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Sunday, June 1, 2014

Remembering Ann B. Davis 1926 - 2014

Actress Ann B. Davis, who died earlier today at age 88, will always be remembered as housekeeper Alice Nelson on TV's The Brady Bunch (1969-74). She reprised her role in three spin-off series, The Brady Bunch Hour (1976-77), The Brady Brides (1981) and The Bradys (1990) as well as two TV movies, The Brady Girls Get Married (1981) and A Very Brady Christmas (1988). Davis also made a cameo appearance as a truck driver named Schultzy in the 1995 feature film, The Brady Bunch Movie.

Her other credits include the 1955-59 sitcom, The Bob Cummings Show (for which she received two Emmy Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her role as Bob's secretary, Schultzy), the 1961 film, Lover Come Back (as Doris Day's secretary), and the 1965-66 sitcom, The John Forsythe Show. Davis also made her Broadway debut in 1960, replacing Carol Burnett in Once Upon a Mattress, and she returned to Broadway in 1995 in the musical, Crazy for You, after appearing in the national tour.

Below you can watch Ann B. Davis in a 1971 episode of The Brady Bunch, on TV's The Dating Game in the early 1970s, and in a 2007 interview during her appearance in Follies In Concert at The Little Theatre on the Square in Sullivan, Illinois.


joel65913 said...

Nice collection of clips. The Dating Game one was a hoot!

I saw her a few months ago on The Talk, a show I despise but they were having a Brady Bunch reunion to celebrate Florence Henderson's 80th birthday so I had to take a look, and she was spry and funny.

She seems to have had a happy life, good health up until the end and while a fall is awful she didn't suffer nor linger. All in all a good run. She'll be missed.

Marc Harshbarger said...

I agree, Joel, 88 is a very good run. We should all be so lucky.