Lisa Loring will be remembered as the first Merlina, (“Wednesday”, in the English version) in the television series “The Addams Family”. The actress died at age 64as reported by The Hollywood Reporter on Monday.
Lisa Loring became famous for playing Merlina in the original version of “The Addams Family” in 1964.. He only participated in the series, but that was enough for him to create a style in the character that would later be taken up by other actresses who would also give life to little Addams.
Perhaps one of Merlina’s most famous scenes is one in which she dances in front of “Largo”, the family butler, to teach him how to do it. A character who seemed gloomy, but had a good heart, and who always remained serious, hardly speaking, making only brief statements with a very deep characteristic voice; an analogy of the literary character Frankenstein, by the English writer Mary Shelley.
In the video, Merlina activates a record player to show some modern steps to “Largo.” The dance is contagious and the butler follows her, until Morticia arrives to interrupt the sequence..
Loring died Saturday night at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, California, from complications of a stroke caused by high blood pressure, her daughter Vanessa Foumberg told the specialized magazine.
Lisa Loring, inspiration for the “Merlina Challenge”?
Probably, Merilna’s first dance inspired her most recent protagonist.
The recent series Merlina, from Netflix, took to social networks after its premiere at the beginning of the year and inspired a new challenge that users began to replicate until it became very popular: the so-called “Merlina Challenge”.
What was the “Merlina Challenge” about?
Originally, the challenge began on TikTok, although little by little it made its way to other social networks, such as Twitter.
In the Merlina series, the main character, played by the actress Jenna Ortega, performs a peculiar dance that was imitated by many fans. Thus, the “Merlina Challenge” consists, precisely, of reproducing the steps to the rhythm of the song Goo Goo Muck by The Cramps, just like the youngest of the Addams family does.
The impact of the “Merlina Challenge” was such that every moment more videos were added about it on social networks and, even, dance tutorials were made to explain how to do it.
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