Ann Wedgeworth

Ann Wedgeworth

Highest Rated: 100% Citizens Band (1977)

Lowest Rated: 11% My Science Project (1985)

Birthday: Jan 21, 1934

Birthplace: Abilene, Texas, USA

Ann Wedgeworth was an American stage, film, and television actress best known for her role as the divorcee Lana Shields on the popular sitcom "Three's Company" (ABC, 1977-1984). Born and raised in Texas, Wedgeworth always had a desire to become an actress. She decided to earn a college degree first, however, which she received in 1957 from the University of Texas. Having spent her entire life in Texas, Wedgeworth packed her bags and head to New York City to pursue her acting dream after graduation. She arrived in the late 1950s and was fortunate enough to be admitted to the famed The Actors Studio. After a few years of honing her craft, Wedgeworth began making a name for herself in the world of New York theater by appearing in numerous off-Broadway and Broadway plays throughout the 1960s. She would consistently appear in plays well into the 1980s, even winning a Tony Award for Best Actress in 1978's "Chapter Two." It was on film and TV, however, where Wedgeworth would really make name for herself as an actress. She began appearing in guest spots on TV shows in the late 50s and all throughout the 60s on shows like "Kraft Theatre" (NBC, 1947-58), "The Defenders" (CBS, 1961-65) and "Hawk" (ABC, 1966), which allowed the young Wedgeworth to hone her acting skills for the screen. Wedgeworth eventually gravitated towards films roles, and by the 1970s she was starring in such acclaimed dramas as "Scarecrow" (1973), "Bang the Drum Slowly" (1973) and "Thieves" (1977). It was her role as a sex-obsessed divorcée on "Three's Company," however, in which Wedgeworth would always be remembered. Wedgeworth continued working steadily throughout the '80s and '90s, with roles in the films "Miss Firecracker" (1989) and "Steel Magnolias" (1989), and the sitcom "Evening Shade" (CBS, 1990-94), in which she co-starred opposite Burt Reynolds, Ossie Davis and Marilu Henner. Her last credited role was in the 2006 drama "The Hawk Is Dying," which also starred Paul Giamatti and Michelle Williams. After a long and prolific acting career, Ann Wedgeworth passed away quietly at a New Jersey nursing home on November 16, 2017. She was 83.

Highest rated movies

Citizens Band
Bang the Drum Slowly
Sweet Dreams
The Whole Wide World
Miss Firecracker
No Small Affair
Made in Heaven




30% 42% The Hawk Is Dying Ma (Character) $6.1K 2006
No Score Yet 40% The Hunter's Moon Borlene (Character) - 1999
76% 73% The Whole Wide World Mrs. Howard (Character) $330.2K 1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet Fight for Justice: The Nancy Conn Story Mary Howell (Character) - 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cooperstown Lila Kunznick (Character) - 1993
40% 58% Hard Promises Chris's Mom (Character) $277.7K 1991
75% 52% Miss Firecracker Miss Blue (Character) $646.9K 1989
13% 50% Far North Amy (Character) $23.7K 1988
No Score Yet 44% A Tiger's Tale Claudine (Character) $34.2K 1987
50% 83% Made in Heaven Annette Shea (Character) $4.6M 1987
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Stranger Waits Susan Berger (Character) - 1987
No Score Yet 25% The Men's Club Jo (Character) $1.9M 1986
90% 81% Sweet Dreams Hilda Hensley (Character) $9.0M 1985
No Score Yet 75% Right to Kill? Eve Whitcomb (Character) - 1985
11% 56% My Science Project Dolores (Character) - 1985
57% 33% No Small Affair Joan Cummings (Character) - 1984
No Score Yet 40% Killjoy Rosie (Character) - 1981
No Score Yet 71% Soggy Bottom, U.S.A. Dusty Wheeler (Character) - 1981
No Score Yet 33% Bogie Mayo Methot (Character) - 1980
No Score Yet No Score Yet Thieves Nancy (Character) - 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet The War Between the Tates Danielle Zimmerman (Character) - 1977
100% 68% Citizens Band Dallas Angel (Character) - 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet Birch Interval Marie (Character) - 1976
No Score Yet 88% One Summer Love Pearlie (Character) - 1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Catamount Killing Kit Loring (Character) - 1974
No Score Yet 40% Law and Disorder Sally (Character) - 1974
77% 79% Scarecrow Frenchy (Character) - 1973
92% 62% Bang the Drum Slowly Katie (Character) - 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet Carry On Sergeant Unknown (Character) - 1928


No Score Yet No Score Yet Evening Shade Merleen Elldridge (Character) 1990-1994
76% 69% Roseanne Audrey Conner (Guest Star) 1989
No Score Yet 100% The Equalizer Unknown (Guest Star) 1987
No Score Yet No Score Yet Filthy Rich Bootsie Weschester (Character) 1982-1983
22% No Score Yet Trapper John, M.D. Unknown (Guest Star) 1982
No Score Yet 100% Three's Company Lana Shields (Character) 1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bronk Unknown (Guest Star) 1975