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      Ann Wedgeworth

      Ann Wedgeworth

      Highest Rated: 100% Citizens Band (1977)

      Lowest Rated: 11% My Science Project (1985)

      Birthday: Jan 21, 1934

      Birthplace: Abilene, Texas, USA

      Ann Wedgeworth was an American stage, film, and television actress best known for her role as the divorcee Lana Shields on the popular sitcom "Three's Company" (ABC, 1977-1984). Born and raised in Texas, Wedgeworth always had a desire to become an actress. She decided to earn a college degree first, however, which she received in 1957 from the University of Texas. Having spent her entire life in Texas, Wedgeworth packed her bags and head to New York City to pursue her acting dream after graduation. She arrived in the late 1950s and was fortunate enough to be admitted to the famed The Actors Studio. After a few years of honing her craft, Wedgeworth began making a name for herself in the world of New York theater by appearing in numerous off-Broadway and Broadway plays throughout the 1960s. She would consistently appear in plays well into the 1980s, even winning a Tony Award for Best Actress in 1978's "Chapter Two." It was on film and TV, however, where Wedgeworth would really make name for herself as an actress. She began appearing in guest spots on TV shows in the late 50s and all throughout the 60s on shows like "Kraft Theatre" (NBC, 1947-58), "The Defenders" (CBS, 1961-65) and "Hawk" (ABC, 1966), which allowed the young Wedgeworth to hone her acting skills for the screen. Wedgeworth eventually gravitated towards films roles, and by the 1970s she was starring in such acclaimed dramas as "Scarecrow" (1973), "Bang the Drum Slowly" (1973) and "Thieves" (1977). It was her role as a sex-obsessed divorcée on "Three's Company," however, in which Wedgeworth would always be remembered. Wedgeworth continued working steadily throughout the '80s and '90s, with roles in the films "Miss Firecracker" (1989) and "Steel Magnolias" (1989), and the sitcom "Evening Shade" (CBS, 1990-94), in which she co-starred opposite Burt Reynolds, Ossie Davis and Marilu Henner. Her last credited role was in the 2006 drama "The Hawk Is Dying," which also starred Paul Giamatti and Michelle Williams. After a long and prolific acting career, Ann Wedgeworth passed away quietly at a New Jersey nursing home on November 16, 2017. She was 83.

      Highest rated movies

      Citizens Band
      Sweet Dreams
      Bang the Drum Slowly
      The Whole Wide World
      Scarecrow
      Miss Firecracker
      No Small Affair
      Made in Heaven

      Photos

      BIRCH INTERVAL, from left: Eddie Albert, Ann Wedgeworth, 1976 DRAGONFLY, (aka ONE SUMMER LOVE), Beau Bridges, Ann Wedgeworth, 1976 ANDY, Ann Wedgeworth, Murvyn Vye, 1965 FAR NORTH, from left: Jessica Lange, Ann Wedgeworth, 1988. ©Alive Films NO SMALL AFFAIR, Jon Cryer, Ann Wedgeworth, 1984, (c)Columbia Pictures FAR NORTH, Ann Wedgeworth, Tess Harper, 1988, (c)Alive Films SWEET DREAMS, Ann Wedgeworth, Jessica Lange, 1985, (c)TriStar Pictures FAR NORTH, Jessica Lange, Ann Wedgeworth, 1988, (c)Alive Films NO SMALL AFFAIR, Elizabeth Daily, Ann Wedgeworth, Jeffrey Tambor, Demi Moore, Peter Frechette, 1984, (c) Columbia FAR NORTH, Ann Wedgeworth, Patricia Arquette, 1988, (c)Alive Films SCARECROW, Ann Wedgeworth, Gene Hackman, 1973 THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD, Ann Wedgeworth, 1996. ©Sony Pictures Classics MADE IN HEAVEN, Ann Wedgeworth, James Gammon, 1987, (c)Lorimar Pictures FAR NORTH, Ann Wedgeworth, 1988, (c) Alive Films HANDLE WITH CARE, (aka CITIZEN'S BAND, aka THE GREAT AMERICAN CITIZEN'S BAND), Ann Wedgeworth, 1977 BANG THE DRUM SLOWLY, Ann Wedgeworth, Robert De Niro, 1973 SWEET DREAMS, from left: Ann Wedgeworth, Jessica Lange, 1985, © TriStar A TIGER'S TALE, Charles Durning, Ann Wedgeworth, 1987. ©Paramount FAR NORTH, Tess Harper, Jessica Lange, Ann Wedgeworth, Patricia Arquette, 1988, (c)Alive Films

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      30% 43% The Hawk Is Dying Ma (Character) $6.1K 2006
      No Score Yet 40% The Hunter's Moon Borlene (Character) - 1999
      76% 73% The Whole Wide World Mrs. Howard (Character) $330.2K 1996
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Fight for Justice: The Nancy Conn Story Mary Howell (Character) - 1995
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Cooperstown Lila Kunznick (Character) - 1993
      40% 59% Hard Promises Chris's Mom (Character) $277.7K 1991
      75% 52% Miss Firecracker Miss Blue (Character) $646.9K 1989
      13% 50% Far North Amy (Character) $23.7K 1988
      56% 82% Made in Heaven Annette Shea (Character) $4.6M 1987
      No Score Yet 42% A Tiger's Tale Claudine (Character) $34.2K 1987
      No Score Yet No Score Yet A Stranger Waits Susan Berger (Character) - 1987
      No Score Yet 25% The Men's Club Jo (Character) $1.9M 1986
      90% 81% Sweet Dreams Hilda Hensley (Character) $9.0M 1985
      11% 56% My Science Project Dolores (Character) - 1985
      No Score Yet 75% Right to Kill? Eve Whitcomb (Character) - 1985
      57% 35% No Small Affair Joan Cummings (Character) - 1984
      No Score Yet 71% Soggy Bottom, U.S.A. Dusty Wheeler (Character) - 1981
      No Score Yet 40% Killjoy Rosie (Character) - 1981
      No Score Yet 33% Bogie Mayo Methot (Character) - 1980
      100% 68% Citizens Band Dallas Angel (Character) - 1977
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Thieves Nancy (Character) - 1977
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The War Between the Tates Danielle Zimmerman (Character) - 1977
      No Score Yet 88% One Summer Love Pearlie (Character) - 1976
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Birch Interval Marie (Character) - 1976
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Catamount Killing Kit Loring (Character) - 1974
      40% 40% Law and Disorder Sally (Character) - 1974
      90% 62% Bang the Drum Slowly Katie (Character) - 1973
      76% 79% Scarecrow Frenchy (Character) - 1973
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Carry On Sergeant Unknown (Character) - 1928

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Evening Shade Merleen Elldridge (Character) 1990-1994
      76% 76% Roseanne Audrey Conner (Guest Star) 1989
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Equalizer Irene Baylor (Guest Star) 1987
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Filthy Rich Bootsie Weschester (Character) 1982-1983
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Trapper John, M.D. Unknown (Guest Star) 1982
      No Score Yet 94% Three's Company Lana Shields (Character) 1979
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Bronk Unknown (Guest Star) 1975