Ann Wedgeworth

Ann Wedgeworth (born January 21, 1935) is a Tony award winning American actress, best known for her role as Lahoma Vane Lucas on the daytime dramas Another World (1967–70), Somerset (1970–73) and on two sitcoms: as Lana Shields on the Three's Company (1979), and as Merleen Eldridge on Evening Shade (1990–94). She attended the University of Texas and was a childhood friend and high school classmate of Jayne Mansfield. Wedgeworth joined the cast of Three's Company in 1979. After the departure of Mr. and Mrs. Roper, Wedgeworth somewhat replaced Mrs. Roper's love-starved personality as Lana Shields, an older neighbor who has had three previous husbands. Lana first appears in "Love Thy Neighbor" (season 4, episode 2), when Jack Tripper is talked into being Lana's date. "Mrs. Shields", as Jack originally addresses her, becomes head-over-heels in love with him, and by the end of the episode has moved in next door to Jack, Janet Wood, and Chrissy Snow. However, after a few episodes Lana's appearances became smaller and less frequent. Lana disappeared from the show before mid-season, with no explanation given.


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