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Also Known As: Died:
Born: February 12, 1980 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Santa Monica, California, USA Profession: actor, producer, director

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A child star who managed that rare successful transition to onscreen adulthood, actress Christina Ricci's early career was aided in no small part by the fact that her roles did not depend on dimpled cuteness, but on an unnerving maturity that suggested a keen intelligence beyond that of her adult co-stars. Ricci spent her teens as a gloomy, precocious lead in several successful comedies and melodramas such as "Mermaids" (1990), "The Addams Family" (1991) and "Now and Then" (1995). Still in her teens, she exploited both her maturity and burgeoning sexuality in more artful projects that included "The Ice Storm" (1997), "The Opposite of Sex" (1998) and "Buffalo '66" (1998). Despite the growing respect she received from her peers, the narrow confines of Hollywood proved problematic for Ricci, whose later projects varied from little seen indie films like "Prozac Nation" (2001), to well-acted visceral dramas like "Monster" (2003), to such commercial pabulum as "Cursed" (2005). Later decade work included the sexually-charged potboiler "Black Snake Moan" (2006), opposite Samuel L. Jackson, and "Speed Racer" (2008), a visual spectacular directed by the Wachowski Brothers. Eventually settling into a...

A child star who managed that rare successful transition to onscreen adulthood, actress Christina Ricci's early career was aided in no small part by the fact that her roles did not depend on dimpled cuteness, but on an unnerving maturity that suggested a keen intelligence beyond that of her adult co-stars. Ricci spent her teens as a gloomy, precocious lead in several successful comedies and melodramas such as "Mermaids" (1990), "The Addams Family" (1991) and "Now and Then" (1995). Still in her teens, she exploited both her maturity and burgeoning sexuality in more artful projects that included "The Ice Storm" (1997), "The Opposite of Sex" (1998) and "Buffalo '66" (1998). Despite the growing respect she received from her peers, the narrow confines of Hollywood proved problematic for Ricci, whose later projects varied from little seen indie films like "Prozac Nation" (2001), to well-acted visceral dramas like "Monster" (2003), to such commercial pabulum as "Cursed" (2005). Later decade work included the sexually-charged potboiler "Black Snake Moan" (2006), opposite Samuel L. Jackson, and "Speed Racer" (2008), a visual spectacular directed by the Wachowski Brothers. Eventually settling into a comfortable mix of small personal projects, big budget fare and more frequent television work, Ricci maintained a consistent presence as one of film's more interesting and accomplished young actresses.

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CAST: (feature film)

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 Around the Block (2014)
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 Smurfs 2, The (2013)
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 Bel Ami (2011)
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 Alpha and Omega (2010)
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 After Life (2009)
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 Speed Racer (2008)
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Milestones close milestones

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Raised in Montclair, NJ
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Did voice-overs and appeared in TV commercials
1990:
Made her feature acting debut as Cher's youngest daughter in "Mermaids"
1991:
Cast in breakthrough screen role as Wednesday Addams in "The Addams Family"
1993:
Reprised role of Wednesday in "Addams Family Values"
1995:
Starred as a relatively 'normal' kid in "Casper"
1996:
Made cameo appearance in Anjelica Huston's "Bastard Out of Carolina" (aired on Showtime)
1997:
Played a troubled suburban teenager in "The Ice Storm"
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Formed her production company Blaspheme Films
1998:
Earned rave reviews as a pregnant teenager who wreaks havoc in the comedy-drama "The Opposite of Sex"
1998:
Played a kidnap victim who pretends to be her abductor's wife in Vincent Gallo's "Buffalo 66"
1998:
Landed a supporting role as the laundry-obsessed girlfriend of a photographer in John Waters' "Pecker"
1999:
Co-starred opposite Johnny Depp in Tim Burton's "Sleepy Hollow"
2000:
Had pivotal role in the thriller "Bless the Child"
2000:
Reteamed with Depp for "The Man Who Cried"; premiered at the Venice Film Festival (released in US in 2001)
2001:
Co-produced and starred in the film adaptation of "Prozac Nation"
2002:
Cast in the HBO feature ensemble "The Laramie Project," adapted from Moises Kaufman's stage drama about the aftermath of the murder of Matthew Shepard
2002:
Starred and produced "Pumpkin"; film was shown at the Sundance Film Festival
2002:
Had title role in the Sundance-screened "Miranda"
2002:
Made feature directorial debut "Speed Queen"; also starred
2003:
Had lead in Woody Allen's "Anything Else"
2003:
Played the lesbian lover of Charlize Theron's character in "Monster"
2005:
Starred in the Wes Craven werewolf movie "Cursed"
2005:
Guest-starred on "Joey" (NBC), playing Joey's (Matt LeBlanc) sister Mary Teresa
2006:
Earned an Emmy nomination for Best Guest Actress in a Drama Series for "Grey's Anatomy"
2006:
Cast in Irwin Winkler's "Home of the Brave" about the lives of four American soldiers in Iraq and their return back to the US
2007:
Portrayed a young woman addicted to sex who is kidnaped by Samuel L. Jackson in "Black Snake Moan"
2008:
Starred in "Penelope" as a cursed woman; film was produced by and co-starred Reese Witherspoon (lensed 2006)
2008:
Cast as Trixie, the female lead in the Wachowski brothers' live action film adaptation of the 1960s Japanese series "Speed Racer"
2010:
Made her Broadway debut in Donald Margulies' "Time Stands Still" (September 23)
2010:
Voiced the character of Lilly in the animated feature "Alpha and Omega"
2011:
Co-starred with Nick Swardson in the comedy feature "Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star"
2011:
Landed a starring role on ABC's 1960s-era drama "Pan Am" as the rebellious Pan Am senior flight attendant Maggie
2012:
Played society matron Clotilde in the Parisian-set period drama "Bel Ami," based on the novel by Guy de Maupassant
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Education

