Jenna Ortega, who stars as the titular character in Netflixâs Wednesday, has taken to Instagram to pay tribute to the original Wednesday Addams actor Lisa Loring.Â
Loring passed away on Jan. 28 at age 64 due to complications from a stroke. The actor starred as Wednesday in the 1966 sitcom The Addams Family. Nearly a decade later, she reprised her role in the television movie Halloween with the New Addams Family.
According to Yahoo!, Ortega shared a tribute to the late actor on her Instagram story yesterday (Jan. 31).
The Netflix star posted two black-and-white photos of Loring with the caption, “Absolutely devastated. Thank you for everything.”
Ortega has received awards recognition for her portrayal of the goth teen, garnering both Golden Globes and Screen Actors Guild nominations.Â
“Absolutely devastated. Thanks for everything.” â Jenna Ortega via Instagram Stories on the death of Lisa Loring, the original Wednesday. pic.twitter.com/KpenQNYUxm
— jennanation (@jennaortnation) January 31, 2023
Butch Patrick, known for portraying Eddie Munster in The Munsters, also paid tribute to Loring. He told Fox News Digital, “My initial reaction was one of sadness,” and added that the actor had been in âfailing healthâ prior to her death. He said, âIâm really happy that sheâs out of pain. Iâm a big believer in spirituality and the afterlife, so Iâm happy sheâs in a better place. But I miss her.â
Patrick went on to reflect on her interactions with Loring, saying that they did âsome shows together,â because their characters were seemingly cut from the same cloth. â… any promoter in their right mind would love to have Wednesday Addams and Eddie Munster in the same room to promote an appearance,â he explained.Â
âThe more we worked together, the closer we got and the deeper the friendship bond became,â Patrick said before telling a story where he met up with Loring for a club promotion event which involved their respective characters getting married. âIt was such a good time,â he added.Â
Loring is survived by her two daughters, Marianne and Vanessa. After her passing, Marianne told Variety, âShe went peacefully with both her daughters holding her hands.â
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