Christina Ricci

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Christina Ricci
Christina Ricci by David Shankbone.jpg
Ricci at the premiere of Speed Racer at the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival
Born(1980-02-12) February 12, 1980 (age 34)
Santa Monica, California, U.S.
EducationMorristown-Beard School
Professional Children's School
Alma materMontclair High School
Years active1990–present
Spouse(s)James Heerdegen (m. 2013)
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Christina Ricci
Christina Ricci by David Shankbone.jpg
Ricci at the premiere of Speed Racer at the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival
Born(1980-02-12) February 12, 1980 (age 34)
Santa Monica, California, U.S.
EducationMorristown-Beard School
Professional Children's School
Alma materMontclair High School
Years active1990–present
Spouse(s)James Heerdegen (m. 2013)

Christina Ricci (born February 12, 1980)[1] is an American actress, who began her acting career appearing in commercials and received early recognition as a child star. Her debut performance in Mermaids (1990) was followed by a breakthrough role as Wednesday Addams in The Addams Family (1991) and its sequel Addams Family Values (1993) when she was 11 and 13 years old, respectively. Following her success with the Addams Family films, she earned somewhat of a "teen icon" status thanks to appearances in various big budget productions, notably Now and Then (1995) and Casper (1995), marketed for younger audiences before making a transition into adult-oriented roles with the art house drama The Ice Storm (1997). Ricci continued acting in small-scale independent films such as Buffalo '66 (1998) and The Opposite of Sex (1998) for which she received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress). She made a departure from independent cinema with Tim Burton's Sleepy Hollow (1999) and later received praise for her performance in the drama Monster (2003), which marked a return to the darker material she had generated attention for earlier in her career.

Ricci has also acted in various television productions. In 2006, she was nominated for an Emmy Award for her role as a paramedic in the ABC drama Grey's Anatomy. In 2011–12, she starred in the short-lived television series Pan Am as stewardess Maggie Ryan. In 2013 she starred in the Lifetime production Lizzie Borden Took an Ax as the titular role. The television biopic is based on the true story of a Massachusetts woman tried and acquitted for the murders of her father and stepmother. In October 2014, it was announced that Lizzie Borden Took an Axe will return as an additional series, chronicling the aftermath of the events that took place in the biopic. Ricci will reprise her lead role in the series.

Aside from her acting career, Ricci married dolly grip James Heerdegen in October 2013 and gave birth to a son in August 2014.[2] She is also the national spokesperson for the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN).[3]

Early life[edit]

Ricci was born in Santa Monica, California, the fourth and youngest child of Sarah Murdoch, a real estate agent, and Ralph Ricci, a lawyer and a group therapist.[1][4] Regarding her ancestry, Ricci has stated, "The Italian blood has been bred out of me. There's an Italian four or five generations back who married an Irish woman and they all had sons. So they married more Irish women, there were more sons, and more Irish women. Now I'm basically Scots-Irish."[5]

The family moved to Montclair, New Jersey, where she grew up attending Edgemont Elementary School, Glenfield Middle School, and Montclair High School, as well as the Morristown-Beard School.[citation needed] After one year, she left the high school for the Professional Children's School in New York City.[6] Her siblings are Rafael (born 1971), Dante (born 1974), and Pia (born 1976).[7][8] Ricci's parents separated in 1993, when she was 13, and she has not spoken to her father since.[9]


Early work[edit]

A critic for the Bergen Record discovered Ricci at age eight in a school play (The Twelve Days of Christmas) at Edgemont School in Montclair, New Jersey. Another child was originally cast in the role, but Ricci got him to hit her and told on him; he lost the role to her as part of his punishment.[10]

Ricci's big screen debut was in 1990's Mermaids as Cher's character's younger daughter. She also appears in the music video of the film's soundtrack "The Shoop Shoop Song". The following year, she starred as the morbidly precocious Wednesday Addams in the feature film adaptation of The Addams Family. She reprised the role for the film's 1993 sequel, Addams Family Values.

Her next project, the live-action adaptation of Casper, was her first in a lead role. The feature received mixed critical reviews, but it was a success at the box office, being the year's eighth highest grossing film. She also starred in Now and Then, a coming-of-age film about four 12-year-old girls and their friendship during the 1970s to the 1990s. Ricci played the younger version of Rosie O'Donnell. Now and Then was another box office success, and received favorable comparisons to Stand by Me, being called "the female version" of the film.[citation needed] She also starred in a handful of other films with teenage roles such as Gold Diggers: The Secret of Bear Mountain and That Darn Cat. In 1997, Ricci began to appear in more adult roles, beginning with her role as the troubled, sexually curious Wendy Hood in Ang Lee's critically acclaimed The Ice Storm.

