Christina Hendricks

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Christina Hendricks
Christina Hendricks 3, 2012.jpg
Christina Hendricks in October 2012
BornChristina Rene Hendricks
(1975-05-03) May 3, 1975 (age 38)
Knoxville, Tennessee, U.S.
OccupationActress
Years active1999–present
Spouse(s)Geoffrey Arend (m. 2009)
 
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Christina Hendricks
Christina Hendricks 3, 2012.jpg
Christina Hendricks in October 2012
BornChristina Rene Hendricks
(1975-05-03) May 3, 1975 (age 38)
Knoxville, Tennessee, U.S.
OccupationActress
Years active1999–present
Spouse(s)Geoffrey Arend (m. 2009)

Christina Rene Hendricks (born May 3, 1975) is an American actress. She is most known for her role as Joan Harris on the AMC television series Mad Men and as Saffron on the FOX series Firefly. She has been nominated for four Emmy Awards for her work on Mad Men. A poll of female readers taken by Esquire magazine named Hendricks "the sexiest woman in the world".[1] In 2010, she was voted Best Looking American Woman by Esquire magazine.[1][2]

Early life[edit]

Hendricks was born in Knoxville, Tennessee. Her mother, Jackie Sue (née Raymond), was a psychologist. Her father, Robert Hendricks, who worked for the United States Forest Service, was from Birmingham, England.[3][4] Through her father, she has dual U.S./U.K. nationality.[5] Her family moved because of her father's profession, living in Fairfax, Virginia; Portland, Oregon; and Twin Falls, Idaho.[6]

Career[edit]

Hendricks began acting in children's musical theater productions in Twin Falls. She was a model from the ages of 18 to 27. She made a number of guest television appearances, starting as a regular in the series Beggars and Choosers. Since then, she has starred in the series The Big Time and The Court, opposite Sally Field and Craig Bierko, as well as the legal drama Kevin Hill, which was filmed in Fort Cobb, Oklahoma. She has also had recurring roles in ER and Firefly and guest-starred in episodes of Angel, Miss Match, Tru Calling, Presidio Med, Without a Trace, and Las Vegas. Hendricks starred opposite Kip Pardue in South of Pico. La Cucina, an award-winning indie film, premiered on Showtime in December 2009 and stars Hendricks as a writer opposite Joaquim de Almeida. She has appeared in four episodes of the NBC TV show Life in the recurring role of Olivia, detective Charlie Crews' soon-to-be stepmother and Ted Earley's love interest. She also starred in music videos for "The Ghost Inside" by Broken Bells,[7] and Everclear's "One Hit Wonder".[8]

She plays Joan Harris on the AMC series Mad Men where Hendricks' character is the office manager of advertising agency Sterling Cooper & Partners, providing mentoring to a group of women who must deal with the come-ons and callousness of professional advertising executives. Her performance has received critical praise, resulting in four Primetime Emmy nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actress in A Drama Series.

She appeared in the action-thriller Drive, directed by Nicolas Winding Refn, alongside Carey Mulligan and Ryan Gosling.[9]

Cultural influence[edit]

Hendricks has been credited as having an ideal shape for a woman.[10] British Equalities Minister Lynne Featherstone praised Hendricks' hourglass figure as an ideal shape for women, saying "Christina Hendricks is absolutely fabulous... We need more of these role models. There is such a sensation when there is a curvy role model. It shouldn't be so unusual."[10] Los Angeles Times television critic Mary McNamara says her portrayal of Joan has revolutionized perceptions of beauty on television.[11] She has been called the "new modern ideal of Hollywood glamour—full figured, voluptuous; a throwback to the days of Marilyn Monroe, Jane Russell and Veronica Lake."[12] British designer Vivienne Westwood selected her to represent its "Get A Life" Palladium jewelry collection in March 2011. Westwood described Hendricks as "the embodiment of beauty."[13] A study by the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons attributed a 10% rise in 2010 of the number of British women receiving breast augmentation surgery in part to Hendricks' influence.[14]

