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Eleanor Courtney is an acquaintance of the Addams Family. She is the wife of Henry Courtney and the mother of Robespierre.


When Wednesday Addams developed a crush on young Robespierre, Mrs. Courtney initially told her son she didn't want anything to do with "those cooks". However, Eleanor changed her mind when she found out the Addamses were related to Abigail Quincy Adams, one of the most socially prominent women in America. Upon receiving a telephone call from Morticia Addams, Eleanor immediately accepted Morticia's invitation to visit the Addams family for tea. She inquired about 'dear grandmother', indicating Abigail, but Morticia naturally assumed Eleanor meant Grandmama Addams.[1]

Upon the Courtney family's arrival at the Addams Family Mansion, Gomez Addams introduced himself and his wife. Wednesday, who had received instructions on how to impress a boy from nearly all the other family members, threw love dust (acquired from Grandmama) into Robespierre's face. The boy then reluctantly agreed to go play with the trains, and his parents were instructed to sit down in the Addams' love seat. Cousin Itt was called down from his place in the fireplace to meet the Courtneys. Then Uncle Fester arrived, wearing a large clamp on his head to cure one of his headaches. When Eleanor Courtney mentioned they had always admired Abigail Adams, Gomez, Morticia, Fester, and Itt were all shocked and excused themselves.

Fester suspected that the pens Henry was wearing in his jacket pocket actually contained hidden microphones. He took one to test it out and managed to spray all of the ink on Eleanor's outfit (and a few drops on her chin). Morticia promised to clean the dress, even though she felt it looked better in a darker shade. Uncle Fester then grabbed Henry's remaining pens and snapped them in two, still looking for hidden microphones.

After sitting through a demonstration of Gomez' financial wizardry, Eleanor once again indicated she wanted to meet "Old Mrs. Adams", but was told to wait until Grandmama finished wrestling the alligator. When Grandmama arrived, having defeated the alligator, Eleanor noticed that she certainly photographed differently. Henry asked if this was Abigail Adams, to which Morticia replied that they would never allow Abigail in the house. Henry found this very amusing and started laughing at his wife, who called for Robespierre to leave immediately.

Robespierre entered the living room with a piece of train track tied around his neck. He explained that Wednesday made him blow up a train before she tried to put him under a guillotine. Before leaving, Eleanor promised that her husband would write a letter to the paper about this. But Henry disputed this, as all of his pens had been broken by Uncle Fester.[1]





Powers and Abilities[]

As a human, Eleanor does not have any supernatural powers or abilities.






Appears In[]

The Original Addams Family Series

Season Two




  • The interior set for the Courtney house is the same set that was used for the Post house in the 1961 sitcom "Mister Ed".

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