The Brady Bunch star Ann B. Davis, who every household in America and Australia simply new as Alice, has died at age 88.
Davis played Ann Nelson, the housekeeper to the Brady family for the six seasons of the show from 1969 to 1974.
She also reprised the role for the short-lived ‘The Brady Bunch Variety Hour’ (1977), the sequel ‘The Brady Brides’ (1981) and the movies ‘The Brady Girls Get Married’ (1981), ‘A Very Brady Christmas’ (1989) and The Bradys (1990).
Davis also had a cameo in ‘The Brady Bunch Movie’ (1995) as trucker Schultzy.
Ann B. Davis’ last role was in one episode of ‘Something So Right’ in 1997. She retired from acting after that.
Her first role was in ‘A Man Called Peter’ in 1955. She had small roles in ‘Matinee Theatre’ (1956) and ‘Lux Video Theatre’ (1956) before scoring her first continual role in ‘The Bob Cummings Show’ from 1955-1959, which was where the Schultzy character originally came from.
Davis appeared on shows for Bob Hope, John Forsythe and Phyllis Diller and was in ‘Love American Style’ and ‘The Love Boat’ but will always be remembered as Alice.
Ann B. Davis received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1960, well before The Brady Bunch was created.
Ann was said to be in good health for her age but fell and hit her head in the bathroom over the weekend. She never regained consciousness.
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