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Film shot in Columbia is Henderson’s Last

By on November 30, 2016 at 5:24 pm
Actress Florence Henderson smiles for the camera prior to filming a scene outside the Country Financial insurance office on Main Street in Columbia on Friday. (Corey Saathoff photo)

Actress Florence Henderson smiles for the camera prior to filming a scene outside the Country Financial insurance office on Main Street in Columbia in July 2015. (Corey Saathoff photo)

A movie filmed last year in Columbia took on added significance last week, as it will be the last to feature TV and film icon Florence Henderson.

Henderson, who stars in the upcoming dark comedy “Grandmothers Murder Club,” died of heart failure in Los Angeles at the age of 82. She was most well-known for playing the lovable matriarch on popular 1970s TV series “The Brady Bunch.”

In July 2015, Columbia welcomed with open arms a movie production crew with well-known Hollywood actors, including Henderson, Pam Grier and Judge Reinhold, as filming took place at Charlie’s CarStar, Country Financial, Columbia Market, and other locations in town.

“Columbia is great! It’s been fun,” Henderson told the Republic-Times prior to shooting a scene at Country Financial insurance agent Shaun Hannah’s office.

“Grandmothers Murder Club” is slated for 2017 release. The film’s director, Srikant Chellappa, and co-producers Dan Byington and Kevin Lewis, all hail from St. Louis.

Other scenes were filmed at Byington’s home in Fenton, Mo.

The movie is about four widows in the fictional southern Georgia town of Peachville who find strength in numbers when they take matters into their own hands to resolve a housing dispute with a crooked son-in-law.

A film trailer was released earlier this month, and can be viewed online at https://vimeo.com/138361484 or on the “Grandmothers Murder Club” Facebook page.

“Florence Henderson embodied the best of the human spirit: she rose from an impoverished broken home to the highest echelon of her craft on the stage and screen. Her work on The Brady Bunch captured the zeitgeist of a generation,” Lewis stated in a post on Facebook. “Working with her on our film Grandmothers Murder Club left an indelible impression on my life. I was in constant awe of her humility and she was always kind with everyone on set. Florence was such a pleasure to work with and a real trooper, without a doubt. Rest in peace.”

Corey Saathoff

Corey is the editor of the Republic-Times. He has worked at the newspaper since 2004, and currently resides in Columbia. He is also the principal singer-songwriter and plays guitar in St. Louis area country-rock band The Trophy Mules.