Did you know that when Charles Addams debuted The Addams Family in the The New Yorker in 1938 none of the family members had any names? It was not until the 1964 television series that they each were given the names we know and love. Wednesday was named after a line in the nurse Rhyme Monday's Child: "Wednesday's child is full of woe." Very appropriate for the only daughter of of Gomez and Morticia Addams, don't you think?
Wednesday has not only appeared in the original comic, but more than one animated series, two feature films, and even a musical (though I have not seen that in person and therefore will stick to the other material).
Wednesday's look is iconic: skin so pale it is almost white, long dark hair in braids, wears black with maybe a tough of white (though the 1973 animated series put her in pink - PINK! can you believe it), and seldom smiles (though be afraid whens he does). Like most of the Addamses she is fascinated by the macabre. She is often seen with her beheaded doll, Marie Antoinette, which is seen decapitated by her brother Pugsley via a guillotine. With each incarnation of Wednesday there are differences here and there.
In the 1964-1966 television show, Wednesday (Lisa Loring) is six years old, loves to dance, paints and writes poetry, is a little more sweet in her personality, very strong for a little girl, raises spiders, and has a friendship with the butler Lurch. She is very much a little girl, but one that grew up in a family more interested in the weird and dark instead of keeping up with the Joneses.
In the two feature films, The Addams Family (1991) and Addams Family Values (1993) Wednesday (Christina Ricci) is a little darker, more somber than her 1960s predecessor. She is fascinated by mysterious topics such as the Bermuda Triangle, gives deadpan responses to everything, when she smiles there is an eeriness to it, but she still loves to play (swordplay with fake blood, trying to electrocute Puglsey, digging up the dead, burning down a whole camp). In Addams Family Values we see her a bit older, a teen. She learns she can manipulate a situation to the outcome she desires, but also unintentionally woo the opposite sex.
As previously mentioned in the animated series by Hanna-Barbera (1973-1975) they actually put Wednesday (voiced by Cindy Henderson) in pink. It has a bit of a Scooby-Doo feel, which is not surprising since their first appearance in animated form was in "Scooby-Doo Meets the Addams Family" Instead of living in their iconic mansion, they travel the road in a Victorian-style RV.
From 1992-1993 another animated series aired on ABC (again produced by Hanna-Barbera), this time Wednesday (voiced by Debi Derryberry) was back in dark garb, however this time in blue. This Wednesday has an intelligent / wise calmness to her voice (even though it was to illustrate her lack of enthusiasm for everything). She is taller than Pugsley, but they still play their games of torture
I was hoping to share with you a photo of my Wednesday Addams Halloween costume from the 90s, but sadly the photostock was poor quality and my fair skin features are completely faded. More ghostly than Wednesday. However, as a child I had long hair (which I sometimes wore in braids), fair skin, and people liked to call me Wednesday. A moniker I was okay with, because who wouldn't want to be Wednesday Addams? Now as adult, thanks to this series, I get to embrace my favorite childhood costume and now wear it any time of the year. For my fall casual cosplay Wednesday Addams, I layered my black peter pan collared dress over a white long sleeve tee, tights, and boots. It is a simple as that. Sadly my hair is too short for long braids.