Kaley Cuoco has had such a long history in show business, it’s hard to remember the earlier projects that put her acting career on the map. Today she’s best known for her role as Penny in Big Bang TheoryShe was not only the star of The Simpsons, but she also had a memorable TV role. No, we’re not talking about 8 Simple Rules.
Kaley Cuoco’s First Breakout Hit
The Flight AttendantStar Kaley Cuoco started acting as a child. One of her most memorable roles was when she was 17. 8 Simple Rules. We’d almost completely forgotten about the TV movie Cuoco starred in just two years before, Growing up Brady.
Cuoco played Maureen McCormick (the actress behind Marcia Brady), opposite Adam Brody, who played Barry Williams. The movie was based on the real life Williams’ memoirs and included many behind-the-scenes secrets about the making of The Brady Bunch.
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‘Brady Bunch’ Nostalgia
Cuoco, Brody, Christopher Knight and Michael Lookinland met up for a photo of the cast. It’s truly shocking how young both Brody and Cuoco look in the photo, but especially Cuoco. After all, she was only 15 years of age when the photo was taken.
Honestly, we’d completely forgotten about this early role of Cuoco’s. It was the movie that confirmed long-held rumors of romances on the family sitcom. The film was largely faithful to the facts. William however saw some discrepancies.
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Williams wrote the following in his book. Growing up BradyMcCormick claims that they first kissed in Hawaii. Williams and McCormick’s flirtations in the “A Room at the Top”Episode scenes were also elevated for television, and the timeline was modified slightly.
Not Exactly The Critics’ Choice
Critics panned the made-for-TV movie at the time and Cuoco’s performance didn’t drum up much excitement, but the young actress was still able to hone her talents and soon returned to the small screen in 8 Simple RulesThe animated series ran from 2002 to 2005. She began voice acting roles in the animated series. Harley QuinnAnd Brandy & Mr. Whiskers.
While the film may not have been everyone’s cup of tea, it came at the height of nostalgia for the ’60s and the entertainment of that era. It also introduced audiences to a face they’d be seeing on TV often in the future thanks to her several starring roles in hit TV shows like, of course, Big Bang Theory.