Actress Ann Wedgeworth has died at age 83.

Wedgeworth’s daughter Dianna Martin stated the actress died Thursday near her dwelling in New York City after an extended sickness in a nursing dwelling. Martin informed The Hollywood Reporter that Wedgeworth was surrounded by household. 

In tv, Wedgeworth was greatest identified for her nine-episode position ​​​​​​on the hit ’70s sitcom Three’s Company as Lana Shields, an older lady along with her eyes set on her younger neighbor Jack, performed by John Ritter; and as Merleen Elldridge in Burt Reynolds’ 1990s sitcom Evening Shade, the place she acted in 4 seasons and practically 100 episodes. 

She acted in a number of cleaning soap operas and located success in Hollywood with roles alongside Gene Hackman within the 1973 movie Scarecrow and Robert De Niro in Bang the Drum Slowly the identical 12 months.

She additionally starred as nation music singer Patsy Cline’s mother within the 1985 movie Sweet Dreams.

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Wedgeworth landed her first Broadway position within the 1958 comedy Make a Million and continued to tackle stage roles for many years. 

In 1978, she received a Tony Award for greatest featured actress in a play for her efficiency in Neil Simon’s Chapter Two. In 1989, she appeared in Steel Magnolias.

She was born in Abilene, Texas, in 1934. Her father was the superintendent of an area college and her mom died when Ann was 2 years outdated. After getting a drama diploma from Southern Methodist University, she moved to New York City within the 1950s to pursue a theater profession.

She married actor Rip Torn and the couple had a daughter, Danae Torn, earlier than ending their five-year marriage in 1961. Wedgeworth later married performing trainer Ernest Martin and had her second daughter, Martin.

Survivors embody her husband, her two daughters and stepsons Michael Martin and Greg Martin.

Contributing: The Associated Press. Follow Sara Moniuszko on Twitter: @SaraMoniuszko


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