Applegate at the 2014 San Diego Comic Con
November 25, 1971 |
Hollywood, California, U.S.
|Notable work(s)||Kelly Bundy in Married... with Children|
Christina Applegate (born November 25, 1971) is an American actress and dancer who gained fame as a child actress, playing the role of Kelly Bundy on the Fox sitcom Married... with Children (1987–97). In her adult years, Applegate established a film and television career, winning an Emmy and earning Tony and Golden Globe nominations.
She has had major roles in several films, including Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead (1991), The Big Hit (1998), The Sweetest Thing (2002), Grand Theft Parsons (2003), Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004) and its sequel, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013), Farce of the Penguins (2007), Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel (2009) and Hall Pass (2011). She has also starred in numerous Broadway theatre productions such as the 2005 revival of the musical Sweet Charity. She played the lead role in the television sitcoms Jesse (1998–2000) and Samantha Who? (2007–09) and starred in the NBC comedy Up All Night (2011–12) before leaving over the creative direction of the series, which was canceled shortly afterward.
1971–1986: Early life and projects
1987–2001: Married… with Children
In 1987, Applegate played the memorable role of the ditzy, sexually promiscuous daughter, Kelly Bundy, on the Fox Network's first sitcom, Married... with Children. She portrayed her character for ten years (1987–97). While working on the series, Applegate was seen in Dance 'til Dawn (1988, NBC) and in Streets (1990), in which a teenage drug addict is stalked by a psychotic police officer. Applegate guest-starred in 21 Jump Street (1988) and Top of the Heap (1991, as Kelly Bundy), and hosted Saturday Night Live (May 8, 1993, and October 13, 2012) and MADtv (1996).
The character of Sue Ellen Crandell in the black comedy feature Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead (1991) was Applegate's first starring role in a mainstream film, playing a rebellious teenager who is forced to take care of siblings after their summer babysitter dies. Applegate followed with roles in films such as Vibrations (1995), Across the Moon (1995), Wild Bill (1995), Tim Burton's Mars Attacks! (1996), and Gregg Araki's Nowhere (1997). After the sitcom Married... with Children was canceled in May 1997, Applegate starred as Claudine Van Doozen in the independent feature Claudine's Return (a.k.a. Kiss of Fire), was cast in the action-comedy The Big Hit, and played the fiancée of a mob descendant in the Mafia satire Jane Austen's Mafia (1998).
Applegate was one of the founding members of the Pussycat Dolls, which debuted at Johnny Depp's Viper Room on the Sunset Strip in 1995. Applegate emceed for the group when they moved to The Roxy in 2002. In 1998, Applegate was given the title role in the NBC sitcom Jesse. The series debuted in 1998, received rave reviews, and brought Applegate a People's Choice Award for Favorite Female Performer in a New TV series and the TV Guide Award for Star of a New Series as well as a nomination at the Golden Globe Awards for Lead Actress in a Comedy. Though the series gained critical praise, it was canceled in 2000.
2002–present: Anchorman, stage and television
The new millennium saw Applegate playing the dual role of a 12th-century noblewoman, Princess Rosalind, and her 21st-century descendant, Julia Malfete, in the time-travel comedy Just Visiting (2001). After gaining wide notice for playing Cameron Diaz's level-headed best friend, Courtney Rockcliffe, in The Sweetest Thing (2002), Applegate continued to play roles in such films as Heroes (2002), and the romantic airplane comedy View from the Top (2003), as well as in the true crime film Wonderland (2003), based on the Wonderland murders, and the Gram Parsons biopic Grand Theft Parsons (2003). In 2004, Applegate starred alongside Ben Affleck in the holiday comedy Surviving Christmas, and alongside Matt Dillon in Employee of the Month. Behind the screen, she was the executive producer of Comforters, Miserable (2001).
Applegate guest-starred on two episodes of Friends, in the ninth (2002) and tenth (2003) seasons, titled "The One with Rachel's Other Sister" and "The One Where Rachel's Sister Babysits" as Amy Green, Rachel Green's (Jennifer Aniston) sister. She won the Primetime Emmy Award for Best Guest Actress in a Comedy for her performance in "The One with Rachel's Other Sister". On the silver screen, she portrayed TV anchorwoman Veronica Corningstone in the 2004 films Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy and the bonus film Wake Up, Ron Burgundy: The Lost Movie (an alternative film comprising alternate takes and deleted scenes and story elements).
