Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Happy Birthday, Blossom Rock!

Blossom Rock was born on August 21, 1895, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In her youth, she performed on the vaudeville stage with her older sister, actress/singer Jeanette MacDonald, and later went on to a career in movies, television, and Broadway. She is probably best remembered however, in the role of Grandmama on The Addams Family TV series (1964 -1966).

Although Grandmama was portrayed as the mother of Morticia in some later incarnations of The Addams Family, when the role was played by Blossom Rock in the original sixties series, she was the mother of Gomez. The part of Morticia's mother, Granny Frump, was played by Margaret Hamilton, who was the Wicked Witch of the West in The Wizard of Oz.

Grandmama Addams as she was depicted in cartoon form by her creator, Charles "Chas" Addams.



Blossom Rock died on January 14, 1978, at the age of 82.


18 comments:

  1. Your posts are always informative on the darker sides of the world, thank you :)

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    1. Thank you, Laury! ❤ Shedding a little light on the inhabitants of the Addams Mansion is one of my favourite things do! :D

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  2. I enjoy reading your posts.

    Happy birthday to the belated Blossom Rock.

    I loved Grandmama!
    The cookie baking artwork sums her up perfectly : )



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    1. Thank you, Yvonne! ❤ Yes, I love that cartoon. I really need to find some cookie cutters in those shapes! :)

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  3. Happy birthday to the belated Blossom Rock (what a weird name).

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    1. Hi Vanessa,

      Yeah, it is a weird name, but it's kind of cool too! :D

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  4. I love Grandmamma. Happy Birthday Blossom Rock.

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    1. I love her too, Vivienne! She's such a naughty, feisty old bird! :D

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  5. Owwwwwnnn Gradma Addams, so nice. Happy Birthday.
    I just meet your blog now and I'm in love with all this psycho, horror, goth.

    Perfect.
    Congratzz.

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    1. Hi Wild Foxx,

      Thank you so much for dropping by to celebrate Grandmama's big day! :D

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  6. That lady was so adorable! I remember her and loved her, but I had no idea of her name nor the other details you mentioned. Thanks for all the awesome info about her. :-)

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    1. My pleasure, Lexa! Yes, she was adorable! She was a fun, irreverent example of growing old (dis)gracefully! :D

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  7. Always felt like she never got enough camera time on the show... Happy belated Birthday Blossom!

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    1. Hi Mark,

      Yes, she was the most under-utilized character. The episode where Grandmama gets arrested for setting herself up as a fortune-teller is a favourite of mine. So funny!

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  8. Thanks for the info on Blossom Rock, aka Grandma! She really was a character and fit into the Addams Family show quite nicely.

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    1. Hi Nightwind,

      My pleasure! I couldn't let the birthday of the first woman to play Grandmama Addams go past without mentioning it. :)

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  9. Isn't Grandmama Scorpio in her zodiac sign? The character I mean?

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    1. Hi Kim,

      Wow, that's an obscure fact about Grandmama! :) I don't know. Have you heard her mentioned as Scorpio somewhere?

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