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Child of woe is wane and delicate... sensitive and on the quiet side, she loves the picnics and outings to the underground caverns... a solemn child, prim in dress and, on the whole, pretty lost... secretive and imaginative, poetic, seems underprivileged and given to occasional tantrums... has six toes on one foot...
|Portrayed By|| Lisa Loring (1964-1966, 1977)|
Cynthia "Cindy" Henderson (1972-1973)
Jennifer Surprenant (1977)
Christina Ricci (1991, 1993)
Debi Derryberry (1992-1993)
Nicole Fugere (1998-1999)
Krysta Rodriguez (2009-2011)
Rachel Potter (2010-2011)
Leike van Lexmond (2010)
Cortney Wolfson (2011)
Laura Lobo (2012)
Teagan Wouters (2013)
|Series|| The Addams Family (1964-1966)|
The Addams Family (1973)
The Addams Family (1992-1993)
The New Addams Family (1998-1999)
|Film(s)|| The Addams Family (1991)|
The Addams Family 2: Addams Family Values (1993)
The Addams Family 3: Addams Family Reunion (1998)
|Also Known As||Wednesday Friday Addams|
|Romances|| Joel Glicker|
|Brother(s)|| Pugsley Addams|
Pugsley Jr. Addams
|Sister(s)||Wednesday Jr. Addams|
In Charles Addams' original cartoons, she, like all of her family members, had no name at all. When the cartoons were adapted into the television series The Addams Family (1964), he was asked to provide the names of the characters. He then came up with the name "Wednesday", based on the well-known nursery rhyme line, Monday's Child, "Wednesday's child is full of woe".
She is originally a pale, dark-haired, grim-looking girl who loves death and all things macabre (sort of the Goth stereotype). Her mother Morticia is a vampire thus making her half vampire like her brothers. In the 1960's television series, she is more sweet-natured, still, she raised spiders. She looks remarkably like a young Morticia.
Wednesday had a close kinship with the family's giant butler, Lurch. In the TV series, it was revealed that her middle name is "Friday". In the Spanish language version, her name is Merlina Addams. In the Brazilian version (Portuguese), her name is Vandinha.
She has a quite a lot of hobbies, such as playing with her headless Marie Antoinette doll (which her brother, Pugsley, decapitated with a guillotine when Grandmamma told them about the French Revolution). She also owns several headless dolls as well. She plays with her spiders a lot of times, especially with her favorite spider, Homer. She is also interested in arts. She paints pictures (including a picture of trees with human heads) and once dedicated a poem to her beloved spider, Homer. Wednesday is also quite strong, being able to bring her father, Gomez, down with a judo hold. Besides that, she loves picnics in underground caverns and hanging out at the cemetery with her brother. She is also known for torturing Pugsley with bows, blowing him through a cannon, electrocuting him in an electric chair, and putting him on the rack in the "play" room and pulling the lever nonstop!
In the original cartoons, she is shown committing devious schemes with Pugsley, such as tripping the mailman and planning to scare some children at a creek by disguising Pugsley as a shark. She is also shown to have a dollhouse with living people in it, for whom she makes miniature black dresses.
The Addams Family (1991) and it's sequel Addams Family Values (1993), portray Wednesday as more malevolent than her television self. Her personality is severe, with a deadpan wit and a morbid interest trying to inflict harm to her two brothers. In both films, she is portrayed by Christina Ricci.
In the movie Addams Family Values, Wednesday is a teenager and sent to a summer camp called Camp Chippewa, where Joel Glicker (played by David Krumholtz), takes a liking to Wednesday. Joel is a neurotic, allergy-ridden Jewish boy with an overbearing mother. At the end of the film Joel and Wednesday visit Debbie's tomb outside the house, and after a brief talk in which Wednesday states that if she'd wanted to kill her husband she'd do it giving him a scare to death, Joel is suddenly attacked by Debbie's hand which grabs Joel's arm. Wednesday, though she obviously likes Joel, smiles maliciously at him, hearing his screams.
In the 1977 TV movie, Lisa Loring plays a grown-up Wednesday, who mostly entertained their party guests with her flute, and could 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 movie, her parents had had two more children who look just like the original Pugsley and Wednesday.
Wednesday was then portrayed by Nicole Fugere in the straight-to-video movie, Addams Family Reunion and Fox Family Channel's television series The New Addams Family, which were both produced in 1998.
In The Addams Family Musical, the role of Wednesday with short hair was originated by Krysta Rodriguez.
During the musical it's revealed Wednesday, now eighteen, has a "normal" boyfriend: Lucas Beineke, whom she plans on marrying. She and Lucas plan for their families to meet to tell everyone that they are getting married and ask for their blessing. Both of them express their desire to travel the world and a great love for each other. Unlike the shows and the movies Wednesday is older than Pugsley.
At the beginning of the show Wednesday is shown with the rest of the Addams in the family graveyard where the family dances with their ancestors ("When You're an Addams"). Then Uncle Fester reveals to the audience that Wednesday is grown up and has found a boyfriend, where Uncle Fester makes the ancestors to help him figure out if they truly love each other.
Wednesday then tells her parents that she invited the Beineke's to dinner so that she could meet his parents. She displays her great discomfort and nervousness with feelings she has never felt before while torturing her brother Pugsley in the "play" room("Pulled"). As the Bienekes make their way through Central Park to the Addams' house, Wednesday tells her family to act as "normal" as possible while Lucas asks the same thing of his ("One Normal Night"). When the Beinekes do arrive, Wednesday arrives wearing a yellow dress much to the horror of her parents and Lucas. When she and Lucas are alone they discuss their plans to get married and travel. Pugsley eavesdrops on their conversation is worried that his sister will be leaving and never torture him again ("What If").
During the family game of "Full Disclosure" Wednesday continuously tries to get Lucas to say that they're getting married, but is constantly interrupted or ignored. When she finally declares that they're getting married, Mr. Beineke is enraged and attempts to make Lucas (and the unconscious Mrs. Beineke) leave the house and New York for good. However, Uncle Fester has the ancestors conjure up a storm to keep them from leaving.
During the night, Wednesday and Lucas have their first fight, when Wednesday wants to run away to start their life together while Lucas wants to try and fix things with their families. She then has a talk with Gomez where he tells her he's happy that's she's found someone to love and sad that she's an adult ("Happy/Sad"). Afterwords Lucas confronts her and they discuss which one of them is crazier than the other. She decides that to find out just how connected she and Lucas really are, that he must allow her to shoot an apple off his head. He then is blindfolded by Lucas, and successfully shoots the apple off his head with a crossbow to proving they are connected ("Crazier than You"). The couple then makes up and is now ready to get married. Before the end of the musical they tell their respective parents why they want to get married, and receive blessings from them.
|The Addams Family Main Characters|
|Gomez Addams | Morticia Addams | Uncle Fester | Grandmama | Wednesday Addams | Pugsley Addams | Lurch | Thing | Cousin Itt|