Among the world’s biggest sitcom stars, Christopher Knight, the young actor who was Baker on ‘The Brady Bunch,’ said that, at the time, his father knew all about the role that would one day take over his life.
Knight recounted a story about how Henderson would help him deal with the pressures of stardom that came with fame after he was given the nickname Fredon by the cast.
Knight wrote in the Huffington Post this week, “I had formed friendships with a couple of other cast members, and that included Sheryl Lee Ralph. . . . Anyway, in one of the cast lunches, Mr. Ralph commented on how much Fredon was kind to me. ‘When all these people were around you and our wives were kind of fighting among themselves,’ she said, ‘Mr. Brady would go and pick me up from rehearsals and hold me and love me for this job. That meant the world to me.’”
Knight went on to say, “Her beautiful smile became something I could feel in every corner of my house. Her kind words became my existence, and I can still hear them now: ‘I pray this is going to be the best job ever!’ or ‘I’ll pray for all of you!’ or ‘’God’s going to keep you safe.’”
Henderson passed away earlier this month at the age of 82, following a battle with lung cancer.
Knight also discussed the media’s reaction to Henderson. After all, there were times the Brady Bunch was the most famous show on television.
“She taught me so much about embracing life,” Knight wrote. “And along the way, she also taught me that real love knows no boundaries – even if it is not for me. It’s a blessing, because just knowing that person is not a bad thing.”
Henderson was married to Olympic gold medalist Mark Herr when he became famous, and the couple would have four children together. The former tennis player later married the late John Kordic.
Knight, now 54, said that Henderson made it easy for him to deal with the negative aspects of stardom – saying that the cast “knew she was treating me well.”
Knight also wrote that Henderson was “very kind to me and the rest of the cast. I saw how she was blessed, especially at the time, with seeing how God blessed her relationship with Prince Charming.”
Knight also wrote, “Sometimes those gifts we gave you are not lost, but instead were replenished for you. Rest in peace, Grandma.”