Ann B. Davis, the maid Alice on 'The Brady Bunch' dies in household accident
By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
6/1/2014 (2 years ago)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)
In a television era best typified by loud-mouthed bigots and beatnik liberals, in the manner of producer Norman Lear, there was one shining example of optimism and unconditional love shining into people's homes on a weekly basis. Ann B. Davis, Alice the housekeeper on TV's "The Brady Bunch" was always there with a cheerful attitude and heartfelt advice. Davis suffered a fall at the home she shared with a couple in Texas this past weekend. She never recovered. Davis was 88.
Ann B. Davis was far from domestic in real life. "I basically don't do that well with children, although my sister says I'm a great aunt," she told People magazine in 1992.
LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Davis described how she created the character in a 2004 interview.
"I made up a background story. I did have a twin sister, so I used that as a basis. ... I cared very much about this family. It was my family. It was as close to my family as Alice would ever get. I would have died for any single one of them at any point," she said. "You know, they wrote me such gorgeous things to do, as the intermediary between the kids and the adults, and between the boys and the girls. And they gave me funny things to do."
Davis was far from domestic in real life. "I basically don't do that well with children, although my sister says I'm a great aunt," she told People magazine in 1992.
Actress Florence Henderson, who played mom Carol Brady on the classic sitcom, said she was devastated to learn of Davis' death.
"I am so shocked and sad to learn that my dear friend and colleague, Ann B Davis, died today," Henderson said in a Facebook post. "I spoke with her a couple of months ago and she was doing great!"
Davis caught the acting bug from her brother, who was a dancer in the national company of "Oklahoma."
Her big break in Hollywood came when she won the role of Charmaine "Schultzy" Schultz, the secretary on the 1950s sitcom "The Bob Cummings Show."
But to generations of American TV viewers, she was best known as Alice.
"All of us wish we had an Alice. I wish I had an Alice," Davis told reporters.
"What you see on 'The Brady Bunch' was who she was," a longtime friend said. "She was a very faithful Christian person."
Davis mostly retired from show business in the late 1970s to settle down in an Episcopal community.
"I'm convinced we all have a God-shaped space in us, and until we fill that space with God, we'll never know what it is to be whole," she told People.
Davis still took acting roles from time to time. In the 1995 "The Brady Bunch" movie, she played a truck driver, persuading a runaway Jan to return home.
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