Sunday, June 1, 2014

Ann B. Davis, Alice on 'The Brady Bunch,' Dead at 88

Ann B. Davis, who played the lovable housekeeper Alice on The Brady Bunch, died Sunday morning. She was 88.

Her agent, Robert Malcolm, said that she fell in the bathroom and became comatose. She died at about 8:30 a.m. Sunday at a hospital in San Antonio, where she had lived with a minister friend and his wife.

Davis hadn't worked in several years, Malcolm said, and she had been using a walker. He last spoke with her on her birthday, May 3.

"She was a really nice, a really lovely woman," Malcolm said.

Davis made her debut in show business at age 6 earning $2.00 in a puppet show. At the University of Michigan, Anne planned to study medicine but got the acting bug from her brother who was the lead dancer in the national company of "Oklahoma" for over a year. She then spent six years in little theaters, stock companies, touring musicals, and such until she got her break as Charmaine 'Schultzy' Schultz on the 1950s sitcom The Bob Cummings Show.

Davis won two Emmys for her role as a quick-witted secretary on the The Bob Cummings Show, but achieved her greatest success as the Brady family's wise-cracking but devoted housekeeper Alice Nelson.

She appeared in several Brady reunion films and spin-off series, including the 1988 television reunion movie A Very Brady Christmas, and the primetime soap opera The Bradys. The popular sitcom debuted in 1969 and aired for five seasons.

On February 9, 1960, Davis received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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