Christina Applegate


Actor

About

Birth Place
Los Angeles, California, USA
Born
November 25, 1971

Biography

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 lifesty...

Family & Companions

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

Biography

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. She returned with a sitcom costarring Will Arnett and Maya Rudolph, "Up All Night" (NBC, 2011-12).

A rare native of Tinseltown, Christina Applegate was born on Nov. 25, 1971 in Hollywood, CA and raised in the historically bohemian neighborhood of Laurel Canyon. True to many a sixties song, the Hollywood canyons were a hotbed of folk rock musicians and Applegate's mother Nancy Lee Priddy was no exception; she had begun her musical career as a singer in New York's Greenwich Village and had recorded with now legendary songwriters Leonard Cohen and Harry Nilsson, releasing her own solo album in 1968. Not long afterwards she married Bob Applegate, a producer from the album's record label, and the pair settled in Los Angeles. The couple broke up while their daughter was still an infant, leaving Priddy to retire from her musical career in the hopes of finding work as an actress, both for herself and for the financial support of her daughter. Applegate appeared in her mother's arms on the daytime soap "Days of Our Lives" (NBC, 1965- ) and toddled her way through many a commercial, before landing television roles. The youngster had a small turn in the feature "Jaws of Satan" (1979) and played a young "Grace Kelly" (ABC, 1983) in the self-titled TV film.

Applegate gained some attention playing Ricky Stratton's prom date on "Silver Spoons" (NBC, 1982-87) and a member of Jennifer Keaton's pop band in "Family Ties" (NBC, 1982-89) before landing her first regular role as a cop's daughter on the short-lived drama "Heart of the City" (ABC, 1986-87). The following year was a life changer. She rebounded as Kelly Bundy on "Married with Children." The first original primetime series for the fledgling Fox network, no one involved had particularly high hopes for the crude sitcom that was an antidote to the crop of wholesome eighties TV families. The show broke all the TV roles - not only with its reliance on bathroom humor and sex jokes - but with its dead-end job dad, money grubbing bee-hived wife, and disrespectful and conniving 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 - 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 - unlike her school classmates Corey Haim and Corey Feldman - 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 - 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 understudy. 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 - 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 - 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.

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

A Bad Mom's Christmas (2017)
Crash Pad (2017)
Bad Moms (2016)
Youth In Oregon (2016)
I Am Chris Farley (2015)
Herself
Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip (2015)
Voice
Vacation (2015)
The Book of Life (2014)
Voice
Anchorman 2 (2013)
Hall Pass (2011)
Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked! (2011)
Voice
Going the Distance (2010)
Cats & Dogs: Revenge of Kitty Galore (2010)
Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel (2009)
Voice
The Rocker (2008)
Farce of the Penguins (2007)
Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas (2005)
Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004)
Surviving Christmas (2004)
Grand Theft Parsons (2004)
Barbara
Wonderland (2003)
Prince Charming (2003)
The Sweetest Thing (2002)
View from the Top (2001)
Just Visiting (2001)
The Brutal Truth (2000)
Out in Fifty (1999)
Mafia! (1998)
The Treat (1998)
Claudine's Return (1998)
Claudine
The Big Hit (1998)
Nowhere (1997)
Mars Attacks! (1996)
Wild Bill (1995)
Vibrations (1995)
Across the Moon (1995)
Kathy
Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead (1991)
Streets (1990)
Dawn
Dance 'till Dawn (1988)
Grace Kelly (1983)
Jaws Of Satan (1979)
Kim Perry

Special Thanks (Feature Film)

Donnie Darko (2001)
Special Thanks To

Cast (Special)

