The show followed the Bradford family of eight kids and their dad. When it went off the air, Needham-then 21-came back to Orange County to start raising a family of her own. She also continued to act, in TV dramas and commercials.
Now it's one more time for the Bradford brood. A two-hour film for NBC-TV, "Eight Is Enough: A Family Reunion," is airing Sunday night at 9. All eight of the actors who played the Bradford kids and Dick Van Patten, who played their father, will be featured (Betty Buckley, who played the Bradford kids' stepmother, was making a film with Roman Polanski when the reunion movie was shot and will be replaced by Mary Frann).
Needham plays Elizabeth, the youngest [BRADFORD] daughter. She was attending Canyon High in Anaheim when the original series was made and had taken some dance classes, done a few TV commercials and spent one Disneyland season as one of the "New Mouseketeers."