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Also Known As: Died:
Born: November 25, 1971 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Los Angeles, California, USA Profession: actor

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A true child of Hollywood, Christina Applegate first rose to fame as a teenager by playing the angel-faced yet promiscuous half-wit Kelly Bundy on Fox's gleefully trashy sitcom "Married... With Children" (1987-1997). She had been a working actress since she was an infant, but Applegate managed to escape the fate of so many child actors by steering clear of the seductive Hollywood lifestyle; instead carving out a respectable adult career with her own sitcom "Jesse" (1998-2000) and a recurring role as real-life buddy Jennifer Aniston's sister on "Friends" (NBC, 1994-2004), which earned her an Emmy Award. Applegate also enjoyed a few big screen successes with comedies "The Sweetest Thing" (2002) and "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy" (2004). She also surprisingly took Broadway by storm with a Tony-nominated role in Bob Fosse's "Sweet Charity" and earned the love and respect of fans during her successful 2008 fight against breast cancer. That same year, Applegate earned Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild nominations for her runaway fall hit "Samantha Who?" (ABC, 2007-09) in which she starred as an amnesia patient trying to rebuild a new life with hilarious and often poignant results. After a...

A true child of Hollywood, Christina Applegate first rose to fame as a teenager by playing the angel-faced yet promiscuous half-wit Kelly Bundy on Fox's gleefully trashy sitcom "Married... With Children" (1987-1997). She had been a working actress since she was an infant, but Applegate managed to escape the fate of so many child actors by steering clear of the seductive Hollywood lifestyle; instead carving out a respectable adult career with her own sitcom "Jesse" (1998-2000) and a recurring role as real-life buddy Jennifer Aniston's sister on "Friends" (NBC, 1994-2004), which earned her an Emmy Award. Applegate also enjoyed a few big screen successes with comedies "The Sweetest Thing" (2002) and "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy" (2004). She also surprisingly took Broadway by storm with a Tony-nominated role in Bob Fosse's "Sweet Charity" and earned the love and respect of fans during her successful 2008 fight against breast cancer. That same year, Applegate earned Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild nominations for her runaway fall hit "Samantha Who?" (ABC, 2007-09) in which she starred as an amnesia patient trying to rebuild a new life with hilarious and often poignant results. After a high-profile battle with breast cancer in 2008, her series was canceled the following year, only to pave the way for her next hit, "Up All Night" (NBC, 2011- ), which solidified her status as one of the top comedic actresses on network television.

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CAST: (feature film)

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 Anchorman 2 (2013)
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 Hall Pass (2011)
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 Rocker, The (2008)
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1971:
Made TV debut at the age of three months on "Days of Our Lives" (NBC)
1979:
Made film debut in "Jaws of Satan"
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First TV speaking role in "Quincy"
1983:
Made TV movie debut in "Grace Kelly"
1986:
TV series debut in "Hearts of the City"
1987:
Cast as ditzy teenager, Kelly Bundy on Fox's "Married... With Children"
1990:
Feature lead in "Streets"
1991:
Had starring role in "Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead"
1996:
Cast in Tim Burton's "Mars Attacks!"
1998:
Co-starred with Mark Wahlberg and Lou Diamond Phillips in "The Big Hit"
1998:
Starred in the independent feature "Claudine's Return"
1998:
Returned to series TV as the lead on the NBC sitcom "Jesse"
2000:
Co-starred with Johnathon Schaech and Molly Ringwald in "The Giving Tree"
2001:
Had dual role in the comedy "Just Visiting," playing a 12th-century noblewoman and her 21st-century descendant
2002:
Co-starred with Cameron Diaz and Selma Blair in the comedy "The Sweetest Thing"
2002:
Landed a recurring guest role as Rachel's (Jennifer Aniston) sister on the NBC comedy "Friends"
2003:
Appeared alongside Gwyneth Paltrow as flight attendants in the comedy "A View from the Top"
2004:
Starred opposite Will Ferrell as an ambitious female journalist in the comedy "Anchorman"
2004:
Received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy series for her role on "Friends"
2005:
Co-starred with husband Johnathon Schaech in the CBS movie "James Patterson's Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas"
2005:
Made her Broadway debut as Charity Hope Valentine in "Sweet Charity"; received a Tony nomination for her role
2007:
Played a 30-year-old psychiatrist who suffered from amnesia in the ABC comedy "Samantha Who?"; also produced; earned Golden Globe (2007, 2008), SAG (2007, 2008, 2009) and Emmy (2008, 2009) nominations for Best Actress in a Comedy Series
2008:
Joined Rainn Wilson in the comedy "The Rocker"
2009:
Nominated for the 2009 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
2009:
Lent her voice to the animated Brittany in "Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel"
2010:
Appeared in "Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore," the sequel to the 2001 family film "Cats & Dogs"
2010:
Cast opposite Drew Barrymore and Justin Long in "Going the Distance," a romantic comedy about long-distance relationships
2011:
Co-starred with Owen Wilson and Jason Sudeikis in the Farrelly brothers' "Hall Pass"
2011:
Co-starred with Will Arnett and Maya Rudolph on NBC comedy "Up All Night"; left series after second season
2011:
Reprised voiceover role of Brittany in "Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chip-Wrecked"
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Notes

"I want to break shit. I want to really go off on a room, just flip out and have it all be documented on film."---Applegate on what she would like to do in a movie to Movieline's Hollywood Life, July/August 2004.

"This needed to happen for me to become a better person, a better artist. After talking to a lot of people I respect, it hit me: 'If I don't do this, I will regret it for the rest of my life.'"---Applegate on starring in the Broadway revival of "Sweet Charity" to CNN.com, March 1, 2005.

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husband:
Jonathan Schaech. Actor. Dating since c. January 1998; married on October 20, 2001.

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mother:
Nancy Priddy. Actor. Divorced from Applegate's father.
father:
Robert Applegate. Record company executive. Divorced from Applegate's mother; remarried.
half-sister:
Alisa. Born c. 1977.
half-brother:
Kyle. Born c. 1982.
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