It’s not every day you run into a TV icon in downtown Louisville while taking your dog for a walk, but that’s exactly what happened this afternoon.
Florence Henderson — an Owensboro, Ky., native best known for her role as Carol Brady on “The Brady Bunch” — is in town this weekend for the Louisville International Film Festival (LIFF), and to celebrate her achievements in television, music and film, she was inducted into the Kentucky Walk of Legends.
Henderson, 82, was introduced by Chris Poynter, director of communications for the mayor’s office, as well as Conrad Bachmann, who founded LIFF. She thanked both men for their remarks and talked about how she got from Owensboro to New York as a young woman by connecting with a family who sponsored her stay while she went to school and auditioned for roles.
She spoke of the importance of the arts and noted there were many more opportunities for children now than there were for her. It was then time to cast her hand and foot prints in cement, to which she joked, “They’re putting me in cement; I think it’s a little too early for that. I’m not ready!”
Henderson seemed appreciative of the honor and met with fans afterward for pictures and autographs.
Sidenote: Phil Keoghan, host of “The Amazing Race,” was at Henderson’s ceremony as well, and he seemed just as excited to see her as the crowd that was gathered. In fact, he whipped out his cell phone when she put her hands into the cement and took more pictures than a tween at a One Direction concert. Keoghan also is in town for the LIFF, and his film, “Le Ride,” premieres tonight at the Kentucky Science Center.
The Kentucky Walk of Legends is a permanent public display of achievement in the film and entertainment industry. Past honorees include Lily Tomlin, Conrad Bachmann, Warren Oates and Naomi Judd. The display is on view at Down One Bourbon Bar & Restaurant, in front of the Galt House.