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Florence Henderson Tells All in New Book

Hulton Archive/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Oh, the things we didn’t know about Mrs. Brady.

Florence Henderson reveals enough dirt to obliterate any visage of a squeaky clean reputation in her new book, which came out Tuesday, Life Is Not a Stage. The 77-year-old actress details her hard-knock childhood, her failed first marriage, affairs (including a romp with a politician that resulted in an embarrassing STD) and struggles with depression.

Below, check out three eyebrow-raising revelations from Henderson’s latest tome:

1. On biting the head off a worm: “One of my earliest memories from that time was going out to the fields to ‘worm the tobacco.’ And if you ever had to worm tobacco, you wouldn’t forget it either! First of all, working with tobacco is very gummy. The resin sticks to the little hairs on your arms and it felt highly unpleasant when anything would brush against us -- our skin became like Velcro. My brothers and sisters and I would have to inspect every leaf. When we found the green, two-inch creatures holding on to the back sides of the leaves with their many legs, we’d pick them off, pull them apart, and throw them on the ground.”

“One day, my brothers said that they’d give me a dime if I bit the head off of one of the worms. I did it. I got the dime. It tasted as you might expect, but it was worth it. I went out and bought some candy with it.”

2. On cheating on her husband, Ira Bernstein, with New York City Mayor John Lindsay while they were both in California: “I was lonely. I knew it wasn’t the right thing to do. So, what did I do? I did it …Guess I learned the hard way that crabs do not discriminate but cross over all socioeconomic strata. He must have had quite the active life. What a way to put the kibosh on a relationship.”

3. On not attending her father’s funeral because she was in a play, and being happy about it: “Naturally, I felt tremendous guilt about the situation. But secretly, deep down inside, there was a sad truth. I was relieved that I didn’t have to go to the funeral. True to character both in life and now in death, the situation with my father, Joseph Henderson, was both complicated and problematic.”

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'Brady Bunch' Mom Voted Off 'Dancing with the Stars'

Photo Courtesy - ABC/Bob D'Amico(LOS ANGELES) -- Brady Bunch actress Florence Henderson and partner Corky Ballas were voted off ABC’s Dancing with the Stars Tuesday night.  The pair received the lowest combined number of viewer and judges votes for a tango to The Brady Bunch theme Monday that judge Len Goodman felt was a “bit frantic” in spots.

After getting the bad news, the 76-year-old Henderson told co-host Brooke Burke she’s been in television for over 50 years and Dancing with the Stars is “one of the best produced shows” she’s ever done.  The actress praised the crew, makeup people, the costume department, the music and even the judges.  Henderson got a bit choked up when she saved her final thank you for her partner, “this darling man,” Corky Ballas.

Henderson told co-host Tom Bergeron she’s been a fan of the show since the beginning and hopes she has inspired people to “get up off their behinds” and move and dance and enjoy life.  Henderson said she was surprised by the intensity of the work and revealed that she hasn’t had a day off since her run on the show began.  Despite the hard work, Henderson said she felt like a kid again.

After the show, Henderson appeared on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live, where she revealed that the actors and actresses who played her kids on The Brady Bunch all voted for her on the show.

"Oh yes, I taught those kids how to behave, believe me," said Henderson.  "I would've whipped their bottoms if they didn't."

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