim was to lose 30 pounds, but she surpassed this target by losing 34 pounds. She was the individual winner of the fifth season.
The second reality series in which she took part was the CMT reality show 'Gone Country.' In this series, McCormick was competing for a recording contract. 'Gone Country' led to a spin-off series, 'Outsiders Inn,' which followed McCormick as she opened a bed and breakfast located in Newport, Tennessee.
McCormick's then appeared in the Australian version of the reality television series 'I'm a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!'. When she appeared in this series, she was the last evictee before the final, and she lasted for 42 days. Most recently, Maureen McCormick appeared in season 23 of 'Dancing with the Stars.'
In this series, she was paired with professional dancer Artem Chigvintsev. They did reasonably well in the competition, finishing in eighth place after leaving in the seventh week of the competition.
Talk Show Appearances
At various stages, McCormick has appeared as a guest on talk shows. One of her most controversial talk show appearances was in 2007 when she was interviewed on 'Dr. Phil'. She made accusations against one of her brothers of elder abuse.
McCormick also claimed that her brother had alienated their father from his other children in order to gain financial control of their father's money.
According to IMDb, other talk shows on which she has appeared include 'The Today Show,' 'Access Hollywood,' 'Paula's Party,' Good Day L.A.,' and 'The Howard Stern Show.' Many of her talk show appearances were to promote her autobiography.
McCormick's Singing and Writing Careers
Along with the other cast members from 'The Brady Bunch,' McCormick recorded four albums, and they toured together performing around the United States. She also recorded an extended play album with Christopher Knight, her 'The Brady Bunch' co-star.
The album was titled 'Maureen McCormick and Christopher Knight.' The album consisted of a variety of both duets and solo performances. McCormick has also had a career as a solo artist. Her first single was released in 1972. It was a double-sided single, featuring the songs' Teeny Weeny Bit (Too Long)' and 'Truckin' Back to You.'
Her second single 'Little Bird' was released a year later, and it had some success in the western United States. She released her only album 'When You Get a Little Lonely' in 1995. Maureen McCormick released her autobiography, titled 'Here's the Story:
Surviving Marci Brady and Finding My New Voice,' in 2008. Her autobiography received significant publicity, and it debuted at number four on The New York Times bestseller list.
Maureen McCormick's Net Worth
According to Celebrity Net Worth, Maureen McCormick has an estimated net worth of $4 million. She had predominantly made this from her career as an actress. However, she has also made some money from her singing career and from publishing her autobiography.
Her Personal Life
After 'The Brady Bunch' was canceled, McCormick developed addictions to cocaine and Quaaludes. Her addiction had a significant negative impact on her career. McCormick married Michael Cummings in 1985, and she took steps to deal with her addictions following her marriage.
Although she underwent various treatment and tackled her addictions, Maureen McCormick has continued to endure a lifelong struggle with depression and anxiety. McCormick and Cummings have one daughter, Natalie Michelle, who was born in 1989.
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