Maureen McCormick As Marcia Brady: TV Perfection, Problems IRL

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Maureen McCormick on 'The Brady Bunch' (1969-74), and in a publicity photo for 'The Brady Bunch Variety Hour' (1976-77). Source: IMDB; ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images

Blonde bombshell Maureen McCormick of Brady Bunch fame is known to a generation of TV viewers as Marcia Brady, the eldest daughter in the Brady family. Every family, especially a blended one with six children, should have been so lucky to have children who minded their manners, did their chores and learned from their mistakes; all with the loving guidance of two perfect parents.  But the real life Maureen McCormick bore little resemblance to Marcia Brady. The TV babe was often miffed about typical high school problems, and there was little doubt on the show that she was exceptionally pretty. McCormick dealt with darker stuff -- she had some serious issues that even being Marcia Brady couldn't fix.

Marcia was portrayed as the quintessential all-American girl. Marcia Brady spewed unwavering, pristine morals and values. Every teenaged girl in America wanted to be Marcia! Off camera, though, all bets were off! Maureen McCormick, in real life, was nowhere close to being as confident as Marcia.