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Why Maureen McCormick feels 'incredibly strong' after 'Dancing With the Stars'

She's conquered a lot of obstacles in her time, but apparently nothing was like appearing on "Dancing with the Stars."
/ Source: TODAY

Maureen McCormick didn't make it all the way to the finish line on "Dancing With the Stars," but as she told Jenna Bush Hager and Hoda Kotb on TODAY Friday, she feels "strong" all over from the experience.

Not that she felt that way originally; as she said, tweets from fans (including Jenna and Hoda) really made all the difference when she was out on the floor.

"I felt very much out of my comfort zone, and having that love and support was amazing," she said.

The 60-year-old McCormick, who's best known to audiences for playing Marcia Brady on "The Brady Bunch," was eliminated from the competition along with pro partner Artem Chigvintsev in late October.

Maureen McCormick competes on "Dancing with the Stars."ABC

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Added McCormick, "It's been my biggest fear to dance in public, and it was the hardest thing I've ever done in my life."

That's saying a lot: During her stint on "DWTS," McCormick reminded the world in a taped interview just how hard her life became post-"Brady," having battled drug addiction.

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And though she looked great, she was always scared before going out for the cameras. What was going through her brain in those last seconds before she had to take the stage? "Absolute panic," she revealed. "Everything leaves my brain."

But there has been a benefit to all of this hard work. "I feel incredibly strong right now," she said. "Physically, mentally, everything, and it feels great."

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