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Iconic American Television Actress Dead At 80



Lynn Loring

Lynn Loring, who starred on such hit television shows as “Search for Tomorrow” and “The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis,” has reportedly passed away at the age of 80. The cause of death is being reported as a series of chronic illnesses.

The beloved actress passed away in a Tarzana, California hospital on Decemeber 23, 2023. Her death has just now been publicly acknowledged. Getting her first acting gig at just seven years old, Loring was a prolific actor with many credits. reports on her,

Loring began her career as a child star, joining the cast of the soap opera “Search for Tomorrow” in its first season when she was just seven years old. She played Patti Baron, daughter of “Queen of Soaps” Mary Stuart’s (1926–2002) character, for 10 years.

Loring successfully continued her acting career as a teen and young adult, beginning with a role in the movie “Splendor in the Grass.” She had a recurring role on “The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis” as Edwina Kegel, the beatnik girlfriend of Maynard G. Krebs. Loring also starred in “Fair Exchange” and had a recurring role in “The F.B.I.” Her other TV appearances included “Perry Mason,” “Bonanza,” “My Three Sons,” “The Mod Squad,” and “Police Woman.”

After leaving acting in the 1970s, Loring later returned to the entertainment world not as a performer, but in an executive capacity. She worked briefly as a casting director, then began producing. Her production successes included “Mr. Mom” and the TV movie “The Return of Mod Squad.” Later, as a development executive at MGM-UA Television, she had the idea to develop a TV adaptation of “In the Heat of the Night” and cast Carroll O’Connor (1924–2001) as one of its stars. The successful series ran for seven seasons. In 1989, she became president of MGM-UA Television, one of the first women to hold a position on that level in Hollywood.


Loring has a history of not only being an accomplished artist in the form of her acting, but also as a successful executive that women everywhere look to for inspiration. Being born in 1943, you can assuredly include Loring in the age of women who pioneered female involvement in many industries around the world.

The world that Loring was born into was a very different place for women than the one she left behind, a much more equal place. Her success may have played a small part in that progress, and for that, she will always be remembered, as well as for her talents as an actress. Rest in peace!

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