Actress and Activist Ann Davis Dead at Age 88

Published 06/03 2014 02:53PM

Updated 06/03 2014 03:04PM

The Brady's lost a maid but decades of TV viewers lost a fan favorite as actress and activist Ann Davis, better known as the Brady Bunch's Alice died at the age of 88.

Millions of Americans welcomes her into their homes for years and she stole our heart with her witty one-liners.

"Will you do me a favor the next time you ask me to volunteer for something?  Immobilize my big mouth before I can answer."

Ann B. Davis, best remembered as "Alice" from the hit 70's sitcom "The Brady Bunch" became America's most famous and wise-cracking housekeeper.

"I appreciate the invitation but I'm afraid rotten and dirty are going to have to do without me tonight."

She helped keep this iconic TV family functioning and her advice always spot on.

"Mr Brady, when a miracle happens don't question it, just lean back and accept it."

Davis' first big break was on a 1950's sitcom, "The Bob Cummings Show" where she won 2 Emmy Awards for her portrayal of the hilarious forever single secretary "Shultzy".

"It's income tax time.  This time he gave his money to the Government in one lump.  The trouble is the Government gave him a lump right back."

In the late 70's Davis mostly retired from show business, focusing on her faith and volunteering at a Denver homeless shelter.

"I have a place in my heart for places like this.  It's very, very important."

She wasn't completely out of the spotlight, making a cameo appearance as a truck driver in the 1995 "Brady Bunch" movie.

"I can't help thinking what might have been if I married young had a family, three boys, three girls then a little voice says 'Are you kidding? They'd probably just treat you like a maid'!"

Davis will be remembered for helping two widowers raise their 6 children and for being a mainstay of this non-traditional family.

"As America tuned in, some of the happiest moments of my life have been spent right here in this house."

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