In commemoration of Ann B. Davis on the day of her funeral services, Closer Weekly exclusively spoke with Bishop William Frey with whom Ann shared a home after The Brady Bunch.
“People called it the Bishop’s Bunch,” Frey jokes with Closer of the Episcopalian community that Ann lived in with the bishop and his wife, Barbara. Ann joined the community in 1976 — only two years after The Brady Bunch ended.
Notably, Frey says Ann didn’t watch Brady Bunch reruns: “‘Been there, done that’ was probably her attitude."
She didn’t often talk of her days as a TV star either, but Ann kept her Emmys, answered fan mail every morning and “there were pictures from The Brady Bunch in a hallway,” Frey reveals.
While she still worked from time to time — in the Broadway musical "Crazy for You" and Swiffer commercials — Ann’s days were filled with Bible study, singing in the choir, testimonies and charitable work. “She volunteered in our homeless shelter,” Bishop Frey tells Closer.
The bishop also reveals Ann got a kick out of being recognized at the grocery store decades after playing Alice Nelson on the beloved ’70s sitcom.
Exclusive Interviews: 'Brady Bunch' Cast Members Share Memories of Ann B. Davis
“When they met her, 30 or 40-year-old people in three-piece suits would just turn into 12-year-olds and say, ‘You helped raise me,’” Frey shares. “She had a stock reply to that: ‘Look how well you turned out!’”
As Closer Weekly previously reported, Ann's service will be taking place today, June 13, at St. Helena’s Episcopal Church in Boerne, Texas.
For more exclusive interviews about the passing of Ann B. Davis, including those from "The Brady Bunch" cast, pick up the new issue of Closer Weekly, on stands now.
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