Adult roles[edit]

Ricci subsequently appeared in films like the independent hit Buffalo '66 (in which she played Vincent Gallo's unwitting abductee-turned-girlfriend), John Waters' Pecker, and Don Roos' The Opposite of Sex (as the acid-tongued, manipulative Dede). For her performance as Dede, Ricci won acclaim and was nominated for a Golden Globe. Although she missed out on an Academy Award nomination, Entertainment Weekly honored her well-received performance as one of the "Worst Oscar Snubs Ever".[11]

Later films included Sleepy Hollow (alongside Johnny Depp), and Prozac Nation. She then starred opposite Charlize Theron in the film Monster; during Theron's acceptance speech at the Golden Globes, she acknowledged Ricci, calling her the "unsung hero" of the film.[12] Ricci had earlier been turned down four times for the role of Dolores Haze in Lolita.[citation needed] She later turned down the role of Ronna in Go because of scheduling conflicts,[citation needed] as well as a role in Loser.[citation needed] Ricci was originally slated to play the lead in Ghost World (2001), but by the time it was filmed she was too old for the role and had moved on to other projects.[citation needed] Ricci made a cameo appearance on Beck's successful album Guero, providing vocals on "Hell Yes".[citation needed]

Ricci at the Gramercy Park Hotel, 2007

In February 2006, Ricci made a guest appearance as a paramedic in the ABC drama Grey's Anatomy, for which she was nominated for an Emmy Award.[13] She was a guest star for seven episodes in the last season of Ally McBeal in 2002 as Debbie 'Liza' Bump, a lawyer who works at Cage & Fish and marries Richard Fish in the last episode.[14]

On December 4, 1999, she appeared as the guest host on Saturday Night Live. She performed parodies of Britney Spears and the Olsen twins. During one of her skits, she accidentally punched actress Ana Gasteyer in the face. The skit was a parody of the Sally Jessy Raphael show, in which she played a 13-year-old runaway who sleeps with dogs, and required her to fake-punch Gasteyer, but accidentally ended up really hitting Gasteyer in the eye. Although Ricci initially reacted by putting her hands over her mouth in surprise, she quickly fell back into character.[citation needed]

In 2006, Ricci stated that she feels that at 5 ft 1 in (155 cm) she is "too short" to ever be an A-list actress, saying she tends "to look really small on camera".[15] She has also said that she believes that she does not have much control over her career, specifying that she still has to audition for film parts.[16]

Ricci with Emile Hirsch in 2008 at the premiere of Speed Racer

Her 2007 film, Black Snake Moan received mixed reviews, with Rotten Tomatoes tallying an overall score of 66 percent.[17] On the television program Ebert & Roeper, filmmaker Kevin Smith, filling in for Roger Ebert, described the film as the best of the year thus far and called it Ricci's best performance.[citation needed] Richard Roeper also gave the film a "thumb up" rating. The film earned $4 million, putting it in eighth place for the highest earnings in its opening weekend.[18] For her role in Black Snake Moan, Ricci was required to lose several pounds and wore a 40 lb (18 kg) chain during filming.[19]

In 2006, Ricci starred in Penelope, a modern fairytale;[20] and in 2008 she played the female lead in the Wachowskis' feature film adaptation of Speed Racer. She also signed on for three episodes of TNT's crime drama Saving Grace during its second season.[21] Ricci played a young detective who temporarily partners with Grace, played by Holly Hunter.[22]

Ricci appeared with Liam Neeson and Justin Long in the psychological thriller After.Life which had a limited release on April 9, 2010. She made her Broadway debut as Mandy in Time Stands Still, resuming performances on September 23, 2010 at the Cort Theatre, alongside original cast members Laura Linney, Brian d'Arcy James and Eric Bogosian. She replaced Alicia Silverstone, who played the role of Mandy in its Manhattan Theater Club engagement.[23]

In September 2011, Ricci began a starring role in the ABC television series Pan Am, set in the 1960s. She returned to the stage in April 2012, playing Hermia in an off-Broadway revival of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream.[24] In 2012, Ricci flew to Sydney to begin work on an Australian film called Around The Block. In January 2014, she starred in the title role of the Lifetime original movie "Lizzie Borden Took an Ax" in which she portrayed the infamous Lizzie Borden who was accused, tried, and ultimately acquitted of the murder of both her father and stepmother in the summer of 1892.

