Ann Wedgeworth

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Ann Wedgeworth
Born Elizabeth Ann Wedgeworth
(1934-01-21) January 21, 1934 (age 80)
Abilene, Texas, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1967–present
Spouse(s) Rip Torn (1956–1961, divorced)
Ernie Martin (1970–present)
Children Danae Torn
Dianna Martin

Ann Wedgeworth (born January 21, 1934) is an award winning American actress in theatre, film and television. Wedgeworth won the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play for Chapter Two, by Neil Simon, and also appeared regularly on Another World (1967–70), Somerset (1970–73), and Evening Shade (1990–94).[1][2][3][4]

Early life[edit]

Born Elizabeth Ann Wedgeworth to Cortus and Elizabeth (née Thompson) Wedgeworth, she graduated from Highland Park High School in University Park, Texas, where she was a childhood friend and high school classmate of Jayne Mansfield. She dropped her first name after graduating from the University of Texas in 1957, and moved to New York City. After auditioning several times, she was admitted to The Actors Studio.[5][6]


In 1982, she worked with Linda Bloodworth-Thomason in her first series, Filthy Rich, playing ditsy, good-natured Bootsie Westchester. In 1989, she played Audrey Conner, the emotionally fragile mother of Dan Conner (played by John Goodman) on Roseanne.

Throughout the 1980s, Wedgworth took many supporting film roles, often playing mothers, such as in No Small Affair, as Jon Cryer's mother, and in 1987's Made in Heaven as a mother unknowingly reunited with her dead son, and Patsy Cline's mother in Sweet Dreams starring Jessica Lange and Ed Harris in 1985. In 1989 she portrayed Aunt Fern in Steel Magnolias. She appeared in the 1991 film Hard Promises. From 1990–94 she played Merleen Eldridge on the sitcom Evening Shade. Most recently, she appeared in The Hawk Is Dying, with Paul Giamatti, which opened at the Sundance Film Festival.

She appeared off-Broadway at New York's Promenade Theatre from December 5, 1985 until June 1, 1986 in Sam Shepard's A Lie of the Mind, co-starring Harvey Keitel and Geraldine Page; coincidentally Page, a decade Wedgeworth's senior, had married actor Rip Torn after his divorce from Wedgeworth. At the time Page and Torn were married, but were estranged at the time of Page's death in 1987.

Personal life[edit]

She married Rip Torn in 1955. They have a daughter, actress Danae Torn. The couple divorced in 1961. In 1970 she married acting teacher and director Ernie Martin, and they have a daughter, actress/acting teacher/writer Dianna Martin.


  1. ^ "TV Guide: Ann Wedgeworth". © CBS Interactive Inc. Retrieved 24 December 2013. 
  2. ^ "Ann Wedgeworth"., Inc. Retrieved 24 December 2013. 
  3. ^ Sheff, David (1980-01-21). "Ann Wedgeworth Discovers That Three's Company the Hard Way—the Show Fires Her". People Magazine. Retrieved 2013-12-23. 
  4. ^ "Ann Wedgeworth accepts Tony Award". Youtube. Youtube. Retrieved 24 December 2013. 
  5. ^ Peterson, James (1978-01-22). "Role Just Right for Ann". The Toledo Blade. Retrieved 2012-12-09. 
  6. ^ Garfield, David (1980). "Appendix: Life Members of The Actors Studio as of January 1980". A Player's Place: The Story of The Actors Studio. New York: MacMillan Publishing Co. Inc. p. 278. ISBN 0-02-542650-8. 

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