Lisa Loring was just six years old when she took on the role of Wednesday Addams, the long-braided youngest daughter of Morticia and Gomez in the 1964–1966 sitcom The Addams Family. The show was based on Charles Addams’ family of characters, who’d originated in humorous cartoons about the creepy clan published in The New Yorker. Wednesday, the baby of the family, liked to play with spiders and her Marie Antoinette doll, which was often decapitated by Pugsley.
Loring was so young when she auditioned and was cast in this role that she still wasn’t an accomplished reader. “I learned to memorize before I could read,” she told the Sydney Morning Herald, calling her life “surreal.”
Wednesday Addams, portrayed by Lisa Loring, was reportedly one of creator Charles Addams’ favorite characters. As it turned out, her TV persona may have had a better life than the real little girl did. Loring’s parents divorced shorty after she was born. Later, she lost her mother due to complications from alcohol addiction. Loring was no stranger to real-life woe. She also suffered from addiction at one time.
Lisa Loring is all grown up and says that she has “fond memories” of the time she spent working on The Addams Family. The cast was a close-knit group, with Ted Cassidy being her favorite.
After The Addams Family, Loring appeared in the soap opera As The World Turns, as Cricket Montgomery, some movies. She spends less time acting these days but doesn’t regret one minute of her career. She reports that, “I do autograph shows all over the USA,” and she wouldn’t have it any other way.
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