Lisa Loring, the child actress who played the original Wednesday Addams on The Addams Family from 1964 to 1966, has died. She was 64.
Lisa was just 6 years old when she took the role of Wednesday Still, her performance established her character as a staple in entertainment/tv and was a launching pad for Netflix’s 2022 adaptation of Wednesday Adams starring Jenna Ortega.
Loring’s daughter confirmed the sad news that her mother passed away, peacefully this past Saturday from a stroke while holding both her daughter’s hands.
A friend, Laurie Jacobson, also reported the death on Facebook, writing that Loring “is embedded in the tapestry that is pop culture and in our hearts always as Wednesday Addams.”
Loring was born in the Marshall Islands to a naval family, but her parents divorced shortly after her birth and she moved to Los Angeles with her mother at age three. She began modeling, and was soon after cast in an episode of Dr. Kildare before landing the Wednesday role. After The Addams Family left the air, Loring appeared on The Pruitts of Southampton sitcom in 1966. In her 20s, she was also known for playing Cricket Montgomery on the 1980s show, As The World Turns.