Pocahontas was a Native American woman notable for her association with the colonial settlement at Jamestown, Virginia. She was the daughter of Powhatan, the paramount chief of a network of tributary tribes in the Tsenacommacah, encompassing the Tidewater region of Virginia, she saved the life of Colonist John Smith in 1607, being held captive by her tribe, by placing her head upon Smith's when her father raised his war club to execute him. Pocahontas was captured and held for ransom by the Colonists during hostilities in 1613. During her captivity, she took the name Rebecca; when the opportunity arose for her to return to her people, she chose to remain with the Colonists. She married tobacco planter John Rolfe in April 1614 at age 17, she bore their son Thomas Rolfe in January 1615. In 1616, the Rolfes travelled to London where Pocahontas was presented to English society as an example of the "civilized savage" in hopes of stimulating investment in the Jamestown settlement, she became something of a celebrity, was elegantly fêted, attended a masque at Whitehall Palace.
In 1617, the Rolfes set sail for Virginia, but Pocahontas died at Gravesend of unknown causes, aged 20 or 21. She was buried in St George's Church, Gravesend in England, but her grave's exact location is unknown, as the church has been rebuilt. Numerous places and products in the United States have been named after Pocahontas, her story has been romanticized over the years, she is a subject of art and film. Many famous people have claimed to be among her descendants through her son, including members of the First Families of Virginia, First Lady Edith Wilson, American Western actor Glenn Strange, Las Vegas performer Wayne Newton, astronomer Percival Lowell. Pocahontas's birth year is unknown, but some historians estimate it to have been around 1596. In A True Relation of Virginia, Smith described meeting Pocahontas in the spring of 1608 when she was "a child of ten years old". In a 1616 letter, he again described her as she was in 1608, but this time as "a child of twelve or thirteen years of age".
Pocahontas was the daughter of Chief Powhatan, paramount chief of Tsenacommacah, an alliance of about 30 Algonquian-speaking groups and petty chiefdoms in Tidewater, Virginia. Her mother's name and origin are unknown, but she was of lowly status. Henry Spelman of Jamestown had lived among the Powhatan as an interpreter, he noted that, when one of the paramount chief's many wives gave birth, she was returned to her place of origin and supported there by the paramount chief until she found another husband. According to Powhatan traditions, Pocahontas's mother died in childbirth; the Mattaponi Reservation people are descendants of the Powhatans, their oral tradition claims that Pocahontas's mother was the first wife of Powhatan, that Pocahontas was named after her. According to colonist William Strachey, "Pocahontas" was a childhood nickname meaning "little wanton". Strachey's 1610 account describes her as a child visiting the fort at Jamestown and playing with the young boys. According to anthropologist Helen C.
Rountree, Pocahontas revealed her secret name to the colonists "only after she had taken another religious—baptismal—name" of Rebecca. Pocahontas is viewed as a princess in popular culture. In 1841, William Watson Waldron of Trinity College, Dublin published Pocahontas, American Princess: and Other Poems, calling her "the beloved and only surviving daughter of the king", she was her father's "delight and darling", according to colonist Captain Ralph Hamor but she was not in line to inherit a position as a weroance, sub-chief, or mamanatowick. Instead, Powhatan's brothers and sisters and his sisters' children all stood in line to succeed him. In his A Map of Virginia, John Smith explained how matrilineal inheritance worked among the Powhatans: His kingdom descendeth not to his sonnes nor children: but first to his brethren, whereof he hath three namely Opitchapan and Catataugh. First to the eldest sister to the rest: and after them to the heires male and female of the eldest sister. Pocahontas is most famously linked to colonist Captain John Smith who arrived in Virginia with 100 other settlers in April 1607 where they built a fort on a marshy peninsula on the James River.
