Lisa Loring, the actress who first portrayed Wednesday Addams on the TV show ‘The Addams Family,’ has died at age 64. Loring’s daughter Vanessa Foumberg confirmed the news in a statement to Variety and The Hollywood Reporter, sharing that she died of a stroke. Foumberg said: “She went peacefully with both her daughters holding her hands.”
Loring’s friend Laurie Jacobson posted on Facebook that Loring was a smoker who suffered from high blood pressure: “She had been on life support for 3 days. Yesterday, her family made the difficult decision to remove it and she passed last night. She is embedded in the tapestry that is pop culture and in our hearts always as Wednesday Addams.”
Loring began her career as a child model and was first cast in the TV show ‘Dr. Kildare’ She portrayed Wednesday from the ages of 6 to 8 during two-seasons of the original TV show in the 1960s. Loring appeared on the sitcom The Pruitts of Southampton with Phyllis Diller and appeared on shows including Fantasy Island, The Girl From U.N.C.L.E. and Barnaby Jones. Loring also played Cricket Montgomery on the soap opera As the World Turns from 1980 – 1983.
Loring is survived by her two daughters, Vanessa and Marianne, and her grandchildren, Emiliana and Charles.
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