Barry Williams, Maureen McCormick, and their TV mom Florence Henderson have all written tell-all books, so diehard "Brady" fans already know the deal on that infamous mother-son date that Williams wrote about, as well as the real-life sibling rivalry between the actresses who played Marcia and Jan on the show.
But on this OWN update, Williams -- who played Greg Brady on the iconic series -- dished that one of the most-asked questions he still gets is about his relationship with his TV sister, Maureen McCormick.
"Did Marcia Brady and I date? Were we an item?" he asked. "Yes we did ... definitely. In fact, I was her first kiss, and that was in Hawaii, when we were filming those episodes. We snuck away; it was a full moon; we walked along the sand. Well, I knew where that was headed. Of course, I set it up."
Watch Barry Williams talk about his real-life romance with Maureen McCormick:
The most surprising follow-ups came from the younger Brady brothers, played by Christopher Knight and Mike Lookinland. Unlike Williams, who makes his living doing live musical shows in the "live entertainment capital of the world" (that would be Branson, Missouri), the actors who played Peter and Bobby Brady have found careers outside of the entertainment biz.
Lookinland, who played youngest brother Bobby on the show, revealed that he turned to alcohol in his 20s, and his addiction became so bad that it became a life or death situation. Today, he's 16 years sober and creates custom concrete countertops for a living. (Fun fact: The new career idea came after 20 years in film production, when his wife brought home a library book on the subject.)
But it was Christopher Knight who revealed the most surprising update, mostly because it shattered the illusion some fans had of the picture-perfect home life of this seemingly all-American boy next door. In what was a very Brady shocker, Knight revealed that his real family was about as far from the Brady family as could be. In fact, his mom hated "The Brady Bunch."
But the 55-year-old former child star revealed that his artist mother and stage actor father pushed him into acting at a young age so he could be the family's breadwinner, and in the end, he felt "prostituted" by them. Knight even called his family "very educated and nearly homeless." (Not-so-fun fact: His unemployed dad's answer to tough times, when it came to meals for Knight and his brother: "Feed them every other day.")
While fans have seen him on the small screen since his Brady days (he appeared on VH1's "The Surreal Life," as well as his own reality show, "My Fair Brady"), today Knight hosts a radio show, but he also has his hands in several business ventures, including a home furnishings line and a large laser tattoo removal business. (Fun fact: "Big Brother" winners Dr. Will Kirby and Mike "Boogie" Malin are also partners in the business.) And, in another Brady bookshelf addition, Knight is also working on his memoir. The working title is "My Accidental Life" -- and clearly, that's no accident.
"Ultimately, what it comes down to is that I had no idea of family," he said. "And I learned family by being on 'The Brady Bunch.'"
See Christopher Knight talk about his unconventional family life:
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