Lisa Loring, best remembered for her role as Addams Wednesday in the television adaptation of The Addams Family, has died aged 64. Vanessa Foumberg, Loring’s daughter, confirmed the news to The Hollywood Reporter , and added that her father passed away on January 28, 2023. Loring died of complications from high blood pressure that led to a stroke.
Foumberg went on to say:
“She passed away peacefully, with her two daughters [Vanessa and Marianne] hold her hand.”
Loring died in Burbank, California, at Providence St. Joseph.
Rest in peace Lisa Loring, the original Wednesday Addams.
Original Wednesday Dance with Ted Cassidy from the 1964 episode, Lurch Learns to Dance. pic.twitter.com/ri3wTorYUo
– Danny Deraney (@DannyDeraney) January 30, 2023
Lisa Loring is a young model and performer who started working at the age of three.
Lisa Loring was born on February 16, 1958 in Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands. When her parents divorced when she was young, she moved to Los Angeles to live with her mother. Loring started modeling at the age of three. In 1964, she made her television debut as Cindy Norcross in an episode of the NBC medical series Dr. Kildare. She then got the role of Wednesday Addams in the television version of David Levy’s cartoon Charles Addams The Addams Family. The main characters in the story are John Astin, Carolyn Jones, Jackie Coogan, Ted Cassidy, Marie Blake and Ken Weatherwax.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Lisa Loring started starring in the comedy series when she was 5 and a half years old. She once said that she memorized before learning to read to carry out her dialogues. Lisa Loring discussed her experience working on The Addams Family in a YouTube interview for Monsterpalooza 2017. She said:
“It feels like a real family – you couldn’t have picked a better cast and crew. Carolyn Jones and John Astin, commonly known as Gomez and Morticia, are like parents to me. They are wonderful.”
The TV show lasted two seasons and had 64 episodes. In 1977, the group reunited for NBC’s Halloween with the new Addams Family. Her other television appearances include The Phyllis Diller Show, The Girl from UNCLE, Fantasy Island, As the World Turns, Savage Harbor, Way Down in Chinatown, etc.
Lisa Loring has two children and has been married four times.
Lisa Loring was first married at the age of 15 in 1973. She married Farrell Foumberg, her childhood sweetheart. Vanessa Foumberg, her first child, was born the following year. On the other hand, Lisa and Farrell divorced in 1974. She married Search for Tomorrow actor Doug Stevenson in 1981. They had a daughter, Marianne, but their love was short-lived and they divorced two. the following year.
Lisa then walked down the aisle with adult movie star Jerry Butler, who vowed to give up porn but never did. In 1992, the couple divorced. In 2003, she married Graham Rich for the fourth and final time. They were married for 11 years before breaking up. Loring left behind her two grandchildren Emiliana and Charles, along with her daughter. After Loring’s death, Astin was the only surviving member of the original cast of the Addams Family.