Known To The World As Marcia Brady, The Real Life Actress Revealed She’d Been Living A Secret Life For Years

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Maureen McCormick starred as the oldest daughter on the sitcom “The Brady Bunch.” She is known to much of the world as Marcia Brady, and she doesn’t mind when fans mimic the line her younger sister on the show would say, “Marcia, Marcia, Marcia.”

McCormick was still a teenager when “The Brady Bunch” ended, and she fell into a dark downward spiral. She started using cocaine, and she developed a deep addiction. She told US Weekly,My mom and dad, they almost turned me into the cops.” She added, “They were at their last … ’cause they had been trying for years and knew something was going on and I was pretty sneaky and I could hide very, very well.”

McCormick struggled to kick the addiction, but in the end, it wasn’t her parents or the police who helped her get her life back on track. Instead, it was a man she was dating at the time, a man who would become her future husband. She explained that when she was dating Michael Cummings, he told her, “If you ever do this drug again, I’m gone, I’m leaving.” 

Cummings’ ultimatum was all it took for McCormick to stop doing drugs. She said, “It woke me up. It was like the coldest shower you could ever take, there’s just no way I’m gonna lose somebody that I love.” She added, “I just had a feeling that I could trust him with my whole heart and that he was so honest and such a beautiful, beautiful human being.”

McCormick ended up distancing herself from anyone she knew who was doing drugs, and she advises anyone else who is trying to kick an addiction to do the same. She said, “I recommend to anyone who’s struggling is to throw that phone book out and do not, do not hang out with anyone who’s using. I had to literally say goodbye to so many people that I was hanging out with.”

Back in 2016, McCormick and Cummings sat down for an interview with Nightline where they talked about her experience with drug addiction and her more recent experience on “Dancing with the Stars.” Watch the video below to see this interview for yourself.

If you or anyone you know is battling substance abuse, you can call the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) National Helpline. at 1-800-662-HELP (4357).