Before Christina Ricci and Jenna Ortega there was Lisa Loring, the original actor to play the beloved character Wednesday Addams in “The Addams Family,” the live-action series from the 1960s. We’ve learned the sad news that Loring has passed away at just 64 years old. Variety reports that Loring suffered a stroke last week, passing away on January, 28 due to complications.
Lisa Loring is survived by her daughters Marianne and Vanessa Foumberg. “She went peacefully with both her daughters holding her hands,” Vanessa Foumberg tells Variety.
“The Munsters” star Butch Patrick writes on Facebook, “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.”
Lisa Loring played Wednesday Addams in all 64 episodes of “The Addams Family” between 1964-1966, turning Charles Addams’ cartoon character into a live-action pop culture icon.
Post-“The Addams Family,” Loring appeared in “The Phyliss Diller Show,” “The Girl from U.N.C.L.E.,” “Fantasy Island,” “As the World Turns,” Savage Harbor, and the 1980s horror movies Blood Frenzy (1987) and Iced (1989). Ten years after “Addams Family” ended, Loring returned to play Wednesday one more time in the TV movie Halloween With the New Addams Family.