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MSNBC mixed up its Brady Bunch stars on Monday.
During a segment on the cable network’s 10 a.m. show Jansing & Co. about Ann B. Davis‘ death, the cable network accidentally showed a photo of another actress who played Brady Bunch housekeeper Alice Nelson.
MSNBC aired an image of Henriette Mantel, who played Alice in The Brady Bunch Movie.
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After returning from a commercial break, the cable network immediately corrected its mistake, showing a photo of Davis.
Host Chris Jansing apologized for the error.
“And there’s the Ann B. Davis we know and love,” she said. “Our apologies, because we showed a picture of the woman who played Alice in The Brady Bunch Movie.”
TV Newser obtained a screen grab of the gaffe, but Mantel had a bit of fun with the mistake, writing for Yahoo! in a column in which she shared her memories of Davis, “According to MSNBC and Chris Jansing, I might be dead.”
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Mantel revealed that she received at least one email from someone wondering if she was still alive after the cable network accidentally aired her photo.
She also wrote that she met Davis in 1994 at Paramount Studios.
“She just looked at me and said, ‘Okay, this is eerie, really really eerie,’ Mantel recalls Davis saying when they met and the new Alice was wearing her housekeeper’s costume.
The two then talked for a half hour.
“She said how lucky she felt that she could wear a uniform every day and all the others had to go through elaborate costuming,” Mantel recalls. “We discussed how neither one of us was a cook, neither one of us had kids, neither had a butcher boyfriend named Sam, and let’s face it, who has housekeepers that look like us? But then she told me of how over the years thousands of people had told her what she meant to them. She said it always touched her heart to know that she might have brought up kids all over the country in her own way. She beamed at the thought of kids learning from her. I prayed I could do the character of Alice justice and with it, keep the deep sense of humor we had in common.”
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