- NAME: Ann B. Davis
- OCCUPATION: Television Actress
- BIRTH DATE: May 03, 1926 (Age: 87)
- Did You Know?: Ann B. Davis published Alice's Brady Bunch Cookbook, a compilation of recipes with dishes such as 'Marcia, Marcia, Marcia Muffins' and 'Groovy Old-Fashioned Pancakes,' in 1994.
- EDUCATION: Strong Vincent High School, University of Michigan, Episcopal School for Ministry
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Chicago, New York
- Full Name: Ann Bradford Davis
- AKA: Ann B. Davis
- AKA: Ann Davis
- ZODIAC SIGN: Taurus
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Emmy-winning actress Ann B. Davis is best known for playing the wise-cracking, live-in housekeeper Alice on the 1970s television sitcom The Brady Bunch.
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Emmy Award-winning actress and comedian Ann B. Davis was born on May 3, 1926, in Schenectady, New York. She won Emmys in 1958 and 1959 for her role as "Schultzy" on The Bob Cummings Show, but is best known for her role as the zany but loving housekeeper on the 1970s sitcom The Brady Bunch. Davis retired from show business in 1976 to live in an Episcopal community, now located near San Antonio, Texas.
"For most people, I'm just Alice. But I don't mind. Now, if I were Alice the ax murderer, then I'd hate it."
A seasoned, Emmy Award-winning, comedic television and movie character actress best known for her role as the eternally wise and wise-cracking housekeeper Alice Nelson on The Brady Bunch, Ann Bradford Davis was born in Schenectady, New York, on May 3, 1926, to Cassius Miles and Harriet Davis. She had a twin sister, Harriet, and an older brother, Evans.
When she was just 3 years old, Davis moved with her family to Erie, Pennsylvania, where she attended Strong Vincent High School, graduating in 1944. She had planned to study medicine, but became interested in acting instead. She went on to earn a degree in drama and speech from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan, in 1948.
Ann B. Davis acted in local theater and toured with a variety of musicals until she was spotted by a casting director in 1995, for the role of Charmaine "Schultzy" Schultz, the lovesick and outspoken assistant to photographer and womanizer Bob Collins, on The Bob Cummings Show. The series ran for four years and was later titled Love That Bob for syndication. Davis was nominated for Emmy Awards four times for her performance on the show, and won for outstanding supporting actress in a comedy series for her last two nominations, in 1958 and 1959.
In 1960, Davis was honored by the entertainment industry with her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
In 1969, Davis was cast as the flip and funny live-in housekeeper and peacekeeper Alice Nelson on a new family sitcom, The Brady Bunch, starring Florence Henderson and Robert Reed at the parents of a blended family. Davis often stole the scenes and got the biggest laughs while mediating family disputes with her friendly but sarcastic words of wisdom.
Throughout most of the show, Davis's character, Alice, dated Sam the Butcher (Sam Franklin), played by Allan Melvin. The Brady Bunch aired 117 episodes, running until 1974, followed by reunion shows, TV movies and spin-offs. In the Brady Bunch sequels, Alice eventually married her bowling-loving butcher, but in real life, Davis never married nor was linked romantically to anyone.
Davis's other television credits include The John Forsythe Show, Wagon Train, The Dating Game, Love, American Style and The Love Boat.
While on hiatus from The Brady Bunch, Davis had no trouble finding work in regional theater, starring in Once Upon a Mattress and Auntie Mame, among other productions. She toured Southeast Asia with the United Service Organizations and, in the mid-1990s, appeared on Broadway in Crazy for You, featuring the music of George and Ira Gershwin.
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Learn more about the actors who portrayed one of 1970s television's most lovable families, the Bradys, by exploring our cast of The Brady Bunch collection. Cast members include Florence Henderson and Robert Reed, who played Carol and Mike Brady, respectively; Ann B. Davis, who played the family's beloved maid, Alice; Christopher Knight, who became a child star with the role of Bobby Brady; Maureen McCormick, the face of Marcia Brady; Mike Lookinland; Susan Olsen; Eve Plumb; and Barry Williams.
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