Hendricks has moved away from accepting the term "full-figured" and once lambasted a reporter who angered her by using the term while interviewing her.[15] Hendricks commented in September 2010 that the media is too focused on women's bodies and not their actual talents, "I was working my butt off on the show [Mad Men] and then all anyone was talking about was my body."[16][17]

Personal life[edit]

Hendricks is a natural blonde and began coloring her hair red at the age of 10, inspired by the book Anne of Green Gables. She plays the accordion, and used her talent on an episode of Mad Men.[18]

On October 11, 2009, Hendricks married actor Geoffrey Arend.[19]

Filmography[edit]

Hendricks in March 2006 at the Los Angeles Wizard World comicon

Film[edit]

List of film performances
YearTitleRoleNotes
1999SororityFawn
2007La CucinaLily
2007South of PicoAngela
2010LeonieCatherine
2010Life as We Know ItAlison Novack
2011Family Tree, TheThe Family TreeAlicia
2011All-Star SupermanLois Lane / SuperwomanVoice
2011DetachmentMs. Sarah Madison
2011DriveBlanche
2011I Don't Know How She Does ItAllison
2012Ginger & RosaNatalie
2013Struck By LightningApril
2013From Up on Poppy HillDr. Miki HokutoEnglish Dub
2014How to Catch a MonsterBilly
2014The Pirate FairyZarina (voice)Post-production
2014God's PocketJeannie Scarpato
2014Dark PlacesPatty DayFilming

Television[edit]

List of television performances
YearTitleRoleNotes
1999UndressedRhiannonSeries regular
2000AngelBar MaidEpisode: "The Prodigal"
2000–2001Beggars and ChoosersKelly KramerSeries regular
2001ThievesSundayEpisode: "Casino"
2002ERJoyce Westlake4 episodes
2002The CourtBetsy TylerSeries regular
2002Big Time, TheThe Big TimeAudrey DrummondTV film
2002–2003FireflySaffron / Bridget / Yolanda
2003Miss MatchSarahEpisode: "The Price of Love"
2003Hunger PointFrannie HunterTV film
2003Presidio MedClaireEpisode: "Suffer Unto Me the Children..."
2004Tru CallingAlyssaEpisode: "Murder in the Morgue"
2004–2005Kevin HillNicolette RayeSeries regular
2005Cold CaseEsther 'Legs' DavisEpisode: "Colors"
2006Jake in ProgressTanya4 episodes
2006Las VegasConnieEpisode: "Chaos Theory"
2006Without a TraceRachel GibsonEpisode: "Check Your Head"
2007Notes from the UnderbellyHollyEpisode: "First Night Out"
2007–2008LifeOlivia Canton4 episodes
2007–presentMad MenJoan HarrisSeries regular
2011Body of ProofKaren ArcherEpisode: "Dead Man Walking"
2011American Dad!NaydernVoice
Episode: "Gorillas in the Mist"
Video Games
YearTitleRoleNotes
2011Need for Speed: The RunSam Harper

Awards and nominations[edit]

