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Wednesday Addams Actress Was 64 – The Hollywood Reporter

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Lisa Rowling, the actress who played Wednesday Addams in the classic TV adaptation the adams family, died. She was 64 years old.

Loring died Saturday night at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank from complications of a stroke caused by high blood pressure, said her daughter Vanessa Foumberg. Hollywood Reporter.

“She lived peacefully with her two daughters [Vanessa and Marianne] Hold my hand,” she said.

Loring is best known for playing Sick Pigtail Wednesday on ABC’s black comedy. the adams familya role she assumed in 1964. Although she only played the character for two years, she set the template for Wednesday’s live-action portrayal and recently served as the inspiration for Jenna Ortega’s interpretation of the hit Netflix series. It was praised. Wednesday.

Born Lisa Ann Desynethes on February 16, 1958 in the Marshall Islands, Rowling’s parents divorced when Rowling was a young child, and she went to live with her mother in Los Angeles. She was given her stage name Lisa Rowling and she began modeling at the age of three. Her first television appearance was in 1964 when she was on an episode of the NBC medical drama. Dr. Kildare.

Live-action TV version of Charles Adams produced by MGM after winning the role of Wednesday on ABC New Yorker Comic book, Rowling began work on the half-hour comedy series at the age of five and a half, and revealed in a later interview that she “learned to memorize before reading” to say her lines. .

At fan conventions and in several interviews, Rowling has spoken fondly of the time she’s been working on the adams family“It was like a real family. We couldn’t have picked a better cast and crew,” Rowling said. It was revealed in a 2017 YouTube interview at the convention Monsterpalooza. “Carolyn Jones, John Astin, Gomez and Morticia were like parents to me. They were great.”

Airing alongside CBS’ equally creepy sitcom munsters, the adams family It ran for two seasons with a total of 64 episodes. Almost all of the original cast reunited in 1977 for his NBC television movie. Halloween with the new Addams Family.

With Rowling’s death, Astin is the last surviving member of the original cast Addams family.

Considered a rising talent, Loring the adams familyand co-starred alongside Astin in ABC’s Phyllis Diller-led sitcom Pruitts of Southampton, playing Susan “Susie” Pruitt. Both shows shared executive producer David Levy. Pretz However, due to poor reviews, it only lasts one season. In 1966, Rowling also appeared in the following episodes. uncle’s daughterbut her career stalled for years afterward.

In 1973, Rowling married for the first time when she was 15, to her childhood friend Farrell Vonberg. The following year, she had her first child, but her tragedy struck her when her mother Judith died of chronic alcoholism at the age of 34.

Rowling got back to acting together Halloween with the new Addams Family Appeared in a popular network show fantasy island When Barnaby Jones. In the early 1980s, she had a recurring role on CBS’s Soaps. As the World Turnsplaying cricket Montgomery.

As her television career came to an end, Rowling appeared in a series of groundbreaking photographs in the late 1980s.she starred blood frenzy When Savage Harbor (both 1987) and ice (1988), but the push to feature was short-lived, and a troubled personal life, including a battle with heroin, effectively ended her acting career.

Loring and Foumberg’s first marriage ended in 1974. After that she got married. looking for tomorrow She dated actor Doug Stevenson in 1981, and the relationship ended in divorce two years later. In 1987, she married adult film star Jerry Butler, and her new husband promised to quit pornography. , which proved to be a huge strain on their marriage, divorced in 1992. She married Graham Rich in 2003 and she divorced him in 2014.

In addition to daughters, survivors include grandchildren Emiliana and Charles.

Mike Barnes contributed to this report.

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