Both Carolyn Jones – who played Morticia in the original television series – and Anjelica Huston – who played her in the movies from the nineties – had to spend hours in the makeup chair every morning. Incredibly, neither of the famous beauties could hope to match the deathly pallor of Morticia Addams. Jones would regularly take two hours, while Huston had to take three.
Early makeup calls aren’t an unusual thing when it comes to Hollywood, but these two often had to report to the makeup chair as early as four in the morning. Well, we all know that Gomez appreciated it deeply.
In what may be one of the strangest facts about the Addams Family, did you know that Lurch, from the original television show, had a legion of teenage girl fans? The actor, Ted Cassidy, said he received a ton of letters from smitten young women.
Now, Cassidy was by all accounts a handsome man, but you can't exactly look at his look as Lurch and call him a heartthrob. Still, he received plenty of these letters, with some of them even going so far as to say they thought he was cuter than the Beatles! It takes a special kind of person to see that sort of thing.
An Omniglot of Love
One of the more famous aspects of the relationship between Gomez and Morticia is the pet names that they would call each other. Now, most of these came from Gomez's direction, but that isn't to say that Morticia was above the influence.
A number of these pet names came from other languages, including Bubeleh from Yiddish, Mon Cher and Mon Amour from French, and Querido from Spanish. Gomez liked to call Morticia beautiful in numerous languages, such as Cara Mia from Italian, Querida or Querida Mia from Spanish, and Cara Bella, which is Spanish for a beautiful face, and Italian for beautiful darling.
Acting Insane as a Defense
During the sixty-four episodes of the original "Addams Family" television show, Gomez Addams frequently has a twisted, strange, even maniacal look on his face. This expression was an invention of actor John Astin, and he came to it in an unexpected manner.
While Astin was living in New York City, he had a residence in a rougher part of town. In order to keep people from harassing him as he walked from his apartment to the subway, he would act a little insane. You have to admit it; if you saw a person acting “a little insane” on the street, you probably wouldn't bother him, either.
The Addams Family first came about as a cartoon that was published in “The New Yorker” magazine, but that relationship has had some periods where things were strained. Just like any relationship, when you think about it. Once “Addams Family” started getting shown on television, “The New Yorker” editor William Shawn refused to print any more cartoons.
He believed it cheapened the magazine but still published other cartoons by the same creator. However, once Shawn retired in 1987, the magazine immediately started printing the cartoon again, proving that not everybody agreed with his assessment – if anybody did in the first place.