A sad way to start the week, but we learned last night that Ann B. Davis, who of course played the world’s most famous housekeeper, Alice, on “The Brady Bunch,” died after a fall that resulted in a subdural hematoma, from which she never regained consciousness. She was 88.
I have to think that Sam the Butcher was waiting at the gates of Heaven for her with a nice rump roast.
In a 2004 interview with the Archive of American Television, Davis described how she created the iconic character. “I made up a background story. I did have a twin sister, so I used that as a basis. I cared very much about this family. It was my family. It was as close to my family as Alice would ever get. I would have died for any single one of them at any point.”
She added, “You know, they wrote me such gorgeous things to do, as the intermediary between the kids and the adults, and between the boys and the girls. And they gave me funny things to do.”
I just love those old classic family shows like “The Brady Bunch,” “Happy Days,” “The Andy Griffith Show,” and “My Three Sons.” Even though they had their problems, things were always wrapped up neatly in 30 minutes, and life went merrily on. We know things aren’t like that in real life, which made those shows all the more appealing.
Here’s a look at five “classic Alice” moments from “The Brady Bunch,” filled with her cheerful attitude and classic one-liners.