Born on this date: Ann B. Davis
Ann B. Davis, the actress who played the lovable Alice on The Brady Bunch and Schultzy on The Bob Cummings Show, turns 87 today, May 5, 2013.
If you ask me, Brady Bunch producer Sherwood Schwartz should have sued over this Shake ‘n Bake commercial that was clearly intended to imply “Alice’s” endorsement. Not-Alice enters Not-Sam’s butcher shop (it’s called “Pete’s Butcher Shop”) and mentions that she’s cooking a family dinner for nine. (Brady parents + 6 Brady kids + Alice or maybe Cousin Oliver = 9.) And as she leaves, she says pointedly, “Thanks a ‘bunch’!” to make sure we get it.
Incidentally, Ann B. Davis has said publicly that, unlike her famous character, she can’t cook.
Video: Vintage Shake ‘n Bake commercial starring Ann B. Davis (1981)