Brady Bunch's Alice Dies Afer Fall

Ann B. Davis was 88

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Jun 2, 2014 12:28 AM CDT

(Newser) – The woman who played one of the best-known housekeepers in TV history has died after a fall in her bathroom over the weekend. Ann B. Davis, whose most famous role was witty and wise housekeeper Alice on the Brady Bunch, was discovered unconscious and died in the hospital the same day. She was 88 years old. "She was very sweet," her agent tells the Hollywood Reporter. "I represent a lot of well-known people, and few have been so content with their lot. She enjoyed what she did in life. She just had a birthday and was in fine health. It's sad she had to die this way."

Davis, who won two Emmys for her role in the Bob Cummings Show in the '50s, also appeared on shows including Wagon Train and the John Forsyth Show. After the Brady Bunch ended, she had the occasional acting role, including appearances in Brady Bunch reunions, but devoted most of her time to prayer, Bible study, and volunteer work, the Los Angeles Times reports. "I never heard a large voice from above saying, 'Get out of show business, Ann,'" she said in 1995. "I just found that my priorities had changed and I knew that I needed some space."

Ann B. Davis, left, John Forsythe and Elsa Lanchester are shown in "The John Forsythe Show" in 1965.   (AP Photo/File)
Ann B. Davis arrives at the 5th Annual TV Land Awards in Santa Monica, Calif. in 2007.   (AP Photo/Gus Ruelas, File)
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