Charles Addams, who created The Addams family, has his 100th birthday commemorated on search engine's main page.

Charles Addams celebrated in Google Doodle.

Charles Addams, the American cartoonist who created the Addams family, has been commemorated in a Google doodle celebrating the centenary of his birth on 7 January.

Addams, who was bornin 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.

The Google doodle in his memory was created courtesy of the Tee & Charles Addams Foundation.

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Thanks! I love the Addams Family and I really enjoyed reading that! Thanks for the post!

"had a fondness from a young age for coffins, skeletons and tombstones"

I also have a fondness for these things as well! Everything Halloween!

Hey Steph,

I don't remember the Addams family home having orthodox domes and a protestant steeple with symbols on top. Do you ?

No I don't remember that at all -- let me google it to make sure.

Here's a picture of the house -- I'll look for others

I wonder what influenced the cartoonist to make the changes to the house. The windows and the doors have a church-like appearance too. Alternatively, did google trash the art .

I've been researching it online. I haven't seen anything explaining why the artist drew the house like that. I've learned a lot about Charles Addams.

The Addams Family House, Where Every Night is Halloween
http://hookedonhouses.net/2010/10/31/the-addams-family-house-where-...

This site has a lot of good pictures of the house

The photos are so good.

Gomez and Morticia in chairs

good galleries

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