I represent the first generation who, when we were born, the television was now a permanent fixture in our homes. When I was born people had breakfast with Barbara Walters, dinner with Walter Cronkite, and slept with Johnny Carson.
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Sunday, June 01, 2014
Ann B. Davis
"I remember my first 'demographic report' on the 'Brady Bunch.' I was with a friend, who told her little girl, 'honey, you remember Shultzy?' The girl said, 'that's not Schultzy, that's Alice!' I knew that we were coming along.... Today, people with three-piece suits and briefcases suddenly become twelve when they're walking by me. That just breaks me up and I love it!" - Ann B. Davis
Ann B. Davis died today, from a subdural hematoma after a fall in her bathroom. Sources close to her say she was in excellent health for an 88-year old woman and her death was a complete shock.
Ann Bradford Davis was born in Schenectady, New York, the daughter of Marguerite (née Stott) and Cassius Miles Davis. She had an identical twin, Harriet, and an older brother Evans. She graduated fromStrong Vincent High School, and is a graduate of theUniversity of MichiganinAnn Arbor.She originally enrolled as a pre-med major; however, she changed her mind and went into drama after seeing her older brother's performance ofOklahoma!Davis graduated in 1948 with a degree in drama and speech.
In the 1953–54 season, Davis appeared as a musical judge on ABC's Jukebox Jury.
Since then, she has returned to take part in various Brady BunchTV movies, including The Brady Girls .Get Married(1981) andA Very Brady Christmas(1988).
She also reprised her role as Alice Nelson in two short-lived Brady Bunch spin-off television series:The Brady Brides(1981) andThe Bradys(1990), both of which lasted only six episodes.
She also made acameo appearanceas a truck driver named "Schultzy", a reference to her days onThe Bob Cummings Show, inThe Brady Bunch Moviein 1995. In 1994, Davis published a cookbook,Alice's Brady Bunch Cookbook, withBrady Bunchinspired recipes.The book also includes recipes from cast members.
Davis never completely retired from acting; in her later years she was the celebrity spokeswoman in several Shake 'n Bake commercials, and later appeared in several disposable mop commercials for Swiffer. She has also appeared in a number of Brady Bunch reunion projects, most recently TV Land's The Brady Bunch 35th Anniversary Reunion Special: Still Brady After All These Years. On April 22, 2007, The Brady Bunch was awarded the TV Land Pop Culture Award on the 5th annual TV Land Awards. Davis and other cast members accepted the award, and she received a standing ovation.
In 1976, she sold her home in Los Angeles to move to Denver, Colorado, where she joined an Episcopalcommunity led by Bishop William C. Frey. The community later relocated to Ambridge, Pennsylvania. Davis had long been a volunteer for the Episcopal church, working at the General Convention, attending services at churches around the country, and was not cloistered.
Ann B. Davis Quote: On 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 1987
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