Her daughter Dianna Martin confirmed the tragic news to the Hollywood Reporter, and a woman who said she was Wedgeworth's niece did the same on Facebook, writing, "My attractive aunt, actress, Ann Wedgeworth has passed tonight" on Thursday.
Wedgeworth is most known for playing Lana Shields in 1979 sitcom Three's Company, along with Merleen Elldridge in 1990's Evening Shade. She won the 1978 Tony award for best featured actress in a play for her performance in Neil Simon's "Chapter Two".
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Over the course of her extended career, the actress enjoyed roles across television, film, and theater. Wedgeworth later said her character was dropped after nine episodes because Ritter felt it made no sense that his randy character, just 15 years her junior, would be so opposed to her attentions. In a 1980 interview with People, Wedgeworth said she "had no warning or explanation".
Wedgeworth was born in Abilene, Texas January 21, 1935. Wedgeworth is survived by daughters Danae and Dianna. Her father was the superintendent of a local school and her mother died when Ann was 2 years old. She went on to star in many plays before gradually moving into TV and movie work.
She was married twice, including one marriage to actor Rip Torn. In 1970, she married acting coach Ernest Martin, with whom she had another daughter and stepson.