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Ann B. Davis who played Alice on 'The Brady Bunch' dies at 88

According to CNN, actress Ann B. Davis who played Alice Nelson the housekeeper on "The Brady Bunch" died Sunday at the age of 88. Her death came as a shock to those close to her because she was reportedly in excellent health for her age. The legendary actress died at a hospital in San Antonio, Texas after sustaining a subdural hematoma from a fall in her bathroom. She never regained consciousness.

Ann B. Davis dies at 88
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Actress Florence Henderson, who played the mother Carol Brady on the sitcom, said she was devastated to learn of Davis' death Sunday. She stated in a Facebook post, "I am so shocked and sad to learn that my dear friend and colleague, Ann B Davis, died today. I spoke with her a couple of months ago and she was doing great!"

Alice was known for cooking, cleaning and keeping the Brady clan together with her wit and demeanor. She always appeared in her trademark light blue maid's uniform with a white apron. Davis appeared on every episode of "The Brady Brunch" for all five seasons.

Even those Alice was the hired help, she was part of the family. As the sitcom's famous theme song played, showing each member of the Brady family's face in a grid, the devoted housekeeper was always smiling in the center. She was quite the housekeeper and fixer around the house. However, in real life, Davis wasn't quite as handy. In fact, when people said they would like to have an Alice around their house, Davis is known to have said, "I wish I had an Alice around the house."

Even though Davis is best known for her role as Alice on "The Brady Bunch," she achieved prominence for her role in the NBC situation comedy, "The Bob Cummings Show" that aired from 1955 to 1959 for which she twice won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. For her role in that show, she also won two additional nominations for best supporting actress and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1960.

Davis retired from show business in the late 1970s to settle down in an Episcopal community. She told People magazine, "I'm convinced we all have a God-shaped space in us, and until we fill that space with God, we'll never know what it is to be whole.".

Davis never married nor was she publicly known to have been romantically linked to anyone. Even though she got along with all the children on "The Brady Bunch," Davis had no children of her own. Most people don't know this, but she was an identical twin.

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