The colonists had numerous encounters over the next several months with the people of Tsenacommacah—some of them friendly, some hostile. A hunting party led by Powhatan's close relative Opechancanough captured Smith in December 1607 while he was exploring on the Chickahominy River and brought him to Powhatan's capital at Werowocomoco. In his 1608 account, Smith describes a great feast followed by a long talk with Powhatan, he does not mention Pocahontas in relation to his capture, claims that they first met some months later. Margaret Huber suggests that Powhatan was attempting to bring Smith and the other colonists under his own authority, he offered Smith rule of the town of Capahosic, close to his capital at Werowocomoco, as he hoped to keep Smith and his men "nearby and better under control". In 16
John Franklin (actor)
John Franklin is an American actor best known for playing Isaac Chroner in Children of the Corn, Cousin Itt in The Addams Family. He was born John Paul Salapatek in Blue Island, Illinois, a southern suburb of Chicago, on June 16, 1959; as a child, Franklin suffered from a growth hormone deficiency. In 1977, John graduated from Dwight D. Eisenhower High School, he graduated from the University of Illinois in 1983 with a BFA in teaching. In 1983, John Franklin moved to Los Angeles, he appeared in commercials before auditioning for the role of Isaac in Stephen King's Children of the Corn. After Children of the Corn, Franklin went on to appear in the kids' variety show Kids Incorporated, guest starring in two episodes, "The Leprechaun" and "Space Case." He appeared in many commercials again before guest starring as Arnie in Highway to Heaven, playing a mentally handicapped teenage runaway. He would play chucky in shots where the killer doll would be seen moving in The 1988 movie Child's Play. In 1991, Franklin landed the role of Cousin Itt in The Addams Family and reprised the role in 1993's Addams Family Values.
Throughout the 1990s, Franklin appeared as a guest on several TV shows, including Chicago Hope and Star Trek: Voyager guest starred with David Morse in George B. and with Steve Guttenberg in Tower of Terror. In 1999, Franklin reprised his debut role, Isaac, in Children of the Corn 666: Isaac's Return, co-writing the script with his cousin Tim Sulka. In 2000, he landed a small role in co starred as Morluv in The Christmas Secret. Franklin worked as an English teacher at Golden Valley High School in Santa Clarita, California, he explained, After the events of 9/11, I saw the shallowness of showbiz and felt a great desire to leave a greater legacy than just being Cousin Itt. Teaching seemed to be a perfect fit for my theatrical talents and to touch many lives." At the end of the 2015-2016 school year, Franklin announced to the students and staff of Golden Valley High School that he would be retiring from teaching to reprise his career as a writer and actor. He is working on several projects, including a young adult novel.
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Charles Samuel Addams was an American cartoonist known for his darkly humorous and macabre characters. He signed his cartoons Chas Addams; some of the recurring characters, who became known as the Addams Family, have been the basis for spin-offs in several other forms of media. Addams was born in New Jersey. Son of Grace M. and Charles Huey Addams, a piano-company executive who had studied to be an architect, he was known as "something of a rascal around the neighborhood" as childhood friends recalled. Addams was distantly related to U. S. presidents John Adams and John Quincy Adams, despite the different spellings of their last names, was a first cousin twice removed to noted social reformer Jane Addams. A house on Elm Street, another on Dudley Avenue into which police once caught him breaking and entering, are said to be the inspiration for the Addams Family mansion in his cartoons. College Hall, the oldest building on the current campus of the University of Pennsylvania, where Addams studied, was an inspiration for the mansion.
He was fond of visiting the Presbyterian Cemetery on Mountain Avenue. One friend said of him: "His sense of humor was a little different from everybody else's." He was artistically inclined, "drawing with a happy vengeance," according to a biographer. His father encouraged him to draw, Addams did cartoons for the Westfield High School student literary magazine, Weathervane, he attended Colgate University in 1929 and 1930. At the corners of West Kendrick and Maple Avenues in Hamilton, NY, is another home, myth, that may have inspired the Addams Family house, he attended the University of Pennsylvania, where a fine-arts building on campus is named for him, in 1930 and 1931. In front of the building is a sculpture of the silhouettes of Addams Family characters, the library at Penn State contains a mural which he created in 1952 and depicts prominent Addams Family members, he studied at the Grand Central School of Art in New York City in 1931 and 1932. In 1933, Charles Addams joined the layout department of True Detective magazine, where he had to retouch photos of corpses that appeared in the magazine's stories to remove the blood from them.
