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|Known for:||Steel Magnolias, The Whole Wide World, Scarecrow|
|Birth name:||Elizabeth Ann Wedgeworth|
|Birthday:||21 January 1935, Abilene, Texas, USA|
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TriviaAttended The University of Texas at Austin (graduated 1957). Wedgeworth (Lana Shields) had the shortest run on "Three's Company" (1977) in the 1979-1980 season. Won Broadway's 1978 Tony Award as Best Actress (Featured Role - Play) for "Chapter Two." Over fifteen years after their divorce, she appeared with ex-husband Rip Torn in the film Birch Interval (1976). By this time, he was married to actress Geraldine Page. Wedgeworth joined the seasoned cast of "Three's Company" (1977) in 1979 as bosomy neighbor-divorcée Lana Shields, who had strict and assertive designs on John Ritter's Jack Tripper character. It was a tawdry, one-note character who really didn't fit in with the harmless leering and silly, physical slapstick of the show. She was promptly written out of the series mid-season with no explanation given in the story for Lana's disappearance. Later, Wedgeworth revealed that she wasn't fired but asked to be let go. After shooting a couple of episodes of the show, Wedgeworth said, some of the cast members were complaining about the size of her part and the character dwindled down to practically nothing. Wedgeworth asked the producers to write the part of Lana back to the way it was intended or release her.