Fortunately for you and me out here in TV Land, The Brady Bunch was just a sunny place to visit. For Maureen McCormick (aka Marcia), Bradyville was far worse than just braces and a broken nose. After the show ended in 1974, she shed the bell bottoms and flowered dresses, the hokey dialogue and the perfect life, but McCormick could never quite shake the alter ego that made her famous.
After all, isnt it hard enough to reconcile the difference between who you are and how people see you without having to match the unattainable? In Heres the Story: Surviving Marcia Brady and Finding My True Voice, McCormick reveals the Mr. Hyde to Marcias Dr. Jekyll. As a teenager, I had no idea that few people are everything they present to the outside world, she writes in her memoir. Yet here I was, hiding the reality of my life behind the unreal perfection of Marcia Brady. And that reality was as wild and gritty as almost anything you could make up, from coke, Quaaludes and parties at the Playboy Mansion to depression, sex for drugs and a dysfunctional family life.
Tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the LoDo Tattered Cover, 1628 16th Street, McCormick will sign her book; free tickets will be available starting at 6:30 p.m. For more informa-tion, call 303-436-1070 or go to www.tatteredcover.com.
Thu., Oct. 23, 2008