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 Posted:   Jun 1, 2014 - 4:39 PM   
 By:   msmith   (Member)

Ann B. Davis, best known as the ever-chipper live-in housekeeper Alice Nelson on the highly rated ABC series The Brady Bunch, has died in San Antonio, CNN reported. She was 88.

Davis, who earlier won two Emmy Awards for her role as the peppery secretary Schultzy on The Bob Cummings Show, died Sunday after a fall in her bathroom, CNN reported, adding that she hit her head and never regained consciousness.

The Brady Bunch, created by Sherwood Schwartz, originally aired from September 1969 to March 1974 on ABC, then spent a year in syndication, followed by several reunion films and spinoff series.

Davis played the housekeeper Alice on the sitcom and occupied the center square of the checkerboard in the show's opening.

Davis, who was an avid knitter, told People magazine in a 1992 interview that the cast "got along beautifully. … "I had the boys hooking rugs and the girls doing needlepoint." She said in the story that in real life, "I basically don't do that well with children."

Ann B. 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. Anne then spent six years in little theaters, stock companies, touring musicals, and such until she got her break as "Schultzie", the secretary on the "Bob Cummings Show." Before Hollywood, Anne spent a summer at the Cain Park Theater and a year at the Erie Playhouse in Erie, Pa. She studied everything about show production and played dozens of roles ranging from teenagers to characters over 60. In 1949, she arrived at Porterville, Ca. and spent three years at the Barn theater. She then moved down the coast to Monterey, where she appeared at the Wharf theater. From there she decided to try Hollywood. Anne has also played many parts on stage including "The Women", "Twelfth Night", "Dark Of The Moon", and others. Her mother, Marguerite Scott Davis, appeared with professional stock companies for over thirty years.

Ann B. Davis Filmography:

Something So Right (TV Series)
Maxine
- Something About Inter-Ex-Spousal Relations (1997) ... Maxine

1995 The Brady Bunch Movie
Trucker (Shultzy)

1991 Hi Honey, I'm Home (TV Series)
Alice Nelson
- SRP (1991) ... Alice Nelson

1990 The Bradys (TV Series)
Alice Nelson

1989 Day by Day (TV Series)
Alice Nelson
- A Very Brady Episode (1989) ... Alice Nelson

1988 A Very Brady Christmas (TV Movie)
Alice Nelson

1981 The Brady Brides (TV Series)
Alice Nelson

1981 The Brady Girls Get Married (TV Movie)
Alice Nelson

1980 The Love Boat (TV Series)
Agnes
- Invisible Maniac/September Song/Peekaboo (1980) ... Agnes

1976-1977 The Brady Bunch Variety Hour (TV Series)
Alice Nelson

1974 Only with Married Men (TV Movie)
Mola (uncredited)

1969-1974 The Brady Bunch (TV Series)
Alice Nelson / Cousin Emma

1973 The World of Sid & Marty Krofft at the Hollywood Bowl (TV Movie)
Audience member (uncredited)

1970-1973 Love, American Style (TV Series) (segment "Love and the Persistent Assistant") / Vi (segment "Love and the Trip")
- Love and the Clinical Problem/Love and the Eat's Cafe/Love and the Last Joke/Love and the Persistent Assistant/Love and the Unsteady Steady (1973) ... (segment "Love and the Persistent Assistant")

- Love and the Fur Coat/Love and the Trip (1970) ... Vi (segment "Love and the Trip")

1971 Big Fish, Little Fish (TV Movie)

1968 Insight (TV Series)
Pat
- The Late Great God (1968) ... Pat

1966 The Phyllis Diller Show (TV Series)
Mrs. Derwin
- Phyllis Takes a Letter (1966) ... Mrs. Derwin

1965-1966 The John Forsythe Show (TV Series)
Miss Wilson

1964 Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre (TV Series)
Matha
- Wake Up, Darling (1964) ... Matha

1963 McKeever & the Colonel (TV Series)
Sgt. Gruber
- Too Many Sergeants (1963) ... Sgt. Gruber

1962 The New Breed (TV Series)
Elizabeth MacBaine
- Wherefore Art Thou, Romeo? (1962) ... Elizabeth MacBaine

1961 Lover Come Back
Millie, Carol's Secretary

1961 All Hands on Deck
Nobby

1960 Pepe
Schultzy (as Ann B. 'Schultzy' Davis)

1960 Wagon Train (TV Series)
Mrs. Foster
- The Countess Baranof Story (1960) ... Mrs. Foster

1955-1959 The Bob Cummings Show (TV Series)
Charmaine 'Schultzy' Schultz / Charmaine Schultz / Schultzy / ...

