Eve Aline Plumb is an American actress, singer and painter. Plumb joined the world of glamour and entertainment when she was just six years old. After appearing in a string of advertisements, she made her TV debut with the series ‘My Brother the Angel’ and soon appeared in several popular TV shows. She received her breakthrough when she was just nine, after being cast as Jan Brady in the comedy show ‘The Brady Bunch’. The show was a mega hit and Eve Plumb became a household name. Since then, she has appeared in several spinoffs and reunion specials as Jan Brady. Her popularity was at its peak during the 1970s, when she was constantly featured in a variety of TV shows. Apart from the family comedy, she is also known for her roles in the movies ‘Dawn: Portrait of a Teenager’ and ‘Blue Run’. In the 1990s, Plumb divided her attention between acting and painting and started hosting exhibitions. She returned to the big screen in the 2000s with a few guest roles. More recently, she appeared in the Miguel Duran movie ‘Monsoon’, which fetched her a nomination at the Hoboken International Film Festival. Currently, Eve Plumb divides her time between painting and acting.
Childhood & Early Life
Eve Plumb was born on 29 April, 1958 in Burbank, California to Neely and Flora Plumb. Her father worked as a recording company executive, while her mother was a popular dancer. She has three siblings: Flora Plumb, Benjamin Plumb, and Catherine Plumb.
Eve started working in commercials when she was just six years old. At the same time, she started receiving offers from TV for minor roles. She made her debut on TV with ‘My Brother the Angel’ in 1965, when she was just seven years old.
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Eve Plumb’s career as a child actress soared after her debut, and she was seen in popular series such as ‘The Big Valley’ (1966), ‘The Virginian’ (1967), ‘Lassie’ (1967), ‘It Takes a Thief’ (1968), ‘Mannix’ (1968), ‘Family Affair’ (1968), ‘Lancer’ (1968), ‘Gunsmoke’ (1969), and ‘All My Children’ (1970). This set her up for a career as an actress.
Her most popular role as a child was her portrayal of Jan Brady in the family comedy ‘The Brady Bunch’, which catapulted her to fame. She played the role of Jan Brady in 117 episodes from 1969 to 1974. The role not only made her popular, but she became a well-loved figure in many homes.
In 1972, Eve started acting in longer roles. She voiced Jan Brady in the popular animation series ‘The Brady Kids’ from 1972 to 1973; by association, she was seen in the TV movie ‘The Brady Bunch Meets ABC's Saturday Superstars’ and ‘The ABC Saturday Superstar Movie’.
In 1974, she starred in the series ‘ABC Afterschool Specials’ and ‘Sigmund and the Sea Monsters’. Her projects dwindled in the coming years, and she was only seen in the TV movie ‘Dawn: Portrait of a Teenage Runaway’ in 1976.
In 1977, she appeared in many TV series and movies, including ‘Tales of the Unexpected’, ‘Alexander: The Other Side of Dawn’, ‘Telethon’, ‘Wonder Woman’, and ‘The Force of Evil’. While she only appeared in supporting roles, her talent was immediately noticed.
In 1978, she played the role of Elizabeth March in the popular series ‘Little Women.’ She later appeared in the series ‘Greatest Heroes of the Bible’ and the TV movie ‘Secrets of Three Hungry Wives’. Eve moved to Los Angeles after turning 18 to establish a long-term career in theatre and film.
In 1979, she played several roles in the popular TV series ‘Fantasy Island’ and appeared in three episodes. She was next seen in a major role with the TV series ‘The Brady Brides’ in 1981, where she played the role of Jan Brady Covington. She also starred in the TV movie ‘The Brady Girl Gets Married.’
In the 1980s, Plumb was seen in fewer projects. Her notable appearances include her role in ‘One Day at a Time’ (1982), ‘The Facts of Life’ (1983), ‘The Night the Bridge Fell Down’ (1983), ‘Masquerade’ (1984), ‘Murder, She Wrote’ (1985), ‘On the Television’ (1989) , and ‘The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!’ (1989).
In 1990, she was cast as Jan Martin Brady Covington in the TV series ‘The Bradys’, which followed her popular role from the previous decade. She appeared in five episodes.
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Eve was next seen on the big screen in 1992 with the TV movie ‘Yesterday Today.’ In the next year, she appeared as Mrs. Noah in the film ‘The Making of '...And God Spoke.’ She followed this role with a guest appearance in the TV series ‘Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman’ in 1994.
In 1995, Eve Plumb was cast in a leading role in the family comedy ‘Fudge’. She was seen in 25 episodes and shared screen space with Jake Richardson and Forrest Witt. The show was a hit with the viewers.
Despite popularity, Plumb’s career as an actress witnessed a decline in the late 1990s. Her final projects in that decade included appearances in ‘Nowhere’ (1997), ‘Breast Men’ (1997), ‘That ‘70s Show’ (1998), ‘Kenan & Kel’ (1998), and ‘Kill the Man’ (1999).
With the new millennium, Plumb started focusing on her career as a painter and started hosting exhibitions all over the country. Her paintings were well received, and she was deemed a success at many art galleries.
Eve Plumb returned to the big screen intermittently in the 2000s. She was first seen in the movie ‘Manfast’ in 2003 and later appeared in the TV series ‘Days of Our Lives’ in 2008.
In 2012, she played the role of Nurse Dremel in the TV movie ‘The Pox Show’ and also appeared in the comedy ‘The Sisters Plotz’ in the same year. Next year, she played a supporting role in the popular show ‘Law & Order’ as Angela Brooks and later appeared in ‘Army Wives’ as Reba Green.
Her recent roles include the movies ‘The Sisters Plotz’ (2015), and ‘Grease Live!’ (2016). She played a recurring role in the TV series ‘The Path’ (2017) and appeared as a guest in the crime drama ‘Blue Bloods’ (2017).
In 2018, she played the role of Gale in the Miguel Duran romance drama ‘Monsoon’. The movie was a critical hit, and many critics singled out Plumb’s skillful portrayal. Plumb also received a Best Supporting Actress nomination at the Hoboken International Film Festival.
In 2019, she played the role of Marcy in the comedy series ‘Crashing’ in the episode titled ‘The Christian Tour.’
Eve Plumb is most remembered for her role as Jan Brady in the popular family comedy ‘The Brady Bunch.’ She played this role for 117 Episodes across seven years and made a name for herself in every household.
Family & Personal Life
Eve Plumb is twice married. She was first married to Richard Mansfield from 1979 to 1984, before they ended their relationship with a divorce.
In 1995, she married Ken Pace, a businessman, in 1995. The couple has three children.
The popular 1990s rock bank ‘Eve’s Plum’ was named in Plumb’s honor.