‘The Brady Bunch’ Star Ann B. Davis Once Shared Her Thoughts on Barry Williams’ Book

by Joe Rutland

Leave it to Ann B. Davis of “The Brady Bunch” to have a couple of words about co-star Barry Williams’ book about the TV show.

Davis, who played Alice the housekeeper on the ABC sitcom, made an appearance in 1994 on “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” to talk about her book, “Alice’s Brady Bunch Cookbook.”

The actress and O’Brien talk some about her career and time on the popular show. Then O’Brien asks Davis if she’s ever read anything from Williams’ book, “Growing Up Brady: I Was A Teenage Greg.” The talk-show host wants to read a portion of the book to her and asks if she’s read it and knows of its scandalous nature.

“Well, I think he set out to write a PG-13 fan magazine,” Davis, a two-time Emmy Award winner for her role on “The Bob Cummings Show,” said to O’Brien.

‘The Brady Bunch’ Star Listens To Conan O’Brien Read From Williams’ Book

“This sounds more than PG-13,” O’Brien said. “Listen to this.”

“Do you believe everything you read?” Davis, who played Alice for all five seasons “The Brady Bunch” was on ABC, asks him. “Yeah, this is what Greg [Barry Williams’ character] wrote. He had this fixation on Maureen McCormick, a.k.a. Marcia.”

“Every man under the age of 20 at that time had a fixation on Maureen McCormick,” Davis replies.

O’Brien then reads what Williams wrote about an encounter he had with McCormick. While not vulgar, Williams’ words left little to the imagination.

“Boy he writes racy stuff,” Davis said.

Much to her credit, Davis plays along with O’Brien and keeps her comments on the up-and-up. That’s not surprising if one remembers that Davis, who died on June 1, 2014, at 88 years old, was a devout Christian. Davis lived a lot of the rest of her years in an Episcopal Church-based community that moved from Denver, Colo., to Pennsylvania, then finally to San Antonio, Texas.

Classic TV Show’s Creator Actually Cast Davis Early On For Her Role

Williams thought highly of Davis. He shares his memories of working with his “The Brady Bunch” co-star.

“She was one of the first to be cast,” Williams said during an interview for MeTV Tampa Bay with host Mike Deeson. “Sherwood Schwartz, who created our show, knew that he wanted someone that had a proven name and some success on sitcoms. I think she was a great asset for us.”

As we mentioned earlier, Davis picked up two Emmys for playing lovesick secretary Schultzy opposite Cummings. “The Bob Cummings Show,” which also is known as “Love That Bob,” ran between 1955-59.

Now Schwartz originally just planned to have someone be in the housekeeper role on “The Brady Bunch.” There wasn’t much else to Alice Nelson. Davis, though, added some elements from her personal life to give Alice a little depth. She is credited with giving Alice some type of backstory for the show.