Sad news! Ann B. Davis, best known for her role as witty housekeeper Alice Nelson on the hit sitcom, The Brady Bunch, has died at the age of 88.
A close friend of the actress, Bishop William Frey, said that she died at a hospital in San Antonio, Texas, where she was treated after hitting her head in a fall. After suffering a subdural hematoma, he said, she never regained consciousness.
Actress Florence Henderson, who played mom Carol Brady on the show, was sad to hear of her former co-star’s death. “I am so shocked and sad to learn that my dear friend and colleague, Ann B Davis, died today,” she said in a Facebook post. “I spoke with her a couple of months ago and she was doing great!”
Back in 2004, in speaking with the Archive of American Television, Davis described how she created the famous character. “I made up a background story. I did have a twin sister, so I used that as a basis. I cared very much about this family. It was my family. It was as close to my family as Alice would ever get. I would have died for any single one of them at any point,” she said. “You know, they wrote me such gorgeous things to do, as the intermediary between the kids and the adults, and between the boys and the girls. And they gave me funny things to do.” The role earned her two Emmys, as well as a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Though her character was great with kids and housework, Davis admitted in an interview with People magazine in 1992 that she was not like her character much at all. “I basically don’t do that well with children, although my sister says I’m a great aunt,” she said, also stating that she hated to cook. “When it’s my turn in the house,” she told the magazine, “we just eat out.”
So sad to hear of her passing! She was definitely an iconic actress whose legacy will live on. Thoughts go out to her family and friends.
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