Ann B. Davis, who played Alice the housekeeper on the "Brady Bunch," has died. She was 88.
William Frey, a close friend of the actress, said Davis fell in the bathroom and hit her head Saturday, suffering a subdural hematoma, CNN reported. Frey said she never regained consciousness.
Davis created the role of Alice by making up a story about the character.
"I did have a twin sister, so I used that as a basis. ... I cared very much about this family. It was my family. It was close to my family as Alice would ever get. I would have died for any single one of them at any point," she said in a 2004 interview with the Archive of American Television. "You know, they wrote me such gorgeous things to do, as the intermediary between the kids and the adults, and between the boys and the girls. And they gave me funny things to do."
She confessed, however, she wasn't nearly as handy around the house as her alter ego.
Davis initially wanted to study medicine at the University of Michigan but decided on acting after her brother appeared in "Oklahoma," a biography on IMBd.com says. Her big break came just six years into her career when she landed the role of Schultzie the secretary on on the "Bob Cummings Show."
Davis virtually retired in the late 1970s to turn her focus to religion although she still appeared in commercials and participated in several stage productions.