Ann Bradford Davis Net Worth, Early Life, Education, Career, Awards, Personal Life and Death

Published Date   06th Sep. 2017, 22:01 pm
Ann Bradford Davis Net Worth, Early Life, Education, Career, Awards, Personal Life and Death
Quick Info
Birth Name: Ann Bradford Davis
Nationality: American

American actress, Ann Bradford Davis net worth escalated as she gained prominence through her role in NBC comedy The Bob Cummings Show during 1955-1959, which also earned her multiple awards.


Ann Bradford Davis (1926-2014) earned wide recognition through her role in NBC situation comedy The Bob Cummings Show. The show aired from 1955 to 1959. Ann Bradford Davis net worth increased as she won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Actress in a comedy series after it. However, her best known role was Alice Nelson in The Brady Bunch (1969-1974).

Early Life and Background

Ann Bradford Davis was born on May 3, 1926 in Schenectady, New York. Her parents are Marguerite and Cassius Miles Davis. She grew up with her identical twin, Harriet, and an older brother, Evans. Her family relocated to Erie, Pennsylvania when Davis was three years old.

Davis went to Strong Vincent High School and University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. In the beginning, she enrolled for pre-medical major; however, she left it to join drama. Her brother, Evans’s performance of Oklahoma influenced her to study drama. In 1948, Davis graduated with a degree in drama and speech.

Professional Career Highlights

Ann Bradford Davis net worth increased as she appeared as a musical judge on ABC show Jukebox Jury during 1953-54. However, her first television success was NBC comedy The Bob Cummings Show that aired from 1955 to 1959. In the series, she played Charmaine “Schultzy” Schultz after giving an audition for her part.

Davis appeared as a guest star on The Ford Show, Starring Tennessee Ernie Ford in 1959. During 1965-66, Davis played Miss Wilson, a physical education teacher, in NBC sitcom The John Forsynthe Show. She came into limelight in 1960s-70s with her appearances in television commercials for Ford Motor Company and Minute Race in Canada.

Ann Bradford Davis net worth and prominence increased with her role of housekeeper, Alice Nelson in television series, The Brady Bunch. The show aired from 1969 to 1974. Furthermore, she reprised her role as Alice Nelson in Brady Bunch spin-off television series: The Brady Brides (1981) and The Bradys (1990). Both of them were short lived series which lasted only for 6 episodes each.

In 1994, she published a cookbook Alice’s Brady Bunch Cookbook. The cookbook contained the recipes inspired by Brady Bunch and included the series’ cast members. Similarly, she performed in a production of Arsenic and Old Lace in early 1990s. Around the same time, she went on a world tour production of Crazy for You.

In her later days, she was the celebrity spokeswoman in several commercials for Shake ‘n Bake. In addition, she also appeared in a number of disposable mop commercials for Swiffer and Brady Bunch reunion projects. Her most recent Brady Bunch reunion was The Brady Bunch 35th Anniversary Reunion Special: Still Brady After All These Years.

Apart from television roles, she has also appeared in a bunch of films like A Man Called Peter (1955), The Best Things in Life (1956), Pepe (1960), Love Never Comes (1961), Naked Gun 331/2: The Final Insult (1994) and The Brady Bunch Movie (1995).

Awards and Accolades

After rising into prominence through her role as Schultzy in The Bob Cummings Show, Ann Bradford Davis net worth also rose. For two the show, she won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series times out of four nominations. Similarly, she is the recipient of the Hollywood Walk of Fame, which she received in 1960.

Besides, she is the winner of the TV Land Pop Culture Award which she received on the fifth annual TV Land Awards ceremony. She received this award along with other cast members. Davis received standing ovation in the awards ceremony.

Personal Life and Marriage

Davis moved to Denver, Colorado selling her home in Los Angeles. In Colorado, she joined an Episcopal Community which later relocated to Beaver County, Pennsylvania. However, she has been a volunteer for Episcopal Church for a long time. There, she worked at the General Convention and attended church services around the country.

Davis never married throughout her lifetime. Also, there occurred no news of her romantic links or relationships with anyone.

Death and Net Worth

The actress died on June 1, 2014 at a hospital in San Antonio, Texas. She was 88 at the time of her death. In the day of her death, she fell in bathroom in her residence in San Antonio due to subdural hematoma. She was in good health, therefore, the news of her death came as a shock. Davis got a burial in St. Helena’s Columbarium and Memorial Gardens in Boerne, Kendell County, Texas.

The actress, Ann Bradford Davis net worth increased due to her original on-screen performances. She amassed net worth of $200,000 throughout her lifetime involvement with acting career.

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