Christina Applegate (born November 25, 1971) is an American actress and dancer who as an adolescent actress started 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 is also known for doing the voice of Brittany in the Alvin and the Chipmunks film series.
Applegate at the 2014 San Diego Comic-Con International
November 25, 1971 |
Hollywood, California, U.S.
|Notable work||Kelly Bundy in Married... with Children|
She has had major roles in several films, including Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead (1991), The Big Hit (1998), Prince Charming (2001), 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), Hall Pass (2011), Vacation (2015) and Bad Moms (2016). 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).
1971–1986: Early life and projectsEdit
Applegate was born in Hollywood, California. Her father, Robert William "Bob" Applegate, was a record producer and record company executive, and her mother, Nancy Lee Priddy, is a singer and actress. Her parents were separated shortly after her birth. She has two half-siblings (Alisa and Kyle) from her father's remarriage. After her parents' divorce, her mother had a relationship with musician Stephen Stills. After her television debut with her mother in the soap opera Days of Our Lives and a commercial for Playtex baby bottles at three and five months, respectively, Applegate made her film debut in the 1979 film, Jaws of Satan (or King Cobra) at the age of seven, followed by 1981's Beatlemania. She debuted in a television movie as young Grace Kelly in the biopic, Grace Kelly (1983) and appeared in her first TV series in Showtime's political comedy, Washingtoon (1985), in which she played a Congressman's daughter. She was also seen as a guest in the shows, Father Murphy (1981), Charles in Charge (1984 and 1985), and Silver Spoons (1986). In 1986, Applegate won the role of Robin Kennedy (1986–87), a policeman's daughter, in the police drama series Heart of the City. Meanwhile, she was also seen guest starring in several other television series such as All is Forgiven, Still the Beaver, Amazing Stories, and the Family Ties episode "Band on the Run" (1987) as Kitten.
1987–2001: Married… with ChildrenEdit
In 1987, Applegate played the role of the ditzy, sexually promiscuous daughter, Kelly Bundy, on the Fox Network's first sitcom, Married... with Children. She portrayed her character for 11 years (1987–97). While working on the series, Applegate was seen in Dance 'til Dawn (1988, NBC) and in Streets (1990), in which a teenaged 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 cancelled in May 1997, Applegate starred as Claudine Van Doozen in the independent feature Claudine's Return (or 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 1996, Applegate auditioned for the role of Rose in James Cameron's blockbuster hit fim Titanic, but lost to Kate Winslet. 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 cancelled in 2000.
2002–present: Anchorman, stage and televisionEdit
The new millennium had 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). She was Princess Gwendolyn and Kate in the movie Prince Charming (2001). After 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 Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series 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 cancelled 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'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 three-dimensional talking animal sequel Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore. Applegate said her mother was who 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), Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked (2011), and Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip (2015). 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. Applegate also hoped to find out if the hearsay concerning her grandmother's tragic death were true. The actress traveled from her home in Hollywood, California, to Trenton, New Jersey, for her search.
In 2015, Applegate starred with Ed Helms in the National Lampoon sequel Vacation, the fifth full-length movie episode of the road-trip comedies. Helms and Applegate play Rusty Griswold and his wife Debbie, who with their two sons take a trip to Walley World, just as Rusty did with his parents in the 1983 original film, National Lampoon's Vacation. Series stars Beverly D'Angelo and Chevy Chase make appearances as Rusty's parents Ellen and Clark Griswold. Also, Leslie Mann appears as Rusty's sister Audrey with Chris Hemsworth as her husband Stone Crandell.
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. The couple 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 advertisement for PETA.
On August 3, 2008, People 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, though cancer was found in only one breast. She has an inherited genetic trait, a BRCA1 mutation, which can trigger 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 sawn in half. In 2003, she was the spokesperson for the Lee National Denim Day, which raises millions of dollars for breast cancer education and research. Following her diagnosis with breast cancer, Applegate appeared on a television special entitled Stand Up to Cancer designed to raise funds for breast cancer research. The one-hour special was broadcast on CBS, NBC, and ABC television networks on September 5, 2008. In 2009, she announced her plans to return as the ambassador for Lee National Denim Day. Also in 2009, she founded Right Action for Women, a charitable foundation dedicated to breast-cancer screening for women, and focused on the type of MRI scan which saved her life. In February 2015, Applegate was awarded the Saint Vintage Love Cures Award from unite4:humanity and Saint Vintage, for her dedication to and work with Right Action for Women. Applegate has also supported Entertainment Industry Foundation, Adopt-A-Classroom, The Motion Picture and 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|
|2001||Prince Charming||Princess Gwendolyn / Kate|
|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||Tilt-A-Whirl||Customer #1||Short film|
|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|
|2015||Vacation||Debbie Fletcher Griswold|
|2015||Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip||Brittany Miller||Voice|
|2016||Youth in Oregon||Kate Gleason|
|2016||Bad Moms||Gwendolyn James|
|1972||Days of Our Lives||Baby||3 months old|
|1981||Father Murphy||Ada||Episode: "A Horse from Heaven"|
|1983||Grace Kelly||Young Grace Kelly||Television film|
|1984–1985||Charles in Charge||Stacy||2 episodes|
|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||258 episodes|
|1988||Dance 'til Dawn||Patrice Johnson||Television film|
|1988||21 Jump Street||Tina||Episode: "I'm OK – You Need Work"|
|1990||The Earth Day Special||Kelly Bundy||Television special|
|1991||Top of the Heap||Kelly Bundy||2 episodes|
|1993||Saturday Night Live||Herself (host)||Episode: "Christina Applegate/Midnight Oil"|
|1998–2000||Jesse||Jesse Warner||42 episodes; also co-producer|
|2001||Prince Charming||Kate||Television film|
|2002–2003||Friends||Amy Green||2 episodes|
|2004||King of the Hill||Colette / Attorney (voices)||Episode: "My Hair Lady"|
|2004||Father of the Pride||Candy (voice)||Episode: "One Man's Meat Is Another Man's Girlfriend"|
|2005||Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas||Dr. Suzanne Bedford||Television film|
|2007–2009||Samantha Who?||Samantha "Sam" Newly||35 episodes; also producer|
|2008||Reno 911!||Seemji||Episode: "Did Garcia Steal Dangle's Husband?"|
|2009||Star-ving||Herself||Episode: "Married with Children"..The Movie"|
|2011–2012||Up All Night||Reagan Brinkley||35 episodes; also producer|
|2012||Saturday Night Live||Herself||Episode: "Christina Applegate/Passion Pit"|
|2015||Web Therapy||Jenny Bologna||2 episodes|
|2015||The Muppets||Herself||Episode: "Bear Left Then Bear Write"|
|2015||The Grinder||Gail Budnick||Episode: "A Bittersweet Grind (Une Mouture Amer)"|
Awards and nominationsEdit
- "“Noooooooooooo!” —Christina Applegate The plucky adventures of a sitcom starlet who just wanted to dance" New York magazine
- "So We Think Christina Applegate Can Dance" -- Out magazine
- "Christina Applegate Biography (1971–)". Filmreference.com. Retrieved June 23, 2010.
