NEW YORK — Actress Ann Wedgeworth, who gained fame on film and Broadway before taking on the role of a flirty divorcee on ‘‘Three’s Company,’’ died Thursday. She was 83.
Ms. Wedgeworth died Thursday in the New York area after a long illness, her daughter Dianna Martin said.
Ms. Wedgeworth landed her first Broadway role in the 1958 comedy ‘‘Make a Million’’ and continued to take on stage roles for decades. She won the 1978 Tony award for best featured actress in a play for her performance in Neil Simon’s ‘‘Chapter Two.’’
She acted in several soap operas and also found success in Hollywood with roles alongside Gene Hackman in the 1973 film ‘‘Scarecrow’’ and Robert De Niro in ‘‘Bang the Drum Slowly’’ the same year.
But she is 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.
She appeared on only nine episodes of the show before her character was written out, which she said took her by surprise. In a 1980 interview with People, Ms. Wedgeworth said she ‘‘had no warning or explanation. Suddenly everyone was very cold to me.’’
Ms. Wedgeworth continued to tally TV and film credits for decades, including appearing in ‘‘Steel Magnolias’’ in 1989 and starring on the CBS series ‘‘Evening Shade’’ with Burt Reynolds from 1990 to 1994.
She was born in Abilene, Texas, in 1934. Her father was the superintendent of a local school and her mother died when Ann was 2 years old. After getting a drama degree from Southern Methodist University, she moved to New York City in the 1950s to pursue a theater career.
She married actor Rip Torn and the couple had a daughter, Danae, before ending their five-year marriage in 1961. Ms. Wedgeworth later married acting teacher Ernest Martin and had her second daughter, Dianna.
Ms. Wedgeworth leaves her husband, her two daughters, and two stepsons.
Long considered an urban scourge, rats are infesting well-to-do neighborhoods, startling residents and flummoxing local authorities.Continue reading »
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev had been shot in the head, face, throat and jaw so when agents questioned him, he answered by writing in black ink onto a three-hole notebook.Continue reading »
Rich students outnumber lower-income ones, 23-to-1, at Harvard. How to close that gulf is an issue of deep disagreement.Continue reading »
In a five-game series in October of 1916, the Red Sox beat the Brooklyn Robins, an ancestor of the modern day Dodgers, to claim their second baseball championship in as many years.Continue reading »
The condition has hit “epidemic” proportions. Why? Blame yoga and casual Fridays.Continue reading »
The aide, who was supervising Cambridgeport School students during recess, used the racial slur and “addressed the students in a disrespectful manner,” school officials said.Continue reading »
Boston Police Commissioner William Gross asked college students to drink responsibly and take advantage of on-campus viewing parties.Continue reading »
The report notes that more than 200,000 Mass. students lack after-school programs; 197,000 are enrolled.Continue reading »
For at least 18 years, the admissions rate for Asian-American students at Harvard was less than that of white applicants and most other minorities. But is that actually proof of anti-Asian bias?Continue reading »