In an Instagram post shared Sunday morning, J.C. Wendel paid tribute to her mother by writing, "Rip Elmarie Wendel, you were a great mom and a badass dame."
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Wendel’s daughter confirmed her death on Instagram Saturday.
“#ripelmariewendel,” the post reads. “You were a great mom and a badass dame.”
Wendel’s “3rd Rock” co-star Jim Beaver remembered her on social media as well.
“She was raucous, funny, endearing, and terribly, terribly sweet,” he wrote. “Goodnight, Mrs. Dubcek, wherever you are.”
Beaver starred as Happy Doug on the series.
In addition to her role on “3rd Rock,” Wendel had credits on “Seinfeld,” “Love & War,” “Murphy Brown,” “Murder, She Wrote,” and “Empty Nest.” She also had a voice role in 2012’s Dr. Seuss adaptation “The Lorax” as Aunt Grizelda. Her most recent recurring role was on “George Lopez” from 2003-2007 as Gina.
Wendel was born Nov. 23, 1928 on a farm in Howard County, Iowa and performed with her
Wendel began her career on the stage in New York City in both Broadway and off-Broadway productions. She joined the national touring company of Annie, which brought her to Los Angeles, and a successful transition into film and television.
In La, she landed the role of Mrs. Dubcek, the Solomon family’s landlady, NBC’s hit sitcom 3rd Rock from the Sun. The quirky character was a loose and free-spirited woman, who was known for her many sexual partners, and often acted as a bizarre and unlikely guide for the Solomons in handling problems in their love lives. In one episode “Dick and the Other Guy”, Sally,
Wendel worked consistently as a character actress before landing 3rd Rock in 1996. Earlier credits include guest spots on Knight Rider, The Jeffersons, The Facts of Life, Murphy Brown, Seinfeld, Major Dad, Santa Barbara, Empty Nest, Weird Science and Murder, She Wrote.
After 3rd Rock ended in 2001, Wendel guest-starred on four episodes of NYPD Blue, then landed a recurring role as the flirtatious Gina on George Lopez. She later appeared in select episodes of
Jennifer "J.C." Wendel confirmed the news Saturday night in an Instagram post, sharing an image of her actress mother along with her 3rd Rock castmates for the series' centennial episode.
"#ripelmariewendel. You were a great mom and a badass dame," J.C. Wendel wrote.
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