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Ann B. Davis

Ann B. DavisAKA Ann Bradford Davis

Born: 5-May-1926
Birthplace: Schenectady, NY
Died: 1-Jun-2014
Location of death: San Antonio, TX
Cause of death: Accident - Fall

Gender: Female
Religion: Born-Again Christian
Race or Ethnicity: White
Occupation: Actor

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Alice from The Brady Bunch

Ann B. Davis started doing stand-up in the early 1950s, her act liberally sprinkled with singing and dancing. Her big break came after an unpaid performance at a coffee shop, when a stranger in the audience invited her to audition for The Bob Cummings Show. She played Schultzy, the perpetually single secretary with a crush on her boss (Cummings). On the show, Schultzy was pals with Mamie Van Doren and wooed by Don Knotts. She was Emmy-nominated in 1956 and 1957, and won in 1958 and 1959.

Davis was best known as Alice, the wisecracking spinster and live-in maid on The Brady Bunch. In the sequels and revivals of The Brady Bunch, Alice eventually married Sam the butcher, but in real life Davis never married, and was never romantically linked with anyone, at least publicly. Davis also played Alice on episodes of the sitcoms Hi Honey, I'm Home and Day by Day. She reprised her "Schultzy" character in The Brady Bunch Movie with Shelley Long and Gary Cole.

Born again at 47, Davis lived in a religious community for 15 years, and in an eerie imitation of her "Alice" role, she lived with an Episcopalian minister and his wife. During these years, she worked only in Brady reunions and occasional TV commercials, before returning to the stage in the 1990s. She died in 2014.

Father: Cassius Miles Davis (electrical engineer)
Mother: Marguerite Davis (amateur actress)
Sister: Harriet Davis (her twin)

    High School: Strong Vincent High School, Erie PA (1944)
    University: BA, University of Michigan (1948)

    Emmy twice, The Bob Cummings Show
    Hollywood Walk of Fame 7048 Hollywood Blvd (television)
    Born-Again Christian from Episcopalianism (1973)

    TELEVISION
    The Bob Cummings Show Charmaine Schultz (1955-59)
    The John Forsythe Show Miss Wilson
    The Brady Bunch Alice (housekeeper)

    FILMOGRAPHY AS ACTOR
    The Brady Bunch Movie (17-Feb-1995) · Trucker
    The Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult (18-Mar-1994) · Herself
    A Very Brady Christmas (18-Dec-1988)
    The Brady Girls Get Married (6-Feb-1981)
    Lover Come Back (20-Dec-1961) · Millie
    All Hands on Deck (30-Mar-1961) · Nobby
    Pepe (21-Dec-1960) · Herself


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