DEAR SUN SPOTS: I would like to know if Ann B. Davis, the actress who played the maid on “The Brady Bunch,” is still acting and how old she is now. If possible, is there a mailing address so I can write to her? — Susan, Lewiston

ANSWER: Ann Bradford Davis was born May 3, 1926, (so she’ll be 87 next month) with her identical twin sister, Harriet, in Schenectady, N.Y., and began her acting career at age 6, earning $2 in a puppet show. She studied pre-med before deciding to stick with acting.

IMDB.com says she retired from acting in 1999 to focus on prayer, Bible study and occasional charity works. In 2004 she reappeared on TV in a commercial for the Swiffer duster with other actors known for their roles as maids and butlers, such as Christopher Hewitt’s Mr. Belvedere, on current and former TV shows.

According to her filmography, she didn’t do much but Brady movies after the show ended, but there is a video on YouTube showing her appearing on “The Dating Game.”

Sun Spots is not sure where she is now, as IMDB and Wikipedia disagree. But she is very involved in the Episcopal Church. You could try writing to her there. Put your letter in a stamped envelope, with her name in the “to” space and your return address in the usual place, then enclose it in another envelope with a note asking your letter be forwarded to Ann B. Davis. You can send it to the Episcopal Church, 815 Second Ave., New York, NY 10017. It might not get to her, but you’re only risking 92 cents.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: Could you please tell me how someone can be on “The Voice”? Thank you. — No Name, Auburn

ANSWER: There are a whole lot of rules to obey and hoops to jump through to audition for “The Voice,” according to nbcthevoice.com.

You must be at least 15 years old as of June 17, a legal resident of the United States, willing to undergo a background check, and you must not be in public office and agree not to run for public office for six months after the broadcast.

You also have to be able to pay for travel to auditions and to the show if you get on.

There are two ways to get started. One is to send in a videotape of your performance. Another is to travel to open auditions. It looks like the cities for auditions change but were last held in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and Atlanta.

Along with pages of rules and guidelines at the website, which you will need to review, there is also an application you must download and fill out.  Sun Spots notes your query was handwritten, so you may not have a computer. There doesn’t appear to be a way to do this process without a computer, so you will have to get help or go to the library.

You also have to have an Artist Account first, which also requires computer access.

You must sing to a track or have someone accompany you (a cappella is not allowed), performing two songs. You also need to talk about yourself for five minutes or less. You record your songs and bio on a DVD.

Once you have that DVD, the application and release form filled out, a still photo of yourself and your artist account, send them to “The Voice” Casting, 5914 Smiley Drive, Culver City, CA 90232.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: We were surprised to read in the April 8 column that you did not have our business, Deny’s Service Center in Lewiston, as a current TV repair service in the Lewiston-Auburn area.

We have a sign in front of our business at 1256 Sabattus St. and are advertised in the yellow pages of the Fairpoint telephone book under “television repair” right under Maurice Belanger.

We have been in business for more than 30 years at this same location as an authorized service center for many brands, in-home service available. Please keep this information for future use. Thank you. — Nancy Castonguay, [email protected]

ANSWER: Sun Spots has had the query about electronics repair many times with no response until someone finally wrote in and told her about Belanger. But now that she is aware of Deny’s, she will be sure to include you in her responses.

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