Sad Celeb Shocker: 'Brady Bunch' Star Ann B. Davis Dead At 88

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TV lost a legend today when Ann B. Davis passed away. Get the full story on her death -- and life.

Television legend Ann B. Davis died today at 88 years old.

The actress reportedly fell in her bathroom this morning, hitting her head. The injury led to a subdural hematoma, and Davis never regained consciousness. 

 

Davis, who became famous for her role as Alice, the lovable maid on The Brady Bunch, was said to be incredibly healthy for an 88-year-old, making her death a complete shock despite her advanced age.

Davis had an illustrious and celebrated television career, beginning as a judge on musical competition show Jukebox Jury in 1953. She followed with the role of Charmaine "Schultzy" Schultz on The Bob Cummings show from 1955 to 1959, a part she nabbed in part thanks to connections: Her friend's boyfriend was a casting director and recommended her for the role. She won two Emmys for Oustanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series for her work on the series and was nominated four times.

Davis' next fulltime television work was for one season on The Jon Forsythe Show as a gym teacher in 1966; in the 1960s and '70s, Davis starred in Ford motor commercials, followed by Minute Rice ads in the '80s. Later in life, she acted in ads for Shake n' Bake and Swiffer.

Her next big acting break, and her most famous role, was Alice Nelson in The Brady Bunch, in which she provided witty quips and a cheerful smile in her signature light blue uniform from 1969 to 1974. She reprised the role in several reunions and specials, including The Brady Girls Get Married and A Very Brady Christmas, as well as two short-lived spinoffs, The Brady Brides and The Bradys. She referenced her Emmy-winning role on The Bob Cummings Show in 1995's A Brady Bunch Movie as a truck driver named Schultzy.

Davis' personal life was relatively quiet. The star never married and though not cloistered, was very active in her Episcopal Church. She'll be missed by not just her own family, but her television family -- and every other family who watched her on television.

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