Ann B. Davis, The Brady Bunch's Alice, Dead at 88

Ann B. Davis Dead at 88

Ann B. Davis, best known as The Brady Bunch‘s housekeeper Alice Nelson, died on Sunday. She was 88.

A family friend told CNN that Davis hit her head after slipping in her bathroom this weekend, suffered a subdural hematoma and never regained consciousness.

UPDATE: Davis’ Brady Bunch costar, Florence Henderson, reacted to the sad news on Sunday evening, via Twitter:

After originating the role of Alice for the original Brady Bunch series, which premiered in 1969 and ran for five seasons, Davis went on to reprise the character in the many offshoots, including The Brady Bunch Variety Hour, The Brady Brides and The Bradys. She also put in a cameo as a truck driver in 1995’s The Brady Bunch Movie.

The comedienne’s pre-Brady TV resume includes The Bob Cummings Show (for which she won a pair of Emmys for Supporting Comedy Actress), The John Forsythe Show and Love, American Style. As a member of the USO, she toured Vietnam, Thailand and Korea.

Davis’ most recent TV appearances include a 1997 episode of the Mel Harris/Jere Burns NBC sitcom Something So Right, a series of Swiffer commercials starring famous TV housekeepers and a “visit” this past February to The Talk, for the occasion of Florence “Mrs. Brady” Henderson’s birthday (watch it below).

And here, Davis’ Alice “works her wiles” to secure a petition signature:

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  1. Abby says:

    so sad…

  2. Mookie Glenn says:

    R.I.P. Ann B. Davis

    You will be missed.

  3. Gregory Greene says:

    That’s to bad, followed her for years , when she was on the pld Bob Cummings Show ( that’s showing my age ) may she rest in peace…………………

  4. GuessWhat says:


  5. Mary says:

    RIP Alice. :-(

  6. Sad to hear that, she gave a lot of pleasure to a lot of people.

  7. robinepowell says:

    I remember when I was a kid she did a commercial for rice that was ready “in five minutes”. I don’t remember the brand.

  8. Angela says:

    Just heard this on the news on the way home from work. Very sad :(. Rest in peace, Ann.

  9. I came across this by chance, I am very saddened to learn of Ms. Davis’ passing, I sincerely hope that Ms. Davis went without any suffering. May Ms. Davis rest in peace, I personally will recall her as a great talent.

  10. frustratedwithbadtvshows says:

    I grew up watching the Brady Bunch. . . loved the show and she was so great in it! So sad to hear about her passing! RIP Alice!!

  11. May she RIP! She was a great actress. My prayers for her family!

  12. Cameron says:

    RIP Alice. You will be remembered forever.
    *Also, she fell on Saturday, and then she passed away today

  13. stevenwix says:

    Was she in Denver? I think she had been living in Colorado for many years…

  14. May she rest in peace, Mike DiGiovanni

  15. Beverly High says:

    Ann B. Davis, R.I.P. Always a lady. I met her in the late 80s, a pleasure. She was a talented comedian and actress.

  16. Joey says:

    I don’t remember anytime when I really liked The Brady Bunch, but I do remember on the occasional chance I tuned in, Alice was always my favorite character. Ann, you will be missed dearly.

  17. kmayne says:

    Do not mean to ruffle feathers But must your website be so blunt? I find the headline where you give name dead at said age some what disrespectful to the celebrity

    • tp says:

      For me it’s not disrespectful more like blunt and unfeeling. Idk…seems like there is another way to say it.

    • andy j says:

      How would you propose that this headline should read? That Ann B. Davis has fallen eternally asleep? That the angels have taken her? What exactly is blunt in the headline? Is this the new America where everyone is hypersensitive?

      • tp says:

        Dead at 88 seems so harsh to me but the only other way to say it is how I’ve seen it across the internet. Ann B. Davis dies at 88. I wasn’t being hypersensitive but it sure seems like you took what I said very personally. That is the reason why I started off the comment with “FOR ME” because that is my opinion. Obviously you don’t agree which is fine but there is no need to be snarky.

      • tp says:

        Another way to say it is “passes away at 88”. Sad regardless.

    • Alex says:

      It’s not disrespectful. It’s a fact. When my mother died, I said dead and died instead of using euphemisms. Dead is a perfectly good word and not disrespectful in the least. “Kicked the bucket” would have been rude; dead is fine.

  18. denice mariam says:

    She will be truly missed it saddened me I’ll keep her family and friend’s in my prayers tonight

  19. Jeanie Schroeder says:

    I liked Ann Bee Davis
    She was a great actress.

  20. TV Gord says:

    Fun Fact: the Iron Man character, Pepper Potts (played by Gwyneth Paltrow in the movies), was originally inspired by Ann B. Davis’ character of Schultzy on The Bob Cummings Show.

  21. Kevin H. says:

    I hate this! R.I.P. Ann B. Davis. :(

  22. Marilyn says:

    Before the Brady Bunch, there was Schultzie on Love That Bob………..that;s when TV was REALLY good……………..

  23. Diz says:

    RIP. What a great talent. I loved her in everything I saw her in. She will be missed.

  24. Ann will be missed, but always loved.
    This is a sad day, but somehow, she would want us to laugh.

    George Vreeland Hill

  25. Pat says:

    My thoughts and prayers go out to her family, on the passing of Ann. Her character of Alice will always live on. May She Rest In Peace!

  26. Margo says:

    I remember her as Schultzy on the Bob Cummings Show. She was a great actress.

  27. Ali Sr says:

    Wonderful actress – thinking of her makes us smile – beautiful legacy🙏

  28. suzanna says:

    R.I.P Alice you will always be rema

  29. Alex says:

    I loved her on The Brady Bunch. She was an example of great casting. Had a star on a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame well before The Brady Bunch even came on the air!

  30. janebeddow says:

    she was such a very good actress and made you cry sometime and other time made you laugh. that is what i loved about the show. jane

  31. Connie says:

    I loved the Brady Bunch, so saddened by the news. U are an inspiration and will be missed by all your fans. Rest with the angels!!!! Connie