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Actress Ann B. Davis, most known for her role as the beloved housekeeper Alice on 1960s television series "The Brady Bunch," passed away at age 88 in Texas on Sunday.
The well-known actress passed away at a hospital in San Antonio after she suffered a subdural hematoma from sustaining a fall in her bathroom, reportedly never regaining consciousness. Her death was reported by the Texas medical examiner's office on Sunday, and an autopsy will be performed Monday.
Along with her well-known role as the lovable housekeeper Alice on "The Brady Bunch," Davis also became well-known off-screen for her dedicated Christian faith. In a 1992 interview with People, the actress spoke of her spiritual side, saying, "I'm convinced we all have a God-shaped space in us, and until we fill that space with God, we'll never know what it is to be whole."
Davis also spoke on her experience of becoming a born again Christian in a 1993 interview with the Associated Press, saying, "It changed my whole life for the better. ... I spent a lot of time giving Christian witness all over the country to church groups and stuff."
Davis first gained prominence for her acting career when she played Charmaine "Schultzy" Schultz on "The Bob Cummings Show" from 1955 to 1959, for which she received two Emmy awards and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Davis then took on the acting role that would become her most memorable for American families, playing the role of housekeeper Alice on "The Brady Bunch," alongside actress Florence Henderson and actor Robert Reed, among others.
On Monday, Davis' fellow cast members shared their condolences for their deceased colleague via social media and on "Good Morning America." Florence Henderson, who played mom Carol on "The Brady Bunch," tweeted that she was "shocked and sad" to hear of Davis' death.
"I am so shocked and sad to learn that my dear friend and colleague, Ann B Davis, died today," Henderson tweeted. "I spoke with her a couple of months ago and she was doing great!"
Barry Williams, who played the role of Greg on the show, said to "Good Morning America" that he admired Davis for her "wicked sense of humor" and took acting notes from her, studying her impeccable timing.
Bishop William Frey, a close friend to Davis, told CNN that the warmhearted, selfless character they saw Davis play on television was who the actress was in real life too. "What you see on 'The Brady Bunch' was who she was," Frey said. "She was a very faithful Christian person."