Maureen McCormick is best known for playing Marcia Brady on the television show The Brady Bunch. Portraying the eldest daughter of the blended family, McCormick starred as the popular and insanely beautiful Marcia from the time she was 12 until she was 17 — living out her formative years in front of millions of television viewers. 

When the show came to an end in 1974, spinoff series and made-for-TV movies soon followed, including The Brady Girls Get Married, The Brady Brides, and A Very Brady Christmas. McCormick reprised her role as the bubbly, fresh-faced character each time, but, throughout it all, no one knew that her real life was snowballing out of control behind the scenes.

Drug abuse, an eating disorder, and depression are just a few of the battles she faced, proving that her upbringing and her adult life were far more harrowing than any The Brady Bunch episode ever was. Keep reading to learn all about the tragic real-life story of Maureen McCormick.