Stage and Screen Actress Ann Wedgeworth Dies

Stage and screen actress Ann Wedgeworth died November 16 in New York City at the age of 83. While a specific cause of death was not listed, reports are that Wedgeworth died after a long illness.

While known to sitcom fans for her role as Lana Shields on “Three’s Company”, Wedgeworth is a Tony Award winning Broadway performer who made her stage debut in 1958 with “Make a Million”. She also appeared in the Broadway productions “Period of Adjustment”, “Blues for Mister Charlie”, “The Last Analysis”, “Thieves”, and “Chapter Two”.

She made her screen debut on the television daytime drama “The Edge of Night” in 1956. She went on to appear in over 50 productions including the daytime dramas “Another World” and “One Life to Live”, “Scarecrow”, “Bang the Drum Slowly”, “The War Between the Tates”, 13 episodes of “Three’s Company”, “Trapper John, M.D.”, 15 episodes of “Filthy Rich”, “The Twilight Zone, “The Equalizer”, “Steel Magnolias”, “Roseanne”, 98 episodes of “Evening Shade”, and her final role in 2006 as Ma Gattling in “The Hawk is Dying”.

As herself Wedgeworth appeared in awards shows, late night talk shows, and documentaries,

Wedgeworth won her Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play for her role in “Chapter Two”.

Elizabeth Ann Wedgeworth was born on January 21, 1934 in Abilene, Texas.

She is survived by her second husband Ernest Martin, daughters, and stepson.

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