Ann B. Davis

Actor
Character actress Ann B. Davis secured her place in television history with her career-making portrayal of a loyal and loving housekeeper on one of the most iconic sitcoms of all time. She achieved early television ... Read more »
Born: 05/05/1926 in Schenectady, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (20)

Still Brady After All These Years 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Florence Henderson: Here's the Story 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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The Brady Bunch: The E! True Hollywood Story 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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Something So Right 1996 - 1997 (Tv Show)

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Brady Bunch Home Movies 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The Brady Bunch Movie 1995 (Movie)

Trucker (Actor)

Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult 1994 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Bradymania: A Very Brady Special 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

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The Bradys 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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The Brady Bunch Hour 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

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The Brady Bunch 1969 - 1974 (TV Show)

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The John Forsythe Show 1965 - 1966 (TV Show)

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All Hands on Deck 1961 (Movie)

Nobby (Actor)

Lover Come Back 1960 (Movie)

Millie (Actor)

The Bob Cummings Show 1954 - 1959 (TV Show)

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A Man Called Peter 1955 (Movie)

Ruby Coleman (Actor)

A Very Brady Christmas (TV Show)

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The Brady Brides (TV Show)

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The Brady Girls Get Married (TV Show)

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Biography

Character actress Ann B. Davis secured her place in television history with her career-making portrayal of a loyal and loving housekeeper on one of the most iconic sitcoms of all time. She achieved early television success when she was cast as lovelorn secretary Charmaine "Schultzy" Schultz on the popular sitcom "The Bob Cummings Show" (NBC 1955, 1957-59/CBS, 1955-57). After winning a pair of Emmys for her portrayal on the program, Davis went on to appear in such feature films as the Rock Hudson-Doris Day romantic comedy "Lover Come Back" (1961) and as a series regular on the short-lived comedy "The John Forsythe Show" (NBC, 1965-66). It was, however, her role as Alice, the ever faithful, always upbeat live-in maid on "The Brady Bunch" (ABC, 1969-1974) that would eclipse all of Davis' previous professional efforts. Although the family sitcom was never a hit during its original run, it thrived in syndication, forever making Alice a staple of American pop culture. While nearly all of her younger co-stars periodically dropped in and out of later spin-off ventures like the variety show oddity "The Brady Bunch Hour" (ABC, 1977), "The Brady Brides" (NBC, 1981), "A Very Brady Christmas" (CBS, 1988) and "The Bradys" (CBS, 1990), Davis could always be counted upon to return with Alice's unique brand of wit and wisdom. A brief cameo in the hilarious feature film adaptation "The Brady Bunch Movie" (1995) provided Davis with a fitting and fond farewell to the show that made her a household name. Television fans around the world remembered both Davis and her most famous role fondly when she died at the age of 88 on June 1, 2014.

Relationships

Cassius Miles Davis

Father

Marguerite Davis

Mother

Harriet Davis

Sister
twin of Ann

EDUCATION

University of Michigan

Ann Arbor , Michigan 1948

Milestones

2004

Reunited with cast on "The Brady Bunch 35th Anniversary Reunion Special: Still Brady After All These Years" (TV Land)

1995

Made cameo as a trucker named Shultzy in feature reboot "The Brady Bunch Movie"

1992

Appeared in the Broadway musical "Crazy for You" and toured with the company

1990

Played Alice on the short-lived CBS drama series "The Bradys"

1981

Again played Alice io the short-lived NBC sitcom "The Brady Brides"

1976

Reprised Alice role on the variety series "The Brady Bunch Variety Hour" (ABC)

1974

Briefly retired from show business (date approximate)

1968

Landed beloved role of Alice the housekeeper on "The Brady Bunch"

1965

Co-starred on "The John Forsythe Show" as physical education teacher Miss Wilson

1963

Appeared on the CBS summer variety series "The Keefe Braselle Show"

1961

Co-starred in feature "All Hands on Deck"

1960

Made a cameo appearance as herself in the feature "Pepe"

1955

Played the title character's hilarious secretary Schultzy on the CBS sitcom "Bob Cummings Show/Love That Bob"; won two Emmy Awards for the role

1948

Made professional debut in Erie, PA stock company productions

Toured in the stage musical "No, No Nanette"

Bonus Trivia

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Davis abandoned Hollywood after "The Brady Bunch" series aired to live and work in an Episcopal rectory house. She lived there between returns to the screen.

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