Personal life[edit]

"It's such a different world than it was when I was coming of age. I don't know how these young people keep it together with all the demands on them with social media and the internet. I had normal growing pains and issues and it was difficult but not disastrous. But I feel like if I was trying to do that in this environment, the way that society is now, I would probably be a total disaster."

— Ricci, on the pressures of today's youth growing up in the media spotlight.[25]

Ricci dated actor and director Adam Goldberg in 2005.[26] She began dating actor Owen Benjamin in 2008 after they met on the set of their film All's Faire in Love. They became engaged in March 2009, but ended the engagement in June 2009.[27] In February 2013, Ricci announced her engagement to dolly grip James Heerdegen, whom she met while working on Pan Am in 2012.[28] They married on October 26, 2013 in Manhattan.[29] In May 2014, it was announced that Ricci and Heerdegen are expecting their first child.[30] In early August 2014, Us Weekly, followed by other outlets, reported without confirmation that Ricci had recently given birth to a son.[31]

After making the top of PETA's worst-dressed list[32] and receiving a letter from the animal rights group, Ricci decided to give up wearing fur.[33]

Ricci and artist Jessicka Addams are listed in several art publications as Los Angeles artist Mark Ryden's muses. Ricci's image has appeared in over 10 of his oil paintings and numerous sketches.[34][35][36]

Ricci has tattoos of a lion on her right shoulder blade (a reference to The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, a favorite novel of hers as a youngster), an Edward Gorey figure on the inside of her right wrist, praying hands on her left hip (this tattoo was originally a bat), the name "Jack" on her right thigh for a dead pet, a sparrow on her right breast, and a mermaid on her left ankle. She also had the words "Move or Bleed" on the left side of her ribcage as well as a bouquet of sweet pea on her lower back.[37][38][39]

Ricci is the National Spokesperson for the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN).[3] She supported John Kerry's presidential bid in 2004.[40]



1990MermaidsKate Flax
1991Hard Way, TheThe Hard WayBonnie
1991Addams Family, TheThe Addams FamilyWednesday Addams
1993Cemetery Club, TheThe Cemetery ClubJessica
1993Addams Family ValuesWednesday Addams
1995Now and ThenRoberta Martin
1995Gold Diggers: The Secret of Bear MountainBeth Easton
1995CasperKathleen "Kat" Harvey
1996Bastard Out of CarolinaDee Dee
1996Last of the High Kings, TheThe Last of the High KingsErin
1997Little Red Riding HoodLittle Red Riding HoodShort film
1997That Darn CatPatti Randall
1997Ice Storm, TheThe Ice StormWendy Hood
1998Buffalo '66Layla
1998Opposite of Sex, TheThe Opposite of SexDede Truitt
1998Fear and Loathing in Las VegasLucy
1998Small SoldiersGwendy Doll (voice)
1998I Woke Up Early The Day I DiedTeenage Hooker
1998Desert BlueEly Jackson
1999200 CigarettesVal
1999No VacancyLillian
1999Sleepy HollowKatrina Van Tassel
2000Bless the ChildCheri Post
2000Man Who Cried, TheThe Man Who CriedSuzie
2001All Over the GuyRayna Wyckoff
2001Prozac NationElizabeth Wurtzel
2002PumpkinCarolyn McDuffy
2003Gathering, TheThe GatheringCassie Grant
2003Anything ElseAmanda Chase
2003I Love Your WorkShana
2003MonsterSelby Wall
2005CursedEllie Myers
2006PenelopePenelope Wilhern
2006Black Snake MoanRae Doole
2006Home of the BraveSarah Schivino
2008Speed RacerTrixie
2008New York, I Love YouCamilleSegment: "Shunji Iwai"
2009All's Faire in LoveKate
2009After.LifeAnna Taylor
2010Alpha and OmegaLilly (voice)
2011California RomanzaLenaShort film
2011Bucky Larson: Born to Be a StarKathy McGee
2012Bel AmiClotilde de Marelle
2012War FlowersSarabeth Ellis
2013Smurfs 2, TheThe Smurfs 2Vexy (voice)
2013Around the BlockDino Chalmers
2014The Hero of Color CityYellow (voice)


