Christina Applegate

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Christina Applegate
Christina Applegate 2014 Comic Con (cropped).jpg
Applegate at the 2014 San Diego Comic Con
Born(1971-11-25) November 25, 1971 (age 43)
Hollywood, California, U.S.
Years active1972–present
Notable work(s)Kelly Bundy in Married... with Children
ParentsRobert Applegate
Nancy Priddy
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Christina Applegate
Christina Applegate 2014 Comic Con (cropped).jpg
Applegate at the 2014 San Diego Comic Con
Born(1971-11-25) November 25, 1971 (age 43)
Hollywood, California, U.S.
Years active1972–present
Notable work(s)Kelly Bundy in Married... with Children
ParentsRobert Applegate
Nancy Priddy

Christina Applegate (born November 25, 1971) is an American actress and dancer[1][2] 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[edit]

Applegate was born in Hollywood, California. Her father, Robert William "Bob" Applegate, was a record producer and record company executive,[3] 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,[4] Applegate made her film debut in the 1979 film, Jaws of Satan (a.k.a. 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 spotted 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 Children[edit]

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.[5][6] Applegate emceed for the group when they moved to The Roxy in 2002.[7] 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[edit]

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[8] 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.[9] 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.[9] 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."[10] She does dance whenever the opportunity presents, but cannot do any more strenuous roles.[10]

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

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

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.[17]

Personal life[edit]

On October 20, 2001, Applegate married actor Johnathon Schaech in Palm Springs, California.[18] Schaech filed for divorce in December 2005, citing irreconcilable differences,[18] and the divorce was finalized in August 2007.[19] In 2009, she began dating musician Martyn LeNoble. They became engaged on Valentine's Day 2010,[20] and wed on February 23, 2013, at their Los Angeles home.[21] It is the second marriage for both.[22] They have one daughter, Sadie Grace, born in January 2011.[23] Applegate is a vegetarian,[24] and in 2007, appeared in an anti-fur ad for PETA.[25]

Breast cancer[edit]

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 sawn in half.[30] In 2003, she was the spokesperson for the Lee National Denim Day, which raises millions of dollars for breast cancer education and research.[31] 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.[32] In 2009, she announced her plans to return as the ambassador for Lee National Denim Day.[33] 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.[34] Applegate has also supported Entertainment Industry Foundation, 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


1979Jaws of SatanKim Perry
1991Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's DeadSue Ellen Crandell
1995Wild BillLurline Newcomb
1995Across the MoonKathy
1996Mars Attacks!Sharona
1998Jane Austen's Mafia!Diane Steen
1998Big Hit, TheThe Big HitPam Schulman
1998Claudine's ReturnClaudine Van Doozen
1999Out in FiftyLilah
2000Brutal Truth, TheThe Brutal TruthEmily
2001Just VisitingPrincess Rosaline / Julia Malfete
2002Sweetest Thing, TheThe Sweetest ThingCourtney Rockcliffe
2003Grand Theft ParsonsBarbara
2003WonderlandSusan Launius
2003View from the TopChristine Montgomery
2004Surviving ChristmasAlicia Valco
2004Anchorman: The Legend of Ron BurgundyVeronica Corningstone
2004Wake Up, Ron Burgundy: The Lost MovieVeronica Corningstone
2004Employee of the MonthSara Goodwin
2005Tilt-A-WhirlCustomer #1
2005Suzanne's Diary for NicholasDr. Suzanne Bedford
2007Farce of the PenguinsMelissaVoice
2008Rocker, TheThe RockerKim Powell
2009Alvin and the Chipmunks: The SqueakquelBrittany MillerVoice
2010Going The DistanceCorinne
2010Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty GaloreCatherineVoice
2011Hall PassGrace
2011Alvin and the Chipmunks: ChipwreckedBrittany MillerVoice
2013Anchorman 2: The Legend ContinuesVeronica Corningstone-Burgundy
2014The Book of LifeMary BethVoice


