Lisa Loring, who played young Wednesday Addams on «The Addams Family» from 1964 to 1966 and also appeared on «As the World Turns,» died Saturday of a stroke, her daughter Vanessa Foumberg confirmed. She was 64 years old.
“She left in peace with her two daughters holding hands,” Foumberg said.
A friend, Laurie Jacobson, reported her death on Facebook, writing that she was «always in our hearts as Wednesday Addams.»
Butch Patrick, who played Eddie Munster in “The Munsters,” also remembered her on Facebook, writing: “So sorry to hear of the passing of my dear friend Lisa Loring. We were very close and often worked together. I know I was very weak. I was in her company just a few weeks ago. Good luck my friend.
Loring’s fruit dance called «The Drew» gained renewed attention with the new Netflix series «Wednesday,» in which Jenna Ortega does her own interpretation of the Wednesday dance. Her character, Wednesday Addams, was sweet but somber and had a penchant for collecting creepy pets, including a black widow spider named Homer and a lizard named Lucifer, as well as playing with a headless doll.
Loring was born in the Marshall Islands to parents who had served in the Navy and lived in Hawaii before coming to Los Angeles with her mother. She started modeling at the age of 3 and later participated in an episode of “Dr. Kildare.
After «The Addams Family» finished its two seasons, Loring joined Phyllis Diller’s sitcom «The Pruitts of Southampton.»
He made appearances on shows like «The Girl From UNCLE,» «Fantasy Island» and «Barnaby Jones,» then landed a recurring role as Cricket Montgomery on «As the World Turns» from 1980 to 1983.
Later in the 1980s, she starred in genre films like «Savage Harbor» and «Blood Frenzy» and worked as a make-up artist on adult films under the name «Maxine Factor.»
He is survived by two daughters, Marianne and Vanessa.