Ann Davis, housekeeper Alice in The Brady Bunch, dies, aged 88

PUBLISHED : Monday, 02 June, 2014, 10:23pm
UPDATED : Monday, 02 June, 2014, 10:23pm


Emmy-winning actress Ann Davis, who became America's favourite and most famous housekeeper as the devoted Alice Nelson of The Brady Bunch, has died in a San Antonio hospital. She was 88.

A Texas health official said Davis died on Sunday morning at University Hospital. She said no cause of death was available but an autopsy was scheduled.

But Bill Frey, a retired bishop and a long-time friend of Davis (pictured), said she suffered a fall on Saturday in her San Antonio home and never recovered. Frey said Davis had lived with him and his wife, Barbara, since 1976.

More than a decade before playing the Bradys' loyal Alice, Davis was the razor-tongued secretary on another TV sitcom, The Bob Cummings Show, which brought her two Emmys.

Over the years, she also appeared in Broadway shows and in several movies.

Davis considered her "ordinary" look an asset.

"I know at least a couple of hundred glamour gals who are starving in this town," she told the Los Angeles Times in 1955, the year the Cummings show began its four-year run. "I'd rather be myself and eating."

Davis never married, saying she never found a man who was more interesting than her career.