1972Days of Our LivesBaby3 months old
1981Father MurphyAdaEpisode: "A Horse from Heaven"
1983Grace KellyYoung Grace KellyMovie
Charles in ChargeStacy"Snowed In"
"Slumber Party"
1986Silver SpoonsJeannie BolensEpisode: "A Family Affair"
1986All Is ForgivenSimoneEpisode: "Mother's Day"
1986Still the BeaverMandy / Wendy2 episodes
1986Amazing StoriesHollyEpisode: "Welcome to My Nightmare"
1986–1987Heart of the CityRobin Kennedy13 episodes
1987Family TiesKittenEpisode: "Band On The Run"
1987–1997Married... with ChildrenKelly Bundy259 episodes[36]
1988Dance 'til DawnPatrice JohnsonMovie
198821 Jump StreetTinaEpisode: "I'm OK – You Need Work"
1990The Earth Day SpecialKelly Bundy
1991Top of the HeapKelly Bundy2 episodes
1993Saturday Night LiveHerselfEpisode: "Christina Applegate/Midnight Oil"
1996MADtvHerselfGuest host
1998–2000JesseJesse Warner42 episodes
2001Prince CharmingKateMovie
FriendsAmy Green"The One With Rachel's Other Sister"
"The One Where Rachel's Sister Babysits"
2004King of the HillColette / Attorney (voice)Episode: "My Hair Lady"
2007–2009Samantha Who?Samantha "Sam" Newly35 episodes
2008Reno 911!SeemjiEpisode: "Did Garcia Steal Dangle's Husband?"
2009Star-vingHerselfEpisode: "Married with Children"..The Movie"
2009Carrie Underwood: An All-Star Holiday SpecialHerselfCameo
2011So You Think You Can DanceHerselfGuest judge
2011–2012Up All NightReagan Brinkley35 episodes
2011–2012Bubble GuppiesOonaVoice
2012Saturday Night LiveHerselfEpisode: "Christina Applegate/Passion Pit"
2013Who Do You Think You Are?HerselfSeason 4, episode 2
2015Web Therapy (TV series)Jenny BolognaSeason 4, episode 11 & 12

Awards and nominations[edit]

YearAssociationCategoryNominated workResult
1987Young Artist AwardsExceptional Performance By a Young Actress in a New Television, Comedy or Drama SeriesHeart of the CityWon
1988Starring in a New Television Comedy SeriesMarried... with ChildrenNominated
1992MTV Movie AwardsMost Desirable FemaleDon't Tell Mom the Babysitter's DeadNominated
Young Artist AwardsOutstanding Young Ensemble Cast in a Motion PictureNominated
1999Golden Globe AwardsBest Actress – Television Series Musical or ComedyJesseNominated
People's Choice AwardsFavorite Female Performer in a New Television SeriesWon
TV Guide AwardFavorite Star in a New SeriesWon
2003Teen Choice AwardsChoice Movie VillainView from the TopNominated
Primetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy SeriesFriendsWon
2005Tony AwardsTony Award for Best Actress in a MusicalSweet CharityNominated
2008Golden Globe AwardsBest Actress – Television Series Musical or ComedySamantha Who?Nominated
Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy SeriesNominated
Teen Choice AwardsChoice TV Actress: ComedyNominated
Television Critics Association AwardsIndividual Achievement in ComedyNominated
Prism AwardsBest Performance in a Comedy SeriesNominated
Satellite AwardsBest Actress – Television Series Musical or ComedyNominated
Primetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy SeriesNominated
2009Golden Globe AwardsBest Actress – Television Series Musical or ComedyNominated
Primetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy SeriesNominated
Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy SeriesNominated
TV Land AwardInnovator AwardMarried... with ChildrenWon
People's Choice AwardsFavorite Female TV StarSamantha Who?Won
2010Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy SeriesNominated
2012Satellite AwardsBest Actress – Television Series Musical or ComedyUp All NightNominated
2014Teen Choice AwardsChoice Movie Actress: ComedyAnchorman 2: The Legend ContinuesNominated


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