The Brady Bunch remains one of television’s most successful and enduring comedies.
As they learned to get along as a family, the now-classic series followed the lives of the mixed Brady family – a lovely lady with three very lovely girls and a man named Brady with three boys of his own.
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The long-suffering housekeeper Alice in the series was played by Davis.
She spoke about the challenges her co-star Robert Reed encountered and the event that no one had forgotten in a revealing interview with the Archive of American Television.
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Davis in ‘The Brady Bunch’ was cast.
Davis recounted in her 2004 interview with the Archive of American Television how she ended up on ‘The Brady Bunch.’
“Well, I worked in nightclubs in 1969, which made me very sad.
But because I had to eat, I did it,’ she said. The act,” said Davis, “consisted of some songs and a few jokes written by a friend of mine.
That’s what at that time I was doing.
Davis said that her name “came up when casting for The Brady Bunch began. [The creator of the show, Sherwood Schwartz] said he felt like he was really looking for me! He flew me in from Seattle, and I met him and spoke to him.”
Arrangements were made the next day and Sherwood Schwartz purchased my last two weeks at the nightclub. So that’s how I began with The Brady Bunch.
Soon, the cast and crew found that Robert Reed liked being right.
The producer of the show, Schwartz, had produced and worked on Gilligan’s Island before The Brady Bunch began.
Robert Reed, the actor who played family patriarch Mike Brady, hated the castaway comedy, Schwartz said.
In reality, in his 2010 book “Brady, Brady, Brady: The Complete Story of the Brady Bunch” Schwartz wrote that the star did not appreciate Schwartz’s previous series, or the one for which he signed on.
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“From the beginning of filming, Bob Reed was reluctant to do the show,” Schwartz wrote. “He disagreed with pretty much everything.”
Schwartz knew that Reed had wanted to become a successful film industry actor and felt a deep disappointment at having to “settle” for a sitcom role.
Schwartz said, “I’m sure he resented me for representing his failed acting career,” “Bob saved his anger and resentment for me and my son Lloyd, who was the producer of the show. We both shared the brunt of Bob’s constant anger and bitterness as long as we worked with him.”
An embarrassing event
Davis described a period on the set of the series in which “mother” duties were taken over by his character, Mike Brady, while his wife, Carol Brady, dealt with father duties around the house.
Mike frying eggs was involved in the scene in question, unintentionally dropping one on the floor and falling as a result.
The Alice actor clarified that to check facts in scripts, Reed always relied on his trusty encyclopedias.
This case was no different.
“I remember at one point the plot called for a role reversal,” she said. Carol was going to go with the boys to play ball.
And Mike was expected to stay with the girls at home and cook.
The plot called for him to drop an egg on the floor, trip on the egg and fall down. You would have thought that his own throat was going to be cut.
“Reed’s discomfort was described by Davis, “‘God, this is incredible, this will never happen….’ So eventually, whoever was directing said, ‘Bob, just try it.’
“Well, as it happened, he dropped the egg, he stepped in it and it fell, completely without any prompting.”
The actor, who played Alice over the five seasons of the series, chuckled as he remembered how modest Reed was and how much he could laugh at himself. “He told me, ‘On the way down, I thought I deserved this.'”