In addition to her screen work, Applegate has performed on stage in such productions as The Axeman's Jazz, Nobody Leaves Empty Handed, and The Runthrough, as well as John Cassavetes' The Third Day (co-starring Gena Rowlands). In 2004, she debuted on the Broadway stage playing the title role of Charity Hope Valentine in a revival of the 1966 musical Sweet Charity. In late April 2005, she also took part in the annual Broadway Cares’ Easter Bonnet Competition, being sawed in half by a magician in their Clearly Impossible sawing illusion. Sweet Charity ended its Broadway run on December 31, 2005. Applegate eventually took home the 2005 Theatre World Award and was nominated for a 2005 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical.
While appearing in Sweet Charity, Applegate broke her foot, and it was announced that the musical would close during previews. She persuaded the producers to rescind their decision and on April 18, 2005, she made her Broadway debut. Because of her injury, Applegate had to wear special shoes to prevent another incident, and in a 2013 interview said that because of what happened she "actually can't dance anymore. And that is sad for me because I always wanted to go back. But I probably won't be able to." She does dance whenever the opportunity presents, but cannot do any more strenuous roles.
In 2006, Applegate appeared in Jessica Simpson's music video "A Public Affair" alongside Eva Longoria, Ryan Seacrest and Christina Milian. She starred in the ABC comedy Samantha Who? from October 15, 2007, until it was canceled on May 18, 2009. The series costarred Jean Smart, Jennifer Esposito and Melissa McCarthy. The series was about a 30-year-old who, after a hit-and-run accident, develops amnesia and has to rediscover her life, her relationships and herself. Shortly after the cancellation was announced, Applegate began a campaign to get the show back into production, which was a failure. Applegate topped the list of People Magazine's Most Beautiful People in 2009. Applegate appeared with her TV brother David Faustino (Bud Bundy from Married with Children) in an episode of Faustino's show Star-ving.
She also voiced Catherine the Cat in the 3-D talking animal sequel Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore. According to Applegate, she said it was her mother that wanted her to be involved in the film. Prior to Cats & Dogs 2, she voiced Brittany (one of the Chipettes) in Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel (2009) and Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked (2011). She starred in the NBC sitcom Up All Night with Maya Rudolph and Will Arnett and the show debuted on September 14, 2011. On February 8, 2013, she left the series after its second season hiatus which was leading into a planned format change.
On July 31, 2013, Applegate was featured on the second episode of the fourth season of the revived American version of TLC's, Who Do You Think You Are? The broadcast centered around Applegate trying to find out for her father, Robert Applegate, about his mother, Lavina Applegate Walton, who was mysteriously absent for most of her son's life and who died early in his life. Christina Applegate also hoped to find out if the hearsay concerning her grandmother's tragic death was true. The actress traveled from her home in Hollywood, California, to Trenton, New Jersey, for her search.
On October 20, 2001, Applegate married actor Johnathon Schaech in Palm Springs, California. Schaech filed for divorce in December 2005, citing irreconcilable differences, and the divorce was finalized in August 2007. In 2009, she began dating musician Martyn LeNoble. They became engaged on Valentine's Day 2010, and wed on February 23, 2013, at their Los Angeles home. It is the second marriage for both. They have one daughter, Sadie Grace, born in January 2011. Applegate is a vegetarian, and in 2007, appeared in an anti-fur ad for PETA.
On August 3, 2008, People magazine reported that Applegate had been diagnosed with breast cancer. This was confirmed by her representative who said in a statement, "Christina Applegate was diagnosed with an early stage of breast cancer. Benefiting from early detection through a doctor-ordered MRI, the cancer is not life-threatening. Christina is following the recommended treatment of her doctors and will have a full recovery. No further statement will be issued at this time." On August 19, 2008, it was announced that Applegate was cancer free after a double mastectomy, even though cancer was found in only one breast. She has an inherited genetic trait, a BRCA1 mutation, which often triggers breast cancer. Her mother, Nancy Priddy, is a breast cancer survivor. Applegate said when she first was diagnosed, "I was just shaking and then also immediately, I had to go into 'take-care-of-business-mode' which included a change to a more healthy diet".
