Ann Wedgeworth, a Tony Award-winning Broadway actress better remembered for her extensive TV portfolio, including a brief turn as a flirty divorcée on the hit sitcom “Three’s Company” and her featured role on the Burt Reynolds series “Evening Shade,” died Nov. 16 in New York.
Ms. Wedgeworth, a Texas native, once told the New York Times that she was so naturally shy and intimidated by strangers that she sometimes “cries and screams” at the notion of attending a cocktail party.
Nevertheless, her buxom good looks, twangy accent and trademark piles of auburn hair led to her being typecast as “happy hookers” and other dim but appealing women of easy virtue on stage and screen, including the films “Bang the Drum Slowly” starring Robert De Niro and “Scarecrow” with Gene Hackman and Al Pacino (both 1973).
She moves like Isadora Duncan, has the comic timing of Jack Benny, the forlorn sweetness of Marilyn Monroe, the wise innocence of Judy Holliday.”
She continued to tally TV credits, including a key supporting role on the popular CBS series “Evening Shade” from 1990 to 1994 as a small town Arkansas doctor’s eccentric wife.
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