''I can just hear Jan: 'Marcia, Marcia, Marcia! She has everything the groovy guys, the debate club awards, the cool swingy hair, and now this!''' sighs Maureen McCormick. The former Brady Bunch star, 38, is referring to her latest object of envy, When You Get a Little Lonely, the country album she just released to resoundingly bad reviews.
Never mind. McCormick cheerily flicks her swingy hair at cranky critics. She's just doing what she says she should have done more than 20 years ago: ''I was offered a country recording contract but turned it down to go to UCLA. I was always sorry.'' The L.A. native, who made her public singing debut in the Brady band, turns huffy when asked if the TV clan did their own singing. ''Of course! We weren't the Partridge Family!'' She also insists that her own life wasn't like Marcia's. ''I couldn't even get a date to the prom.'' She eventually overcame that problem, marrying computer expert Michael Cummings; their daughter, Natalie, is 5. ''Michael had never seen the show when we met. It was great. No preconceptions.''
Acting post-Marcia has included a few TV movies and a recent turn on Broadway in Grease, a job she owes to comedian Rosie O'Donnell. ''She is, hands down, my biggest fan,'' says McCormick. ''We had the same singing teacher and ran into each other. She was, 'Oh, my gosh! Marcia Brady!''' When O'Donnell recommended that TV's perkiest icon replace her as Rizzo, McCormick, as thanks, gave her Cindy Brady's Kitty Karry-All doll. ''Rosie went out of her mind.''
McCormick nurses one unfulfilled dream: to open for idol Linda Ronstadt. Until that happens, she has two potential gigs lined up. ''Susan Olsen [Cindy] and Chris Knight [Peter] are both getting married this summer. Maybe I'll get to do a little number.''