Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017|9 p.m.
NEW YORK– Starlet Ann Wedgeworth, who gained fame on movie and Broadway prior to taking on the function of a flirty divorcee on “3’s Business,” has actually died at age 83.
Wedgeworth passed away Thursday in the New York area after a long health problem, her daughter Dianna Martin stated.
Wedgeworth landed her very first Broadway role in the 1958 comedy “Make a Million” and continued to handle phase functions for decades. She won the 1978 Tony award for finest included actress in a play for her performance in Neil Simon’s “Chapter 2.”
She acted in numerous daytime drama as well as discovered success in Hollywood with functions along with Gene Hackman in the 1973 movie “Scarecrow” and Robert De Niro in “Bang the Drum Slowly” the exact same year.
However she’s possibly best understood for her short tenure on the TV comedy “3’s Comedy,” where she played Lana Shields, an older woman with her eyes set on her young next-door neighbor Jack, played by John Ritter.
She appeared on just 9 episodes of the program before her character was written out, which she stated took her by surprise. In a 1980 interview with Individuals, Wedgeworth said she “had no warning or explanation. Unexpectedly everybody was really cold to me.”
Wedgeworth continued to tally TELEVISION and movie credits for years, consisting of appearing in “Steel Magnolias” in 1989 and starring on the CBS series “Night Shade” with Burt Reynolds from 1990 to 1994.
She was born in Abilene, Texas, in 1934. Her daddy was the superintendent of a regional school and her mother died when Ann was 2 years of ages. After getting a drama degree from Southern Methodist University, she relocated to New york city City in the 1950s to pursue a theater profession.
She wed actor Rip Torn and the couple had a daughter, Danae Torn, prior to ending their five-year marriage in 1961. Wedgeworth later married acting instructor Ernest Martin and had her 2nd daughter, Dianna Martin.
Wedgeworth is endured by her spouse, her 2 children and stepsons Michael Martin and Greg Martin.