Lisa Loring, The Original Wednesday Addams, Is Dead At 64

Loring was born Lisa Ann DeCinces on February 16, 1958. Her career also included the TV series “The Pruitts of Southampton,” the soap opera “As the World Turns,” and B-movies such as “Blood Frenzy”, “Iced”, and “Savage Harbor.” Loring was first married at age 15 in 1973, the same year she gave birth to a daughter. Loring would marry three more times and have another child.

Loring’s death was confirmed on Facebook (via Deadline) by her friend Laure Jacobson. Jacobson wrote: 

“It is with great sadness that I report the death of our friend, Lisa Loring. 4 Days ago she suffered a massive stroke brought on by smoking and high blood pressure. She had been on life support for 3 days. Yesterday, her family made the difficult decision to remove it and she passed last night…She is embedded in the tapestry that is pop culture and in our hearts always as Wednesday Addams. Beautiful, kind, a loving mother, Lisa’s legacy in the world of entertainment is huge. And the legacy for her family and friends — a wealth of humor, affection and love will long play in our memories. RIP, Lisa. Damn, girl…you were a ton of fun.”

Loring’s daughter, Vanessa Foumberg, added:

“She went peacefully with both her daughters holding her hands.” 

Some of Loring’s other work included roles in such projects as TV series “The Girl from U.N.C.L.E.,” “Barnaby Jones,” and “The Phyllis Diller Show,” the TV movie “Gabe and Walker,” and films “Way Down in Chinatown” and “Doctor Spine,” her final acting job. Like many former child stars, Loring’s adult life was tumultuous. As People magazine reported in 1995, Loring “turned to drugs and eventually heroin” in the early ’90s, but got clean in rehab. “I was disillusioned about my adult life,” she said. At the time, she hoped for comeback work, stating: “I will not do any schlock. But I’d love to do a Quentin Tarantino film.”

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