Wednesday in original ‘Addams Family’ was 64

Dennis Hudson
Dennis Hudson


Actress Lisa Loring, who played Wednesday Addams on "The Addams Family" TV series has died at age 64 from a stroke.

Lisa Loring, best known to play Wednesday Addams in the original 1960s sitcom “The Addams Family,” has died, her agent said.

She was 64.

Loring’s agent, Chris Carbaugh of C and V Promotions, confirmed to USA TODAY Loring died on Saturday surrounded by her family.

“Lisa was a very loving mother, grandmother and friend with a lifetime of amazing stories and experiences,” Carbaugh said Monday. “She brought to life one of the most iconic characters in Hollywood history that is still celebrated today. Lisa loved sharing her memories and meeting all her fans across the world.  She will be missed dearly.”

Loring’s daughter, Vanessa Foumberg, told Variety her mother died of a stroke.

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“She went peacefully with both her daughters holding her hands,” Foumberg told the outlet.

The original cast of the 1960s "Addams Family" show (clockwise from far left: 
Jackie Coogan as Uncle Fester, John Astin as Gomez, Blossom Rock as Grandma, Ted Cassidy as Lurch, Ken Weatherwax as Pugsley, Carolyn Jones as Morticia and Lisa Loring as Wednesday.

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Butch Patrick, who played Eddie Munster on “The Munsters,” posted on Facebook, writing, “Very sorry to hear of my dear friend Lisa Loring’s passing. We were very close and worked together often. I know she was very weak. I was in her company just a few weeks ago. Godspeed my friend.”

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-Lisa Loring, in "The Addams Family" Wednesday Addams plays in the backyard of her home on 000 Cemeterey Ridge. Wednesday is just one off the many unusual family members in the "The Addams Family."

Loring’s famous Frug dance called “The Drew” recently re-gained attention with the new Netflix series “Wednesday,” in which Jenna Ortega does her own interpretation of the original dance.

Her character, Wednesday Addams, was sweet but gloomy, and collected creepy pets including a black widow spider and a lizard she named Lucifer. She was also known to play with a headless doll.





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