Maureen McCormick, the actress finest recognized for taking part in Marcia Brady on The Brady Bunch from 1969 by way of 1974, spoke — by way of tears — with Sarkarijob to pay tribute to Ed Asner, who died Sunday, and who had been a cherished buddy of hers since 1979:
It’s due to Ed that I even wished to get into this enterprise — seeing him and everybody on The Mary Tyler Moore Present. Once I was rising up, I might sit with my household and watch each episode of it. I by no means dreamed that I might be capable of work with him or know him, however I simply fell in love with him and his character. Then, years later, a couple of years after The Brady Bunch ended, I received a task on Lou Grant, and I used to be so nervous as a result of it was a dramatic position and I actually wished to play it effectively. However I used to be so embraced by Ed — the star of the present — that I used to be overwhelmed. He simply couldn’t have been extra giving and sort and wanting me to succeed, and I used to be so touched by that. We at all times stored in contact with one another due to doing that present — I’d see him right here and there by way of the years — and significantly due to one of many issues that was so close to and expensive to Ed’s coronary heart: his basis [The Ed Asner Family Center], which was for individuals with mental disabilities. We actually linked over that as a result of it means a lot to me and my brother, who has mental disabilities. I can’t say sufficient about Ed’s coronary heart — he was only a actually good human being, so type. I might look in Ed’s eyes and he wouldn’t should say a phrase. We had this sort of silent communication — I might see proper into his soul what he was feeling and the way a lot he cared about issues. And he was so essential for SAG — and gosh, we’d like him now greater than ever, as a result of we’re going by way of this big factor. Ed would at all times battle for the underdog and other people left behind. How fortunate am I to have had someone like Ed in my life? Somebody who impressed me from such a younger age, and can proceed to for the remainder of my life.