"A practicing lawyer, [Barbara] 'combined Morticia-like looks with diabolical legal scheming,' by which she wound up controlling the "Addams Family" television and movie franchises and persuaded her husband to give away other legal rights. At one point, she got her husband to take out a $100,000 insurance policy. Addams consulted a lawyer on the sly, who later humorously wrote, 'I told him the last time I had word of such a move was in a picture called Double Indemnity starring Barbara Stanwyck, which I called to his attention.' In the movie, Stanwyck's character plotted her husband's murder. No one has accused Barbara Barb Addams of attempting the same."