1990H.E.L.P.OliviaEpisode: "Are You There, Alpha Centauri?"
1996Simpsons, TheThe SimpsonsErin (voice)Episode: "Summer of 4 Ft. 2"
2002Laramie Project, TheThe Laramie ProjectRomaine PattersonMovie
2002Malcolm in the MiddleKellyEpisode: "Company Picnic: Part 1"
2002Ally McBealLiza BumpRecurring role (7 episodes)
2005JoeyMary TeresaEpisode: "Joey and the Fancy Sister"
2006Grey's AnatomyHannah DaviesEpisodes: "It's the End of the World", "As We Know It"
2009Saving GraceOffcr. Abby CharlesEpisodes: "The Heart of a Cop", "Do You Believe in Second Chances?", "Take Me Somewhere, Earl"
2011-12Pan AmMargaret "Maggie" RyanMain role (14 episodes)
2012Good Wife, TheThe Good WifeTherese DoddEpisode: "Anatomy of a Joke"
2014Lizzie Borden Took An AxLizzie BordenMovie
2014Lizzie Borden: The Fall River ChroniclesLizzie BordenMiniseries; in production

Music videos[edit]


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YearAssociationCategoryNominated workResult
1991Young Artist AwardBest Young Actress Supporting Role in a Motion PictureMermaidsWon
1993Saturn AwardBest Performance by a Younger ActorThe Addams FamilyNominated
1993Young Artist AwardBest Young Actress Starring in a Motion PictureThe Addams FamilyNominated
1994Saturn AwardBest Performance by a Younger ActorAddams Family ValuesNominated
1995Special AwardStar of the YearWon
1996Saturn AwardBest Performance by a Younger ActorCasperWon
1996Young Artist AwardBest Young Leading Actress - Feature FilmCasperNominated
1996Young Artist AwardBest Performance by a Young Ensemble - Feature Film or VideoNow and ThenNominated
1998Blimp AwardFavorite Movie ActressThat Darn CatNominated
1998Young Artist AwardBest Performance in a Feature Film - Supporting Young ActressThe Ice StormNominated
1998Young Artist AwardBest Performance in a Feature Film - Leading Young ActressThat Darn CatNominated
1998Golden Space Needle AwardBest ActressThe Opposite of Sex, Buffalo '66Won
1998NBR AwardBest Supporting ActressThe Opposite of SexWon
1998TFCA AwardBest Performance, FemaleThe Opposite of SexNominated
1998YoungStar AwardBest Performance by a Young Actress in a Comedy FilmThe Opposite of SexWon
1998YoungStar AwardBest Performance by a Young Actress in a Drama FilmThe Ice StormNominated
1999Golden Satellite AwardBest Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy/MusicalThe Opposite of SexWon
1999American Comedy AwardFunniest Actress in a Motion Picture (Leading Role)The Opposite of SexNominated
1999Golden GlobeBest Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy/MusicalThe Opposite of SexNominated
1999Independent Spirit AwardBest Female LeadThe Opposite of SexNominated
1999FFCC AwardBest Supporting ActressBuffalo '66, The Opposite of Sex, PeckerWon
1999Teen Choice AwardFilm - Choice ActressNominated
2000Teen Choice AwardFilm - Choice ActressSleepy HollowNominated
2000Young Artist AwardBest Performance in a Feature Film - Leading Young ActressSleepy HollowNominated
2000B-Movie AwardBest Celebrity CameoI Woke Up Early The Day I DiedWon
2000Saturn AwardBest ActressSleepy HollowWon
2000Blockbuster Entertainment AwardFavorite Actress - HorrorSleepy HollowWon
2001Blockbuster Entertainment AwardFavorite Supporting Actress - SuspenseBless the ChildWon
2001Young Hollywood AwardHottest, Coolest Young VeteranWon
2002Teen Choice AwardFilm - Choice Actress, ComedyPumpkinNominated
2004MTV Movie AwardBest Kiss (shared with Charlize Theron)MonsterNominated
2006Half-Life AwardWon
2006Emmy AwardOutstanding Guest Actress in a Drama SeriesGrey's AnatomyNominated
2008Teen Choice AwardChoice Movie Actress - Action AdventureSpeed RacerNominated
2009Giffoni AwardWon


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