Eve Plumb — the golden-haired child starlet of BRADY BUNCH fame — is not-so-secretly hoping that no one unearths video of her early 1980s stint in a Los Angeles stage production of GREASE.
“God, please….it’s probably awful!” she laughs.
Plumb, 57, had snagged the lead role of Sandy (made famous in the movie by Olivia Newton-John). A not-yet-out Peter Marc Jacobson played Danny.
“I hadn’t had any singing training,” she remembers. “It was excruciating.”
Now, she’s getting a do-over.
Plumb — who spends much of her time these days painting — will appear in Fox’s upcoming television event, GREASE LIVE.
The cast includes DANCING WITH THE STARS judge Julianne Hough (Sandy), GOSSIP GIRL actor Aaron Tveit (Danny), HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL alum Vanessa Hudgens (Rizzo) and “Call Me Maybe” singer Carly Rae Jepsen (Frenchy).
Plumb has taken over the iconic role of tomboyish shop teacher Mrs. Murdock (played on film by Alice Ghostley).
“The fact that this is live definitely ups the ante,” she admits. “(In live theater), there is always something you think you could have done better…but I am not nervous.”
“I am the exact opposite kind of performer from those people that say, ‘If I don’t throw up before very performer I am not acting.’ I have found that for some reason, I am fairly calm when I am performing.”
Four decades removed from the role that made her a household name, Plumb continues to compete for roles, on both stage and television.
She’s appeared on episodes of ARMY WIVES and LAW & ORDER: SVU.
“There have been a couple of requests there that I have probably turned down,” she says.
“Sometimes I will get approached to do a convention or an appearance that isn’t my cup of tea.”
Many of those requests, not surprisingly, are tied to the four seasons she spent as Jan Brady from 1969 to 1974.
While THE BRADY BUNCH continues to air in reruns around the world, Plumb and her cast mates haven’t seen a dime of income from the iconic series for decades.
“No matter how many times we say it, people just think we are rolling in the dough,” she says. “Which we are not.”
That’s one reason, Plumb says, why she has declined to participate in many reunion projects and spinoffs over the years.
“People who are creative like to continue doing new things,” she argues.
And sometimes what’s old becomes new again.
GREASE: LIVE! airs January 31 on Fox.
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