TRIVIA NOTE: "The Alice's Brady Bunch Cookbook"
(Rutledge Press, 1994) inspired by the Brady
family housekeeper Alice Nelson features a
variety of recipes relating to characters and
instances drawn from the original series. Some
- Marcia, Marcia, Marcia Muffins
Jones' Fan Club Sandwich
- Kitty Karryall Cocoa
(named after Cindy's beloved but ugly doll)
- Alice's Famous Whole Wheat Buttermilk Waffles
- Sam the Butcher's Favorite Sandwich
(liverwurst, red onion cheese, mustard, and
butter on rye).
In the book's acknowledgment
section Ann B. Davis confesses "Personally, I
can't cook...Ron and his wife Diane Smolen did
all the gathering choosing, checking, testing"
to create the recipes in the cookbook. Ms. Davis
did, however, contribute her secret ingredients
for the "Ann Bs One and Only Beef Jerky" recipe
(on page 218).
The Alice Nelson character reprised her role as
the Brady's housekeeper as the Brady franchise
continued through the millennium. The spin-off
series included THE BRADY KIDS cartoon, THE
BRADY BUNCH HOUR, THE BRADY GIRLS GET MARRIED
(When Alice married Sam); THE BRADY BRIDES, A
VERY BRADY CHRISTMAS, THE BRADYS, BRADYMANIA,
and BRADY BUNCH HOME MOVIES.
The TV series even
made it to the stage in the form of a spoof
production entitled "Real Live Brady Bunch."
starring Conan O'Brien's longtime sidekick Andy
Richter and former "SNL" regulars Melanie
Hutsell and Beth Cahill.
Later, in the film
spoofs The Brady Bunch Movie (1995) and
Brady Sequel (1996) Alice Nelson was played by
look-alike actress Henriette Mantel and then by
Tannis Burnett in the 2002 FOX TV movie The
Brady Bunch in the White House (where Mike
becomes president of the United States).
Ann B. Davis made a cameo in the first Brady
film as a truck driver named Schultzy who
counseled would-be-runaway Jan Brady. The
Schultzy character was an homage to an earlier
character that Ann B. Davis portrayed on the TV
sitcom THE BOB CUMMINGS SHOW (a.k.a. LOVE THAT
BOB) from 1955-59 on the CBS network.
show, Davis played Charmaine "Schultzy" Schultz,
the loyal, love-struck assistant to playboy
photographer Bob Collins who was constantly
surrounded by beautiful women. Schultzy, though
not as attractive as the models that flooded
through the studio, still had a crush on her
boss and yearned for some of same affection that
he so lavishly showered on such resident models
as Collette, Mary Beth, Shirley and Ingrid.
B. Davis won two Emmys - and four nominations -
for her role as Schultzy. In between the THE BOB
CUMMINGS SHOW and THE BRADY BUNCH Ann appeared
as Miss Wilson, a teacher at a San Francisco
School for girls on the situation comedy THE JOHN FORSYTHE
Davis also appeared as herself
in the film Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult
(1994) and endorsed "Miracle White" laundry
spray in TV commercials. Click Here for an Ann
B. Davis picture archive.
Born Ann Bradford Davis on May 5, 1926 in
Schenectady, New York,
Ann B. Davis (who has a
twin sister named Harriet) studied at the
University of Michigan in the late 1940s until
the acting bug lead her to Los Angeles in 1954
where she got her big start in the role of Schultzy on THE BOB CUMMINGS SHOW.
in a number of "Brady Bunch" vehicles, Ms.
Davis, a born-again Christian, has devoted her
life to doing charitable works and helping the
According to TV LAND's Brady Bunch
website, Ann presently lives in semi-retirement
in Pennsylvania. Other sites say she lives in
San Antonio, Texas.
Ms. Davis' notoriety has
also inspired an academic popular culture/sports
quiz bowl known as the Ann B. Davis (Trash)
Tournament held annually at the University of
On March 3, 2003, Ms Davis attended
the ABC 50th Anniversary Celebration - After
Party held at the Pantages Theater in Hollywood,
California. God bless you, Ann and long may you
Here's a weird name observation: Ann B. Davis'
first name is Ann and she played Alice. Ann's
middle name is Bradford and she worked for the
B-R-A-Dys and DUH! Davis is her last name. Well,
I told you it was weird!
Allan Melvin, who played Sam Franklin on “The
Brady Bunch,” died of cancer on Thursday January
17, 2008 at his home in Brentwood, Calif. He was
Ann B. Davis
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