Thanks to her role on “The Brady Bunch,” actress Ann B. Davis feels like someone very familiar to the show’s fans. As housekeeper Alice Nelson, she was a warm and comforting presence in the Brady household and that endeared her to viewers of the show.
Here’s something you might not know about Davis – she had an identical twin sister. According to HouseBeautiful.com, her twin sister was named Harriet. Davis was born on May 3, 1926. When Ann and Harriet were 3 years old, their family moved from their hometown of Schenectady, New York, to Erie, Pennsylvania.
It was age the age of 6 that the future star of “The Brady Bunch” got paid to entertain a crowd for the first time, according to IMDb. She earned $2 for performing in a puppet show.
It was another sibling that influenced Davis to focus on actor. That sibling was her older brother, Evans. She reportedly saw him perform in the national company of “Oklahoma.” He was the lead dancer in the national company.
It was then that Davis fell in love with acting. So, she decided to change her major. “The Brady Bunch” actress was a student at the University of Michigan at the time. When she started school there, she planned to become a doctor. However, she changed her mind and focused on acting.
She graduated from the University of Michigan in 1948. Her bachelor’s degree was in theater.
Before She Appeared on ‘The Brady Bunch’ Ann B. Davis Had a Successful Career, Including Two Emmy Awards
Before she was the housekeeper Alice Nelson on “The Brady Bunch,” Ann B. Davis had a successful acting career in Hollywood.
Her big break came in the 1950s when she was discovered while she was working for free. She was 28 years old and an agent told her she should go in for an audition for a new comedy. This turned out to be “The Bob Cummings Show.”
She got the job and played Charmaine Schultz from 1955 until 1959. The character was referred to as Schultzy.
Ann B. Davis won Emmys for her work on “The Bob Cummings Show” during the 1950s. She won the award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series in back-to-back years – 1958 and 1959. After her win in 1959, she received a very clever message from her twin sister, Harriet. According to Variety, that message referred to the fact that Ann had two identical award statues. “One of us was bound to have twins,” Harriet shared with Ann.
It looks like Ann B. Davis wasn’t the only sister with a sense of humor.
In a way, her twin sister also influenced the character Davis played on “The Brady Bunch.” In order to have a history for Alice, Davis made one up. She decided that the story would explain why she became a maid. According to this background, Alice’s twin sister wanted to be a doctor. However, the twin couldn’t pay for her education. In order to help her fulfill her dreams, Alice decided to work as a maid to help her.