Sad news for fans of ‘The Brady Bunch.’ Ann B. Davis, known for her portrayal of housekeeper Alice Nelson, has died at the age of 88.
A family friend told CNN that Davis hit her head after slipping in her bathroom on Sunday morning resulting in a subdural hematoma. She never regained consciousness.
Davis will forever be known for her witty one-liners, taking care of the house and being part of the Brady family that included Carol, Mike, Marcia, Greg, Jan, Peter, Cindy and Bobby.
After her time on ‘The Brady Bunch,’ which premiered in 1969 and was on the air for five seasons, Davis reprised the role of Alice in several offshoots, including ‘The Brady Bunch Variety Hour,’ ‘The Brady Brides,’ ‘The Bradys,’ and, of course, ‘A Very Brady Christmas.’ She even popped up in 1995’s ‘The Brady Bunch Movie,’ starring Shelley Long and Gary Cole.
Before she even made a name for herself as Alice, Davis appeared on ‘The Bob Cummings Show,’ which earned her two Emmys for Supporting Comedy Actress. Davis’ most recent small screen appearances were the 1997 Mel Harris/Jere Burns NBC sitcom ‘Something So Right’ and a series of Swiffer commercial featuring famous TV housekeepers.
Born in Schenectady, New York, on May 5, 1926, Davis grew up in Erie, Pennsylvania and eventually studied at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Originally, she pursued a career in medicine, but changed her mind and studied drama.
In addition to her acting talents, Davis was also a member of the USO, where she toured Vietnam, Thailand and Korea.
In 1960, Davis received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.