Thursday, January 11, 2007

Lillian or Morticia?

I was saddened to read about the death of one of the more “inspirational” entertainers that helped walk me through my perverted adolescent years -Yvonne DeCarlo. For those of you who don’t recognize the name, the shapely actress played the part of Hermann’s wife, Lillian, on the Munsters. Sure, the show originally ran for a few years in the 1960’s, but it enjoyed tremendous success in reruns while I was growing up.

Of course, the Munsters had a competing show, titled The Adams Family, which featured another quite enticing female lead, Morticia. It got me to thinking – which of these characters was/is the more attractive (desirable) lady? I’ve been going back and forth on this one (minds out of the gutter, please). I decided to break down the qualities of each of these vixens.

Lillian:
She certainly had the edge in use of makeup, and shapeliness. Additionally, she seemed to be more extroverted, and opinionated (not sure if this is a desirable trait or not). Plus, she seemed to be more motherly in nature, in a strange sort of way. She obviously preferred more colors than just black, sometimes even dressing in gray.

Morticia:
Definitely, she was much more wafy, possibly leading the anorexic onslaught that has troubled and perplexed succeeding generations. She also preferred only the color black, and seemed to try to hide all of her features (below the neck). However, she seemed to have a very deep-lying sensual and carefree side. She obviously had a control over men that Lillian could not compete with. At the same time, she seemed a little needy. She did seem a little more feminine than Lillian as well, and I’m betting that Mrs. Munster would probably take her out rather easily in a cat fight (one that I’d pay a pretty penny to see).

I would like to hear your thoughts on this subject, as I’m sure that many of you may hold valuable information that I’m not including in this comparison. I need direction, and you, fellow readers, hold the key.

As an Aside ...
I won’t even go into the husbands (female readers, please add anything you can about Herrmann’s large hands, feet, and head vs. Gomez’s cool, calm, collectedness).

10 comments:

Ink and Stone said...

Hmmmm, Lillian or Morticia??
Add Vampira from Plan 9 and you have a love trinagle from hell!

I'd have to go with Morticia, though, she had an air of sensual creepiness to her. Also, I always liked Gomez better than Herman, Gomez has a wacky coolness with a side of psychosis as opposed to Herman's clumsy funniness.

So... Addams family over the Munsters!

-B- said...

Yes it was sad news indeed. While Lillian had it going on - especially with the white streaks in her hair, I lean toward Morticia - there was something more sensual and sexy about her, and to be married to Gomez shows a huge sense of humor! I think that was his name anyway.

Man, we're pathetic. lol

Christina_the_wench said...

Herman would have been a long ass climb. I wonder if he was packing...

El Padrino said...

is the grandfather still alive?

Rev. Smokin Steve said...

I vote for Maryann on Gilligan's Island

Jeff said...

Lily vs. Morticia: Marilyn.

Herman vs. Gomez: Both were great. Herman gets the nod for My Cousin Vinny -- "What's a yoot?"

Grandpa Al Lewis died a couple years ago. When I lived in NY, he ran for state office dressed as Grandpa.

Steph said...

Morticia had way more class and sex appeal. As did her husband. Herman was just too goofy for me.

Reverse said...

Morticia any day of the week.

Dirty Birdie said...

Lillian was too much of a push over. Morticia has a hot ass creepy chick.

Herman was big and clumbsy and sweet, but Gomez had sort of a latin loveresque quality about him.

Snowelf said...

I'm with DB. Gomez was exotic and so into his wife. Every chick should have a hubby that adores her that much. ;)

--snow