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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 21 January 1934Abilene, Texas, USA
Birth NameElizabeth Ann Wedgeworth
Nickname Liz

Mini Bio (1)

Ann Wedgeworth was born January 21, 1934 in Abilene, Texas to Cortus and Elizabeth Wedgeworth, she graduated from from Highland Park High School in University Park, and later graduated from the University of Texas in 1957. After graduation, Ann moved to New York City and auditioned several times before she was admitted to The Actors Studio. Her debut film appearance was in Andy (1965), and for the past four decades she took supporting roles in several films, and earned two NSFC Award nominations for her performances in Handle with Care (1977) and Sweet Dreams (1985).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: tony.r.vario@gmail.com

Spouse (2)

Ernest Martin (1970 - present) (1 child)
Rip Torn (15 January 1955 - 1961) (divorced) (1 child)

Trivia (9)

Attended The University of Texas at Austin (graduated 1957).
Attended high school in Dallas with Jayne Mansfield.
Wedgeworth (Lana Shields) had the shortest run on Three's Company (1977) in the 1979-1980 season.
Childhood friends with actress Jayne Mansfield.
Won Broadway's 1978 Tony Award as Best Actress (Featured Role - Play) for "Chapter Two."
Won a Drama Desk Award for her role in "A Lie of the Mind" (1986).
Over fifteen years after their divorce, she appeared with ex-husband Rip Torn in the film Birch Interval (1976). By this time, he was married to actress Geraldine Page.
Wife of director and acting teacher Ernest Martin, and the mother of Danae Torn and Dianna Martin.
Wedgeworth joined the seasoned cast of Three's Company (1977) in 1979 as bosomy neighbor-divorcée Lana Shields, who had strict and assertive designs on John Ritter's Jack Tripper character. It was a tawdry, one-note character who really didn't fit in with the harmless leering and silly, physical slapstick of the show. She was promptly written out of the series mid-season with no explanation given in the story for Lana's disappearance. Later, Wedgeworth revealed that she wasn't fired but asked to be let go. After shooting a couple of episodes of the show, Wedgeworth said, some of the cast members were complaining about the size of her part and the character dwindled down to practically nothing. Wedgeworth asked the producers to write the part of Lana back to the way it was intended or release her.

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