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Actress Ann Wedgeworth Dies at 83

Regularly Scheduled Series Roles Include 'Three's Company' and 'Evening Shade'

Tony Award winning actress and former soap opera star Ann Wedgeworth, who is remembered for her roles sitcoms “Three’s Company” and “Evening Shade,” passed away on Thursday. She was 83.

Born on January 21, 1934 in Abilene, Texas, Wedgworth was a veteran of NYC’s Actors Studio in the 1950s. She made her Broadway debut in “Make a Million” in 1958, and appeared on and off-Broadway in plays including “Period of Adjustment,” “Blues for Mister Charlie,” Neil Simon’s “Chapter Two,” for which she won a Tony; and “A Lie of the Mind” by Sam Shepard.

After playing Marie Warren and, later, Angie Talbot on CBS daytime soap “The Edge of Night,” Wedgeworth moved to NBC’s “Another World” in 1967 to create the role of Lahoma Vane. In March 1970, Lahoma and her husband, Sam Lucas, left Bay City for the spin-off series “Somerset.” Wedgeworth exited “Somerset” in September 1973.

Wedgeworth was also a regular sitcom “Filthy Rich” and made appearances on series like “Trapper John, M.D.” and “Roseanne.” Her movie appearances included “Scarecrow,” “Steel Magnolias” and “Made in Heaven.”

Married and divorced twice, including to actor Rip Torn, Wedgeworth is survived by daughters Danae and Dianna.

Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman

Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of weekly column “Mr. Television” for Campaign US (www.campaignlive.com). Most recently, Berman was the creator and Editor-in-Chief of website and newsletter TV Media Insights for Cross MediaWorks. From 1999-2011, he was the Senior Editor for Mediaweek and has also written for The New York Daily News, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Emmy Magazine, among others. Berman has also appeared on “Entertainment Tonight,” “Extra,” “Access Hollywood,” “Inside Edition,” “The CBS Evening News,” E!, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and MSNBC.

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  1. I read a couple of different reasons that she left Three’s Company – one was that she wasn’t given enough to do. The other said that people were turned off at her character chasing after Jack Tripper due to the age difference.