By Amelia Slater

14th February 2019

What Does Cindy From Brady Bunch Look Like Now?

Cynthia ‘Cindy’ Brady from Brady Bunch, played by Susan Olsen, is the youngest of the perfect Brady family.

Starring in the original TV show The Brady Bunch Hour, she went on to appear in the spin offs The Brady Girls Get Married and The Bradys. As the baby of the family, Cindy is a very naive, sometimes bratty child, famous for her corkscrew curls and lisp.

The Brady Bunch follows father-of-two Mike Brady (Robert Reed), mother-of-three Carol Brady (Florence Henderson) and their extended families coming together when the couple marry.

This proves challenging for the children – Marcia Brady (Maureen McCormick), Carol Brady (Florence Henderson), Greg Brady (Barry Williams), Peter Brady (Christopher Knight), Jan Brady (Eve Plumb) and Bobby Brady (Mike Lookinland) – who struggle to see eye to eye.

The show became a massive hit in the years following and is recognised as an American cultural icon, often being referenced in contemporary films and TV shows.

Where is little Cindy Brady a.k.a the new Shirley Temple now?

Cindy From Brady Bunch – THEN

Child actor Susan Olsen is born in Santa Monica, California in 1961 and begins acting at just the age of seven. Her first major breakthrough comes when she stars in Elvis Presley’s movie The Trouble With Girls (1968).

A year later, she lands the role of Cindy in sitcom The Brady Bunch. 

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Susan goes on to appear in the subsequent Brady Bunch reunion films apart from A Very Brady Christmas which she had to miss due to being on her honeymoon.

In The Bradys, a spin-off comedy series that ran for one season in 1990, Susan reprises her role as the now adult Cindy Brady.

Susan ranks no.34 on the list of VH1’s The Greatest Kid Stars in 2005.

Cindy From Brady Bunch Growing Up

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When she grew up, Cindy decided to switch from the acting business to the graphic design business. In 1988, she even marketed a collection of Converse ‘glow-in the-dark’ shoes.

She also began a career as a radio host in the 1990s at the Los Angeles radio station KLSX. She is later loses her position from radio show Two Chicks Talkin’ Politics because of alleged homophobic abuse. After ranting about openly gay actor Leon Acord-Whiting after he made some comments about her on another station, the actor accused Susan of homophobic remarks – including the word ‘f*ggot’.

Cindy From Brady Bunch – NOW

Susan Olsen, now aged 58, tells Fox News about what it was like being part of America’s perfect family and why the remaining cast members have stayed so close all these years:

‘I say in order to have immortality, you have to have a soul and the soul is love. And I think that the love that was shown on the show, it was genuine between all of us cast members and I think people pick up on that. ‘

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‘I think that being an actress helped me to grow. I don’t really think that the show helped me to grow so much as people that watched the show learned to grow.

People would ask me, “Don’t you wish that ‘The Brady Bunch’ was your real family?” And I’m like no – because my family is just as good and they’re a little bit funnier, a little weirder. But I know so many people that literally say that the show saved their lives.’

‘Acting is not really my medium’

The radio host reveals that she didn’t actually want to be an actor but the show allowed her to pursue other job opportunities.

‘Well, I didn’t pursue having a career in acting. I did at first because I just didn’t have much imagination. I thought, I’ve got my foot in the door with something that everybody wants. It took me a while to realise that I didn’t want it. Acting is not really my medium – I’m a creative person, but I prefer visual arts.

‘As far as careers go, you know, Cindy Brady has certainly been a good ambassador. She opens doors, people have a nice feeling about me and they may not know why.’

She added:

‘I think people generally are happily surprised when they find out that my tastes were not quite so wholesome. You know, I was very into punk rock and rock music and I’m really outspoken. So I’m definitely not Cindy, but I don’t want to be the anti-Cindy because she was fairly nice. She just wasn’t very bright!’

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