The Biography of Geri Reischl
Full Real Name: Geri Lee Reischl (pronounced “Reh-shelle”)
Nick Names: “Brat” and “Fake Jan”
Birthdate: December 31
“The Brady Bunch Hour” …. Jan Brady (1976-1977)
“Apple’s Way” …. Jan Cooper
I Dismember Mama (1974) …. Annie
“The Bold Ones: The New Doctors” …. Lisa (1971)
The Brotherhood of Satan (1971) …. K.T.
“Gunsmoke” …. Anne Burney
“The Interns” …. Jane Doe
Geri also did voice-overs for the movie musical, “Tom Sawyer” (1973)
Other appearances: Performances with the Brady Bunch Kids include: The Mike Douglas Show, All-Star Anything Goes (Brady Kids vs. DeFranco Family), Donnie and Marie, and the 1977 Easter Seals Telethon hosted by Michael Landon.
Geri sang and played guitar in a California band by the name of Sand Dabs from 1974-76. She went on to perform at U.S.O clubs, Magic Mountain, Knotts Berry Farm, the Harrahs Club, and with Marty Robbins at the Palomino Club of North Hollywood. Geri was one of Sammy Davis Jr.’s “Kids” in his Lake Tahoe night club act, and in the summer of 1976 toured the United States and Montreal doing an act with Canadian singing sensation Rene Simard. Geri is a huge fan of country music and sang on the television show Pop Goes the Country filmed at the Grand Ole Opry.
Geri’s most famous commercial appearances include Mattel Toys, Pepsi Cola print advertisements, and a series of “Wizard of Oz” theme commercials for the breakfast cereal Crispy Wheats-n-Raisins in which she played Dorothy.
In addition to over 40 national tv commercials for almost every kind of product, Geri filmed a television pilot with Canadian singer Rene Simard entitled Rene and the Proteens.
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 on the spot and immediately Geri landed parts in two commercials. In October of 1976 she was chosen, after five auditions, from amongst 1,500 other hopefuls, to replace Eve Plumb as Jan on The Brady Bunch Hour.
The reason why the forehead of Geri’s hair is pulled down so tightly in The Brady Bunch Hour is due to the fact that it was short in front, and the producers felt she would look more like Eve Plumb if she parted her hair down the middle and hid her existing bangs.
Geri is afraid of going in water over her head. Dancing around the perimeter of a huge swimming pool on The Brady Bunch Hour created some nervous moments for her.