Lisa Loring, Wednesday in Original “Addams Family,” Dies at 64
Lisa Loring, who played the first Wednesday Addams, died of a stroke on Saturday. She was 64 years old.
After Jenna Ortega played Wednesday in the Netflix show, many people started to like the famous Addams family member. But a long time before her, Loring won hearts as a young Wednesday Addams on The Addams Family from 1964 to 1966.
Vanessa Foumberg, one of her daughters, told Variety, “She died peacefully with both of her daughters holding her hands.”
Laurie Jacobson, a friend of Loring’s, wrote on Facebook that she had died and would always be remembered as Wednesday Addams.
The American actor Butch Patrick, who played Eddie Munster on The Munsters, wrote on Facebook, “Very sorry to hear about the death of my dear friend Lisa Loring. We were close friends and often worked together. I know she wasn’t strong. Just a few weeks ago, I was with her. “Good luck, my friend.
Recently, Loring’s shimmying dance called “The Drew” got more attention after Ortega did a similar dance on Netflix’s “Wednesday.” Like Ortega’s Wednesday, Loring’s Wednesday was a sad young girl who liked creepy pets like a lizard named Lucifer and a spider named Homer. She also wanted to play with a headless doll.
Loring was born in the Marshall Islands to Navy-trained parents. Before she moved to Los Angeles with her mother, she lived in Hawaii. At age three, the 64-year-old started as a model, and in 1961, she was in an episode of the medical drama Dr. Kildare.
After the hit show The Addams Family, Loring joined the cast of Phyllis Diller’s The Pruitts of Southampton. She also acted in shows like The Girl from U.N.C.L.E., Fantasy Island, and Barnaby Jones. Then, from 1980 to 1983, Loring played Cricket Montgomery in the soap opera As the World Turns.
She also worked as a make-up artist and was in the movies Savage Harbor and Blood Frenzy.