Robert Reed Remembered Following DWTS TV Theme Week Tribute
Robert Reed was remembered by former Brady Bunch co-star Florence Henderson on Dancing with the Stars Monday night. The popular dance contest conducted TV theme week, in which the participants led a dance to honor specific TV shows.
Henderson performed a Brady Bunch tribute and said after the performance that it was "for Robert Reed," her husband on the iconic sitcom. She also mentioned that Reed had died of AIDS and that she "knew he was watching."
Reed was married to Marilyn Rosenberg from 1957-1959.The couplehad one daughter, Karen Rietz. Throughout his career up to the day of his death, Reed hid his homosexuality from the world, though Henderson and other cast members were aware of his orientation, according to Leigh Rutledge's The Gay Book of Lists (Alyson Publishing, 2003).
Reed played the role of Mike Brady from 1969 to 1974. It is his most well-known role, though the actor, born John Robert Rietz, Jr., was also heavily involved in stage productions. As Mike Brady, Reed was father to three sons and step-father to three girls, who paralleled the age of his male children.
Along with Carol Brady (Henderson), the eight of them lived with housekeeper Alice Nelson (Ann B. Davis).
Henderson's dance on Monday night saw the 76-year old returning to her most famous role dancing opposite Corky Ballas to the series' theme song with its instantly recognizable opening line: "Here's the story of a lovely lady..."
Judges granted Henderson and Ballas a score of 21, besting Kyle Massey (20) and Bristol Palin (18) on the leaderboard. DWTS voting will combine with the judges' scores to decide whether or not Henderson's performance was enough to push her into week six of the competition. The elimination show airs Tuesday night at 9 p.m. EST.