Ann Wedgeworth, Three's Company actress, dies at 83

Angelo Anderson
November 19, 2017

Wedgeworth was one of many actors on NY soaps who also worked on Broadway in serious stuff.

On Thursday, Ann Wedgeworth - who was best known for her role on Three's Company - died at the age of 83, according to multiple reports.

Wedgeworth won the Tony in 1978 for her role in Neil Simon's "Chapter Two" directed by Herbert Ross. She had a recurring role on the popular series "Three's Company", as well as appearances on "One Life to Live", "Filthy Rich", "The Twilight Zone", and "Evening Shade".

The actress enjoyed a successful career in film, with roles as the leading lady in films like "Scarecrow", opposite Gene Hackman, and "Bang the Drum Slowly" with Robert De Niro. She debuted on Broadway in 1958's Make a Million, and went on to take roles is such stage productions as Period of Adjustment and Blues for Mister Charlie.

But she's perhaps best known for her brief tenure on the TV sitcom "Three's Comedy", where she played Lana Shields, an older woman with her eyes set on her young neighbor Jack, played by John Ritter. "It was horrifying", she said. In a 1980 interview with People, Wedgeworth said she "had no warning or explanation". Her longest run on TV came years later as Merleen Elldridge on "Evening Shade" from 1990 to 1994.

She was born in Abilene, Texas, in 1934.

For more on her life and career, visit The Hollywood Reporter here.

She married and divorced twice during her lifetime, including once to actor Rip Torn.

"Martin once completed the sentence, "There's no one like me because..." for her second-grade teacher by saying, "...because my mom's on Three's Company!".

She survived by Martin, her two daughters, and her stepson.

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