- "The Christina Applegate Picture Pages". Superiorpics.com. Retrieved June 23, 2010.
- "Pussycat Dolls Biography". Starpulse.com. Retrieved June 23, 2010.
- "Neon: Beyond Burlesque". reviewjournal.com. April 8, 2005. Retrieved June 23, 2010.
- Pussycat Dolls Bio at American Entertainment Productions Archived July 10, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
- "Christina Applegate Emmy Award Winner". Emmys.com. Retrieved 2012-06-13.
- Last Dance: Christina Applegate Sweet Charity Ends Broadway Run Dec. 31 Robert Simonson, playbill.com, 'first New York performance in Sweet Charity on April 18',Dec 31, 2005
- Thomlison, Adam. "Q&A". TV Media. Retrieved 2013-08-02.
- Samantha Who? abcstudiosmedianet.com,
- Applegate Petitions for "Samantha Who?", Hollywood.com, May 25, 2009
- "Christina Applegate's New Lease on Life". People. April 29, 2009. Retrieved June 23, 2010.
- "Christina Applegate guests on "Star-ving"". Celebuzz. Retrieved February 20, 2009.
- "Christina Applegate Departing 'Up All Night'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved April 18, 2013.
- Christina Applegate's "Who Do You Think You Are?" delivers 2.2 million viewers to TLC
- "Christina Applegate's Hubby Seeks Divorce". People. December 6, 2005. Retrieved September 8, 2013.
- Boehm, Kristin (August 10, 2007). "Christina Applegate's Divorce Finalized in L.A.". People. Retrieved September 8, 2013.
- Lehner, Marla (April 16, 2010). "Christina Applegate is Getting Married!". People. Retrieved June 23, 2010.
- Nudd, Tim (February 24, 2013). "Christina Applegate Marries Martyn LeNoble". People. Retrieved February 25, 2013.
- "Christina Applegate Marries Martyn LeNoble!". Us Weekly. February 24, 2013. Retrieved February 25, 2013.
- Jordan, Julie (2011-02-01). "Christina Applegate Delivers Daughter Sadie Grace". People.com. Retrieved 2011-08-13.
- "Christina Applegate: "Fur: Get Me Not!"". People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. 2007. Archived from the original on 2012-05-25. Retrieved 2017-01-13.
- Miller, Gerri (2007-11-21). "Christina Applegate Poses for Revealing PETA Card". Time Inc. Archived from the original on 2011-03-29. Retrieved 2012-04-21.
- Stephen M. Silverman and Julie Jordan (August 3, 2008). "Christina Applegate Diagnosed With Breast Cancer". People. Retrieved August 3, 2008.
- Sharon Cotliar and Stephen M. Silverman (August 19, 2008). "Christina Applegate Cancer-Free After Double Mastectomy". People. Retrieved August 24, 2014.
- "Applegate has double mastectomy". BBC News. August 19, 2008. Retrieved June 23, 2010.
- "Christina Applegate "Did a 180" After beating Cancer". US Magazine.
- "IMDb biography – Other works". Uk.imdb.com. May 1, 2009. Retrieved June 23, 2010.
- Morgan, John (March 2, 2008). "Christina Applegate gets serious about breast cancer". USA Today. Retrieved March 28, 2008.
- She says she is 100 percent cancer free, Associated Press August 19, 2008 Archived January 29, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
- "EXCLUSIVE: Christina Applegate Joins the Cause for Lee National Denim Day – Style News – StyleWatch". Stylenews.peoplestylewatch.com. May 8, 2009. Retrieved June 23, 2010.
- "Christina Applegate Foundation". Right Action for Women. Retrieved November 1, 2010.
- "Los Angeles Times". February 20, 2015.
- "Christina Applegate: Charity Work". Look to the Stars. Retrieved 2013-12-02.
- Patrick Kevin Day (2012-04-12). "Fox to re-air 'Married with Children's' pilot episode". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2013-12-02.
- Dye, David. Child and Youth Actors: Filmography of Their Entire Careers, 1914-1985. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Co., 1988, p. 6.