Emmy Award-winning performer and comic Ann B. Davis was born on May 3, 1926, in Schenectady, New York. She won Emmys in 1958 and 1959 for her character as “Schultzy” on The Bob Cummings Show, but is famous for her part as the zany but adoring housekeeper on the 1970s sitcom The Brady Bunch. Davis retired from show business in 1976 to reside in a Episcopal community, now situated near San Antonio, Texas. She died in the age of 88 on June 1, 2014.
A veteran, Emmy Award-winning, comedic character actress famous for her part as the eternally shrewd and wisecracking housekeeper Alice Nelson on The Brady Bunch, Ann Bradford Davis was born in Schenectady, Ny, on May 3, 1926, to Cassius Miles and Harriet Davis. She had a twin sister, Harriet, and an older brother, Evans.
She’d intended to study medicine, but became interested in playing instead. She went to earn a diploma in drama and address in the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan, in 1948.
The show ran for four years and was later titled Love That Bob for syndication.
In 1960, Davis was honored by the entertainment industry along with her very own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Davis frequently stole the scenes and got the biggest laughs while mediating family disputes along with her friendly but sarcastic words of wisdom.
Throughout all the show, Davis’s character, Alice, dated Sam the Butcher (Sam Franklin), played by Allan Melvin. The Brady Bunch aired 117 episodes, running until 1974, followed by reunion shows, TV movies and spinoffs. In the Brady Bunch sequels, Alice finally wed her bowling-adoring butcher, but in actual life, Davis never wed nor was linked romantically to anyone.
While on hiatus from The Brady Bunch, Davis had no problem finding work in regional theatre, starring in Once Upon a Mattress and Auntie Mame, among other productions.
In 1961, Davis appeared in the film Lover Come Back, a romantic comedy, with Doris Day and Rock Hudson. Her other film credits from this interval contain A Man Called Peter (1955), Pepe (1960) and All Hands on Deck (1961). Davis took her Brady Bunch part with her for a short appearance in Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult in 1994, and resurrected her Schultzy part as a truck driver in 1995’s The Brady Bunch Movie.
In 1976, Davis stop show business for the large part and became a born-again Christian, attending the Episcopal School for Ministry and joining a spiritual community in Denver, Colorado, that after relocated near San Antonio, Texas. Although she retired, the performer continued to make occasional TV and movie appearances.
In 1994, Davis released Alice’s Brady Bunch Cookbook, a compilation of recipes with dishes like “Marcia, Marcia, Marcia Muffins” and “Groovy Old-Fashioned Pancakes.”
Although apparently in good health, Davis fell in her toilet and hit her head on June 1, 2014.