Wednesday Addams

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Wednesday Addams
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Wednesday, as portrayed by Christina Ricci in Addams Family Values
First appearance The New Yorker cartoon, (1938)
Created by Charles Addams
Portrayed by Lisa Loring,
Cindy Henderson,
Christina Ricci,
Debi Derryberry,
Nicole Fugere,
Krysta Rodriguez,
Rachel Potter
Lauren Revere
Information
Gender Female
Family Gomez (father)
Morticia (mother)
Pugsley (brother)
Pubert (younger brother)
Fester (great-uncle, but uncle in the films)
Grandmama (paternal grandmother)
Itt (cousin)
Ophelia Frump (aunt)
Nationality American

Wednesday Addams is a fictional character created by American cartoonist Charles Addams in his comic strip The Addams Family. The character has also appeared in television and film, in both live action and animated formats.

Wednesday[edit]

In Addams' cartoons, which first appeared in The New Yorker, Wednesday and other members of the family had no names. When the characters were adapted to the 1964 television series, Charles Addams gave her the name "Wednesday", based on the well-known nursery rhyme line, "Wednesday's child is full of woe". She is the sister of Pugsley Addams (and, in the movie Addams Family Values, also the sister of Pubert Addams), and she is the only daughter of Gomez and Morticia Addams.

Appearance and personality[edit]

Wednesday is originally a pale, dark-haired, grim-looking little girl who is fascinated with death and the macabre. She seldom smiles. She is stated to be six years old in the television series' pilot episode. In the 1960s series, she is significantly more sweet-natured, although her favorite hobby is raising spiders; she is also a ballerina. Wednesday's favorite toy is her Marie Antoinette doll, which her brother guillotines. In one episode, she is shown to have several other headless dolls as well. She also paints pictures (including a picture of trees with human heads) and writes a poem dedicated to her favorite pet spider, Homer. Wednesday is deceptively strong; she is able to bring her father down with a judo hold. In the 1991 film, she is revealed to have a deep interest in the Bermuda Triangle and an admiration for an ancestor (Great Aunt Calpurnia Addams) who was burned as a witch in 1706.

Wednesday has a close kinship with the family's giant butler Lurch. In the TV series, her middle name is "Friday".[1] In the Spanish-language version, her name is Merlina Addams (Latin America) or Miércoles Addams (Spain [Wednesday in Spanish]). In the Brazilian version her name is Wandinha (Little Wanda in Portuguese) and in Italy her name is Mercoledì (Wednesday in Italian).

In the Broadway musical The Addams Family: A New Musical, she is 18 years old and has short hair rather than the long braids in her other appearances. She is in love with (and revealed to be engaged to) Lucas Beineke. Krysta Rodriguez and Rachel Potter played Wednesday on Broadway from 2010 - 2011. Cortney Wolfson (formerly in the National Tour of Legally Blonde and now in the Broadway cast of Kinky Boots) played her in the U.S. National Tour cast in 2011 - 2012.

Laura Lobo plays her in the Brazilian Tour cast.

Legacy[edit]

Portrayals[edit]

Over the years, Wednesday has been portrayed by a variety of actresses, on television, the movies, and stage:

  • Lisa Loring (Live-action TV 1964–1966, 1977)
  • Cindy Henderson (Animated TV 1972–1974)
  • Christina Ricci (Live-action movies 1991, 1993)
  • Debi Derryberry (Animated TV 1992–1994)
  • Nicole Fugere (Live-action movie 1998, Live-action TV 1998–1999)
  • Krysta Rodriguez (Broadway musical 2010)
  • Rachel Potter (Broadway musical 2011)
  • Cortney Wolfson (2011 First National Broadway Tour)
  • Laura Lobo (2012 First Brazilian Cast)
  • Frankie Lowe (2012 UK National Tour)
  • Jennifer Fogarty (2013 Asian Tour)
  • The Addams Family (1991) and its sequel Addams Family Values (1993),[3] portray Wednesday more malevolent than her television self. Wednesday's personality is severe, with a deadpan wit and a morbid interest in trying to inflict harm upon her brothers, first Pugsley and later Pubert. In both films, she is played by Christina Ricci. In the movie Addams Family Values (1993), Wednesday is sent to a summer camp for "privileged young adults" called Camp Chippewa, where Joel Glicker (played by David Krumholtz), takes a liking to Wednesday. She refuses to participate in Gary Granger's play, a musical production of the first Thanksgiving. She, Pugsley, and Joel are locked in the "Harmony Hut" and forced to watch upbeat family films to curb their antisocial behavior. On emerging from the hut, Wednesday feigns perkiness and agrees to play the role of Pocahontas. However, during the play, she leads the other social outcasts—who have all been cast as Native Americans—in a revolt, capturing Gary, Becky, and Amanda and leaving the camp in chaos. Before she leaves, Wednesday and Joel kiss. Joel is a neurotic, allergy-ridden boy with an overbearing mother. In one scene in the film, she smiles, which ends up scaring the campers, as well as her blonde nemesis.[4] At the end of the film, it is suggested that Wednesday, though she obviously likes Joel, purposely tries to scare him to death after he brings up the subject of marriages.
  • In the 1977 television holiday-themed special, Halloween with the New Addams Family, Lisa Loring plays a grown-up Wednesday, who mostly entertains their party guests with her flute, and can hear and understand coded help messages by bound-up members of the family, and dispatch help to free them. In the time interval between the original TV series and this television movie, her parents had two more children who look just like the original Pugsley and Wednesday.
  • In April 2010, The Addams Family: A New Musical, debuted on Broadway. Krysta Rodriguez played Wednesday. The character is now 18 years old, has "become a woman", and to that effect no longer sports her signature pigtails. The musical is based on the characters as created by Charles Addams. In March 2011, Krysta Rodriguez was replaced with Rachel Potter as Wednesday in the Broadway cast. Starting in September 2011, the production begins its First National Tour. Cortney Wolfson has been cast in the Wednesday Addams role. In the Broadway production, she was the understudy for Wednesday and performed as the Dead Bride/Ancestor.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Wednesday Leaves Home" (20 November 1964) Season 1, Episode 10, at 06:30
  2. ^ Tee & Charles Addams foundation
  3. ^ http://web.archive.org/web/20091028072901/http://www.geocities.com/~cousin_itt/addams.htm Retrieved on 2009-232-04[unreliable source?]
  4. ^ Wednesday Addams, Style Icon. From Enjoy Your Style. Accessed 6 June 2010.
  5. ^ http://www.cortneywolfson.com