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Date Of BirthMay 5, 1926
DiedJune 1, 2014, San Antonio, Texas, United States
MarkBlue maid's uniform and white apron
FactShe was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7048 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on February 8, 1960.

Ann B. Davis was born on May 3, 1926 in Schenectady, New York, the daughter of Marguerite and John Davis. She had two older sisters, Harriet and Marguerite. Davis attended Montessori school as a child and then went on to study at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City. After graduation, she worked as a stage actress in summer stock and regional theater. In 1948, she moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in film and television.

Davis began her television career on the sitcom “The Bob Cummings Show” (1955-1959), for which she won two Emmy Awards. She then appeared on the popular sitcom “The Brady Bunch” (1969-1974) as Alice Nelson, the housekeeper of the Brady family. After “The Brady Bunch” ended, Davis continued to work steadily in television, appearing in guest roles on such shows as “Fantasy Island” (1977), “The Love Boat” (1978), and “Murder, She Wrote” (1984).

In the 1980s, Davis also appeared in a number of made-for-television movies. In 1986, she starred in “Perry Mason Returns,” a reunion movie of the popular television series “Perry Mason” (1957-1966). She also appeared in the miniseries “North and South” (1985) and its sequel “North and South, Book II” (1986).

Davis was married to John Astin from 1960 to 1974. The couple had three children: Mackenzie, Allison, and Sean. Davis died on June 1, 2014 at the age of 88.

Ann B. Davis was a successful stage and television actress who was best known for her role as Alice Nelson on the sitcom “The Brady Bunch.” Davis was born on May 3, 1926 in Schenectady, New York and died on June 1, 2014 at the age of 88.

General Info

Full NameAnn B. Davis
Date Of BirthMay 5, 1926
DiedJune 1, 2014, San Antonio, Texas, United States
EducationTrinity School for Ministry, University of Michigan, Strong Vincent High School


ParentsMarguerite Davis, Cassius Miles Davis
SiblingsHarriet Davis, Evans Davis


AwardsPrimetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, TV Land Pop Culture Award, TV Land Favorite Made for TV Maid Award, Primetime Emmy Award for Best Continuing Supporting Performance by an Actress - Dramatic or Comedy Series
NominationsPrimetime Emmy Award for Best Supporting Performance By An Actress, Primetime Emmy Award for Best Actress In A Supporting Role
MoviesThe Brady Bunch Movie, A Very Brady Christmas, Lover Come Back, All Hands on Deck
TV ShowsThe Bradys, The Brady Bunch Hour, The Brady Bunch, The Bob Cummings Show, The Brady Brides, The John Forsythe Show

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#Marks / Signs
1Blue maid's uniform and white apron


1[on her character Alice Nelson on The Brady Bunch (1969)] All of us wish we had an Alice. I wish I had an Alice.
2[on being content with her very ordinary appearance] I know at least a couple hundred glamor gals who are starving in this town. I'd rather be myself and eating.
3[on never having married] By the time I started to get interested, all the good ones were taken.
4On leaving show business in 1976 for a year to join Bishop Frey's Episcopalian Commine: I never heard a voice from the clouds saying get out of show business. - Interview with R. Todd Nash the Tartan in 1987


1On a 1973 episode of All Star Baffle, she and her identical twin, wearing roller skates, skated behind a tall cardboard wall. when one skated out the far end and around the front entering the near end, the other waited a few seconds then emerged from the far end. it took the panel a few seconds to realize they were not watching one skater, but the two sisters taking turns.
2Davis fell in her bathroom early one morning hitting her head and never regained consciousness. She was in excellent health for an 88-year-old woman and her death was a complete shock.
3Best friends with The Brady Bunch (1969) co-star Florence Henderson.
4Was one of the three actors to appear in every episode of The Brady Bunch (1969).
5She was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7048 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on February 8, 1960.
6Lived with fellow parishioners near San Antonio, Texas, where she was involved in prayer, Bible study, and occasional charity works.
7Joined an Episcopalian religious community in Denver, Colorado in 1974.
8Toured Vietnam, Thailand and Korea with the USO.
9Originally wanted to be a doctor and studied pre-med at the University of Michigan.
10Grew up in Erie, Pennsylvania.
11Has appeared in a play called "The Nearlyweds", which was written expressly for her by Lloyd J. Schwartz, producer of The Brady Bunch (1969).
12The daughter of an electrical engineer father and an amateur actress mother.
13Is portrayed by Suanne Spoke in Growing Up Brady (2000).
14To many, she is best remembered as a constantly humorous maid, Alice Nelson, on ABC's weekly situation comedy The Brady Bunch (1969).
15Her first motion picture role was in Strategic Air Command (1955) with James Stewart, as a waitress who sets a cake in front of Stewart. The scene was later cut out of the film.
16Received her Bachelor's degree in Theatre from the University of Michigan in 1948.
17Attended and graduated from Strong Vincent High School in Erie, Pennsylvania in 1944.
18She won two Emmy Awards in the 1950s for The Bob Cummings Show (1955). Some have nicknamed it, "Love that Bob", as a substitute and shorter title.
19Has a twin sister named Harriet and an older brother named Evans.




