Ann Wedgeworth, a Tony winner for her performance in Neil Simon’s 1977 comedy Chapter Two, has died at age 83. The stage and screen actor passed away in New York on November 16 after a long illness, daughter Dianna Martin told The Hollywood Reporter.
Wedgeworth’s career started on Broadway in 1958 in Carroll Moore and Norman Barasch’s comedy Make a Million. She continued to act on and Off-Broadway while balancing a screen career. Her Broadway credits included Tennessee Williams’ Period of Adjustment (1960), James Baldwin’s Blues for Mister Charlie (1964), Saul Bellow’s The Last Analysis (1964), and Herb Gardner’s Thieves (1974).
Her Tony-winning turn as Faye Medwick in Chapter Two marked her last Broadway production. The play was later adapted into a film directed by Robert Moor, but Wedgeworth did not reprise her role. She did however, return to the role of Nancy in the 1977 film adaptation of Thieves.
Her film roles also included Aunt Fern in Steel Magnolias, Hilda in Sweet Dreams with Jessica Lange and Ed Harris, Frenchy in the 1973 movie Scarecrow, and Dallas Angel in Citizens Band. The latter won her a National Society of Film Critics Awards prize for Best Supporting Actress.
On television, she played the role of Lana Shields in Three’s Company (1979), and was also a series regular on Filthy Rich (1982–1983) and Evening Shade (1990–1994).
Wedgeworth was born in Abilene, Texas January 21, 1935.