‘The Brady Bunch’: How Did Alice Actor Ann B. Davis Die?

by Taylor Cunningham
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On June 1st, 2014, Ann B. Davis, who is most known for her role on The Brady Bunch, died at a San Antonio hospital. The actress suffered a subdural hematoma. She was 88 years old.

According to Variety, Davis slipped and hit her head in her bathtub. The fall caused a subdural hematoma—or brain bleed—which resulted in a coma. And the actress never regained consciousness.

“It is with sadness that I hear of the passing of Ann B. Davis. At the same time, it is with fondness that she will be remembered, “co-star Christopher Knight said in a statement. “As with perhaps all of America, I smile when I think of Alice. Ann B. Davis was used by all of us Bradys (adults and kids) as the benchmark of professionalism and we are all better for having shared time working together.”

Ann B. Davis played the ever-cheerful and somewhat goofy maid, Alice Nelson, on the 1970’s sitcom The Brady Brunch. She appeared in all 117 episodes of the series. And she had roles in each of the Brady spinoffs and movies. Davis even had a cameo in the 1995 spoof The Brady Bunch Movie where she played a rugged trucker.

In 1994, Davis also released a book of recipes, titled Alice’s Brady Bunch Cookbook, that was inspired by her on-screen persona, despite the fact that she hated to cook.

“I will always remember Ann B as a much more complex and serious person than what her comedic roles would project,” Knight continued. “She was kind and caring but above all, she was an intensely private and contemplative person who balanced her self-respect with the respect she showed all those whom she came in contact with. She will both be missed and loved forever.”

‘The Brady Bunch’: Florence Henderson Was ‘Heartbroken’ Over Ann B. Davis’ Death

Each of Ann B. Davis’s Brady Bunch co-stars remembered her with fondness.

In 2016, Carol Brady actress Florence Henderson spoke with Fox News about her dear friend’s passing. And the interview was only a few nine months before her own passing.

While talking to the publication, Henderson shared that the cast members were like a true family on The Brady Bunch. And all the love that audiences saw on-screen “was genuine.

Florence Henderson made it a point to keep “in touch” with her “Brady Family.” And when Henderson learned that Ann B. Davis had died, she was devastated.

According to an article by CNN, Henderson had spoken to Davis “a couple of months” before she passed. And at the time, the actress was doing well. So the news came as a complete “shock.”

“I was heartbroken over the loss of Ann B. Davis — Alice,” she told Fox. “She was such a great friend and a great talent. ”

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