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.
Winning Lots of Awards
When MC Hammer was asked to make the theme song for the 1991 film “The Addams Family,” nobody knew just how successful it was going to be. The song was “Addams Family Groove,” and it reached number seven on the Billboard Top 100 in the United States, no doubt thanks in part to the popularity of the movie.
However, that was not the only accolade the tune earned. The song also won a Golden Raspberry Award for the worst original song. Maybe people had just gotten out of Mr. Hammer – the song was his last top-ten hit in the States.
Talk to the Hand
One of the most unique members of the Addams Family (and that's saying a lot) is Thing, the disembodied hand that roams around. While you might think it's some CGI magic, it turns out that the 1991 movie used Canadian magician Chris Hart to be the hand.
He'd sit for hours under a table, keeping only his hand exposed until he went numb. It took four months to shoot his scenes since each one had to be shot twice – one with Hart and one without. After that, Hart's body was erased and overlaid with the version lacking him, creating the disembodied hand.
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.
Putting on the Face
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.