Marcia Had Sex For Cocaine At The Height Of Her Addiction
Maureen McCormick, the actress who played the oldest Brady daughter, Marcia, was extremely troubled by the pressures of Hollywood and used cocaine to cope with a disturbing family secret. According to her memoir Here’s the Story: Surviving Marcia Brady and Finding My True Voice, the actress was deeply disturbed after discovering that her grandmother died of syphilis in a mental institution and that her mother had contracted the STI in the womb. McCormick’s mother was treated and never passed the disease onto her children, but the shocking discovery pushed her anxiety and depression to the breaking point. McCormick wrote:
I sought refuge in seemingly glamorous cocaine dens above Hollywood. I thought I would find answers there, while in reality I was simply running farther from myself. From there, I spiraled downward on a path of self-destruction that cost me my career and very nearly my life.
McCormick’s addiction was so severe that she had sex with a cocaine dealer in exchange for more drugs. The young actress was seemingly throwing away her career. She wouldn’t sleep for days and turned up to important meetings high. She threw away numerous opportunities, including a potential part in Raiders of the Lost Ark. She was so high during that meeting, Steven Spielberg simply gave her an orange and called it a day. She later admitted: “If there was coke, I had to stay up and do every last flake even if it meant going without sleep for days. Nothing else mattered.”