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‘Brady Bunch’ mom Florence Henderson brought home a souvenir from one-night stand with a New York mayor

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Florence Henderson, matriarch of ‘The Brady Bunch,’ got crabs in the 1960s from a one-night stand with then-New York Mayor John Lindsay.

Freaking out over the idea of Carol Brady with pubic lice? There’s more: She and Lindsay were married at the time — but not to each other. Tsk-tsk, Mrs. Brady.

‘I was lonely. I knew it wasn’t the right thing to do. So, what did I do? I did it,’ the actress, 77, reveals in her upcoming memoir, ‘Life Is Not a Stage,’ which hits bookshelves in September. The book discusses her childhood in an abusive home, second marriage and Broadway stardom.

The morning after the one-night stand, she woke and saw ‘little black things’ crawling on her bed and body.

‘Guess I learned the hard way that crabs do not discriminate but cross over all socioeconomic strata,’ Henderson writes. ‘He must have had quite the active life. What a way to put the kibosh on a relationship.’

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Flowers and a note of apology came from Lindsay, who had served as a U.S. congressman before being elected mayor and took a run at the 1972 Democratic presidential nomination. He died in 2000.

Henderson also squashes rumors that she’d had an affair with Barry Williams, who played her on-screen stepson Greg Brady and was 20 years her junior.

‘Barry did have a serious crush on me, which I understood and helped him get past,’ Henderson writes. ‘Let us just say that if he had entertained a roll in the hay with me, I would never have done it.’

And we thought Marcia had issues.

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Reuters contributed to this report.

Florence Henderson, the actress who played ‘The Brady Bunch’ matriarch Carol Brady, reveals that she got crabs from a one-night stand with New York mayor John Lindsay. Tsk, tsk, Carol. Both she and Lindsay had been married the night of their affair in the 1960s.

‘I was lonely. I knew it wasn’t the right thing to do. So, what did I do? I did it,’ the 77-year-old actress revealed her infidelity in her upcoming memoir ‘Life is Not a Stage,’ which hits bookshelves in September. The book discusses her childhood in an abusive home, second marriage and Broadway stardom.

After the one-night stand, she woke up the next day and saw ‘little black things’ crawling on her bed and body -- those things would be pubic lice.

‘Guess I learned the hard way that crabs do not discriminate but cross over all socioeconomic strata,’ Henderson wrote. ‘He must have had quite the active life. What a way to put the kibosh on a relationship.’

Flowers and a note of apology came from Lindsay, who died in 2000 after becoming a U.S. congressman and having a brief bid as a Democratic presidential nomination.

Henderson also squashed rumors that she had an affair with Barry Williams, who played her on-screen stepson Greg Brady and was 20 years younger than her.

‘Barry did have a serious crush on me, which I understood and helped him get past,’ Henderson wrote. ‘Let us just say that if he had entertained a roll in the hay with me, I would never have done it.’

And we though Marcia had issues...

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Reuters contributed to this report.


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