“Florence just appeared backstage,” Williams remembered. She sauntered out pretending to be an ingénue, ribbing the assembled notables. “But what she did was to really break the ice, and the whole place relaxed, so when I was called, I was much more focused and comfortable.
And that was how I became the next Pippin.” Williams credits the continued cultural relevance of “The Brady Bunch” to the magic of chemistry, of which Henderson was a key element.
He was increasingly nervous as the auditions wore on.
And who should show up just before his name was called?
He recalled the time when Florence - who starred in countless Broadway plays - was on hand for his audition for the role of Pippin.
"I would go to her sometimes when I was struggling with issues," he told the Daily News.
The two even went out together, although Barry said: 'I think that my approach to going out and Florence's were slightly different.'He explained: 'Did I wish maybe in fantasy world that it could turn into a romantic encounter?
Yes, but the reason that I asked her to go out was to talk about music and performing.' Bittersweet: Barry spoke about her to The Daily News; a season five poster from 1973; (from bottom left) Susan Olsen, Mike Lookinland; (middle) Eve Plumb, Florence Henderson, Robert Reed, Maureen Mc Cormick; (top row) Christopher Knight, Barry Williams and Ann B.
But off screen, the blended TV family couldn’t keep their hands off each other!
Here’s the story of a Brady Bunch that mixed and mingled in some unexpected ways.
Williams — who played eldest son Greg Brady on "The Brady Bunch" — remembered actress Florence Henderson as a successful TV mom, a loyal role model and an even better friend.