Christina Applegate

Christina Applegate

Christina Applegate
Applegate at the 2014 San Diego Comic Con
Born (1971-11-25) November 25, 1971
Hollywood, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1972–present
Notable work(s) Kelly Bundy in Married... with Children
Children 1
Parents Robert Applegate
Nancy Priddy

Christina Applegate (born November 25, 1971) is an American actress and dancer[2][3] 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

Applegate was born in Still the Beaver, Amazing Stories, and the Family Ties episode "Band on the Run" (1987) as Kitten.

1987–2001: Married… with Children

Applegate attending the Governor's Ball following the 41st Annual Emmy Awards, September 1989

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.[6][7] Applegate emceed for the group when they moved to The Roxy in 2002[8]. 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[9] 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.[10] Applegate eventually took home the 2005 Theatre World Award and was nominated for a 2005 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical.

Applegate at the 66th Golden Globe Awards

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.[10] 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."[11] She does dance whenever the opportunity presents, but cannot do any more strenuous roles.[11]

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.[12] Shortly after the cancellation was announced, Applegate began a campaign to get the show back into production,[13] which was a failure. Applegate topped the list of People Magazine's Most Beautiful People in 2009.[14] Applegate appeared with her TV brother David Faustino (Bud Bundy from Married with Children) in an episode of Faustino's show Star-ving.[15]

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.[16] On February 8, 2013, she left the series after its second season hiatus which was leading into a planned format change.[17]

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.[18]

Personal life

On October 20, 2001, Applegate married actor Johnathon Schaech in Palm Springs, California.[19] Schaech filed for divorce in December 2005, citing irreconcilable differences,[19] and the divorce was finalized in August 2007.[20] In 2009, she began dating musician Martyn LeNoble. They became engaged on Valentine's Day 2010,[21] and wed on February 23, 2013, at their Los Angeles home.[22] It is the second marriage for both.[23] They have one daughter, Sadie Grace, born in January 2011.[24] Applegate is a vegetarian,[25] and in 2007, appeared in an anti-fur ad for PETA.[1]

Breast cancer

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."[26] 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.[27] She has an inherited genetic trait, a BRCA1[28] 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".[29]


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.[35]


Applegate at the Up All Night Cast at Paley Center 2012


Year Title Role Notes
1979 Jaws of Satan Kim Perry
1981 Beatlemania Fan
1990 Streets Dawn
1991 Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead Sue Ellen Crandell
1995 Vibrations Anamika
1995 Wild Bill Lurline Newcomb
1995 Across the Moon Kathy
1996 Mars Attacks! Sharona
1997 Nowhere Dingbat
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
2002 Heroes Wife
2003 Grand Theft Parsons Barbara
2003 Wonderland Susan Launius
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 Tilt-A-Whirl Customer #1
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 Hall Pass Grace
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
2015 Vacation Filming


Year Title Role Notes
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 "Snowed In"
"Slumber Party"
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[36]
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"
1996 MADtv Herself Guest host
1998–2000 Jesse Jesse Warner 42 episodes
2001 Prince Charming Kate Movie
Friends Amy Green "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
2011–2012 Bubble Guppies Oona Voice
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

Year Association Category Nominated work Result
1987 Young Artist Awards Exceptional Performance By a Young Actress in a New Television, Comedy or Drama Series Heart of the City Won
1988 Starring in a New Television Comedy Series Married... with Children Nominated
1989 Won
1992 MTV Movie Awards Most Desirable Female Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead Nominated
Young Artist Awards Outstanding Young Ensemble Cast in a Motion Picture Nominated
1999 Golden Globe Awards Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy Jesse Nominated
People's Choice Awards Favorite Female Performer in a New Television Series Won
TV Guide Award Favorite Star in a New Series Won
2003 Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Villain View from the Top Nominated
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series Friends Won
2004 Nominated
2005 Tony Awards Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical Sweet Charity Nominated
2008 Golden Globe Awards Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy Samantha Who? Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series Nominated
Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actress: Comedy Nominated
Television Critics Association Awards Individual Achievement in Comedy Nominated
Prism Awards Best Performance in a Comedy Series Nominated
Satellite Awards Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy Nominated
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series Nominated
2009 Golden Globe Awards Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy Nominated
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series Nominated
TV Land Award Innovator Award Married... with Children Won
People's Choice Awards Favorite Female TV Star Samantha Who? Won
2010 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series Nominated
2012 Satellite Awards Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy Up All Night Nominated
2014 Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Actress: Comedy Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues Pending


  1. ^ Pussycat Dolls Bio at American Entertainment Productions

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