Addams complained: "A lot of those corpses were more interesting the way they were."Addams' first drawing for The New Yorker, a sketch of a window washer, ran on February 6, 1932, his cartoons ran in the magazine from 1937, when he drew the first in the series that came to be called The Addams Family, until his death. He was a freelancer throughout that time. During World War II, Addams served at the Signal Corps Photographic Center in New York, where he made animated training films for the U. S. Army. In late 1942, he met his first wife, Barbara Jean Day, who purportedly resembled his cartoon character Morticia Addams; the marriage ended eight years after Addams, who hated small children, refused to adopt one. She married New Yorker colleague John Hersey, author of the book Hiroshima. Addams married his second wife, Barbara Barb, in 1954. A practicing lawyer, she "combined Morticia-like looks with diabolical legal scheming," by which she wound up controlling The Addams Family television and film franchises and persuaded her husband to give away other legal rights.
At one point, she got her husband to take out a US $100,000 insurance policy. Addams consulted a lawyer on the sly, who humorously wrote: "I told him the last time I had word of such a move was in a picture called Double Indemnity starring Barbara Stanwyck, which I called to his attention." In the movie, Stanwyck's character plotted her husband's murder. The couple divorced in 1956; the Addams Family television series began after David Levy, a television producer, approached Addams with an offer to create it with a little help from the humorist. All Addams had to do was give his characters names and more characteristics for the actors to use in portrayals; the series ran on ABC for two seasons, from 1964 to 1966. Addams was "sociable and debonair". A biographer described him as being "a well-dressed, courtly man with silvery back-combed hair and a gentle manner, he bore no resemblance to a fiend". Figuratively a "ladykiller", Addams accompanied women such as Greta Garbo, Joan Fontaine and Jacqueline Kennedy on social occasions.
Addams married his third and last wife, Marilyn Matthews Miller, best known as "Tee", in a pet cemetery. In 1985, the Addamses moved to Sagaponack, New York, where they named their estate "The Swamp". Addams died on September 29, 1988, at the age of 76, at St. Clare's Hospital and Health Center in New York City, having suffered a heart attack after parking his automobile. An ambulance took him from his apartment to the hospital; as he had requested, a wake was held rather than a funeral. He was cremated, his ashes were buried in the pet cemetery of his estate "The Swamp". Addams' cartoons appeared in The New Yorker, he created a syndicated comic strip, Out of This World, which ran in 1956. There are many collections of his work, including Drawn and Quartered and Monster Rally, the latter with a foreword by John O'Hara. Typical of Addams' work, one cartoon shows two men standing in a room labeled "Patent Attorney". One is pointing a bizarre gun out the window toward the street and saying: "Death ray, fiddlesticks!
Why, it doesn't slow them up!". Dear Dead Days is not a collection of his cartoons.
Anjelica Huston is an American actress, producer and former fashion model. Huston became the third generation of her family to receive an Academy Award, when she won Best Supporting Actress for her performance in 1985's Prizzi's Honor, joining her father, director John Huston, grandfather, actor Walter Huston, she received further Academy Award nominations for her performances in Enemies: A Love Story and The Grifters, for Best Supporting Actress and Best Actress, respectively. Huston earned BAFTA nominations for her work in two Woody Allen films: Crimes and Misdemeanors and Manhattan Murder Mystery, she received acclaim for her portrayal of the Grand High Witch in the 1990 film adaptation of Roald Dahl's The Witches, earned two Golden Globe nominations for starring as Morticia Addams in The Addams Family and its sequel. Subsequent film credits have included Buffalo'66, Ever After, Blood Work, Daddy Day Care, Seraphim Falls, Choke, 50/50, The Cleanse, she works with director Wes Anderson. On television, Huston has had recurring roles on Huff and Transparent.
