Ann B. Davis as Alice on The Brady Bunch Through Four Decades

The beloved sitcom star passed away at the age of 88, but left a TV legacy for the history books

By Chris Harnick Jun 02, 2014 3:10 PMTags
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Here's to you, Alice. Ann B. Davis, who will always be known as The Brady Bunch housekeeper Alice Nelson, passed away at the age of 88. Davis was already a TV star and Emmy winner before joining the beloved sitcom, and as Alice she became as much America's mother as Carol Brady (Florence Henderson).

Davis got her start in the 1950s on The Bob Cummings Show—she won two Emmys for playing Charmine Schultz on the series—before hitting the big screen and doing several guest star parts. In 1969 The Brady Bunch debuted and the rest, well, it's TV history. Davis went on to play Alice Nelson in four different decades, reprising the role for projects such as The Brady Bunch Variety Hour, The Brady Brides, The Bradys and even in other sitcoms such as Day by Day and Hi Honey, I'm Home.

Davis appeared in The Brady Bunch Movie in 1995 as a trucker who picks up the movie version of Jan Brady.

Davis' contribution to pop culture will never be forgotten, even if she didn't know how to really make a meatloaf as Barry Williams recently revealed on Today. Davis and Alice Nelson are American icons.

Take a look back at Davis as Alice through the years.

The Brady Bunch (1969)
Davis in her debut as Alice Nelson in the first episode of The Brady Bunch.

The Brady Bunch Variety Hour (1976)
After The Brady Bunch ended in 1974, the cast, save for Eve Plumb, reunited for a short-lived variety show as the Brady family. Here she is as the Wicked Witch of the West in a Wizard of Oz performance.

A Very Brady Christmas (1988)
You couldn't keep the Brady family off TV for too long. Following The Brady Brides in the early 1980s, the cast united for A Very Brady Christmas, which would late give way to the short-lived 1990s TV drama The Bradys.

The Bradys (1990)
Following the success of A Very Brady Christmas, the cast (save for Maureen McCormick) reunited for The Bradys, a nighttime soap of sorts following the beloved family. Davis again returned as Alice Nelson.