Maureen suffered from a cocaine addiction, depression and an eating disorder. She told The Today Show that she hit bottom with her drug abuse while making “The Brady Brides.”
“I was supposed to be at the studio, screen testing to pick the guy that would play my husband,” she said. “At this time, I had been up for three days doing coke and was playing solitaire in my closet. My agent had to go to the sixth floor, climb into my place, tear off my clothes and get me in the shower.
“He said, 'You have to get to Paramount right now, and you have a problem.' I couldn’t hide anymore. Everyone knew — the producers knew, everyone at Paramount knew, the guys testing to play my husband knew. It was the first time I had to face that I really had a problem."
In her autobiography Maureen said that her drug abuse cost her a part in “Raiders of the Lost Ark.” She eventually became sober.
Maureen starred in two more Brady productions: the TV movie “A Very Brady Christmas” (1990), and in 1993's “Bradymania: A Very Brady Special.”
More recently, Maureen participated in the VH1 reality show “Celebrity Fit Club” in 2007, losing 34 pounds and winning the competition.
Maureen's life lesson to pass on to modern day teen stars?
“To be yourself and learn from your mistakes. If you have a problem, try to get help...When we were on the show, there was no paparazzi. I was really lucky that I got to avoid all that.”