The Bob Cummings Show (1955–1959)
Davis gained acclaim for her performance as secretary Charmaine "Schultzy" Schultz on "The Bob Cummings Show," earning four Emmy nominations -- and nabbing two statuettes -- for Best Supporting Actress from 1955 to 1959. The character was universally popular, and even helped Davis get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, well before she joined the Bradys.
Davis and Schultzy were so revered that the character even made her way into Marvel comics, in the form of Pepper Potts, the love interest
Davis’ costar Barry Williams told “Good Morning America,” "I was reflecting throughout the day yesterday about one of the first times I met her. She was already a big star when she joined 'The Brady Bunch,' won a couple of Emmys with 'The Bob Cummings Show,' and I knew that this was someone I wanted to pay attention to but she had a wicked sense of humor."
He continued, "I remember watching from behind the camera when she was rehearsing one of the scenes for 'The Brady Bunch' and I was laughing along with her timing and stuff. Well, apparently, I was messing up her timing so she turned around and said, ‘Barry, comedy is not funny.
“When she came on our set she was already a big star, having won a couple of Emmys,” Williams explained. (Davis won a pair of Supporting Actress in a Comedy statuettes for her work on NBC’s sitcom The Bob Cummings Show.)”So I knew even as a young teenager she was someone I wanted to pay attention to.”
Williams also remembered one time where paying
Close to her church community, Davis had been living with a couple in Texas and fell in her bathroom this morning, sustaining a blow to her head. She never regained conciousness and passed later today.
Born in New York, Davis began her television career in the 1950s and became known to many for her portrayal of lovesick secretary Charmaine "Schultzy" Schultz in the NBC sitcom The Bob Cummings Show. She ended up winning two Emmys for the role.
She appeared in many commericals and some guest star roles after that but became best known for playing housekeeper Alice Nelson on The Brady Bunch. She played the role for all five seasons and
Ann B. Davis Dies
Davis’ death was a result of complications stemming from a fall. The actress hit her head, suffered a subdural hematoma and never regained consciousness, Bishop William Frey told CNN. She died at a San Antonio, Tex., hospital.
Davis had her breakout role in 1950s sitcom The Bob Cummings Show in which she played the secretary Charmaine "Schultzy" Schultz. Her work in the role earned her a pair of Emmy awards and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She subsequently appeared on The John Forsythe Show and feature films All Hands on Deck and Lover Come Back.
In 1969, Davis landed the role of Alice on The Brady Bunch. Throughout the family series' run that went until 1974, Davis’ character was a large part of the show. Even in the opening credits,
Comic actor Ann B Davis, who played the devoted housekeeper Alice on the television sitcom The Brady Bunch and won two Emmy awards as the forever-single secretary Schultzy on The Bob Cummings Show, died on Sunday, aged 88.
Her agent Robert Malcolm told NBC that she fell in the bathroom and hit her head, and died around 8.30 on Sunday morning at a hospital in San Antonio, Texas.
CNN is reporting that Davis fell in her home this weekend and never regained consciousness.
Davis, who used to joke in interviews that she wasn’t nearly as handy around the house as she was in that Brady two-story, didn’t start her life out dreaming of a career in Hollywood. But her brother’s work as a dancer in a touring production of Oklahoma! made her rethink her original plan — to study medicine.
She broke into Hollywood
Emmy-winning actress Ann B. Davis, who became the country's favorite and most famous housekeeper as the devoted Alice Nelson of "The Brady Bunch," died Sunday at a San Antonio hospital. She was 88.
Bexar County, Texas, medical examiner's investigator Sara Horne said Davis died Sunday morning at University Hospital. Horne said no cause of death was available and that an autopsy was planned Monday.
Bill Frey, a retired bishop and a longtime friend of Davis, said she suffered a fall Saturday at her San Antonio home and never recovered. Frey said Davis had lived with him and his wife, Barbara, since 1976.
More than a decade before scoring as the Bradys' loyal Alice, Davis was the razor-tongued secretary on another stalwart TV sitcom, "The Bob Cummings Show," which brought her two Emmys. Over the years, she also appeared on Broadway and in occasional movies.
Davis considered her ordinary look an asset.
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