Tee and Charles Addams Foundation was created in 1999 by the late Marilyn “Tee” Addams (1926-2002), widow of Charles Addams.
In addition to establishing and endowing the Addams Foundation, Tee Addams' dedication to her husband was manifest in other ways, as well. In 1991 she compiled the book The World of Charles Addams published by Alfred Knopf, Inc. It is said to be the most definitive book of his works. She also donated many Addams works to the Astor, Lenox and Tilden Collections of The New York Public Library.
Tee’s life was colorful in its own right. Named Queen of Gardenias at Florida fun spot Cypress Gardens in 1942, Marilyn “Tee” Matthews was photographed by Alfred Eisenstaedt for a feature in Life Magazine that led to a prestigious career with the John Powers Modeling Agency in New York City.
Tee’s real love was animals and animal welfare, and she traveled to Africa many times to photograph them in the wild.
She was a major supporter of the Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons, an adoption center for dogs and cats on the East End of Long Island, NY.