Barry Williams, who played the eldest son Greg on “The Brady Bunch,” remembers working with actress Ann B. Davis on the popular ABC sitcom.
Davis played Alice the housekeeper on the show. Williams has fond memories of “The Brady Bunch” costar.
“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.”
‘The Brady Bunch’ Star Says Davis Was ‘Great Asset For Us’
Davis appeared on “Love That Bob,” an alternate name for “The Bob Cummings Show,” and won two Emmy Awards for her work as Schultzy. Her character was a love-struck secretary who worked for Cummings’ character on the show.
“I think she was a great asset for us,” Williams said. “She took work very seriously. She didn’t like a lot of fooling around. We kids, you know, trying to break the tension will fall out of place or something, move around, not staying focused. She would be our commandant if necessary. She liked us to stay in line.”
Davis died on June 1, 2014, at 88 years old in San Antonio, Texas. Davis played Alice in all five seasons that “The Brady Bunch” ran on ABC. Obviously, her work has continued to be seen thanks to the wonders of reruns.
Actress Created Role Of Alice Herself On Show, Producer Says
When it came to Alice, there wasn’t much initially around a storyline or background. That all changed when Davis did some work on her own.
“Dad didn’t create Alice,” Lloyd Schwartz, son of Sherwood Schwartz and producer on “The Brady Bunch,” told the San Antonio Express-News in a 2014 interview. “He just wanted a funny housekeeper. But he got a whole lot more. America got a whole lot more. I got a lot more. I got a lifetime friend.”
Davis created a pretty basic story around Alice’s past. She also used a piece of her real life to help give Alice some depth.
“I decided that my twin sister was going to be a doctor who couldn’t afford school, so I started doing maid’s work so she could afford to go to college,” Davis said in a 2014 interview with the Archive of American Television.
Davis and her character both had a deep loyalty to the Bradys and the real-life actors.
“I cared very much about this family,” Davis said. “It was my family … I would’ve died for any single one of them.”