She won a Gracie Award for her portrayal of Eileen Rand on Smash. Huston made her directorial debut with the 1996 film Bastard out of Carolina; this was followed by Agnes Browne, in which she starred. She has written two memoirs: A Story Lately Told and Watch Me. Huston was born in Santa Monica, is the daughter of director and actor John Huston and prima ballerina and model Enrica Soma. Huston's paternal grandfather was Canadian-born actor Walter Huston. Huston has Scottish, Scotch-Irish and Welsh ancestry from her father, Italian from her mother, her father was an Irish citizen. She spent much of her childhood in Ireland which she still considers home near Craughwell, County Galway, attended school at Kylemore Abbey. Huston has an older brother, Tony, a younger maternal half-sister named Allegra, whom she called "Legs", a younger paternal half-brother, actor Danny Huston, an adopted older brother, Pablo, she is the aunt of Boardwalk Empire actor Jack Huston. She lived in England, where she attended Holland Park School.
In the late 1960s, she began taking a few small roles in her father's movies. She began other small roles too, for example, her hands for Deborah Kerr's in the British Casino Royale and advanced to bigger roles in 1969, starring in A Walk with Love and Death, where she played the 16-year-old French noblewoman Claudia opposite Assi Dayan. In the same year, her mother, 39 years old, died in a car accident, she relocated to the United States, where she modeled for several years. While modeling, she worked with photographers such as Bob Richardson. In the early 1970s, with Pat Cleveland, Pat Ast, Karen Bjornson, Alva Chinn, others, became one of fashion designer Halston's favored troupe of models, nicknamed the Halstonettes. Huston studied acting in the early 1980s after deciding to focus more on films, her first notable role was in Bob Rafelson's remake of The Postman Always Rings Twice. Her father cast her as Maerose, daughter of a Mafia don whose love is scorned by a hit man in the film adaptation of Richard Condon's Mafia-satire novel Prizzi's Honor.
Huston won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her performance, making her the first person in Academy Award history to win an Oscar when a parent and a grandparent had won one. She earned a Best Actress Oscar nomination for her portrayal of a con artist in Stephen Frears' The Grifters, she starred as the lead in her father's final directorial film, The Dead, an adaptation of a James Joyce story. She was cast as Morticia Addams in the hugely successful 1991 movie adaptation of The Addams Family. In 1993, she reprised the role for the sequel Addams Family Values, she starred in the 1998 Hollywood blockbuster Ever After: A Cinderella Story alongside Drew Barrymore and Melanie Lynskey as the Baroness Rodmilla De Ghent. She starred in two Wes Anderson films, The Royal Tenenbaums and The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, as well as appearing in a minor role in 2007's The Darjeeling Limited, she voiced the role of Queen Clarion in the Disney Fairies film series starring Tinker Bell. Huston received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on January 22, 2010.
In 2011, Huston was in the film Horrid Henry: The Movie. Huston appeared on the NBC television series Smash as Broadway producer Eileen Rand. In 2015 and 2016 Huston appeared in the second and third seasons of the Amazon Video series Transparent. Huston has followed in her father's footsteps in the director's chair, her first directorial credit was Bastard Out of Carolina, followed by Agnes Browne, in which she both directed and starred, Riding the Bus with My Sister. For over 20 years, Huston has been developing a film project on William Butler Yeats. During a visit to the National Library of Ireland in 2010 to look through the Yeats collection, Huston said that she was still developing the project. Huston led a letter campaign organized by the U. S. Campaign for Burma and Human Rights Action Center in November 2007; the letter, signed by over twenty five high-profile individuals from the entertainment business, was addressed to the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and urged him to "personally intervene" to secure the release of Nobel Peace Prize recipient Aung San Suu Kyi of Burma.
In 1995 Huston donated $500 to
Ben E. King
Benjamin Earl King was an American soul and R&B singer and record producer. He was best known as the singer and co-composer of "Stand by Me"—a US Top 10 hit, both in 1961 and in 1986, a number one hit in the UK in 1987, no. 25 on the RIAA's list of Songs of the Century—and as one of the principal lead singers of the R&B vocal group the Drifters notably singing the lead vocals of one of their biggest global hit singles "Save the Last Dance for Me". King was born Benjamin Earl Nelson on September 28, 1938, in Henderson, North Carolina, moved to Harlem, New York, at the age of nine in 1947. King began singing in church choirs, in high school formed the Four B’s, a doo-wop group that performed at the Apollo. In 1958, King joined; that year, the Drifters' manager George Treadwell fired the members of the original Drifters, replaced them with the members of the Five Crowns. King had a string of R&B hits with the group on Atlantic Records, he co-wrote and sang lead on the first Atlantic hit by the new version of the Drifters, "There Goes My Baby".
