Charles Addams
Cartoonist
Charles Addams
Charles "Chaz" Samuel Addams was an American cartoonist known for his particularly darkly humorous and macabre characters. Some of the recurring characters, who became known as the Addams Family, became the basis for two live-action television series, two animated TV series, three motion pictures and a Broadway musical.
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Broadway's 'Addams Family' to close on Dec. 31 - Albany Times Union
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Proctors had a part in producing the show as one of 15 arts centers who are members of Elephant Eye Theatrical. The musical, based on characters created by legendary cartoonist Charles Addams, currently stars Roger Rees and Brooke Shields
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<em>The Addams Family:</em> Broadway Musical Closes in December - TV Series Finale
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The musical adaptation of the Charles Addams cartoon panels, which had previously served as the inspiration for several TV series and movies, started its Big Apple run in March 2010. Despite a flurry of poor reviews, Addams Family had very strong ...&nbsp;-&nbsp;-
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HOUSE OF THE DAY: Live In The Addams Family House For Less Than $1 Million - Business Insider
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This house isn&#39;t creepy or kooky, but it&#39;s where Charles Addams lived with his wife and gained inspiration for The Addams Family cartoon. The Westfield, NJ home is a registered landmark and is listed at $839000. Addams, the creator of The Addams Family
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411 Fact or Fiction Movies/TV 8.19.11: Week 293 - 411mania.com
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However, where The Addams Family always had a bit of that twisted sensibility inherent to it in the way that Charles Addams envisioned them, The Munsters has always been a pure sitcom where the sitcom family just happens to be monsters
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"The Addams Family" Musical: A Ghoulish Hoot - BlogHer (blog)
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The show, based on the Charles Addams&#39; New Yorker cartoons about a “creepy, kooky; mysterious and spooky” family, stars Broadway, film and TV vet Roger Rees as Gomez Addams and Brooke Shields as his ghostly wife, Morticia. The show kicks off with the
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Believe It or Not, This is Where the Real Addams Family Lived - Curbed National (blog)
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In the popular imagination, the creator of the spooky Addams Family series, Charles Addams, probably occupied some gloomy Victorian, not a well-groomed Colonial in northern New Jersey. Well, it turns out the genius who created such creepy environs for
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Full Casting Announced For THE ADDAMS FAMILY Broadway Smash Plays Arsht Center - Broadway World
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Charles Addams. Tickets for the Miami premiere at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County will go on sale to Arsht Center members on August 15 and to the general public on August 22, as announced by the Arsht Center and
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The Addams Family National Tour Announces Complete Casting - TheaterMania.com
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Based on the bizarre and beloved family of characters created by cartoonist Charles Addams, the musical has a book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, with music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa. The production is directed and designed (sets and costumes)
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Brooke Shields to stay in 'The Addams Family' - The Associated Press
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The musical is based on Charles Addams&#39; characters. Shields inherited the role from Bebe Neuwirth in late June and currently stars opposite Roger Rees, who plays Gomez. Shields, who starred in &quot;The Blue Lagoon&quot; and TV&#39;s &quot;Suddenly Susan,&quot; has appeared
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PHOTO CALL: A Celebration for The Addams Family's Brooke Shields - Playbill.com
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Shields stars opposite Tony Award winner Roger Rees (Nicholas Nickleby), who plays patriarch Gomez in the popular musical based on characters created by illustrator Charles Addams. The principal cast of The Addams Family also includes Brad Oscar as
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Brooke Shields Playing Morticia In "Addams Family" On Broadway - Online Journal
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Shields, who is replacing Bebe Neuwirth, is starring opposite Tony Award winner Roger Rees, who plays patriarch Gomez in the popular musical based on characters created by illustrator Charles Addams, Playbill reports. Other cast members include Brad
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New York Production Listings - Back Stage
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The Addams Family, a musical based on the cartoons of Charles Addams, with book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice (&quot;Jersey Boys&quot;) and score by Andrew Lippa (&quot;The Wild Party&quot;). Phelim McDermott and Julian Crouch (&quot;Shockheaded Peter&quot;) direct and design
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Brooke Shields plays Morticia in Broadway's musical comedy 'The Addams Family ... - OnTheRedCarpet.com
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Shields, 46, stars opposite Tony Award winner Roger Rees (&quot;Nicholas Nickleby&quot;), who plays Gomez in the musical, which is based on the &quot;creepy&quot; and &quot;kooky&quot; characters created by illustrator Charles Addams and made famous on television and in films
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Brooke Shields "Addams Family" Debuts Tonight - ThirdAge
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“The Addams Family” is based on cartoonist Charles Addams&#39; beloved set of characters parodying the ideal American family. Made up of a nuclear family of four, an uncle, a grandmother and a butler, the Addamses are a wealthy gothic family “unaware that
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Η Brooke Shields στην οικογένεια Addams - Myself.gr
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«Θέλω να της αποτίνω φόρο τιμής», λέει για το θρυλικό χαρακτήρα που θα ενσαρκώσει. «Ήμουν μεγάλη θαυμάστρια της σειράς μικρή». Η πρώτη εμφάνιση της Gothic οικογένειας έγινε σε comics το 1938, και δημιουργός της ήταν ο Charles Addams
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Brooke Shields: Just a Ghoul With a Broadway Dream - Playbill.com
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On June 28, Shields begins her turn as the gallows-humored homemaker of Charles Addams&#39; ghoulish cartoons (here set to snappy words and music by Andrew Lippa). A towering six feet tall, she was quick to give notice to Roger Rees, who plays her husband,
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PHOTO FLASH: Broadway's Addams Family Celebrates 500 Performances - TheaterMania.com
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Based on the iconic characters created by legendary cartoonist Charles Addams, The Addams Family features a book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, with music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa. The production is directed and designed (sets and costumes) by
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Charles Addams
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1988
    Age 76
    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 while still in his car after parking it.
