Fans of The Brady Bunch know how much Ann B. Davis’ portrayal of Alice meant to the show. Its creator’s daughter was impressed, too.
So says Hope Juber, whose father was Sherwood Schwartz, the creator of The Brady Bunch and Gilligan’s Island, too. Juber offers her thoughts about Davis in an article from MeTV.
Juber says, “I once drew a design for Ann B. for the back of her director’s chair and she needlepointed it and proudly displayed it.
“She was always so supportive and warm, even after the show she kept in touch with our family right up until she passed.”
The Brady Bunch ran for five seasons on ABC between 1969-74. Besides Davis, Robert Reed and Florence Henderson played Mike and Carol Brady, respectively.
‘The Brady Bunch’ Star Never Had Children or Was Married in Her Life
Did you know that Ann B. Davis never had any children? Well, she didn’t and we get an answer as to why.
Producer Lloyd J. Schwartz, son of Brady Bunch creator Sherwood Schwartz, told Closer Weekly, “She was a very nice woman, but had nothing to do with children, so the idea of Alice being so beloved by the characters of the Brady Bunch was not reflective of her as a person.”
He also said Davis never married. Schwartz said that she never was in a relationship. Her choice to stay single stirred up gossip and rumors.
Schwartz says that he did speak with her about her personal life on one occasion. Davis alluded to having had a bad relationship, swearing off men for good. She never got a chance to start a family of her own.
“She was never married and everybody suspected that she was gay,” Schwartz said. “[Ann] and I actually talked about it and she said, ‘No, I have lots of issues, but that’s not one of them.'”
Davis died on June 1, 2014, at 88 years old in San Antonio, Texas.
Florence Henderson’s Daughter Also Becomes Actress, Follows Mom’s Footsteps
Spend any time looking up Florence Henderson’s career achievements and you will find plenty of them.
But one she was probably proudest of was that her daughter, Barbara, also became an actress.
In fact, she made three different guest-starring appearances on The Brady Bunch.
Also, Barbara played Buffy in the film 9 to 5, which starred Dolly Parton. There have been other roles, too, in her career.
But being Florence’s daughter is pretty rad.
Henderson chatted with the Television Academy Foundation in 1999 and was asked how she would like to be remembered.
“Probably as someone who survived for a long time in a very tough business and hopefully, managed to retain a sense of humanity,” Henderson told them.