He sang lead on a succession of hits by the team of Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman, including "Save the Last Dance for Me", "This Magic Moment", "I Count the Tears". King recorded only thirteen songs with the Drifters—two backing other lead singers and eleven lead vocal performances—including a non-single called "Temptation"; the last of the King-led Drifters singles to be released was "Sometimes I Wonder", recorded May 19, 1960, but not issued until June 1962. Due to contract disputes with Treadwell in which King and his manager, Lover Patterson, demanded greater compensation, King performed with the Drifters on tour or on television. On television, fellow Drifters member Charlie Thomas lip-synched the songs that King had recorded with the Drifters. In May 1960, King left the Drifters, assuming the stage name Ben E. King in preparation for a solo career. Remaining with Atlantic Records on its Atco imprint, King scored his first solo hit with the ballad "Spanish Harlem", his next single, "Stand by Me", written with Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller would be voted as one of the Songs of the Century by the Recording Industry Association of America.
King cited singers Brook Benton, Roy Hamilton and Sam Cooke as influences for his vocals of the song. "Stand by Me", "There Goes My Baby", "Spanish Harlem", "Save the Last Dance for Me" were all named in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll. King's other well-known songs include "Don't Play That Song", "Amor", "Seven Letters", "How Can I Forget", "On the Horizon", "Young Boy Blues", "First Taste of Love", "Here Comes the Night", "Ecstasy", "That's When It Hurts". In the summer of 1963, King had a Top 30 hit with "I", which reached the Top 10 on New York's radio station, WMCA. King's records continued to place well on the Billboard Hot 100 chart until 1965. British pop bands began to dominate the pop music scene, but King still continued to make R&B hits, including "What is Soul?", "Tears, Tears", "Supernatural Thing". King returned to the Drifters in late 1982 in England, sang with them until the group's break-up and reorganization in 1986. From 1983 until the band's break-up, the other members of this incarnation of the Drifters were Johnny Moore, Joe Blunt, Clyde Brown.
A 1986 re-issue of "Stand by Me" followed the song's use as the theme song to the movie Stand By Me and re-entered the Billboard Top Ten after a 25-year absence. This reissue reached Number 1 in the United Kingdom and Ireland for three weeks in February 1987. In 1990, King and Bo Diddley, along with Doug Lazy, recorded a revamped hip hop version of the Monotones' 1958 hit song "Book of Love" for the soundtrack of the movie Book of Love, he recorded a children's album, I Have Songs In My Pocket and produced by children's music artist Bobby Susser in 1998, which won the Early Childhood News Directors' Choice Award and Dr. Toy's/the Institute for Childhood Resources Award. King performed "Stand by Me" on the Late Show with David Letterman in 2007. Ahmet Ertegun said, "King is one of the greatest singers in the history of rock and roll and rhythm and blues."As a Drifter and as a solo artist, King had achieved five number one hits: "There Goes My Baby", "Save the Last Dance for Me", "Stand By Me", "Supernatural Thing", the 1986 re-issue of "Stand By Me".