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  • 1985
    Age 73
    In 1985, the Addamses moved to Sagaponack, New York, where they named their estate "The Swamp".
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  • FORTIES
  • 1961
    Age 49
    In 1961, Addams received, from the Mystery Writers of America, a Special Edgar Award for his body of work.
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  • 1959
    Age 47
    Filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock was a friend of Addams, and owned two pieces of original Addams art. Hitchcock references Addams in his 1959 film, North by Northwest.
    More Details Hide Details During the auction scene, Cary Grant discovers two of his adversaries with someone whom he also thinks is against him and says: "The three of you together. Now that's a picture only Charles Addams could draw." Books of Addams's drawings or illustrated by him:
  • 1957
    Age 45
    Singer-guitarist Dean Gitter's 1957 recording Ghost Ballads, an album of folk songs with supernatural themes, was packaged with cover art by Addams showing a haunted house.
    More Details Hide Details The films The Old Dark House (1963) and Murder by Death (1976) feature title sequences illustrated by Addams. In 1946, Addams met science-fiction writer Ray Bradbury after having drawn an illustration for Mademoiselle magazine's publication of Bradbury's short story "Homecoming", the first in a series of tales chronicling a family of Illinois vampires named the Elliotts. The pair became friends and planned to collaborate on a book of the Elliott Family's complete history with Bradbury writing and Addams providing the illustrations, but it never materialized. Bradbury's stories about the "Elliott Family" were finally anthologized in From the Dust Returned in October 2001, with a connecting narrative and an explanation of his work with Addams, and Addams' 1946 Mademoiselle illustration used for the book's cover jacket. Although Addams' own characters were well-established by the time of their initial encounter, in a 2001 interview, Bradbury stated: "(Addams) went his way and created the Addams Family and I went my own way and created my family in this book."
  • 1956
    Age 44
    Addams' cartoons regularly appeared in The New Yorker, and he also created a syndicated comic strip, Out of This World, which ran in 1956.
    More Details Hide Details There are many collections of his work, including Drawn and Quartered (1942) and Monster Rally (1950), 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 even slow them up!". Dear Dead Days (1959) is not a collection of his cartoons (although it reprints a few from previous collections); it is a scrapbook-like compendium of vintage images (and occasional pieces of text) that appealed to Addams' sense of the grotesque, including Victorian woodcuts, vintage medicine-show advertisements, and a boyhood photograph of Francesco Lentini, who had three legs. Addams drew more than 1,300 cartoons over the course of his life. Those that did not appear in The New Yorker were often in Collier's and TV Guide.
    The couple divorced in 1956.
    More Details Hide Details 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. Later, Addams married his third and last wife, Marilyn Matthews Miller, best known as "Tee" (1926 - 2002), in a pet cemetery.
  • 1954
    Age 42
    Addams married his second wife, Barbara Barb (Estelle B. Barb), in 1954.
    More Details Hide Details 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 later 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.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1942
    Age 30
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The marriage ended eight years later, after Addams, who hated small children, refused to adopt one. She later married New Yorker colleague John Hersey, author of the book Hiroshima.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1932
    Age 20
    Addams' first drawing, a sketch of a window washer, ran in The New Yorker on February 6, 1932, and his cartoons ran regularly in the magazine from 1938, when he drew the first in the series that came to be called The Addams Family, until his death.
    More Details Hide Details He was a freelancer throughout that time.
  • 1929
    Age 17
    His father encouraged him to draw, and Addams did cartoons for the Westfield High School student literary magazine, Weathervane. He attended Colgate University in 1929 and 1930, and the University of Pennsylvania, where a fine-arts building on campus is named for him, in 1930 and 1931.
    More Details Hide Details In front of the building is a sculpture of the silhouettes of Addams Family characters. He then 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."
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1912
    Age 0
    Born on January 7, 1912.
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