Morticia Addams is a fictional character featured in the Addams Family film and television series. Cartoonist Charles Addams created this character in 1933 to portray a queen of the matriarch with a name that suggests “mortician” or “death”.
#Morticia Addams Character Description
The character Morticia is the wife of Gomez Addams and mother of Wednesday Addams, Pugsley Addams, and Pubert Addams. However, apart from being a wife and mother, she is the sister of Ophelia Frump and the daughter of Granny and Grandpa Frump.
Being slim and having extremely pale skin with straight long black hair, Morticia is depicted as a witch. Her attire is generally black Gothic dresses matching her hair, tightly form-fitting, with a hobble skirt.
#Depictions of the Characters
The character appeared several times on screen, be it in film, television series, or cartoons as follows.
#Morticia Addams Cartoon
The first appearance of Morticia was in Charles Addams’ newspaper cartoons as the frowning and reserved matriarch of the family. However, she mostly appeared with the family as one of the few significant members along with Gomez and Grandmama, in the cartoons.
#The Addams Family- Television Series
Carolyn Jones, who played Morticia in the Addams Family in the original television series portrayed her quite fascinatingly. Here Wednesday emphasizes that she uses baking powder instead of makeup. Her ability to attract her husband effortlessly by speaking foreign languages. This was shown in every episode.
Additionally, she is also inclined to music and has been shown playing a Japanese shamisen. She often enjoys snipping rosebuds and keeping the stems. Weirdly enough, she enjoys feeding an African Strangler carnivorous plant, named Cleopatra. Morticia likes to ensure that her family validates the traditional Addams way.
#The Addams Family- Animation in 1973 and 1992
The character of Morticia Addams was featured in the first animated series in 1973, where Janet Waldovoiced her. This version of Morticia also appeared in The Addams Family comic books published by Gold Key Comics. Decades later, in the version of the 1992 animated series, she was voiced by Nancy Linari.
#The Addams Family- Films in 1991 and 1993
Anjelica Huston played the role of Morticia in the film in 1991 and its sequel “Addams Family Values” in 1993. She portrayed Morticia as charming and illuminating by a magical glow around her eyes. However, this became the most prominent under dim light where she was standing or lying.
In this series, she is seductive but soft-spoken, affectionate, and doting to her family. She consoles her husband Gomez at his lowest. Her commendable example of loyalty to her family was shown when she confronts Fester about expelling the family from their manor. She reveals her specialty in magic spells and enchantment in a job interview, despite the interviewer putting down liberal arts.
#The Addams Family- Films in 1998
Ellie Harvie was the Morticia Addams actress in the revival series of 1998, The New Addams Family.
#The Addams Family- Films in 2019 and 2021
In the 2019 film, Charlize Theronvoiced Morticia and reprised her role in the sequel, which came out on October 1, 2021. Moreover, again in this film series, she has portrayed as a loving mother and wife similar to the other ones.
To conclude, inspired by Morticia Addams, Carl Barks designed and drew the Walt Disney character Magica De Spell. The character of Natasha Fatale, a villain from the Rocky and Bullwinkle cartoons, was also based on Morticia’s outline.
#Frequently Asked Questions
1. Can we see Scarlett Johansson in Addams family?
Reports have said that the audience might see Scarlett Johansson in the upcoming show of The Addams family. However, most of the netizens consider this as a rumor.
2. Is Morticia a vampire?
The shows, animations, and cartoons depicted her as a witch but not as a vampire.
3. What jewelleries did Morticia use to wear?
Morticia wore three rings – a simple silver wedding band, a gothic cross, and a green stone along with drop earrings featuring a metal hand at the bottom in the film.
4. Who is the upcoming actress for the role of Morticia?
Next up, Catherine Zeta-Jones will act for Morticia in the upcoming Netflix series named Wednesday.
5. What did Gomez use to say to Morticia’s whenever she speaks french?
He usually said “Cara mia!” whenever Morticia said anything in French.
6. What language Cara mia is?
Cara mia is the Spanish language that means “my beloved”.
7. Why was Morticia’s wedding ruined in The Addams Family?
In the 2019 film, Morticia and Gomez’s wedding ceremony has ruined by an outrageous mob who find the Addams family odd.
8. What was the name of Morticia’s spouse?
Morticia’s spouse was Gomez Addams in The Addams Family.