Beloved character actress Ann B. Davis has died at the age of 88. The Brady Bunch co-star was reportedly in good health until earlier today, reports TMZ.
Close to her church community, Davis had been living with a couple in Texas and fell in her bathroom this morning, sustaining a blow to her head. She never regained conciousness and passed later today.
Born in New York, Davis began her television career in the 1950s and became known to many for her portrayal of lovesick secretary Charmaine “Schultzy” Schultz in the NBC sitcom The Bob Cummings Show. She ended up winning two Emmys for the role.
She appeared in many commericals and some guest star roles after that but became best known for playing housekeeper Alice Nelson on The Brady Bunch. She played the role for all five seasons and took part in the many, many reunion projects over the years.
She made a cameo appearance in The Brady Bunch Movie in 1995, playing a truck driver named “Schultzy” who helps bring runaway Jan home. Davis authored Alice’s Brady Bunch Cookbook in 1994 which features Brady-inspired recipes.
On her Facebook page, Susan Olsen (Cindy Brady) wrote, “I was waiting for it to reach the news before saying anything. Yes, it’s true, our beloved Ann B. passed away this morning. I loved her work even before I knew and loved her. When I was five, I got the Hong Kong flue. I missed a lot of school and stayed in bed watching TV. I loved the Bob Cummings Show because I enjoyed Ann B. in the role of his secretary “Schultzy”. I was overjoyed when I learned that I would be working with her on Brady Bunch. Already a fan, it was only icing on the cake to get to know her. She always treated us kids with respect and we knew we were working with greatness. I’m happy to know that she never lost her beautiful mind and razor sharp wit. She will be dearly missed by the many who knew her and the many more who felt like they did. I’m sure there is now a bright red sports car tearing up the clouds in heaven.”
What do you think? Did you enjoy Davis’ work? Do you have any favorite memories?