Saturday, April 13, 2024

RIP Tony Winner Ann Wedgeworth, Famous Also for “Three’s Company” and NYC Based Soap Operas


Ann Wedgeworth has passed away. She won a Tony Award in 1978 for Neil Simon’s “Chapter Two” on Broadway. Four years later she was part of the original cast of the TV hit, “Three’s Company.” She was featured in Burt Reynold’s hit TV series, “Evening Shade.” She had a long list of credits over 40 years of acting, and was even married Rip Torn before he married Geraldine Page. Ann Wedgeworth had great reviews and some awards attention for two more movies, “Handle with Care” and “Sweet Dreams.”

I remember her because from 1967 to 1974 she played Lahoma Lucas on the soap opera “Another World.” That’s seven years of afternoon homework with Lahoma’s southern drawl and wild hair a stark contrast to the staid ladies of soaps. She played a great floozy. Wedgeworth was one of many actors on New York soaps who also worked on Broadway in serious stuff. The New York soaps, especially the ones produced by the dreadful Procter and Gamble, were full of these people, almost all gone now.

I couldn’t find a clip of Wedgeworth on the soaps, but here she is accepted her Tony Award in 1978. She looks like she was quite a handful and a lot of fun. RIP.


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Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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