While I’ve never considered myself a particularly big fan of The Addams Family, I sure seem to remember watching it quite a bit when I was a kid. I also remember catching episodes of its more blue collar rival, The Munsters, too. Man, what a strange world it was when not one, but two sitcoms focusing on spooky families were in competition on network TV. In my book, The Addams Family is the superior show. Not only is its source material top notch (Chas Addams’s wickedly funny New Yorker cartoons), but it’s got the beautiful Carolyn Jones (take that, Yvonne De Carlo).
Jones is most recognized as spooky matriarch Morticia, a role her sister said was custom made for her offbeat sense of humor, but there’s much more to her career. She was lovely with haunting eyes, and can be seen in The Man Who Knew Too Much, The Seven Year Itch, House of Wax, a couple of Elvis flicks and How the West Was Won. Her award winning role came with The Bachelor Party, where she played a “philosophical nymphomaniac” and shocked everyone by cutting off her blond hair and dying it jet black. What a brilliant style decision from an independent woman (she consciously chose to focus on her career and refused to give it up for family life).
Jones died far too young, at the age of 53 of colon cancer.