Something So Right1997TV SeriesMaxine
The Brady Bunch Movie1995Trucker (Shultzy)
Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult1994Ann B. Davis
Hi Honey, I'm Home1991TV SeriesAlice Nelson
The Bradys1990TV SeriesAlice Nelson
Day by Day1989TV SeriesAlice Nelson
A Very Brady Christmas1988TV MovieAlice Nelson
The Brady Brides1981TV SeriesAlice Nelson
The Brady Girls Get Married1981TV MovieAlice Nelson
The Love Boat1980TV SeriesAgnes
The Brady Bunch Variety Hour1976-1977TV SeriesAlice Nelson
Only with Married Men1974TV MovieMola (uncredited)
The Brady Bunch1969-1974TV SeriesAlice Nelson / Cousin Emma
The World of Sid & Marty Krofft at the Hollywood Bowl1973TV MovieAudience member (uncredited)
Love, American Style1970-1973TV Series segment "Love and the Persistent Assistant" / Vi segment "Love and the Trip"
- Love and the Clinical Problem/Love and the Eat's Cafe/Love and the Last Joke/Love and the Persistent Assistant/Love and the Unsteady Steady 1973 ... segment "Love and the Persistent Assistant"
Big Fish, Little Fish1971TV MovieHilda Rose
Insight1968TV SeriesPat
The Phyllis Diller Show1966TV SeriesMrs. Derwin
The John Forsythe Show1965-1966TV SeriesMiss Wilson
Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre1964TV SeriesMatha
McKeever & the Colonel1963TV SeriesSgt. Gruber
The New Breed1962TV SeriesElizabeth MacBaine
Lover Come Back1961Millie, Carol's Secretary
All Hands on Deck1961Nobby
Pepe1960Schultzy (as Ann B. 'Schultzy' Davis)
Wagon Train1960TV SeriesMrs. Foster
The Best Things in Life Are Free1956Hattie Stewart (uncredited)
Lux Video Theatre1956TV SeriesMiss Killicat
Matinee Theatre1956TV SeriesPeg Miller
A Man Called Peter1955Ruby Coleman (uncredited)


The Brady Bunch Variety Hour1976-1977TV Series performer - 5 episodes
The Brady Bunch1969-1973TV Series performer - 5 episodes
The Tennessee Ernie Ford Show1958TV Series performer - 1 episode


Edición Especial Coleccionista2014TV Series in memory of - 1 episode


The Talk2014TV SeriesHerself
The 5th Annual TV Land Awards2007TV SpecialHerself - Winner ("Pop Culture")
Entertainment Tonight2007TV SeriesHerself
The Brady Bunch 35th Anniversary Reunion Special: Still Brady After All These Years2004TV MovieHerself
ABC's 50th Anniversary Celebration2003TV Special documentaryHerself
Biography2001TV Series documentaryHerself
E! True Hollywood Story1999TV Series documentaryHerself
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade1995TV MovieHerself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien1994TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Good Morning America1978TV SeriesHerself - Guest
All-Star Baffle1973TV SeriesHerself
The Mike Douglas Show1964-1971TV SeriesHerself - Actress
The Virginia Graham Show1971TV SeriesHerself
The Hollywood Squares1971TV SeriesGuest Appearance
The Real Tom Kennedy Show1970TV SeriesHerself
That Regis Philbin Show1965TV SeriesHerself
The Keefe Brasselle Show1963TV SeriesHerself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1963TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Here's Hollywood1962TV SeriesHerself
The Jack Paar Tonight Show1958-1962TV SeriesHerself
The Arthur Murray Party1960TV SeriesHerself
About Faces1960TV SeriesHerself
The 11th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1959TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
The Juke Box Jury1958-1959TV SeriesHerself
I've Got a Secret1958TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall1958TV SeriesHerself
The Tennessee Ernie Ford Show1958TV SeriesHerself - Actress
This Is Your Life1956TV SeriesHerself

Archive Footage

The 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2015TV SpecialHerself - In Memoriam
The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards2014TV SpecialHerself - In Memoriam
Entertainment Tonight2014TV SeriesHerself
Inside Edition2014TV Series documentaryHerself
The Insider2014TV SeriesHerself
The Brady Bunch: Coming Together Under One Roof2005Video short documentaryAlice Nelson (uncredited)
Intimate Portrait2003TV Series documentaryHerself
Brady Bunch Home Movies1995TV SpecialHerself


Won Awards

2007Pop Culture AwardTV Land AwardsThe Brady Bunch (1969)
2006TV Land AwardTV Land AwardsFavorite Made-for-TV MaidThe Brady Bunch (1969)
2004TV Land AwardTV Land AwardsFavorite Made for TV MaidThe Brady Bunch (1969)
1960Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameTelevisionOn 8 February 1960. At 7048 Hollywood Blvd.
1959Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsBest Supporting Actress (Continuing Character) in a Comedy SeriesThe Bob Cummings Show (1955)
1958Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsBest Continuing Supporting Performance by an Actress in a Dramatic or Comedy SeriesThe Bob Cummings Show (1955)

Nominated Awards

1957Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsBest Supporting Performance by an ActressThe Bob Cummings Show (1955)
1956Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsBest Actress in a Supporting RoleThe Bob Cummings Show (1955)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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