Morticia Addams (née Frump) is a fictitious character from the television and film series The Addams Family. Charles Addams, a cartoonist, created the character in 1933.Morticia first featured as the family’s stern, distant matriarch in Charles Addams’ newspaper cartoons. She featured frequently with the rest of the family, and was one of the few characters to talk in the cartoons, along with Gomez and Grandmama.
Morticia Addams Background
Morticia Addams is the mother of Wednesday, Pugsley, and Pubert Addams, and the wife of Gomez Addams. In the 1930s, the creature first appeared in Charles Addams’ cartoons for The New Yorker magazine. There were no names for the family members of the cartoons. The moniker “mortician” was chosen by Charles Addams when the characters were adapted for the 1964 television series. Morticia has an elder sister named Ophelia, and her maiden name is “Frump” (also played by Carolyn Jones, in the original TV series).
Her mother (Uncle Fester’s sister) was named Hester Frump (played by Margaret Hamilton) in the television series. Grandmama Addams is her mother-in-law. Grandmama and Fester’s family relationships are altered in the Addams Family flicks of the 1990s. Morticia’s mother, not Gomez’s, is Grandmama, and Fester is Gomez’s brother, not Morticia’s uncle.
Morticia is characterized as a witch, with thin features, pale skin, and long, straight black hair. She is shown wearing a black pointed hat in one episode. She frequently wears black hobble dresses with a fringe of octopus-like material “tentacles” at the lower hem to match her hair. Morticia, according to Wednesday, uses baking powder instead of makeup on her face. She easily seduces her husband Gomez by speaking French in each episode (or any other foreign language for that matter).
Morticia enjoys music and is frequently seen strumming a Japanese shamisen. She enjoys plucking the blossoms of roses and discarding them (only saving the stems), cutting out paper dolls with three heads and constructing sweaters with three arms, collecting mail from the hand-in-the-box Thing, and cooking weird concoctions for her spouse, such as eye of newt.
Cleopatra, a hypothetical breed of carnivorous plant known as an African Strangler, is her particular pet, to whom she feeds hamburgers and other meat.Morticia’s family tree may be traced back to Salem, Massachusetts, and the television series make references to witchcraft at times.
Morticia, for example, enjoys “smoky,” an activity that does not include cigarettes or cigars (like her husband does), but rather smoke that emanates from beneath her. She was named one of Yahoo Top !’ s 10 TV Moms from Six Decades of Television for the years 1964–1966 in 2009.She was named one of the 100 Most Memorable Female Television Characters by AOL.
Carolyn Jones portrayed Morticia in the TV series and the New Addams Family TV movie on Halloween, as well as Anjelica Huston in The Addams Family and its sequel Addams Family Values. Huston’s Morticia was usually characterized by a ghostly glow around the eyes, which was most evident when she was standing or reclining in poor light.
In the 1998 film Addams Family Reunion, Daryl Hannah portrayed Morticia. In the revival series The New Addams Family, Canadian actress Ellie Harvie portrays Morticia. Morticia was voiced by Janet Waldo in the original animated series, which aired in 1973. Jones also voiced this character in a Scooby-Doo episode featuring the family on The New Scooby-Doo Movies.
Nancy Linari provided her voice in the 1992 animated series. Morticia was played by Bebe Neuwirth in the 2010 Broadway musical. On June 28, 2011, Brooke Shields took over the role of Morticia. Morticia was also a source of inspiration for Walt Disney’s Magica De Spell, which was created by Carl Barks.
Morticia’s design was also used to create Natasha Fatale, a villain from the Rocky and Bullwinkle cartoons. In The Addams Family, Charlize Theron plays Morticia (2019). In the sequel, which was released on October 1, 2021, Theron reprised her role.In the new Netflix series Wednesday, Catherine Zeta-Jones will play Morticia.