Ann B. Davis, who played beloved housekeeper Alice on the hit show The Brady Bunch, is being remembered by her cast mates following her death on June 1 at the age of 88.
Brady Bunch matriarch Florence Henderson released this statement over Twitter about the talented comedienne:
I’m so shocked & saddened to learn my dear friend & colleague Ann B Davis died today.I spoke with her a few months ago & she was doing great
— Florence Henderson (@ItsFloHenderson) June 1, 2014
Barry Williams, who portrayed eldest son Greg on the 1969-1974 series, explained to GMA this morning how Ann was the “glue that held The Brady Bunch together.
“I was reflecting throughout the day yesterday about one of the first times I met her,” shared Barry. “She was already a big star when she joined The Brady Bunch, won a couple of Emmys with The Bob Cummings Show, and I knew that this was someone I wanted to pay attention to, but she had a wicked sense of humor.”
Which included teasing Barry on set! “I remember watching from behind the camera when she was rehearsing one of the scenes…and I was laughing along with her timing and stuff,” he explained.
“Well, apparently, I was messing up her timing so she turned around and said, ‘Barry, comedy is not funny…’ I thought, ‘Oh, my gosh. I’ve upset her.’ A little later I went over and said, ‘Excuse me. What did you mean when you said that comedy was not funny?’ and she said, ‘Oh, I was just kidding with you.’”
Though Maureen McCormick, who played eldest daughter Marcia, also appreciated Ann’s sense of humor, she was drawn to something much greater.
“I admired Ann B. so much as an actor…She was one of the greats. Most of all, I admired her heart,” Maureen tells The Hollywood Reporter in a statement.
“She was a dear friend…deep, honest and true. She was one of my earliest role models, and that continues to this day. She made me a better person. How blessed I am to have had her in my life. She will be forever missed,” the actress added.
“Ann was an amazing lady,” shared Eve Plumb with THR, who portrayed middle daughter Jan on the family-friendly show. “She was great to work with, and I have wonderful memories of our scenes together on The Brady Bunch.”
Eve continued, “She was kind and generous to all of us on set…My thoughts are with her family and friends.”
Ann reportedly passed after suffering a fall in her San Antonio home. An autopsy is planned for Monday, according to the county’s medical examiner.