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Not to be confused with her mother in-law, Great Grandmama Addams
This disrespectful old hag is the mother of Gomez... she willingly helps with the dishes, cheats at solitaire and is roughly dishonest... the complexion is dark, the hair is white and frizzy and uncombed... she has a light beard and a large mole... foolishly good-natured... fumbling, weak character... is easily fooled.
|Portrayed By|| Blossom Rock (1964-1966)|
Judith Malina (1991)
Carol Kane (1993)
Betty Phillips (1998-1999)
|Series|| The Addams Family|
The Addams Family (animated 1973)
The Addams Family (animated 1992)
The New Addams Family
|Film(s)|| The Addams Family (1991)|
Addams Family Values
Addams Family Reunion
|Also Known As||Eudora Esmeralda Addams|
|Son(s)|| Gomez Addams|
|Other Family||Slice (great-grandmother)|
Grandmama is the grandmother head children, although her relationship to the other family members is somewhat inconsistent in the various incarnations of the family. She is Gomez Addams' mother and Pugsley and Wednesday's paternal grandmother in the Addams Family (1964 to 1966) and the New Addams Family (1998 to 1999) television series. However, in the cartoon and film (1991) series, she was Morticia's mother and Pugsley and Wednesday's (and eventually Pubert's) maternal grandmother.
Grandmama is known for her cynical and morbid sense of humor and her recreational interest in the occult. She is a witch, who dwells in potion-making, spells, hexes, and even fortune-telling. She is probably best recognized by her frizzy grey hair and her shawl.
She also loves wrestling with alligators.
"I haven't used this baby since the taxman was here!"
In the 1960's sitcom, Grandmama is partially French descent; Her Great-Great Grandmother Slice was 'the Belle of the French Revolution," and sometimes she tells tales and stories to her grandchildren about this era (which resulted in Pugsley helping to decapitate Wednesday's doll). However, Grandmama was born in Spain, which she later refers to as "the old country". She and her husband lived in Spain at least until Gomez was six, when Gomez was promised in marriage to a family friend's daughter, although both Gomez and Grandmama had forgotten this by the 60's.
Little else is known of Grandmama's past save that she first voted in 1906. When Fester pointed out that there was no women's suffrage in 1906 (implying Grandmama lived in the U.S. at the time), she cryptically declared "That didn't stop me!". Grandpapa Addams said that she went to Law School.
Grandmama had lots of names and nicknames, such as Granny, Grandmama/Granny Frump, Esmeralda Frump, Grandma Addams, Eudora Addams and aliases such as Madame Bovary, Madame de Pompadour and Madame X (which led her to the arrest of a fraud).
Like many other characters, Grandmama had different portrayals in the TV series and movies.
Grandmama is originally named "Granny Frump" by Charles Addams, though her name was changed to Grandmama, mother of Gomez in the first series. As described in her biography, she is a fumbling and weak character who is easily led. She is sometimes seen cooking or playing games with the other family members.
In the 1964-1966 TV series, Grandmama is the mother of Gomez, though her name is never mentioned or revealed. She is sometimes seen with Uncle Fester, playing darts or torturing each other. She has frizzy white hair, wears a red shawl on all occasions, a black bombazine skirt, thick socks and fleece slippers. The only difference from her original portrayal is her dark complexion, which seems to only appear in the drawings. She was played by actress Blossom Rock.
In the 1977 special, Blossom Rock, who played her in the first series, was very ill at that time, and was replaced by Phyllis actress, Jane Rose. She is portrayed as a temperamental old woman who cooks in the kitchen with Morticia's mother Hester Frump (who was also a witch) for the Halloween party. She hates it when Hester uses the kitchen to test her flying broom.
In the 1991 movie, Grandmama appeared as a loving (but quite comically insane) maternal grandmother to the Addams children. There was another mother of Gomez, Mother Addams, who is deceased. She loves to play tricks and guide the family with her knowledge and wisdom. She was played by Judith Malina.
In the 1993 sequel to the 1991 movie, Grandmama still appears as a comically insane old woman. She guides the family when there's trouble, such as when Pubert turned into a "normal" child. Played by actress Carol Kane.
In this series, she was known as "Granny Frump", who has a "Granny's Psychic Hotline". She has wilder hair than before and wears a pink shawl with crazy striped socks. Granny hates Uncle Fester and they don't get along. She is voiced by Carol Channing.
In the 1998 movie, when the Addams family are invited to a family reunion (which went horribly wrong), she stayed in the mansion with Cousin Itt, playing cards. She let's in the Adams family to stay while the rain clears outside. She also appears as a magic-loving witch. She was mentioned here as "Esmeralda Frump". Played by actress Alice Ghostley.
In the 1998 series, Grandmama came back as the mother of Gomez, and now, Uncle Fester is her son. She is, like her past portrayals, a witch, seen making potions and such and joins in the mayhem making of the Addams Family. Played by Canadian actress Betty Phillips.
In the Addams Family musical, music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa, book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice (2010-11), both Morticia and Gomez admit that they thought Grandma was the mother of the other. This confusion leads to Grandma admitting that she can’t remember whose mother she actually is. Played on Broadway (2010-11) by Jackie Hoffman.
|The Addams Family Main Characters|
|Gomez Addams | Morticia Addams | Uncle Fester | Grandmama | Wednesday Addams | Pugsley Addams | Lurch | Thing | Cousin Itt|