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

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udy. Applegate appealed to her producers and the show was rescheduled to debut in May 2005 at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre, where the bandaged star wowed critics and audiences alike, receiving Tony, Drama Desk, and Theater World Awards for her run. Unfortunately, the career high point coincided with personal heartbreak when Schaech and Applegate decided to call their marriage quits at the end of 2005, after four years and two movies together: "The Sweetest Thing" and Fox's "Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas" (2005). Rumors circulated but were never confirmed that Applegate had fallen for a "Sweet Charity" co-star and that the time apart from Schaech had spelled the end for their seemingly idyllic marriage.Making a triumphant return to series television in the fall of 2007 with "Samantha Who?" Applegate served as producer and star and was immediately nominated for Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild awards. The sleeper hit of the fall TV season centered around a real estate executive who, after an accident, suffers from amnesia and tries to put the pieces of her forgotten life back together, only to discover that her former self was not particularly well liked, to say the least. "Samantha Who?" quickly rose...

udy. Applegate appealed to her producers and the show was rescheduled to debut in May 2005 at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre, where the bandaged star wowed critics and audiences alike, receiving Tony, Drama Desk, and Theater World Awards for her run. Unfortunately, the career high point coincided with personal heartbreak when Schaech and Applegate decided to call their marriage quits at the end of 2005, after four years and two movies together: "The Sweetest Thing" and Fox's "Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas" (2005). Rumors circulated but were never confirmed that Applegate had fallen for a "Sweet Charity" co-star and that the time apart from Schaech had spelled the end for their seemingly idyllic marriage.

Making a triumphant return to series television in the fall of 2007 with "Samantha Who?" Applegate served as producer and star and was immediately nominated for Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild awards. The sleeper hit of the fall TV season centered around a real estate executive who, after an accident, suffers from amnesia and tries to put the pieces of her forgotten life back together, only to discover that her former self was not particularly well liked, to say the least. "Samantha Who?" quickly rose to the top of the sitcom ratings with Applegate earning accolades for the challenging role that required her to play two versions of the same character in each show.

Her happiness over anchoring a successful sitcom was diminished somewhat, when the actress suffered two very public blows in 2008. First, her 26-year-old ex-boyfriend Lee Grivas, whom she dated following her separation from Schaech, was found dead in July of an apparent drug overdose. A saddened Applegate expressed her grief by releasing the statement, "Lee was an incredible human being who was an extremely important and beautiful part of my life. He is missed beyond words. He touched so many and I feel much sadness for his mother, brother and all of his family and friends." Only a month later, Applegate revealed she had received a double mastectomy after it was discovered that she had breast cancer â¿¿ the result of her inheriting a mutated BRCA1 gene, which often causes the disease. While fans, friends and coworkers rallied around the brave actress, Applegate did everything in her power to shed light on the devastating disease â¿¿ from giving frank interviews of her ordeal, to appearing at breast cancer benefits in order to raise awareness. Meanwhile, she continued work on "Samantha Who?" while recovering and earned her second consecutive Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in 2009, despite the cancellation of her quirky sitcom earlier in the year. Applegate bounced back with "Up All Night" (NBC 2011-12), a promising sitcom about new parents co-starring Will Arnett and Maya Rudolph. Behind the scenes turmoil -- the network insisted on retooling the show to emphasize Rudolph following the success of the film "Bridesmaids" (2011) -- overshadowed the show's less than stellar ratings, and it was canceled in the middle of its second season. After returning to one of her most beloved screen roles in "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues" (2013), Applegate starred opposite Ed Helms in "Vacation" (2015), a reboot of the beloved 1980s comedy franchise written and directed by John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein.

niving kids. Applegate's Kelly was an endless butt of jokes for her promiscuity and her utter stupidity, both of which she seemed blissfully unaware. The show found a startlingly wide audience and went on to become the longest running live action sitcom in history throughout its 11 seasons.

