Saturday, 7 January 2012

Charles Addams' 100th Birthday

Google doodle Australia, Google doodle UK, today (January 07, 2012) come with a theme Charles Addams' 100th Birthday. The Google doodle in his memory was created courtesy of the Tee & Charles Addams Foundation.

Who is Charles Addams?

Charles Addams (complete name Charles "Chas" Samuel Addams ; January 7, 1912 – September 29, 1988) was an American cartoonist known for his particularly black humor 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.

Addams, who was born in Westfield, New Jersey in 1912, had a fondness from a young age for coffins, skeletons and tombstones and went on to become known for the black humour of his cartoons, many of which regularly appeared in the New Yorker.

His first cartoon was published in the magazine in 1935, long before his particular take on macabre fun went mainstream.

The Addams Family, including Gomez, Morticia, Uncle Fester, Lurch, Grandmama, Wednesday, Pugsley, and Thing, were recurring characters who originally appeared separately.

After members of the family first started to appear in the late 30s, they were adapted for television shows and film. In one recent incarnation, Brooke Shields played Morticia in a Broadway musical.

Addams, who died of a heart attack in 1988, had been married three times and was also remembered for having a penchant for the grim in his personal life.

His marriage to Marilyn Matthews Miller in 1980 took place in a cemetery for pets, while the bride wore a black dress and carried a black feather fan.

Biography of Charles Addams

Birth name      Charles Samuel Addams
Born               January 7, 1912(1912-01-07)
                      Westfield, New Jersey, United States
Died               September 29, 1988(1988-09-29) (aged 76)
                       New York City, United States
Nationality      American
Field               Cartoonist

via wikipedia