He earned 12 Top 10 hits and 26 Top 40 hits from 1959 to 1986. He was inducted into the Roll Hall of Fame as a Drifter. King's "I" was selected for the Sopranos Peppers and Eggs Soundtrack CD. King was inducted into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame in 2009. On March 27, 2012, the Songwriters Hall of Fame announced that "Stand By Me" would receive its 2012 Towering Song Award and that King would be honored with the 2012 Towering Performance Award for his recording of the song. King was active in his charitable foundation, the Stand By Me Foundation, which helps to provide education to deserving youths, he was a resident of New Jersey, from the late 1960s. King performed "Stand By Me" during a televised tribute to late comedian George Carlin, as he was one of Carlin's favorite artists. On November 11, 2010, he performed "Stand By Me" on the Latin Grammys with Prince Royce. King toured the United Kingdom in 2013 and played concerts in the United States as late as 2014
Christina Ricci is an American actress and producer. She is known for playing unconventional characters with a dark edge. Ricci is the recipient of several accolades, including a National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting Actress and a Satellite Award for Best Actress, as well as Golden Globe, Primetime Emmy, Screen Actors Guild and Independent Spirit Award nominations. Ricci made her film debut at the age of nine in Mermaids, followed by a breakout role as Wednesday Addams in The Addams Family and its sequel. Subsequent appearances in Casper and Now and Then brought her fame as a "teen icon". At 17, she moved into adult-oriented roles with The Ice Storm, which led to parts in films such as Buffalo'66, Pecker and The Opposite of Sex, she garnered acclaim for her performances in Monster. Her other credits include Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Prozac Nation, Anything Else, Black Snake Moan, Speed Racer, The Smurfs 2. Despite being known predominantly for her work in independent productions, Ricci has appeared in numerous box office hits—to date, her films have grossed in excess of US$1.4 billion.
On television, Ricci appeared as Liza Bump in the final season of Ally McBeal, received acclaim for her guest role on Grey's Anatomy in 2006. She starred as Maggie Ryan on the ABC series Pan Am, produced and starred in the series The Lizzie Borden Chronicles and Z: The Beginning of Everything; as well as voicing characters in several animated films, Ricci provided voices for the video games The Legend of Spyro: Dawn of the Dragon and Speed Racer: The Videogame. In 2010, she made her Broadway debut in Time Stands Still. Ricci married James Heerdegen in October 2013 and gave birth to a son in August 2014, she is the national spokesperson for Abuse & Incest National Network. Ricci was born in Santa Monica, the fourth and youngest child of Sarah and Ralph Ricci, her mother worked as a Ford Agency model during the 1960s, became a real estate agent. Her father had a varied career, including jobs as a gym teacher, drug counsellor, primal scream therapist. Regarding her ancestry, Ricci has stated, "The Italian blood has been bred out of me.
There's an Italian four or five generations back who married an Irish woman and they had all sons. So they married more Irish women, there were more sons, more Irish women. Now I'm Scots-Irish". Ricci's family moved to Montclair, New Jersey, where she grew up attending Edgemont Elementary School, Glenfield Middle School, Montclair High School, Morristown–Beard School, she attended Professional Children's School in New York City. Her siblings are Rafael and Pia. Ricci's parents separated when she was 13, she has not spoken to her father since, she has been vocal about her childhood in interviews her parents' divorce and turbulent relationship with her father. At the age of eight, Ricci was discovered by a local theater critic when she starred in a school production of The Twelve Days of Christmas. Another child was cast in the part, but Ricci devised a plan to secure the role for herself, she recalled, "I've always been a ambitious person I guess that's the first time it reared its ugly head". Soon thereafter, she featured in a pair of spoof commercials on Saturday Night Live.
The first of these featured Ricci as a child at a birthday party in which medical waste fell out of a burst piñata, parodying the then-topical dumping of waste in the rivers of the United States' east coast. This gained Ricci her SAG-AFTRA card. Ricci's big-screen debut was in the 1990 film Mermaids, as Cher's character's youngest daughter, Kate, she appeared—alongside Cher and co-star Winona Ryder—in the music video for "The Shoop Shoop Song", which featured on the film's soundtrack. The following year, she starred as the morbidly precocious Wednesday Addams in Barry Sonnenfeld's The Addams Family, based on the cartoon of the same name, she reprised the role for Addams Family Values. Both films were a commercial success, critics singled out Ricci's performances as highlights, her next project, the live-action adaptation of Casper, was her first in a lead role. The film received mixed reviews. Ricci at the time starred in the adventure film Gold Diggers: The Secret of Bear Mountain, as the younger version of Rosie O'Donnell's character, Roberta, in the coming-of-age drama Now and Then.
