Though Ann B. Davis loved spending time with the six child stars on The Brady Bunch, she never started a family of her own.
Ann B. Davis was a beloved cast member and friend on the set of The Brady Bunch. And her love for the Brady family was true for the actors who played the parts. But for personal reasons, Davis never had her own children.
“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,” producer Lloyd J. Schwartz, son of Brady Bunch creator Sherwood Schwartz, told Closer Weekly.
Schwartz said that Davis never married. And while he knew her, she never had a relationship either, which, for the decade, was odd. So her choice to remain single caused rumors to spread.
The producer revealed that he spoke with Davis about her personal life on one occasion, and the actress illuded that a bad relationship made her swear off men for good. And in turn, she never had the chance to start a family of her own.
“She was never married and everybody suspected that she was gay. [Ann] and I actually talked about it and she said, ‘No, I have lots of issues, but that’s not one of them,’” Lloyd continued. “She told me she once had a relationship, I think with a married guy or something, and it ended badly. I don’t know that she ever had anything else after that. But that’s almost apocryphal.”
The Cast of ‘The Brady Bunch’ Became Ann B. Davis’s Family
Though Ann B. Davis didn’t have children of her own, she still loved the kids on the set of The Brady Bunch.
“She conveyed that she really cares for them because Ann really cared for the kids,” culture historian Geoffrey Mark said. “That’s the kind of person she was that comes across and it informs the character. It makes her be loved.”
During The Brady Bunch’s five-year run on the small screen, Davis went out of her way to bond with the children. According to Kimberly Potts, author of The Way We All Became The Brady Bunch: How the Canceled Sitcom Became the Beloved Pop Culture Icon We Are Still Talking About Today, Davis wanted “everyone to get along and have as much fun as possible” on set.
So, Davis would get everyone together for craft nights. Ann B. Davis was into knitting and embroidering. And she got all of her co-workers into the hobbies as well. In fact, the actors got so into craft nights that a magazine visited the set and wrote a whole feature “on how the Bradys loved to do craftwork together.”
“I do think she saw the Brady kids as sort of her family, which is part of the reason she never turned down any of the reunions,” Kimberly added. “Even the variety show, which she didn’t have any special interest in doing. But, like Robert Reed, she wanted to be a part of it every time they all got back together. It had been a happy experience for her.”