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Ann B. Davis touted Ford Fairlane on TV long before starring in the Brady Bunch

Davis once served as a wisecracking spokesperson for Ford.
1973 publicity still/Public Domain

Long before she gained fame as the driving force of the “Brady Bunch” (tho after gaining fame as Charmaine “Schultzy Schultz on the Bob Cummings Show) beloved actress Ann B. Davis had “that Ford Feeling,” touting the automaker’s Fairlane in a commercial that aired in the 1960’s.

“It’s a force that says, ‘Ride, my love, come away with me. Maybe for a pizza!’” Davis said in describing the feeling of driving the 2-shift, before the camera panned out showing Davis cradling a salesman in her arms and closing with the tagline, “You’re ahead in a Ford.”

Ford produced the Fairlane (named for Henry Ford’s estate Fair Lane near Dearborn, MI) beginning in 1955, eventually, transitioning the trim to the Torino nameplate in 1970. A Fairlane is featured in the 1965 James Bond film "Thunderball," and also (briefly) in the 2002 Bond film "Die Another Day.”

Davis, who was born in Schenectady NY on May 5, 1926, died unexpectedly yesterday (June 1, 2014) at a hospital in San Antonio, TX after sustaining a subdural hematoma from a fall in her bathroom earlier in the day.