Morticia is the wife of and mother of , and Pubert Addams. The character originated in the Charles Addams cartoons for magazine in the 1930s. In the cartoons, none of the family members had names. When the characters were adapted to the 1964 , Charles Addams’ selection of her name was inspired by “”. Morticia’s maiden name is “Frump” and she has an older sister named Ophelia (also played by ). In the television series, her mother (Uncle Fester’s sister) was named Hester Frump (played by ). Her mother-in-law is . In the 1990s Addams Family films, familial relationships are changed for the characters of Grandmama and Fester. Grandmama is actually Morticia’s mother, not Gomez’s, while Fester is Gomez’s brother, not Morticia’s uncle.
Morticia’s family tree can be traced back to Salem, Massachusetts, and witchcraft is also implied at times in the television series. For example, Morticia likes to “smoke,” an activity that does not involve cigarettes or cigars (like her husband frequently enjoys), but smoke instead emanates from below her.
In 2009, she was included in ‘s Top 10 TV Moms from Six Decades of Television for the time period 1964–1966. named her one of the 100 Most Memorable Female TV Characters.
In other media
as Morticia in the 1991 film
Morticia was portrayed by in the television series of the 1960s and by in () and its sequel (). 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. played Morticia in the 1998 film . Canadian actress played Morticia in the revival series, . In the first animated series made in 1973, Morticia was voiced by . Jones also voiced this character in an episode of that featured the family. In the 1992 animated series, she was voiced by . In the 2010 Broadway musical, Morticia was portrayed by . replaced her in the role of Morticia on June 28, 2011.
Morticia was also one of the inspirations for the Walt Disney character , first designed and drawn by ., a villain from the cartoons, was also based on Morticia’s design.
Morticia is voiced by in the .