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Remembering Ann B. Davis, 'Brady Bunch' Star, Commercial Actress

Shake n' Bake, Minute Rice, Ford Fairlane Among Brands She Endorsed

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Ann B. Davis, the Emmy-award winning actress best known for her role in "The Brady Bunch," died yesterday in San Antonio, Texas. She was 88.

The cause of death was due to a fall she suffered the previous day that subsequently left her in a coma, according to the New York Times.

While Ms. Davis won two Emmys for her role in "The Bob Cummings Show," it is her character as Alice Nelson, the housekeeper of the 1970's family sitcom, for which she is best remembered.

So culturally iconic was the character during the Brady Bunch years (and beyond) that brands soon took notice and hired Ms. Davis in a number of ad campaigns, many of which capitalized on her widely recognizable and witty housemaid image.

Among them: Miracle White Detergent (1977); Shake ' Bake (1981); Minute Rice (1985); Swiffer Duster (2004). In 1966, three years before "The Brady Bunch" first aired, she even pitched Ford cars for its Fairlane campaign.

Ms. David was born in Schenectady, New York and raised in Erie, Pennsylvania. She graduated from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor in 1948 with a degree in drama and speech. While she planned on becoming a doctor and originally enrolled as a pre-med major, Ms. Davis found a calling in acting after watching her brother tour as a lead dancer in the national company "Oklahoma," according to the New York Times.

Ms. Davis never married and once reportedly said that no man would ever be more interesting than her career. She is survived by her identical twin sister Harriet Norton.

Here's a look at some of her commercial work:

Shake 'n Bake

Minute Rice

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Ford Fairlane

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