Kelly Bundy may not have evolved over the decade, but the actress playing her was anxious to broaden her range and work as much as she could, especially since she and the rest of the cast had signed a deal early on which excluded them from receiving residuals from the show â¿¿ a tragic mistake once it was syndicated and aired ad infinitum around the world. Applegate had no problems parlaying her quick comic timing and devoted male following into film, starring in teen comedies like "Dance 'Til Dawn" (1988) and "Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead" (1991), though neither seemed likely to make her a box office star. More importantly, they proved that Applegate had beaten the odds and survived childhood and teen stardom â¿¿ unlike her school classmates Corey Haim and Corey Feldman â¿¿ by wisely keeping her personal life out of the spotlight and maintaining a professional approach to her work.

In 1993, Applegate and her choreographer roommate Robin Antin created a retro themed burlesque dance show (Applegate had studied jazz dance since she was a young girl) called The Pussycat Dolls. The group performed to 1950s and 1960s pop hits dressed like vintage pin-up girls at Johnny Depp's Viper Room every week, with Applegate alternately serving as dancer and show emcee. She contributed to the show for several years until Interscope Records became involved and recast the Dolls as a pop/R&B music and dance act that wore out its pop culture welcome quickly. Meanwhile, Applegate appeared regularly in small roles in films including Tim Burton's campy "Mars Attacks!" (1996) and the dark teen drama "Nowhere" (1997) until "Married With Children" taped its final season in 1997.

Applegate was again fortunate to avoid the pitfalls of such an iconic role and a teen one at that, by easily transitioning into the starring role of a hard-working single mother in the NBC sitcom "Jesse" created by the production team behind "Friends." Most critics praised her performance as Jesse â¿¿ enough to honor her with her first Golden Globe nomination. But even though the series debuted in the cushy 8:30 p.m. time slot on Thursdays, sandwiched between "Friends" and "Frasier," its ratings were somewhat disappointing and it was canceled after only two seasons. Applegate bounced back with a sweetly charming lead opposite Martin Short in the TV film "Prince Charming" (2003). That same year, her romance with actor and director Jonathan Schaech seemed to have its own happy ending when the couple married to the delight of fans. Despite being a happy newlywed, Applegate revisited the experiences of a frustrated single gal the following year alongside Cameron Diaz in the somewhat crass chick flick comedy, "The Sweetest Thing" (2002), in which she, Diaz and co-star Selma Blair all co-wrote the infamous "The Penis Song" that they performed in the film.

She joined Gwyneth Paltrow and Mike Myers in the flop airline comedy "View From The Top," but showcased her talent far better with a stint on "Friends" as Rachel Green's (Jennifer Aniston) shallow, self-absorbed sister Amy, finally earning her first Emmy Award. Tipt ing into big screen drama, she played the small but crucial role of Susan Launius, the only survivor of the infamous 1981 Wonderland Avenue murders involving porn legend John Holmes, in "Wonderland" (2003). Ironically, the young Applegate had grown up not far from the Wonderland murders in Laurel Canyon. Her highest profile and strongest film performance came the following year with "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy" (2004) in which Applegate played a competitive news anchor and love interest to Will Ferrell in the hilarious 1970s newsroom comedy. A pairing with Ben Affleck in the holiday comedy "Surviving Christmas" (2004) later that year, however, failed to deliver the laughs, as did "Grand Theft Parsons" (2004) an ill-conceived road comedy based on the final days of 1960s country rock icon Gram Parsons.

Applegate returned to guest star in another season of "Friends" and earned another Emmy nomination before getting an unexpected opportunity to star on Broadway as 1960s dance hall dame Charity Hope Valentine in the revival of Bob Fosse's "Sweet Charity." The production was derailed when Applegate broke her foot during preview performances in March and had to be replaced by her underst

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 Crash Pad (2016)
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 Bad Moms (2016)
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 Vacation (2015)
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 Youth In Oregon (2015)
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 Anchorman 2 (2013)
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 Hall Pass (2011)
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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"
1990:
Feature lead in "Streets"
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"
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"
2005:
Co-starred with husband Johnathon Schaech in the CBS movie "James Patterson's Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas"
2008:
Joined Rainn Wilson in the comedy "The Rocker"
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"
2013:
Co-starred in the sequel "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues."
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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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