Florence Henderson, Marie Osmond & More React to News of Ann B. Davis Passing
USA Today reported today that Ann B. Davis, best known for her portrayal of Alice Nelson in The Brady Bunch, passed away after a fall at the age of 88. A close friend of Davis confirmed the news. The actress had slipped and hit her head, which caused severe trauma. She passed away in a San Antonio hospital.
Today co-stars and celebrities took to Twitter to share their reactions over the sad news:
Florence Henderson: I'm so shocked & saddened to learn my dear friend & colleague Ann B Davis died today.I spoke with her a few months ago & she was doing great
Christina Applegate: Ann B Davis. How many mornings I have spent with you. " oh Alice". RIP
Marlee Matlin: I grew up wanting to be Marcia Brady but with 4 kids, I turned into Alice the Maid. RIP Ann B. Davis.
Maureen McCormick, who played Marcia Brady, gave a statement to The Hollywood Reporter.
"She was a dear friend ... deep, honest and true. She was one of my earliest role models, and that continues to this day. She made me a better person. How blessed I am to have had her in my life. She will be forever missed."
Actress Eve Plumb, who starred as Jan on The Brady Bunch, released a statement earlier today, commenting: "Ann was an amazing lady. She was great to work with, and I have wonderful memories of our scenes together on The Brady Bunch. She was kind and generous to all of us on set. Although we hadn't seen each other as often as we may have wanted to in the last few years, I am sure she knew she held a very important place in my heart. My thoughts are with her family and friends."
Actor Barry Williams, who starred as Greg Brady on the show, appeared on NBC's Today this morning to talk about the loss of his co-star. Click here to watch the appearance.
Davis achieved prominence for her role in The Bob Cummings Show (1955-59) for which she twice won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series.
For 5 seasons, Davis played Alice Nelson on ABC's THE BRADY BUNCH, and became one of the most iconic TV characters. After the series ended in 1974, she continued to appear in specials, made-for-TV movies, and make cameos.
In 1960 she made her Broadway debut replacing Carol Burnett as the star of "Once Upon a Mattress." She took over the role of 'The Mother' in Broadway's 1992 production of Crazy for You.
in her later years she was the celebrity spokeswoman in several Shake 'n Bake commercials, and later appeared in several disposable mop commercials for Swiffer. She also appeared in a number of Brady Bunch reunion projects, most recently TV Land's The Brady Bunch 35th Anniversary Reunion Special: Still Brady After All These Years. In 2007, The Brady Bunch was awarded the TV Land Pop Culture Award on the 5th annual TV Land Awards. Davis and other cast members accepted the award, with Davis receiving a standing ovation.