Geri Reischl assumed the role of Jan on the short-lived ABC-TV variety series "The Brady Bunch Hour".
|Birthname:||Geri Lee Reischl|
|Born:||31 December 1959|
|Birthplace:||Bellflower, California, U.S.|
|Years active:||1966–1983, 2000–present|
|Official Website:||Official Website|
|Series:||The Brady Bunch Hour (1976-77)|
|Character played:||Jan Brady, six episodes|
Geri Reischl (born 31 December 1959, Bellflower, California) is an American actress, known for her work as a child star in the 1970s, most notably her assuming the role of Jan Brady on the short-lived ABC-TV musical/variety show The Brady Bunch Hour and various television commercials. Her role as Jan is documented in the book Love to Love You Bradys published in 2009 by ECW Press.
Geri's first appearance was at the age of six playing Gretl in a production of The Sound of Music, starring Patrice Munsel, at the Melodyland Theatre in Anaheim, California. There, she was discovered by a talent agent who signed her and got her parts in two commercials. She was then signed to an exclusive contract with Mattel Toys until she was retired in 1971 by the company at the age of 11. During her career, Geri appeared in over 40 commercials. From 1979 to 1983, she appeared in a series of Wizard of Oz-themed commercials for the breakfast cereal Crispy Wheats-n-Raisins, in which she played Dorothy.
On television, Reischl appeared on Gunsmoke, The Interns, Apple's Way and The Bold Ones. In addition, Geri filmed a television pilot with Rene Simard entitled Rene and the Proteens. She went on to star in several low budget splatter films such as The Brotherhood of Satan (1971) and I Dismember Mama (1974).
Geri released a re-recording of her Brady Hour performance of "Your Song" titled "Fake Jan Sings for Real" on 25 September 2011. Later that year, she followed up the single release with studio album titled 1200 Riverside on November 1, 2011.
- Interview with Geri "Fake Jan" Reischl at Confessions of a Pop Culture Addict