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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
September 21
6:00am
The Tattletale
Cindy's tattling is driving everyone nuts.
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6:36am
What Goes Up...
Peter gets his guy pals to let his little brother join their tree house club.
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7:12am
Confessions, Confessions
Peter is sure his weekend camping trip will be canceled when he breaks his mother's favorite vase.
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7:48am
The Impractical Joker
Jan becomes a practical joker and learns a valuable lesson.
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8:24am
Where There's Smoke
Jan and Marcia see Greg smoking and Marcia rats him out to their parents.
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Sunday
September 28
6:00am
Will The Real Jan Brady
A personality crisis hits Jan and she buys a brunette wig.
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6:36am
The Drummer Boy
Bobby's interest in drumming drives the family out of the house.
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7:12am
Coming Out Party
Carol and Cindy's swollen glands threaten to ruin the weekend.
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7:48am
Our Son, The Man
Teenager Greg insists that he needs privacy - and his own bedroom.
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8:24am
The Liberation Of Marcia Brady
Marcia speaks out for women's lib on TV.
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