Being eternally branded as Marcia Brady hasn’t been easy for Maureen, 52, but it does give her many moments to cherish. She appeared on the hit show The Brady Bunch from 1969-1974. After a successful stint on CMT’s Gone Country earlier this year, she recently appeared on CMT’s Outsiders Inn.
“People are really great,” she tells me during a party at Nashville nightclub Avenue. “I mean, kind of like I’m part of their family, which is really, really nice. They’ve grown up with me, so it’s a funny thing.”
Is it overwhelming?
“It used to be at one time, but it’s not anymore. I love it. I think it’s great and it’s part of the business. I love it. It’s what I love to do.”
After appearing on VH1′s Celebrity Fit Club in 2007, Maureen dropped 38 pounds. Was it more difficult to lose it in the first place, or keep it off?
“I just try to watch it,” she admits. “It’s really hard because I’m 5’3” and I’m short and I’m little. It’s really difficult. You have to really watch it and you have to really exercise. Especially when you’re 52 years old.”
She gets a tap on her shoulder from her cowboy-hat wearing hubby Michael Cummings. They’ve been married for a whopping 23 years! They’re parents to daughter Natalie, 19.
“We’re doing an interview really quick for OK! Magazine,” she tells him. “I’ll be right there.”
She continues, “Maintaining it is really hard. I love to eat, I love food and I’m short – I’m little – so like five pounds makes a huge difference. That’s the hardest part – definitely.”
Maureen works out with a trainer by kickboxing, swimming, and jogging. While she watches what she eats, there are still some things she can’t resist.
“My biggest fault is that I love sweets. I love chocolate and sugar. I have to really watch that. That’s my biggest downfall. I love Baskin Robbins chocolate mint ice cream and See’s candy. Love that.”
In her day, the L.A. native was considered a Hollywood beauty icon … who is her Hollywood beauty icon now?
“Meryl Streep,” she tells me. “I think she’s one of the most beautiful. Sally Field. She’s natural and she’s real. That’s what I love about Sally Field. I love Helen Mirren. I think she’s fantastic, gorgeous and sexy and wonderful.”
Her daughter might choose Sarah Jessica Parker as a beauty icon.
“That’s my girl’s favorite,” Maureen tells me.
Maureen’s book, Here’s The Story, is out now.