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Why We Love Jan Brady

Julien’s Auctions is thrilled to present an auction featuring property from the personal collection of actress Eve Plumb. Plumb began acting on television at the age of seven, and rose to enduring worldwide fame as Jan Brady on The Brady Bunch. Since then she has played subversive roles in cult classics like Dawn: Portrait of a Teenage Runaway, Keenen Ivory Wayans’ I’m Gonna Git You Sucka, and Gregg Araki’s Nowhere, and has achieved success on stage and as a painter.

Plumb’s most well-known character, Jan Brady—the middle child between Cindy and Marcia—had trouble loving herself, but this is why fans tend to have the strongest connection with her – she had the most relatable problems. Of course, all of the Brady kids had their issues, but their most memorable ones were mostly circumstantial: Marcia getting hit on the nose by Peter’s football and losing her date with the school hottie; Peter breaking Carol’s vase while playing ball in the house (he needed to stop throwing things); Cindy losing her doll. But Jan’s problems were existential: Could she develop her own identity apart from those around her? Would she be able to tolerate the social implications of life’s uncontrollable imperfections (like having to wear glasses!)? What would happen to her as she grew older, would she become an eccentrically made-up Imogene Coca? Even adults often face similar dilemmas. It’s probably one of the reasons we keep watching re-runs.

Jan didn’t just complain, she was resourceful. She had the courage to make changes to get what she needed from life. To establish an identity apart from her sisters, she wore a curly black wig. When her crush was dazzled by Marcia’s beauty, she invented a boyfriend (George Glass). These ventures never worked out for her, but ultimately she learned that she was good enough just the way she was.

Like many insecure young people, Jan had a fabulous adulthood (documented in A Very Brady Christmas and The Bradys). She became a successful architect, she had a terrific brownstone, she looked great, and she married the best husband on the series (other than Mike!), the very handsome and very dorky academic Philip. Life brought complications, including a rough patch in her marriage to Philip, and their difficulty having a child. As always though, Jan handled it with resilience and came out on top.

Click here to view many one-of-a-kind treasures from the production of The Brady Bunch and other items from Eve Plumb’s remarkable career.

Why we Love Jan Brady
When Eve Plumb Became A Teenage Runaway

In 1975, shortly after the cancellation of The Brady Bunch, Eve Plumb remained world-famous as America’s favorite middle child, Jan Brady. She surprised and excited audiences by making the brave and bold decision to play a different kind of teenager, in the made-for-TV movie Dawn: Portrait of a Teenage Runaway.

In the film, which first aired on September 27, 1976 Eve Plumb plays Dawn, a caretaker for her alcoholic, emotionally erratic, and oppressively overprotective mother and siblings. Desperate for independence, she boards a bus and escapes her small town for Hollywood.

Of course, Hollywood Boulevard in 1976 turns out not to be as glamorous as she had dreamed, and she soon finds herself sick, hungry, and alone. She eventually develops a support system, comprised of her roommate, Frankie Lee (Marguerite DeLain) and her sort-of-boyfriend, Alexander (Leigh McCloskey) – both of whom are kindhearted, protective sex workers. In a short time, Dawn, desperate for money, is lured into prostitution by Frankie Lee’s smooth, vicious pimp, Swan (Bo Hopkins), and her life descends into violence and degradation.

Dawn, filmed largely on-location with a gritty sense of urban realism by Randal Kleiser (who would later direct Grease and The Blue Lagoon) and featuring The Runaways’ girl punk anthem “Cherry Bomb,” is unusually raw for a network made-for-TV movie. Plumb’s performance, however, is the core of the film’s power. Transitioning from wholesome and afraid to hardened and cynical in the span of 90 minutes, Plumb creates a teenager with depth and complexity. She is not afraid to come across as unlikable, but never loses sight of the fact that Dawn is a young innocent who’s in over her head.

Dawn was a massive hit, beating most of its competition, and surpassing previous made-for-TV blockbusters like Kleiser’s The Boy in the Plastic Bubble starring John Travolta. A sequel, Alexander: The Other Side of Dawn, aired the following year.

In our upcoming auction, featuring Eve Plumb’s personal Brady Bunch archives, fans of Plumb’s watershed performance can bid on a spectacular collection of production materials from the film, including Plumb’s signed contract, scripts annotated by her, a t-shirt emblazoned with the words “This Is Dawn” given to her on set, shooting schedules and other production ephemera, and press clippings and correspondence documenting the film’s buzzy release.

In recent years, made-for-TV movies of the 1970s and 1980s have developed a large cult following, but original materials related to their production are exceedingly rare. The Eve Plumb auction offers a unique opportunity to acquire an archive of materials from the production of one of the most iconic examples of all time.

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Family-Friendly Frights With The Bradys

If you're anything like me, you love Halloween. But even more, you love a spooky-themed episode of your favorite TV show! Enter “Fright Night,” a ghostly gem from the classic television series The Brady Bunch.

What makes “Fright Night” so special? Well, it's all about the Brady kids and their playful antics. In this episode, the kids begin a friendly competition to see who can scare each other the most. It's an endearing example of Halloween-themed family shenanigans.

But “Fright Night” isn't the only spooky adventure the Brady family encountered. In “Out of This World,” Peter and Bobby become convinced that aliens have landed nearby. In “To Move or Not to Move,” the Brady kids haunt their own house in an attempt to scare off potential buyers. And let’s not forget “The Slumber Caper,” when Greg, Peter, and Bobby dress in scary costumes and pull pranks on Marcia’s friends during her first sleepover.

It’s the writers’ ability to effortlessly blend humor, nostalgia, and sincerity that makes these episodes so enjoyable. The Brady Bunch has always been known for its family values and togetherness, and these classic adventures are no exception.

Now you can bid on the original scripts for these awesome episodes, straight from the personal collection of Jan Brady herself – click here to bid in our online auction Brady Bunch and More: Eve Plumb’s “Jan Brady” and Career Archives.

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Davy Jones and The Bradys

It’s always exciting to see the world’s most accomplished musicians venturing out of their comfort zones and stepping into a guest-starring role on a television sitcom: remember Bob Dylan on Dharma and Greg, The Beach Boys on Full House, or Prince AND Taylor Swift on New Girl? Or how about Davy Jones on The Brady Bunch?

Back in 2015 Julien’s Auctions had the pleasure of representing the estate collection of Davy Jones, in which we sold a number of items related to his appearance on the iconic sitcom, including a striped boating blazer, and a TV Land award presented to Jones for "Favorite Guest Performance by a Musician on a TV Show - The Brady Bunch."

In Season 3, Episode 12, “Getting Davy Jones,” Marcia promises her high school that she has secured The Monkees frontman to perform at their prom. Things get sticky of course when making that a reality proves more difficult than she thought. Luckily, and as you would expect from any episode of The Brady Bunch, there is a happy ending when Jones ends up taking Marcia to the prom as her date!

If you missed out on the Davy Jones Brady items from our 2015 sale, don’t worry! On offer in our upcoming auction, featuring Eve Plumb’s personal Brady Bunch archives, is a group of original teleplays from the production of the beloved series, all signed by Eve Plumb (aka Jan Brady), including the script for “Getting Davy Jones.” The lot also features original candid photographs of Jones with Eve Plumb, taken in the recording studio via her father’s connections as a music producer.

Davy Jones and The Bradys