The latter is cited as the "female version" of Stand by Me, has gained a cult following since its release. She had a supporting role in Bastard out of Carolina, the directorial debut of Anjelica Huston, whom Ricci had worked with on the Addams Family films. In 1997, Ricci starred in the Disney remake of That Darn Cat, a moderate success at the box office; that year, she made a shift into "legitimate adult roles" with her portrayal of the troubled, sexually curious Wendy Hood in Ang Lee's critically acclaimed art film, The Ice Storm. The part was given to Natalie Portman, who pulled out when her parents decided that the role was too provocative. In his review for Rolling Stone, Peter Travers wrote, "The sight of the young stars fiddling with each other may shock'90s prudes, but Lee handles these moments with dry wit and compassion The adolescent members of the cast do their characters proud, with Ricci a particular standout, her wonderfully funny and touching performance, capturing the def
Morticia Addams is a fictional character from The Addams Family television and film series. Created by cartoonist Charles Addams, she was based on his first wife Barbara. Morticia first appeared in Charles Addams' newspaper cartoons as the stern, aloof matriarch of the Family, she appeared with the rest of the family, was, along with Gomez and Grandmama, one of the few members to speak in the cartoons. Morticia is the wife of Gomez Addams and mother of Wednesday and Pubert Addams; the character originated in the Charles Addams cartoons for The New Yorker magazine in the 1930s. In the cartoons, none of the family members had names; when the characters were adapted to the 1964 television series, Charles Addams' selection of her name was inspired by "mortician". Morticia's maiden name is "Frump" and she has an older sister named Ophelia. In the television series, her mother was named Hester Frump, her mother-in-law is Grandmama Addams. In the 1990s Addams Family films, Grandmama is Morticia's mother, not Gomez's.
The real head of the family... low-voiced and subtle, smiles are rare...ruined beauty... contemptuous and original and with fierce family loyalty... in disposition, witty, sometimes deadly... given to low-keyed rhapsodies about her garden of deadly nightshade and dwarf’s hair... Morticia is described as a witch. In one episode she is seen wearing a black pointed hat, she wears black hobble dresses to match her hair form fitting, with a hobble dress, with fringe of octopus-like cloth "tentacles" at the lower hem. According to Wednesday, Morticia applies baking powder to her face instead of actual makeup. In each episode, she allures her husband Gomez by speaking French. Morticia is musically inclined, is seen strumming a Japanese shamisen, she enjoys cutting the buds off of roses, which she discards, likes cutting out paper dolls with three heads and making sweaters with three arms, collecting the mail from the hand-in-the-box Thing, cooking unusual concoctions for her husband, including eye of newt.
Her personal pet is Cleopatra, a fictitious breed of carnivorous plant called an African Strangler, to which she feeds hamburgers. Morticia's family tree can be traced back to Salem and witchcraft is implied at times in the television series. For example, Morticia likes to "smoke," an activity that does not involve cigarettes or cigars, but smoke instead emanates from below her. In 2009, she was included in Yahoo!'s Top 10 TV Moms from Six Decades of Television for the time period 1964–1966. AOL named her one of the 100 Most Memorable Female TV Characters. Morticia was portrayed by Carolyn Jones in the television series of the 1960s and by Anjelica Huston in The Addams Family and its sequel Addams Family Values. Huston's portrayal of Morticia was always illuminated by a ghostly glow around the eyes, which became most noticeable when she was standing or lying in dim light. Daryl Hannah played Morticia in the 1998 film Addams Family Reunion. Canadian actress Ellie Harvie played Morticia in The New Addams Family.
In the first animated series made in 1973, Morticia was voiced by Janet Waldo. Jones voiced this character in an episode of The New Scooby-Doo Movies that featured the family. In the 1992 animated series, she was voiced by Nancy Linari. In the 2010 Broadway musical, Morticia was portrayed by Bebe Neuwirth. Brooke Shields replaced her in the role of Morticia on June 28, 2011. Morticia was one of the inspirations for the Walt Disney character Magica De Spell, first designed and drawn by Carl Barks. Natasha Fatale, a villain from the Rocky and Bullwinkle cartoons, was based on Morticia's design. Morticia will be voiced by Charlize Theron in the upcoming 2019 computer-animated adaptation of The Addams Family. Vampira Elvira Lily Munster Natasha Fatale Morticia Addams at the Internet Movie Database