Maureen McCormick Talks Low Points During Addiction Struggle

By Victoria Kim 09/19/17

“I destroyed certain jobs, there were some where I was really high and it was bad. It was really bad.”

Maureen McCormick Talks Low Points During Addiction Struggle

Maureen McCormick came a long way from derailing her acting career and “destroying” her family due to years of chronic drug use.

McCormick, now 61, is best known for playing Marcia Brady on The Brady Bunch—but she says she “wasn’t her in any way, shape or form.” She wrote in her 2008 memoir, “She was perfect. I was anything but that.”

With 35 years sober, McCormick chatted with ET while attending a fundraiser for the Brent Shapiro Foundation for Drug Prevention, where Demi Lovato accepted the Spirit of Sobriety award.

“I am so lucky to be here, alive, and I feel like my mind is still really good. I feel very very lucky that I came out of it,” said McCormick. “I struggled with drug addiction for gosh, six, seven years and it was awful. I’ve been sober now for 35 years, and my life has never been so good.”

Years of drug use not only “destroyed” her parents, but it also hurt her career prospects. “I destroyed certain jobs, there were some where I was really high and it was bad. It was really bad,” she said. In her memoir, Here’s the Story: Surviving Marcia Brady and Finding My True Voice, McCormick recalled being rejected by director Steven Spielberg for a part in Raiders of the Lost Ark, after turning up to the audition “messed up” from a days-long bender.

Among her low points, which there were “quite a few” of, McCormick recalled going to some pretty shocking extremes so she could get high. According to the Telegraph, the actress had sex with a coke dealer, and allowed an “older man she met at the Playboy Mansion” to record her nude—just for some coke. 

“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,” she wrote in her memoir. “From there, I spiraled downward on a path of self-destruction that cost me my career and very nearly my life.”

It was a little “tough love” from her husband of 32 years, Michael Cummings, that set her straight, she said. “When we first got together, I was still dabbling, and he said, ‘You know, it’s either me or that, take it or I’m out of here.’ And I realized that I didn’t want to lose one of the greatest things I had ever found,” she told ET.

“If you’re an addictive personality, it’s a disease and it’s nothing to be ashamed of. So many people today are still just incredibly embarrassed about talking about it as if it’s a weakness,” she said. “That’s what we’re all here for on this Earth, right? To help each other and to talk about our experiences because that’s how we all heal and get better.”

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