Lisa Loring, Original Wednesday Actress of ‘The Addams Family’ Dies at 64

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Lisa Loring, actress who played Wednesday Addams in the classic TV adaptation the addams family, Dead. She was 64 years old.

Loring died Saturday night at Providence Saint Joseph’s Medical Center in Burbank of a stroke caused by high blood pressure, his daughter, Vanessa Faumberg, said. Hollywood Reporter.

“She left peacefully with both her daughters [Vanessa and Marianne] Holding his hand,” she said.

Loring is best known for his turn as the morbid, pig-tailed Wednesday in ABC’s black comedy sitcom the addams familyHe played a role in 1964 at the age of six. She only played the character for two years, but set the template for Wednesday’s live-action portrayal, and was recently praised as an inspiration for Jenna Ortega’s interpretation on the hit series. Wednesday,

Born Lisa Ann Dickinson on February 16, 1958, in the Marshall Islands, Loring’s parents divorced when she was very young, and she later moved to live with her mother in Los Angeles. She was given the stage name Lisa Loring and began modeling at the age of three. His first television appearance came in 1964 in an episode of the NBC medical drama Dr Kildare.

Live-action television adaptation of Charles Addams produced by MGM after winning the Wednesday slot on ABC’s new Yorker Cartoons, Loring began working on the half-hour comedy series at age 5, revealing in later interviews that she learned to memorize her lines “before I could read” to say them. At fan conventions and in numerous interviews, Loring has spoken about her time working on The Addams Family. “It was like a real family – you couldn’t have chosen a better cast and crew,” Loring This was revealed in a YouTube interview conducted at the Monsterpalooza convention in 2017. “Carolyn Jones, John Astin – Gomez and Morticia – were like parents to me. They were great.”

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airing at the same time as CBS’s similarly awful sitcom the munsters, the addams family ran for two seasons, totaling 64 episodes. Nearly all of the original cast members were reunited for the 1977 NBC television film. Halloween with the new Addams Family.

With Loring’s death, Astin is the last surviving member of the original cast. Addams Family.

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As a rising talent, Loring found immediate TV after the late 2000s. the addams familyand co-starred with Astin in ABC’s Phyllis Diller-led sitcom Pruitts of Southampton, playing the role of Suzanne “Suzy” Pruitt. Both shows shared an executive producer in David Levy. Pruitts Following poor reviews, however, it would only last for one season. In 1966, Loring also made an appearance in an episode of uncle’s girlBut after that his career stalled for many years.

In 1973, Loring married for the first time at the age of 15, to Farrell Faumberg, her childhood sweetheart. The following year, she had her first child, but tragedy befell her when her mother, Judith, died of chronic alcoholism at the age of 34.

Loring returned to acting with 1977. halloween with the new addams family and performed on popular network shows fantasy island And Barnaby Jones. In the early 1980s, he had a recurring part in the CBS soap as the world TurnsPlaying the character of Cricket Montgomery.

With her television career concluding, Loring appeared in a series of slasher pics in the late 1980s. he acted blood frenzy And savage harbor (both in 1987) and iced (1988), but the push into features was short-lived, and a troubled personal life, including a battle with heroin addiction, effectively ended his acting career.

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Loring’s first marriage to Faumberg ended in 1974. then they married look for tomorrow actor Doug Stevenson in 1981, with the relationship ending in divorce two years later. In 1987, she married adult film star Jerry Butler, her new husband having committed to give up pornography. However, Butler’s continued appearances in adult films, secretly without Loring’s knowledge, proved a major strain on the marriage, and they divorced in 1992. She married Graham Rich in and divorced him in 2014.

In addition to his daughters, survivors include his grandchildren, Emiliana and Charles.

Mike Barnes contributed to this story.