An actress known for the sitcom “Three’s Company” and for appearing with Robert De Niro in “Bang the Drum Slowly” and with Gene Hackman in “Scarecrow,” both in 1973, has died. Ann Wedgeworth died Thursday near her home in New York after a long illness, according to media reports. She was 83.
Wedgeworth appeared in an arc on season four of ABC’s “Three’s Company,” playing Lana Shields, an older woman who was interested in her young neighbor, Jack, played by John Ritter.
Wedgeworth also worked on the stage, winning a Tony in 1978 for “Chapter Two.”
In the 1990s, Wedgeworth had a long run as Merleen Elldridge on the Burt Reynolds series “Evening Shade.”