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Actress Lisa Loring, The Original Wednesday Addams, Dead At 64

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Lisa Loring

Lisa Loring

American actress Lisa Loring, who recreated the child character Wednesday Addams in the original ‘The Addams Family television series in the 1960s, has died. She was 64.

Her death from a stroke, reported by US media, comes to a couple of months after the release on Netflix of the spinoff show “Wednesday,” starring Jenna Ortega. Loring “passed away on Saturday surrounded by her family,” longtime agent Chris Carbaugh told CNN in a statement on Monday.

“She brought to life one of the most iconic characters in Hollywood history that is still celebrated today,” Carbaugh counted. 

Laurie Jacobson, a producer and close friend of Loring, wrote in a Facebook post that the actress had “suffered a massive stroke brought on by smoking and high blood pressure.”

“She is embedded in the tapestry that is pop culture and in our hearts always as Wednesday Addams,” Jacobson added.

Loring, born Lisa Ann DeCinces in the Marshall Islands, was cast as Wednesday in the sitcom in 1964 at the age of six.  It would be her most prominent role and set the measure for the following portrayals of Wednesday. Actress Christina Ricci took up the mantle in the 1991 film “The Addams Family” before Ortega followed up as the title character in Netflix’s Tim Burton-directed “Wednesday.”

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