Ann B. Davis
|Ann B. Davis|
Ann B. Davis, c. 1973
|Born||Ann Bradford Davis
May 3, 1926
Schenectady, New York, U.S.
Davis achieved prominence for her role in The Bob Cummings Show (1955–59) for which she twice won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, but she is best known for playing the part of Alice Nelson, the housekeeper in The Brady Bunch series (1969–74).
Davis's first television success was as Charmaine "Schultzy" Schultz in the NBC sitcom The Bob Cummings Show. She auditioned for the role because her friend's boyfriend was a casting director and recommended her for the part. She won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series twice out of four nominations for this role. On February 9, 1960, Davis received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
For a period in the 1960s and 1970s, she was known for her appearances in television commercials for the Ford Motor Company, particularly for the mid-sized Ford Fairlane models. She also appeared on January 23, 1958, as a guest star on The Ford Show, Starring Tennessee Ernie Ford. Davis was also featured in commercials for Minute Rice until the mid-1980s.
From 1969 to 1974, Davis played housekeeper Alice Nelson in The Brady Bunch television series. Since then, she has returned to take part in various Brady Bunch TV movies, including The Brady Girls Get Married (1981) and A Very Brady Christmas (1988). She also reprised her role as Alice Nelson in two short-lived Brady Bunch spin-off television series: The Brady Brides (1981) and The Bradys (1990), both of which lasted only six episodes. She also made a cameo appearance as a truck driver named "Schultzy", a reference to her days on The Bob Cummings Show, in The Brady Bunch Movie in 1995. In 1994, Davis published a cookbook, Alice's Brady Bunch Cookbook, with Brady Bunch inspired recipes. The book also includes recipes from cast members.
Davis never completely retired from acting; in her later years she was the celebrity spokeswoman in several Shake 'n Bake commercials, and later appeared in several disposable mop commercials for Swiffer. She has also appeared in a number of Brady Bunch reunion projects, most recently TV Land's The Brady Bunch 35th Anniversary Reunion Special: Still Brady After All These Years. On April 22, 2007, The Brady Bunch was awarded the TV Land Pop Culture Award on the 5th annual TV Land Awards. Davis and other cast members accepted the award, and she received a standing ovation.
When Davis was three, she and her family moved to Erie, Pennsylvania. She graduated from Strong Vincent High School, and is a graduate of the University of Michigan. She originally enrolled in the University of Michigan as a pre-med major; however, she changed her mind and went into drama after seeing her older brother's performance of Oklahoma! Davis graduated from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor in 1948 with a degree in drama and speech.
In 1976, she sold her home in Los Angeles to move to Denver, Colorado, where she joined an Episcopal community led by Bishop William C. Frey. The community later relocated to Ambridge, Pennsylvania. Davis has long been a volunteer for the Episcopal church, working at the General Convention, attending services at churches around the country, and is not cloistered.
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