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Lisa Loring Dead: Original Wednesday Addams Actress Dies At 64

Lisa Loring, the actress who is best known for playing Wednesday Addams from 1964 to 1966 in the original ‘Addams Family’ sitcom, has died, her family and her friend confirmed on Jan 29. She was 64.

The news of Loring’s passing was first revealed in a Facebook post via the actress’s close friend Laurie Jacobson. She said Loring was taken off life support on Saturday, January 28, after having suffered “a massive stroke” three days earlier.

“It is with great sadness that I report the death of our friend, Lisa Loring,” Jacobson wrote on Sunday (January 29). “4 Days ago she suffered a massive stroke brought on by smoking and 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 continued, “[Loring] is embedded in the tapestry that is pop culture and in our hearts always as Wednesday Addams. Beautiful, kind, a loving mother, Lisa’s legacy in the world of entertainment is huge. And the legacy of her family and friends — a wealth of humor, affection, and love will long play in our memories. RIP, Lisa. Damn, girl…you were a ton of fun.”

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Meanwhile, her daughter Vanessa Foumberg confirmed. “She went peacefully with both her daughters holding her hands,” Foumberg said.

Butch Patrick, who portrayed Eddie Munster on “The Munsters,” also remembered her 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 at her company just a few weeks ago. Godspeed my friend.”

Loring was born Lisa Ann DeCinces in the Marshall Islands in 1958, she later moved to Hawaii and then Los Angels with her mom. She started modeling at the age of three and landed her first role soon after, in the medical drama Dr. Kildare.

Her breakthrough came as Wednesday Addams in the classic sitcom The Addams Family, which is based on Charles Addams’ New Yorker cartoons. She became the first actor to bring Wednesday to life in the original live-action adaption, which ran for 64 episodes from 1964 to 1966.

Lisa LoringSource: amomama

The memorable character of Wednesday Addams has had a resurgence as of late, thanks to the new Netflix series starring Jenna Ortega. Loring’s portrayal reentered the conversation after a dance sequence in the new series, which witnesses Ortega paying homage to Loring’s Wednesday.

After The Addams Family, Loring kept going by joining the cast of the ABC sitcom The Pruitts of Southhampton. She also took part in the likes of Fantasy Island, Barnaby Jones, The Girl from U.N.C.L.E., and The Phyllis Diller Show. From 1980 to 1983, she portrayed the recurring role of Cricket Montgomery on the CBS soap opera As the World Turns. She also appeared in a lot of slashers in the late 80s, such as Blood Frenzy, Iced, and Savage Harbor.

Her marriage to Butler largely attracted media attention, and the duo had some public spats over Loring’s dissatisfaction with Butler’s continued involvement in the adult film industry. They finally divorced in 1992.

Loring was struggling with the disease with her daughters, Marianne and Vanessa, as well as her grandchildren, Emiliana and Charles.