Ann B. Davis
1926 - 2014
Actress Ann B. Davis, known by millions 1970's children as Alice Nelson, died today at the age of 88. The "B" stood for Bradford. I never knew that.
Nelson suffered a fall in her bathroom yesterday and whacked the shit out of her head. The whack resulted in a subdural hematoma, and sadly she never regained consciousness.
Originally from Schenectady NY, Nelson planned on a career in medicine but somehow or other went the acting route, her "big break in Hollywood came when she won the role of Charmaine "Schultzy" Schultz, the secretary on the 1950s sitcom 'The Bob Cummings Show,'" according to Imdb.
But it was her role as housekeeper Alice Nelson on The Brady Bunch (1969-1974) that catapulted her to stardom, and likely would have killed her acting career had she not chosen to devote the remainder of her life to the Episcopal Church. Though she did find time between tent revivals or snake kissing or whatever the Episcopalians are into, to appear in several Brady Bunch reunion shows and some commercials for Shake n Bake and Swiffer
Nelson is the second "main" Brady character to pass, the first being Robert Reed in 1992. Allan "Sam the Butcher" Melvin died in 2008, but can we really refer to him as a "main" character? I don't think so, no offence, Sam.
Sadly, because this show was such a huge part of my life, I've often wondered who will be the first Brady kid to pass away. I do not look forward to the day I must write of that celebrity death.