Susan Olsen (Actress) as Cindy Brady - The Brady Bunch
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Updated: 3/8/12

Name: Susan Olsen

Born: August 14, 1961, Santa Monica, California

Claim To Fame: She is best known as Cindy Brady on the TV sitcom The Brady Bunch.

Family Life: Her first husband was Steve Ventimiglia (1988-1990; divorced). She was married to Mitch Markwell from August 1995-March 2004 (divorced). They have a son named Michael together.

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Info: Olsen got her start early in life with a bunch of supporting roles, and at age seven she was chosen to play Cindy on the television sitcom The Brady Bunch, for the full run of the show (1969-1974).

She also appeared in the Brady Bunch reunion movies except for A Very Brady Christmas in 1988 because she was on her honeymoon at that time.

As she grew up, Olsen turned to the graphic design business. In 1998, she marketed a brand of glow in the dark shoes for Converse. She also worked as a talk show host at Los Angeles radio station KLSX from 1995 - 1996 with Ken Ober and co-hosted and co-wrote another radio show with Comic, Allan Havey at Comedy World in 2000.

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Trivia: She is the youngest of four children, with two older brothers Larry and Christopher (fourteen years older) and a sister Diane.

Her brother Christopher was also a child actor, perhaps best known for his role in The Man Who Knew Too Much.

Has expressed that portraying Cindy made peer relations difficult for her as a child.

Was close to her TV father, Robert Reed, until his death on May 12, 1992.

Trained at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.

Had surgery to correct the lisp that had endeared "Cindy Brady" to millions of TV viewers.

Her son Michael was named after her TV brother, Mike Lookinland, that acted as Bobby Brady, on the show.

Her son was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome, in 2004.

Graduated from William Howard Taft Highschool in Woodland Hills, California.

Ranked #34 in VH1's list of the "100 Greatest Kid Stars."

Despite persistent rumors that Olsen became a porn actress, her connection to the porn industry did not include acting, and was not sexy. As a favor for a friend, she used her rock'n'roll sound equipment to create some cheesy science fiction sound effects ("it wasn't moaning and groaning") for a porn film set in outer space.

In 2007, Olsen and her fellow cast members were honored with the TV Pop Culture Awards on the TV Land Awards. It was noted that this is the first award that the Brady Bunch has ever won.

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Where Are They Now: Olsen has become an advocate for animal welfare, and volunteers with a rescue group called Precious Paws. She takes care of homeless kittens until they are old enough to be adopted.

In 2010, she appeared on two episodes of the soap opera The Young and the Restless as Liza Morton.

In 2011, she appeared in Season 3 Episode 43 of the Biography Channels reality show Celebrity Ghosts Stories.

One of Olsen's interests has always been art. Her pop art collection, called Fluffart, has been curated to a collection made available in Limited Editions which she shares on the Official Susan Olsen Website:

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