Happy 100th, Charles Addams!
Charles Addams, Erfinder der Addams Family, wäre heute 100 Jahre alt geworden. Unten die Pilotfolge der Serie und Googles Doodle mit einem schönen, kleinen Text von Kevin Miserocchi, dem Direktor der Tee and Charles Addams Foundation. Charles Addams heiratete seine Tee auf ihrem Tierfriedhof und alle Gäste trugen schwarz. Aaaaaaaw!
I spent the summer of 1979 fundraising with Tee Matthews Miller for the Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons. We spent most of our time in the home she shared with her cartoonist paramour—and too many dogs and cats to name—during his weekends away from Manhattan. I’d met her partner several times before I realized that behind all the stacks of paper and collectibles and layers of dust and pet fur in Tee’s office den, the walls were decorated with familiar art. Not just any art—the original artwork from the pages of The New Yorker magazines that my brother and I had cut up or crayoned across when we were boys. Tee’s boyfriend was the Charles Addams—the one with two d’s. I was home, and our friendship was forever cemented.
They were married in Tee’s pet cemetery in Water Mill, NY in 1980—a surprise for the 60 guests coming for cocktails during the Memorial Day weekend. The wedding party all wore black. It was the union of a wonderful woman of gentle spirit and great generosity and a beguiling man with a subtly wicked sense of humor. Bashful and soft-spoken as he was, he had a devil-child glint in his eyes and a Lugosi-like mouth when he laughed, showing none of his teeth.
Von Kevin Miserocchi habe ich übrigens das Buch „The Addams Family: An Evilution“ im Regal stehen, unbedingt empfehlenswert, wenn man auf die Addams steht:
The Addams Family: An Evilution is the first book to trace the Addams Family history, presenting more than 200 cartoons created by Charles Addams (1912-1988) throughout his prolific career; many have never been published before. Text by KEVIN MISEROCCHI, director of the Addams Family Foundation.
Addams first created Morticia, Lurch and the Thing in a cartoon published in an issue of the New Yorker magazine in 1938, though he hadn’t named them yet. His characters inspired an ABC television situation-comedy series in the 1960’s, and two motion pictures in 1991 and 1993. A phenomenon of rare proportion, The Addams Family is the manifestation of one artist’s dark but irresistible wit, expressed with an uncommonly deft hand. 224 pages with more than 200 cartoons (approximately 50 published here for the first time), many in color. Ten chapters explore each Addams Family character as well as the mansion itself.