The Brady Bunch’s Ann B. Davis Dies at 88

By Hannah Aven Guarin | 4 years ago
The Brady Bunch’s Ann B. Davis Dies at 88
Cast photo from the television program The Brady Bunch. Back from left: Christopher Knight (Peter), Barry Williams (Greg), Ann B. Davis (Alice). Second row from left: Eve Plumb (Jan), Florence Henderson (Carol), Robert Reed (Mike), Maureen McCormick (Marcia). Front: Susan Olsen (Cindy), Mike Lookinland (Bobby).

Last Saturday, May 31, 2014, Ann B. Davis passed away at the age of 88. Her cause of death was identified as subdural hematoma. The actress hit her head in the bathroom and from then on never regained consciousness. Robert Malcolm, Davis’ agent, confirmed the sad news to The Hollywood Reporter.

Davis was best remembered in her role as Alice in Sherwood Schwartz’s “The Brady Bunch.” It aired from September 1969 to March 1974 on ABC. She was the bubbly nanny of Mike (Robert Reed) and Carol’s (Florence Henderson) six children.

Davis was born in 1926 at Schenectady, New York. She pursued acting instead of pushing through with her premed studies at the University of Michigan when she saw her brother performed in the play “Oklahoma!” She had a twin sister who lives in Arizona and was never married.

Before Davis’ “The Brady Bunch” break, she had appeared in “The Bob Cummings Show” where she portrayed the role of Charmaine “Schultzy” Schultz. This role had earned her two Emmy Awards in 1958 and 1959 respectively. In 1960, she received her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Moreover, she was also part of NBC’s short-lived show “The John Forsythe Show” from 1965-1966. She played the role of Miss Wilson, a P.E. teacher.

Through the years, Davis reprised her role in “The Brady Bunch” spin-off and movies, namely: “The Brady Girls Gets Married,” “A Very Brady Christmas,” (movies) and “The Brady Brides” (spin-off).

Davis was not only a brilliant actress but also an author. In fact, in 1994, she released a cook book with 280 recipes entitled “Alice’s Brady Bunch Cookbook.”

In a statement published in Variety, Ken Howard, president of SAG-AFTRA, expressed how grateful they were for the five years that Davis had spent in their organization.

“We are grateful to Ann for the five years she selflessly served her fellow members as an elected member of the board of this union,” said Howard in the Variety article.

May Ann B. Davis’ soul rest in peace.

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