"I remember my first 'demographic report' on the 'Brady Bunch.' I was with a friend, who told her little girl, 'honey, you remember Shultzy?' The girl said, 'that's not Schultzy, that's Alice!' I knew that we were coming along.... Today, people with three-piece suits and briefcases suddenly become twelve when they're walking by me. That just breaks me up and I love it!"
About This Interview
Ann B. Davis was interviewed for one-and-a-half hours in Studio City, CA. Davis talked about her early years working in theater and her first big break in television, playing the role of "Schultzy" in the 1950s sitcom The Bob Cummings Show , the role for which she was most identified in her early career. She described her work on that series in great detail as well as describing her appearances on such series as The Perry Como Show and Arthur Murray's Dance Party , and two '60s series on which she was a regular: the musical-variety series The Keefe Brasselle Show and the sitcom The John Forsythe Show. Lastly, Davis spoke about the series for which she is most remembered, The Brady Bunch. She talked about playing the role of housekeeper "Alice" and her memories of shooting the series including descriptions of each of the cast members and anecdotes about the series' production. Davis also talked about the Brady phenomenon and the reception she has received from fans of the show. The interview was conducted by Karen Herman on March 13, 2004.