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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

December 21
The Voice Of Christmas
Carol loses her voice and may not be able to sing at Christmas services.
A-Camping We Will Go
Mike invites Carol and her girls along on the boys' annual camping trip.
Sorry, Right Number
Six kids and one telephone add up to high bills and short tempers.
Every Boy Does It Once
Bobby gets the idea that he is unloved and unwanted.
Vote For Brady
Greg and Marcia both decide to run for student body president.
December 28
Father Of The Year
Marcia enters her new dad in a newspaper contest for "father of the year."
54-40 And Fight
Another boys vs. girls crisis erupts as the Checker Trading Stamp Company announces it is going out of business.
Mike's Horror-Scope
Beebe Gallini hires Mike to design a new factory in the shape of a powder puff.
The Undergraduate
Greg is failing math and appears to be out of his teenage mind.
Tiger! Tiger!
A group depression sets in as Bobby discovers Tiger, the family dog, has run away.