Montclair High School: Montclair , New Jersey -
Glenfield Middle School: Montclair , New Jersey -
Edgemont Elementary School: Montclair , New Jersey -
Professional Children's School: New York , New York -

Notes

About the transition from child to adult actor: "I think the main reason a lot of people don't make it is that it's hard to see someone as cute as then to all of a sudden see them as having more depth. I guess I was just lucky that when I was little, nobody thought I was that cute." --Christina Ricci quoted in ROLLING STONE, August 20, 1998

"Christina is a great combination of little-girl vulnerability and tough-talking gun moll. She does not tolerate phonies." --director Don Roos ("The Opposite of Sex") to THE NEW YORK TIMES, May 17, 1998

"Christina has the most remarkable face on-camera. It's a combination of angelic and sensual, really peaceful and troubled. There's this whole complex of energies going on, which is really fascinating." --former casting agent-turned-director Risa Bramon Garcia ("200 Cigarettes"), quoted in TIME OUT NEW YORK, May 14-21, 1998

"Well, the goal is not necessarily to play the same role over and over again. I don't know what I'm going to do next. . . . you know, I just want to make good movies. Things that I would want to go and see. Something that I would be proud to work in." --Ricci to Christopher Brandon on Rough Cut (www.roughcut.com)

"I was an evil child--well, misguided. I just felt school was never going to end, that there was a weird smell in the classroom I was going to have to smell for the rest of my life. If a little kid could be depressed, I guess I was depressed." --Christina Ricci quoted in TIME, June 15, 1998

". . . After I got of high school, I was like, this [acting] is my job. Before, I was doing it because it was fun. Now, I'm like, this is how I pay my rent. Now I have to keep working, because I'm afraid if I stop, I won't have any money. . . ." --Ricci to US, June 1998

"I never lose touch with my anger. I have no idea what the real source is, but I'm always mad about something. It gets ridiculous at times. I have life rage. What am I going to with it? I can't kick the shit out of someone. I can't yell or constantly be rude to people, because that's unacceptable. I have a therapist on each coast. I've had a problem with that, too, because I've had a different personality when I go to different ones. I've overcome that, though, because I really don't think that helps my therapy at all. [Laughing] I'd say that, deep down, I'm very disillusioned. I've been that way for a very long time. As much as I'm cynical, though, there's a lot of optimism in me--which pretty much assures that, over and over, I'm going to be disillusioned. [Laughing] But I have the ability to laugh at all this stuff." --Ricci to MOVIELINE, April 1998

". . . I've been very guarded since I was little. I think that's whay I'm an actor; because I can hide any emotion I have at any time, and I can put on another one whenever I need to." --Christina Ricci to Graham Fuller in INTERVIEW, October 1997

"We're kind of kindred spirits. She's me in a very small body." --Cher to PEOPLE, November 6, 1995

"I have that youngest-child-wanting-to-be-the-center-of-attention syndrome. I love the attention. . . . I have this HUGE forhead, and I guess when I was little, I kept hitting my head in the same spot, so I have the two, like, knob." --Ricci to PREMIERE, June 1995

"Basically, I'm like a whore. I'll give people whatever they want so they'll like me."-Ricci quoted in 1999 Premiere October 2, 2002

"I like the way my own feet smell. I love to smell my sneakers when I take them off."- Ricci Movieline November 2002

" I'm sort of the last person another actress needs to be competitive with, because all I want is steady pay"---Ricci Interview February 2004

Companions close complete companion listing

companion:
Matthew Frauman. Actor, waiter. Born c. 1972; no longer together.
companion:
James Oliver. Together in 2001.
companion:
Orlando Bloom. Actor. Born in 1977; dating in 2002.
companion:
Adam Goldberg. Actor. Dating as of January 2003.
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Family close complete family listing

father:
Ralph Ricci. Lawyer, primal-scream therapist. Divorced from Ricci's mother in 1995.
mother:
Sarah Ricci. Former nursery-school teacher, real estate agent. Divorced from Ricci's father in 1995.
brother:
Rafael Ricci. Born c. 1971.
brother:
Dante Ricci. Born c. 1974.
sister:
Pia Ricci. Born in January 1976.
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