In 1992, Applegate joined other celebrities in a benefit show for a Hollywood children's charity, acting as a special guest assistant to a local magician and taking part in a number of illusions, including being Adopt-A-Classroom, The Motion Picture & Television Fund Foundation, World Animal Protection, and The Trevor Project.
|1979||Jaws of Satan||Kim Perry|
|1991||Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead||Sue Ellen Crandell|
|1995||Wild Bill||Lurline Newcomb|
|1995||Across the Moon||Kathy|
|1998||Jane Austen's Mafia!||Diane Steen|
|1998||Big Hit, TheThe Big Hit||Pam Schulman|
|1998||Claudine's Return||Claudine Van Doozen|
|1999||Out in Fifty||Lilah|
|2000||Brutal Truth, TheThe Brutal Truth||Emily|
|2001||Just Visiting||Princess Rosaline / Julia Malfete|
|2002||Sweetest Thing, TheThe Sweetest Thing||Courtney Rockcliffe|
|2003||Grand Theft Parsons||Barbara|
|2003||View from the Top||Christine Montgomery|
|2004||Surviving Christmas||Alicia Valco|
|2004||Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy||Veronica Corningstone|
|2004||Wake Up, Ron Burgundy: The Lost Movie||Veronica Corningstone|
|2004||Employee of the Month||Sara Goodwin|
|2005||Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas||Dr. Suzanne Bedford|
|2007||Farce of the Penguins||Melissa||Voice|
|2008||Rocker, TheThe Rocker||Kim Powell|
|2009||Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel||Brittany Miller||Voice|
|2010||Going The Distance||Corinne|
|2010||Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore||Catherine||Voice|
|2011||Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked||Brittany Miller||Voice|
|2013||Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues||Veronica Corningstone-Burgundy|
|2014||The Book of Life||Mary Beth||Voice|
|1972||Days of Our Lives||Baby||3 months old|
|1981||Father Murphy||Ada||Episode: "A Horse from Heaven"|
|1983||Grace Kelly||Young Grace Kelly||Movie|
|Charles in Charge||Stacy||
|1986||Silver Spoons||Jeannie Bolens||Episode: "A Family Affair"|
|1986||All Is Forgiven||Simone||Episode: "Mother's Day"|
|1986||Still the Beaver||Mandy / Wendy||2 episodes|
|1986||Amazing Stories||Holly||Episode: "Welcome to My Nightmare"|
|1986–1987||Heart of the City||Robin Kennedy||13 episodes|
|1987||Family Ties||Kitten||Episode: "Band On The Run"|
|1987–1997||Married... with Children||Kelly Bundy||259 episodes|
|1988||Dance 'til Dawn||Patrice Johnson||Movie|
|1988||21 Jump Street||Tina||Episode: "I'm OK – You Need Work"|
|1990||The Earth Day Special||Kelly Bundy|
|1991||Top of the Heap||Kelly Bundy||2 episodes|
|1993||Saturday Night Live||Herself||Episode: "Christina Applegate/Midnight Oil"|
|1998–2000||Jesse||Jesse Warner||42 episodes|
"The One With Rachel's Other Sister"
"The One Where Rachel's Sister Babysits"
|2004||King of the Hill||Colette / Attorney (voice)||Episode: "My Hair Lady"|
|2007–2009||Samantha Who?||Samantha "Sam" Newly||35 episodes|
|2008||Reno 911!||Seemji||Episode: "Did Garcia Steal Dangle's Husband?"|
|2009||Star-ving||Herself||Episode: "Married with Children"..The Movie"|
|2009||Carrie Underwood: An All-Star Holiday Special||Herself||Cameo|
|2011||So You Think You Can Dance||Herself||Guest judge|
|2011–2012||Up All Night||Reagan Brinkley||35 episodes|
|2012||Saturday Night Live||Herself||Episode: "Christina Applegate/Passion Pit"|
|2013||Who Do You Think You Are?||Herself||Season 4, episode 2|
Awards and nominations
- Pussycat Dolls Bio at American Entertainment Productions
- Christina Applegate at the Internet Movie Database
- Christina Applegate at the Internet Broadway Database
- Christina Applegate at AllMovie
- Christina Applegate on Twitter