Happy Birthday to ‘Marcia Brady’—Maureen McCormick—who turns 63 today. The California blonde is best known as the eldest daughter from the TV sitcom The Brady Bunch, which first aired 50 years ago.

Fans of the Brady household now have a chance to spend six nights in the newly restored home originally featured as the Brady residence. HGTV purchased and renovated the iconic sit-com family home—a popular tourist stop in L.A.—and is calling on fans to submit a 30-90-second video about why they deserve to stay in the Brady home. The contest ends Sept. 11, after which the network will choose 9 finalists and open up public voting, with the winner announced in November and the eight runners-up winning $500 each. LEARN More… (1956)

The six Brady Bunch actors are featured in the new HGTV show about renovating the original Brady family home.

“A Very Brady Renovation” is a four-part HGTV series that brought the actors who played the siblings in the blended Brady family together once again, to help renovate the home. Learn about the contest here.

In later years, McCormick starred as an actress and singer in stage productions portraying Wendy in Peter Pan and Betty Rizzo in Grease, and has been married for 35 years. Ten years ago, she published an autobiography, Here’s the Story: Surviving Marcia Brady and Finding My True Voice, which debuted at number four on The New York Times bestseller list. (–2009 Maureen McCormick Photo by A. Currell, CC license)

MORE Good News on this Day:

  • The Statue of Liberty‘s cornerstone was laid on Bedloe’s Island, New York Harbor to begin the assembly and ascension of the gift to the US from the people of France (1884)
  • The Nuclear test ban treaty was signed by the United States, United Kingdom, and Soviet Union, which banned testing in the atmosphere, space and underwater (1963)
  • Guitarist Joan Jett and drummer Sandy West formed the first all-girl hard rock band, and released a debut album as The Runaways, scoring a hit with Cherry Bomb (1975)
  • The first trading card game went on sale, Magic: The Gathering, created by Richard Garfield, which continues to thrive today with millions of players worldwide and over twenty billion Magic cards produced in the period of 2008–2016 alone (1993)
  • The Senate confirmed Elena Kagan’s nomination to the Supreme Court as the fourth woman justice in its history (2010)
  • Uruguay began allowing all of its citizens to marry, including same-sex couples, becoming the second Latin American country to do so, after Argentina (2013)

And, on this day in 1957, American Bandstand, a show dedicated to the teenage “baby-boomer” generation, which featured the songs,  popular dances and fashions of the time, debuted on ABC-TV. WATCH Dick Clark interview The Beatles.

And on this day in 1906 American actor, director, and screenwriter John Huston, was born.

John Huston publicity shot

He also wrote the screenplays for most of the 37 film classics he directed, like The Maltese Falcon, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, Key Largo, The Asphalt Jungle, The African Queen, Moulin Rouge (1952), The Misfits, and The Man Who Would Be King. During his 46-year career, Huston received 15 Oscar nominations, won twice, and directed both his father, Walter Huston, and daughter, Anjelica Huston, to Oscar wins in different films.

An accomplished painter, Huston symbolized “intellect, charm and physical grace” within the film industry, said producer George Stevens, Jr. “He was the most charismatic of the directors I knew, speaking with a soothing, melodic voice that was unique to him.” Among his friends were Orson Welles and Ernest Hemingway. Humphrey Bogart was one of his best friends and Huston delivered the eulogy at his funeral. A heavy smoker, Huston died of emphysema in 1987. Watch his amusing acceptance speech at his AFI Lifetime Achievement Award ceremony….

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