Tributes, flowers for `Brady Bunch` star Davis
Texas: Flowers were placed on Monday on the Hollywood Walk of Fame star of Ann B Davis, who played the family maid in the iconic US TV series "The Brady Bunch”, after she died aged 88.
Tributes have also poured in from former cast mates of the actress, who played housekeeper Alice Nelson for the famously wholesome Brady family kids, and who died on Sunday in San Antonio, Texas.
Davis died after falling in a bathtub at her Texas home, reports said.
"As with perhaps all of America, I smile when I think of Alice," said actor Christopher Knight, who played Peter Brady, one of the young boys, adding: "It is with fondness that she will be remembered."
Davis "was used by all of us Bradys (adults and kids) as the benchmark of professionalism and we are all better for having shared time working together," he said in a statement cited by industry journal Variety.
Born in Schenectady, New York in 1926, Davis began acting at the age of six, and after college in Michigan spent six years in small productions before her first break as Schultzie on the "Bob Cummings Show."
She moved to the West Coast in 1949 and began to make it in Hollywood, although her break into "The Brady Bunch," for which she is most remembered, came in 1969.
She also appeared in a couple of followup shows, "The Brady Brides" in 1981 and "The Bradys" in 1990, as well as a "Brady Bunch" movie in 1995. Her last acting credit was on the TV series "Something So Right" from 1997 when she was 75.
"Ann was a comic wonder, and her iconic character on `The Brady Bunch` continues to live on for generations to enjoy," said Ken Howard, president of the SAG-AFTRA actors` union, of which she was a board member.