Ann Wedgeworth, known for 'Three's Company' role, dies at 83

Brunilde Fioravanti
Novembre 19, 2017

Ann Wedgeworth, a stage and television star best known for her roles on "Evening Shade" and "Three's Company", has died at the age of 83. The role earned her a National Society of Film Critics Award. Her additional Broadway credits include: THIEVES, THE LAST ANALYSIS, BLUES FOR MISTER CHARLIE, PERIOD OF ADJUSTMENT, and MAKE A MILLION.

Her daughter Dianna Martin confirmed the tragic news to the Hollywood Reporter, and a woman who said she was Wedgeworth's niece did the same on Facebook, writing, "My handsome aunt, actress, Ann Wedgeworth has passed tonight" on Thursday. In 1978, she won a Tony Award for her role in "Chapter Two".

One year later, she joined the cast of Three's Company as Lana Shields, but was written off after nine episodes. The character was essentially a substitute for Audra Lindley, who had been spun off for her own sitcom The Ropers. 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.

She is survived by husband Ernest Martin, daughter Dianna and son, Michael. Her father was the superintendent of a local school and her mother died when Ann was 2 years old.

Wedgeworth was accepted into the Actors Studio in the late '50s, making her Broadway debut in 1958. Ann Wedgeworth had great reviews and some awards attention for two more movies, "Handle with Care" and "Sweet Dreams".

She was married twice, including one marriage to actor Rip Torn.

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