Many of us grew up with Davis as she played Alice Nelson, the good-natured housekeeper to The Brady Bunch, one of TV’s original blended families.
Born in Schenectady, New York, Davis later became a pre-med major until she saw her older brother onstage in a production of Oklahoma! She switched her major and graduated with a degree in speech and drama from University of Michigan in 1948.
Her first TV success came as the lovestruck secretary Charmaine “Schultzy” Schultz on The Bob Cummings Show, which aired 1955-59.
She was honored with a star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1960.
In 1969, Davis began a five-year run on The Brady Bunch, and she reprised the role in several reunion specials. More than a few kids in the early 70s watched the Bradys and secretly (or not so secretly) wished that their family was more like that. Alice — with her non-stop supply of attention, food, and wry humor — was a big part of that.
Ann B Davis died at her home in San Antonio on June 1, 2014, as the result of a subdural hemotoma after a fall. Family members say that prior to the fall, Davis was in excellent health for 88 years old.
In this video, you can see some classic Alice, as the Brady’s housekeeper charms an unfriendly neighbor (whom you may recognize as Jackie Coogan, famous as The Addams Family’s Uncle Fester) into signing a petition.