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Florence Henderson Biography

Birth Name:
Florence Agnes Henderson
Birth Place:
Dale, Indiana, United States

Fast Facts

  • Was the youngest of 10 children born to a Midwestern sharecropper and his wife, who taught her to sing; by age 2 she had a repertoire of 50 songs
  • Made her Broadway debut at 18 in Wish You Were Here and was soon headlining the touring company of Oklahoma! Her extensive theater credits include leading roles in the Broadway productions of Fanny (1954) and The Girl Who Came to Supper (1963-64)
  • Appeared on NBC's Today from 1959-60 as a "Today Girl
  • " Was the first woman to guest host NBC's The Tonight Show
  • Followed in the footsteps of her second husband and became a certified hypnotherapist
  • Inducted into the Smithsonian Institute's first permanent Entertainment History Exhibit in 2008 as one of pop culture's greatest TV icons
  • Appeared on Dancing With the Stars in 2010



    • Barbara--Daughter
    • Elizabeth--Daughter
    • Ira Bernstein--Ex-husband
    • Joseph Henderson--Father
    • John Kappas--Husband (deceased)
    • Elizabeth Henderson--Mother
    • Joseph--Son
    • Robert--Son