Wednesday Addams, played by Lisa Loring in the iconic TV version of The Addams Family, has passed away. Age-wise, she was in the 64-year-old bracket.
According to her daughter Vanessa Foumberg of The Hollywood Reporter, Loring passed away on Saturday night at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank from complications stemming from a stroke brought on by high blood pressure.” She passed away with her daughters [Vanessa and Marianne] holding her hands,” she said.
Loring’s breakout role came in 1964 when she played the gloomy, Wednesday Addams, with pigtails on ABC’s dark comedy series The Addams Family. She only played Wednesday for two years, but her performance has been held up as a model for subsequent live-action depictions of the character, including Jenna Ortega’s interpretation on the popular Netflix series.
Lisa Ann DeCinces was born on February 16, 1958, in the Marshall Islands; her parents divorced when she was young, and she moved to Los Angeles with her mother. Lisa Loring is her modeling name, and she began her career when she was just three years old. In 1964, she made her debut on the small screen in an episode of the Dr. Kildare television series on NBC.
Loring “learned to memorize before I could read” in order to say her lines after winning the role of Wednesday in ABC and MGM’s live-action television adaptation of Charles Addams’ New Yorker cartoons at the age of 5 and a half.
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Inspired by Charles Addams’ New Yorker cartoons, Loring’s deadpan performance of the character paved the way for other actresses, including Christina Ricci, who played Wednesday in the 1991 and 1992 blockbuster films “The Addams Family” and “Addams Family Values.”
After the release of Tim Burton’s comedy horror “Wednesday” on Netflix last year, Jenna Ortega said that Loring served as an inspiration for her own interpretation of the pop culture icon.
I celebrated the life of the original Wednesday Addams, Lisa Loring. During her December appearance on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” Ortega admitted, “I did a little bit of her shuffle that she does.”
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Loring’s real name is Lisa Ann DeCinces, and she began using her stage name when she was 3 years old.
Before joining Phyllis Diller’s sitcom “The Pruitts of Southampton,” Loring was known for her role as Wednesday on “The Addams Family.” Later, she became a regular on “As the World Turns” as Cricket Montgomery.
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Jacobson praised Loring’s “legacy in the world of entertainment” by saying, “She is embedded in the tapestry that is pop culture and in our hearts always as Wednesday Addams.”
Furthermore, she stated that Loring was a “she was “beautiful, kind, a loving mother,” and “the legacy for her family and friends — a wealth of humor, affection, and love” were the final words of her post. So long, Lisa. You were a blast; damn, girl.”
In the two-season sitcom that aired from 1964 to 1966, Loring played the role of Gomez Addams, the show’s youngest and, arguably, most memorable character.
At age five, she stepped into the role of Wednesday Addams from the Charles Addams cartoon series that debuted in The New Yorker. In the Halloween with the New Addams Family television movie from 1977, she played the role again.
Actors like Christina Ricci, who played Wednesday in the 1991 film “The Addams Family,” and Jenna Ortega, who gives the character new life in the Tim Burton–directed Netflix series “Wednesday,” have drawn inspiration from Loring’s interpretation of the character.
Wednesday from the classic 1960s sitcom “The Addams Family,” played by Lisa Loring until her death on Saturday. Age-wise, she was in the 64-year-old bracket. Chris Carbaugh of C and V Promotions issued a statement to CBS News confirming that Loring had passed away on Saturday “surrounded by her family.