1956 The Best Things in Life Are Free
Hattie Stewart (uncredited)

1956 Lux Video Theatre (TV Series)
Miss Killicat
- The Wayward Saint (1956) ... Miss Killicat

1956 Matinee Theatre (TV Series)
Peg Miller
- Belong to Me (1956) ... Peg Miller

1955 A Man Called Peter
Ruby Coleman (uncredited)

 
 Posted:   Jun 1, 2014 - 5:06 PM   
 By:   Ron Hardcastle   (Member)

Hadn't heard anything about her in years, so was surprised that she was still alive. Always liked her a lot in the many roles I saw her in over the years, primarily "The Brady Bunch." Was happy that one of my local network affiliates led off the 5 pm news with her ... AFTER the circus of Donald Sterling's appearance at an African American church service!

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 1, 2014 - 5:36 PM   
 By:   Octoberman   (Member)

frown
RIP

 
 Posted:   Jun 1, 2014 - 7:27 PM   
 By:   MRAUDIO   (Member)

I was very sorry to hear about Ann...falls at that age are very dangerous.
I always loved her on THE BRADY BUNCH.

RIP...:-(

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 1, 2014 - 7:42 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

While dying is always sad I always found it so tragic when people make it to a old age and then meet a tragic death through an accident. Although no death is nice, dying peacefully in bed in your 90's seems more understandable. What a shame-R.I.P ANN.

 
 Posted:   Jun 1, 2014 - 8:37 PM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

I loved "Alice" RIP.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 2, 2014 - 1:30 AM   
 By:   jenkwombat   (Member)

Ron, I didn't know she was still alive either. Very sad to see her go.

Like many who grew up in the 1970s, I caught all the "Brady Bunch" initial airings (and countless reruns) on TV, and they, like "The Partridge Family", were kind of like another family to us young people.

And thinking about it now, in some ways, "Alice" was the the glue that held the Brady family together.

RIP, Ann B. Davis

 
 Posted:   Jun 2, 2014 - 6:46 AM   
 By:   solium   (Member)


And thinking about it now, in some ways, "Alice" was the the glue that held the Brady family together.


I couldn't think of the words, but you stated it beautifully.

 
 Posted:   Jun 2, 2014 - 6:55 AM   
 By:   PhiladelphiaSon   (Member)

She will forever be Schultzy, to me.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 2, 2014 - 8:57 AM   
 By:   zooba   (Member)

She brought a lot of laughter and joy to so many. Such a shame she had to go the way she did. That never seems fair for good people. She deserved better. May she be at Peace and comfort.

Peace to her family, friends and colleagues.





 
 
 Posted:   Jun 2, 2014 - 11:50 AM   
 By:   riotengine   (Member)

1960 Wagon Train (TV Series)
Mrs. Foster
- The Countess Baranof Story (1960) ... Mrs. Foster

Caught this episode a few months back, immediately recognized her.

R.I.P. Ann.

Greg Espinoza

 
 Posted:   Jun 2, 2014 - 7:43 PM   
 By:   PhiladelphiaSon   (Member)

She also replaced Carol Burnett in ONCE UPON A MATTRESS.

 
 Posted:   Jun 4, 2014 - 6:53 AM   
 By:   Ron Hardcastle   (Member)

I was happy that the NBC Evening News did a nice piece on her Monday night.

 
 Posted:   Jun 4, 2014 - 12:29 PM   
 By:   Gary S.   (Member)

She also replaced Carol Burnett in ONCE UPON A MATTRESS.

Talk about some big shoes to fill....would have been interesting to see what she did with the role.

 
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