The 9th Annual Critics' Choice Awards (2004)
Presenter
The 55th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards (2003)
Presenter
John Ritter Remembered (2003)
Married... with Children Reunion (2003)
The 29th Annual American Music Awards (2002)
VH1 Big in 2002 Awards (2002)
The 2004 ESPY Awards (2002)
Married With Children: The E! True Hollywood Story (2001)
Interviewee
The 26th Annual People's Choice Awards (2000)
Presenter
Intimate Portrait: Katey Sagal (2000)
The Secret World of Sitcoms (1999)
TV Guide Awards (1999)
Host
The 25th Annual People's Choice Awards (1999)
Presenter
Intimate Portrait: Cheryl Ladd (1999)
Interviewee
50th Emmy Awards (1998)
Presenter
My Favorite "Married" (1995)
Fox Fall Preview Party (1995)
49th Annual Golden Globe Awards (1992)
Performer
1991 Emmy Awards (1991)
Performer
Time Warner Presents the Earth Day Special (1990)
The 4th Annual American Comedy Awards (1990)
Performer
Rate the '80s Awards (1989)
Host
The 1989 MTV Video Music Awards (1989)
Performer
The 41st Annual Emmy Awards (1989)
Performer
Washingtoon (1985)

Life Events

1971

Made TV debut at the age of three months on "Days of Our Lives" (NBC)

1979

Made film debut in "Jaws of Satan"

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

Starred in the independent feature "Claudine's Return"

1998

Co-starred with Mark Wahlberg and Lou Diamond Phillips in "The Big Hit"

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"

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 woman who suffered from amnesia in the ABC comedy "Samantha Who?"; also produced.

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"

2015

Co-starred in the comedy franchise reboot "Vacation" opposite Ed Helms

2015

Appeared on "The Muppets." reboot

2015

Voiced Brittany in "Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip"

2016

Played Kate in "Youth in Oregon"

2016

Played Gwendolyn in ensemble comedy "Bad Moms"

2017

Reprised role in "A Bad Moms Christmas"

Videos

Movie Clip

Mary Jane's Not A Virgin Anymore (1996) - It Only Counts If You Say Yes Montage of encounters at the independent theater popcorn stand, then Lisa Gerstein (title character) and Grace (Marny Snyder Spoons), with interjection from Ryan and Tom (Bwana Spoons, Chris Enright) talk about sex, with more explicit language, in writer-director Sarah Jacobson’s Mary Jane’s Not A Virgin Anymore, 1996.
Anchorman: The Legend Of Ron Burgundy (2004) - I'm Kind Of A Big Deal Title character Will Ferrell, with reporter sidekick (Paul Rudd as “Brian Fantana”) feeling his oats at San Diego party in the “before-cable” era, is distracted by Christina Applegate, not knowing that she’s a new colleague, in director Adam McKay’s Anchorman: The Legend Of Ron Burgundy, 2004.
Anchorman: The Legend Of Ron Burgundy (2004) - Discovered By The Germans After a series of embarrassing come-ons in the newsroom, Will Ferrell (title character and co-screenwriter) has agreed to give new colleague Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate) a strictly-professional tour of San Diego, early in Anchorman: The Legend Of Ron Burgundy, 2004.
Anchorman: The Legend Of Ron Burgundy (2004) - He Was Like A God The opening, from producer Judd Apatow and director Adam McKay, who co-wrote with star Will Ferrell, whose riffing in character carries through the opening credits, from the 2004 hit Anchorman: The Legend Of Ron Burgundy, also starring Christina Applegate and Steve Carell.
Anchorman: The Legend Of Ron Burgundy (2004) - No Touching Of The Hair Or Face The famous fight scene, from the screenplay by director Adam McKay and star Will Ferrell, Ron Burgundy leads Brian, Champ and Brick (Paul Rudd, David Koechner, Steve Carrell) into a rumble with rivals led by Vince Vaughn, Luke Wilson, Tim Robbins and Ben Stiller, in Anchorman: The Legend Of Ron Burgundy, 2004.

Trailer

Family

Nancy Priddy
Mother
Actor. Divorced from Applegate's father.
Robert Applegate
Father
Record company executive. Divorced from Applegate's mother; remarried.
Alisa
Half-Sister
Born c. 1977.
Kyle
Half-Brother
Born c. 1982.

Companions

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

Bibliography