88 (passed away Jun. 1st, 2014)
May. 3rd, 1926
Schenectady, New York, USA
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Ann Bradford Davis (May 5, 1926 ~ June 1, 2014) was an American actress.
Born in Schenectady, New York, to her mother, Marguerite (née Stott), an amateur actress and her father, Cassius Miles Davis, an electrical engineer. She had an identical twin, Harriet, and an older brother, Evans.
When Davis was three, she and her family moved to Erie in northwestern Pennsylvania. She graduated from Strong Vincent High School and later from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. She originally enrolled as a pre-medical major; however, she changed her mind and went into drama after seeing her older brother's performance of Oklahoma! Davis graduated in 1948 with a degree in drama and speech.
In the 1953–1954 season, Davis appeared as a musical judge on ABC's Jukebox Jury.
Davis's first television success was as Charmaine "Schultzy" Schultz in The Bob Cummings Show, 1955-1959. She auditioned for the role, because her friend's boyfriend was a casting director and recommended her for the part. She won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series twice out of four nominations for this role.
She appeared on January 23, 1958, as a guest star on The Ford Show, Starring Tennessee Ernie Ford. On February 9, 1960, Davis received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
In the 1965–1966 television season, Davis appeared as Miss Wilson, a physical education teacher at a private girls' academy in John Forsythe's single-season NBC sitcom, The John Forsythe Show.
For a period in the 1960s and 1970s, Davis was known for her appearances in television commercials for the Ford Motor Company, particularly for the mid-sized Ford Fairlane models. Davis was also featured in commercials for Minute Rice in Canada until the mid-1980s.
From 1969 to 1974, Davis played housekeeper Alice Nelson in The Brady Bunch television series. She later returned to take part in various Brady Bunch television 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.
In the early 1990s, Davis focused on theater. She performed in a production of Arsenic and Old Lace, and a world tour production of Crazy for You.
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 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.
In 1976, Davis 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 in Beaver County in far western Pennsylvania after Frey became dean of the seminary Trinity School for Ministry. Davis had long been a volunteer for the Episcopal Church, working at the General Convention, attending services at churches around the country, and was not cloistered.
Davis never married nor was she publicly known to have been romantically linked to anyone.
Davis died (June 1, 2014), at a hospital in San Antonio, Texas. Earlier in the day, she had sustained a (subdural hematoma) from a fall in her bathroom in the San Antonio residence, in which she lived with Bishop Frey and Frey's wife, Barbara. Sources close to her say she was in excellent health for an 88-year-old woman, and her death was a complete shock.
Ann B. Davis is buried in the Saint Helena's Columbarium and Memorial Gardens in Boerne, Kendall County, Texas.
- Originally wanted to be a doctor and studied pre-med at the University of Michigan.
- Has a twin sister named Harriet.
- Is portrayed by 'Suanne Spoke' (qv) in _Growing Up Brady (2000) (TV)_ (qv).
- She won two Emmys in the 1950s for _"The Bob Cummings Show" (1955)_ (qv).
- Graduated from the University of Michigan in 1948, with a B.A. in Theatre.
- The daughter of an electrical engineer father and an amateur actress mother.
- First motion picture part was in _Strategic Air Command (1955)_ (qv) with 'James Stewart (I)' (qv), as a waitress who sets a cake in front of Stewart. The scene was later cut out of the film.
- Toured Vietnam, Thailand and Korea with the USO.
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