YearAwardCategoryWorkResultNotes
2006SyFy Genre AwardsBest Special Guest/TelevisionFirefly (Episode: "Trash")Won[20]
2008Screen Actors Guild AwardOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesMad MenWon[21]
2009Screen Actors Guild AwardOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesMad MenWon[21]
2009Monte-Carlo Television FestivalGolden Nymph Award for Outstanding Actress in a Drama TV SeriesMad MenWon
2010Screen Actors Guild AwardOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesMad MenNominated
2010Emmy AwardOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama SeriesMad MenNominated
2011Critics' Choice Television AwardBest Supporting Actress in a Drama SeriesMad MenWonTied with Margo Martindale
2011Monte-Carlo Television FestivalGolden Nymph Award for Outstanding Actress in a Drama TV SeriesMad MenNominated
2011Screen Actors Guild AwardOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesMad MenNominated
2011Emmy AwardOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama SeriesMad MenNominated
2012Critics' Choice Television AwardBest Supporting Actress in a Drama SeriesMad MenWon
2012Emmy AwardOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama SeriesMad MenNominated
2013Emmy AwardOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama SeriesMad MenNominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "The Esquire Survey of the American Woman". Esquire. April 20, 2010. Retrieved May 28, 2011. 
  2. ^ Welles, Denmark (April 23, 2010). "Mad Men's Christina Hendricks voted best-looking woman in US | People". The First Post. Retrieved February 20, 2011. 
  3. ^ "'I'm learning to celebrate what I was born with': Why life is shaping up nicely for Christina Hendricks". Daily Mail. May 24, 2011. 
  4. ^ Elsworth, Catherine (January 19, 2009). "Christina Hendricks: a fine figure of a woman". The Telegraph. Retrieved September 14, 2012. 
  5. ^ Freeman, Hadley (September 16, 2011). "Mad Men and me: Christina Hendricks interview". The Guardian (London). ISSN 0261-3077. OCLC 60623878. Retrieved September 20, 2011. 
  6. ^ "DONALD J. TRENT FAMILY HISTORY:Information about Christina Rene Hendricks". genealogy.com. Retrieved June 3, 2013. 
  7. ^ Avalos, Steven (June 2, 2010). "Christina Hendricks Stars in Broken Bells Music Video". PopEater. Retrieved March 10, 2011. 
  8. ^ "‘Best-Looking Woman’ Christina Hendricks is a Music Video Star". Yahoo! Music. June 2, 2010. Retrieved September 29, 2012. 
  9. ^ Helyer, Rachel (September 9, 2010). "Mad Men's Hendricks eyes big-screen roles". The First Post. Retrieved June 3, 2013. 
  10. ^ a b "Does Christina Hendricks have a body women should aspire to". BBC News Magazine. July 27, 2010. Retrieved May 28, 2011. 
  11. ^ Geoghegan, Tom (July 27, 2010). "Does Christina Hendricks have a body women should aspire to?". BBC News Magazine. Retrieved May 28, 2011. 
  12. ^ Kiley, David (March 2, 2011). "Mad Men Star Christina Hendricks The New Face of Vivienne Westwood". luxist.com. Retrieved May 28, 2011. 
  13. ^ "Christina Hendricks launches Vivienne Westwood's new jewellery line... but who's looking at her tiara?". Daily Mail Online (London). March 2, 2011. Retrieved May 28, 2011. 
  14. ^ Lusher, Adam (January 30, 2011). "Mad Men star Christina Hendricks sparks rush for breast implants". The Daily Telegraph (London). Retrieved January 31, 2011. 
  15. ^ "Hollywood's voluptuous beauty was offended? Go (full) figure …". The Sydney Morning Herald (Sydney). October 14, 2012. Retrieved October 14, 2012. 
  16. ^ "Christina's body comments". Sky Showbiz. 
  17. ^ Hunter, Aina (July 2010). "Christina Hendricks' Measurements: Naked "I Look Like a Woman"". CBS News. Retrieved May 28, 2011. 
  18. ^ Katie Hintz-Zambrano (July 1, 2010). "Christina Hendricks Dazzles on LA Times Magazine". stylelist.com. AOL. Archived from the original on 2010-07-04. Retrieved July 15, 2010. 
  19. ^ "Mad Men's Christina Hendricks Engaged". People. December 15, 2008. 
  20. ^ "Christina Hendricks". AllAmericanSpeakers. All American Speakers LLC. 2011–2012. Retrieved September 14, 2012. 
  21. ^ a b "Awards for Christina Hendricks". Internet Movie Database. 1990–2012. Retrieved September 14, 2012. 

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