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The Brady Bunch

Ann B. Davis

Alice Nelson

Ann Bradford Davis was born May 5, 1926 in Schenectady, N.Y. along with her twin sister, Harriet. She originally wanted to be a doctor and studied pre-med at the University of Michigan. After seeing her older brother in the play "Oklahoma!" Ann was bitten by the acting bug and switched her major.

Davis ended up performing at theaters around the country before heading to L.A. in 1954. A casting director discovered her acting at a coffeehouse on Sunset Boulevard and suggested she audition for the role of Schultzy on The Bob Cummings Show. She got the part, which she kept for five years, earning her two Emmy Awards (and four nominations). With her theatrical roots firmly planted, Davis appeared on the dinner-theater circuit in many plays, including "The Matchmaker," "Three on a Honeymoon" and "Everybody Loves Opal." She was also in a play called "The Nearlyweds," written expressly for her by Lloyd Schwartz, producer of The Brady Bunch. Ann thrilled troops when she toured Vietnam, Thailand and Korea with the USO.

After 1969, Davis was known to the world as Alice, the loveable housekeeper from The Brady Bunch. Davis returned to the various Brady reunions, including The Brady Bunch Movie -- she also appeared in touring companies of "Arsenic and Old Lace" and "Crazy for You." Though Davis was mostly retired from acting, she did reprise her role as Alice in 2004 for a Swiffer commercial. She passed away on June 1, 2014.

Character Bio

What would the Bradys do without Alice? She's the glue that holds the family together. Alice is a graduate of Westdale High, the same school that the Brady kids attend. Her professional life began as a housekeeper for Mr. Brady before Bobby was born. She's a sensitive woman and never mentions the boys' first mom in front of them or the new Mrs. Brady, and never plays favorites with the kids.

Alice is also a clever woman, capable of writing catchy, contest-winning jingles -- and a champion at doing the Charleston and bowling. Aside from making great flapjacks and being friends with Lucille Ball's housekeeper, Alice amazes us most with her loyalty: She's hopelessly devoted to her main man, Sam the Butcher. Alice is truly the keystone of the Brady clan, and has earned her spot in the center square.

The Brady Bunch TV Schedule

Sunday
November 2
3:00am
Fright Night
The Brady kids learn a valuable lesson after trying to outfrighten each other.
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3:30am
The Show Must Go On
Marcia talks Mom into appearing with her in the high school "Family Night Frolics."
TV-G
4:00am
Jan, The Only Child
Jan goes through yet another personal crisis when she wishes she were an only child.
TV-G
4:30am
Career Fever
Mike is thrilled to read a school paper Greg wrote about pursuing a career as an architect.
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5:00am
Goodbye, Alice, Hello
The kids all gang up on Alice when they think she is ratting them out to their folks.
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5:30am
Greg's Triangle
Greg's new steady is Marcia's competition for head cheerleader.
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Sunday
November 9
2:30am
Love and the Older Man
Marcia develops a crush on her dreamy new dentist.
TV-G
3:00am
Greg Gets Grounded
Greg is banned from driving the car for one week after a near accident on the freeway.
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3:30am
How To Succeed In Business
Peter's bloated self worth gets him into trouble again.
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4:00am
The Great Earring Caper
Cindy loses her mother's favorite earrings.
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4:30am
You're Never Too Old
The kids try to match up Mike's grandfather and Carol's grandmother.
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5:00am
You Can't Win 'Em All
Damaged Brady egos emerge when Bobby and Cindy vie to appear on a TV game show.
TV-G
5:30am
A Room at the Top
Marcia and Greg are both promised the attic for a bedroom.
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