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Before 'Brady Bunch,' Davis starred for Ford

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Actress Ann B. Davis of “The Brady Bunch” fame, is shown in a clip from a 1960s-era Ford Fairlane commercial.

By Kathleen Burke, Crain News Service

DETROIT (June 3, 2014) — Before actress Ann B. Davis was “Alice,” the live-in maid on the 1970s sitcom “The Brady Bunch,” she lent her wisecracking humor to a saucy commercial for the mid-sized Ford Fairlane, detailing “that Fairlane feeling.”

Ms. Davis, who died June 1 at age 88 in San Antonio, was featured in a commercial for the Fairlane that aired in the 1960s. In the spot, she describes the feeling of driving the two-way sport shift.

“It’s a force that says, ‘Ride, my love, come away with me. Maybe for a pizza!’” Ms. Davis says in the commercial.

The camera pans out at the end of the commercial to show Ms. Davis holding a car salesman like a baby. It closes with the tagline, “You’re ahead in a Ford.”

Ford Motor Co. produced the Fairlane from 1955 to 1970, transitioning the trim to the Torino nameplate in 1970.

To see a clip of the commercial, click here.


This report appeared on, the website of Automotive News, a Detroit-based sister publication of Tire Business.

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