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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

March 1
The Subject Was Noses
Marcia breaks her date with Charley to go out with the most popular boy on campus.
How To Succeed In Business
Peter's bloated self worth gets him into trouble again.
The Great Earring Caper
Cindy loses her mother's favorite earrings.
You're Never Too Old
The kids try to match up Mike's grandfather and Carol's grandmother.
You Can't Win 'Em All
Damaged Brady egos emerge when Bobby and Cindy vie to appear on a TV game show.
A Room at the Top
Marcia and Greg are both promised the attic for a bedroom.
March 8
Adios, Johnny Bravo
The Brady kids audition their act for a television amateur show.
Mail Order Hero
Bobby tells his friends he and legendary football hero Joe Namath are friends.
Snow White And The Seven Bradys
The Bradys stage a benefit performance in their backyard for Cindy's teacher.
Peter And The Wolf
Peter poses as Greg's older friend when Greg can't get a date for his girlfriend's cousin.
Getting Greg's Goat
Greg secretly hides the rival school mascot in his bedroom.