Davis lived with another couple and was described by one of her roommates as “pretty healthy for an 88-year old woman.”
Davis was born in Schenectady, New York and graduated from the University of Michigan. Before becoming the Brady family's housekeeper, she had risen to fame in 1955 for her role as Charmaine “Schultzy” Schultz on The Bob Cummings Show, which ran until 1959. She later played the roll of gym teacher Miss Wilson on The John Forsythe Show, which lasted only a year starting in 1965. Besides playing the role of Alice from 1969-1974, when The Brady Bunch was originally broadcast, Davis reprised the role for later TV movies and spin-offs.