Christina Applegate

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Christina Applegate
Christina Applegate 2014 Comic Con (cropped).jpg
Applegate at the 2014 San Diego Comic-Con International
Born (1971-11-25) November 25, 1971 (age 47)
ResidenceLos Angeles, California, U.S.
Years active1972–present
Notable work
Kelly Bundy in Married... with Children
Parent(s)Nancy Priddy
Robert Applegate

Christina Applegate (born November 25, 1971) is an American actress and dancer.[1][2] As an adolescent actress, she started playing the role of Kelly Bundy on the Fox sitcom Married... with Children (1987–97). In her adult years, Applegate established a film and television career, winning an Emmy Award (for her guest role in the sitcom Friends) and earning Tony and Golden Globe nominations.

Applegate has had major roles in several films, including Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead (1991), The Big Hit (1998), The Sweetest Thing (2002), Grand Theft Parsons (2003), Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004) and its sequel Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013), Hall Pass (2011), Vacation (2015), and Bad Moms (2016), she has also starred in the 2005 Broadway revival of the musical Sweet Charity, for which she received a nomination for the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical. Applegate has played the lead role in the television sitcoms Jesse (1998–2000), Samantha Who? (2007–09) and Up All Night (2011–12), and in the Netflix dark comedy series Dead to Me (2019).

Life and career[edit]

1971–86: Early life and projects[edit]

Applegate was born in Hollywood, California, her father, Robert William "Bob" Applegate, was a record producer and record company executive,[3] and her mother, Nancy Lee Priddy, is a singer and actress. Her parents were separated shortly after her birth, she has two half-siblings (Alisa and Kyle) from her father's second marriage. After her parents' divorce, her mother had a relationship with musician Stephen Stills. After her television debut with her mother in the soap opera Days of Our Lives and a commercial for Playtex baby bottles at 3 and 5 months, respectively,[4] Applegate made her film debut in the 1979 film Jaws of Satan (or King Cobra) at the age of 7, followed by 1981's Beatlemania. She debuted in a television movie as young Grace Kelly in the biopic Grace Kelly (1983) and appeared in her first TV series in Showtime's political comedy Washingtoon (1985), in which she played a congressman's daughter. She was also seen as a guest in the shows Father Murphy (1981), Charles in Charge (1984 and 1985), and Silver Spoons (1986). In 1986 Applegate won the role of Robin Kennedy (1986–87), a policeman's daughter, in the police drama series Heart of the City. Meanwhile, she was also seen guest-starring in several other television series such as All is Forgiven, Still the Beaver, Amazing Stories, and the Family Ties episode "Band on the Run" (1987) as Kitten.

1987–2001: Married . . . with Children[edit]

Applegate attending the Governor's Ball following the 41st Annual Emmy Awards, September 1989

In 1987 Applegate played the role of the ditzy, sexually promiscuous daughter, Kelly Bundy, on the Fox Network's first sitcom, Married... with Children. She portrayed her character for 11 years (1987–97). While working on the series, Applegate was seen in Dance Till Dawn (1988, NBC) and in Streets (1990), in which a teenage drug addict is stalked by a psychotic police officer. Applegate guest-starred in 21 Jump Street (1988) and Top of the Heap (1991, as Kelly Bundy), and hosted Saturday Night Live (May 8, 1993, and October 13, 2012) and MADtv (1996).

The character of Sue Ellen Crandell in the black comedy feature Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead (1991) was Applegate's first starring role in a mainstream film, playing a rebellious teenager who is forced to take care of siblings after their summer babysitter dies. Applegate followed with roles in films such as Vibrations (1995), Across the Moon (1995), Wild Bill (1995), Tim Burton's Mars Attacks! (1996), and Gregg Araki's Nowhere (1997). After the sitcom Married . . . with Children was canceled in May 1997, Applegate starred as Claudine Van Doozen in the independent feature Claudine's Return (or Kiss of Fire), was cast in the action-comedy The Big Hit, and played the fiancée of a mob boss in the Mafia satire Jane Austen's Mafia (1998).

Applegate was one of the founding members of The Pussycat Dolls, which debuted at Johnny Depp's Viper Room on the Sunset Strip in 1995.[5][6] Applegate emceed for the group when they moved to The Roxy in 2002.[7] In 1996 Applegate auditioned for the role of Rose in James Cameron's blockbuster hit fim Titanic, but lost to Kate Winslet. In 1998 Applegate was given the title role in the NBC sitcom Jesse; the series debuted in 1998, received rave reviews, and brought Applegate a People's Choice Award for Favorite Female Performer in a New TV series and the TV Guide Award for Star of a New Series, as well as a nomination at the Golden Globe Awards for Lead Actress in a Comedy. Though the series gained critical praise, it was canceled in 2000.

2002–present: Anchorman, stage and television[edit]

Applegate at the 66th Golden Globe Awards in January 2009

The new millennium had Applegate playing the dual role of a 12th-century noblewoman, Princess Rosalind, and her 21st-century descendant, Julia Malfete, in the time-travel comedy Just Visiting (2001), she was Princess Gwendolyn and Kate in the movie Prince Charming (2001). After playing Cameron Diaz's level-headed best friend, Courtney Rockcliffe, in The Sweetest Thing (2002), Applegate continued to play roles in such films as Heroes (2002), and the romantic airplane comedy View from the Top (2003), as well as in the true-crime film Wonderland (2003), based on the Wonderland murders, and the Gram Parsons biopic Grand Theft Parsons (2003). In 2004 Applegate starred alongside Ben Affleck in the holiday comedy Surviving Christmas, and alongside Matt Dillon in Employee of the Month. Behind the screen, she was the executive producer of Comforters, Miserable (2001).

Applegate guest-starred on two episodes of Friends, in the ninth (2002) and tenth (2003) seasons, titled "The One with Rachel's Other Sister" and "The One Where Rachel's Sister Babysits" as Amy Green, Rachel Green's (Jennifer Aniston) sister, she won the Primetime Emmy Award[8] for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series her performance in "The One with Rachel's Other Sister." On the silver screen, she portrayed TV anchorwoman Veronica Corningstone in the 2004 films Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy and the bonus film Wake Up, Ron Burgundy: The Lost Movie (an alternative film comprising alternate takes and deleted scenes and story elements).

In addition to her screen work, Applegate has performed on stage in such productions as The Axeman's Jazz, Nobody Leaves Empty Handed, and The Runthrough, as well as John Cassavetes' The Third Day (co-starring Gena Rowlands). In 2004 she debuted on the Broadway stage playing the title role of Charity Hope Valentine in a revival of the 1966 musical Sweet Charity. In late April 2005, she also took part in the annual Broadway Cares' Easter Bonnet Competition, being sawed in half by a magician in their Clearly Impossible sawing illusion. Sweet Charity ended its Broadway run on December 31, 2005.[9] Applegate eventually took home the 2005 Theatre World Award and was nominated for a 2005 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical.

While appearing in Sweet Charity, Applegate broke her foot, and it was announced that the musical would close during previews, she persuaded the producers to rescind their decision and on April 18, 2005, she made her Broadway debut.[9] Because of her injury, Applegate had to wear special shoes to prevent another incident, and in a 2013 interview said that because of what happened, she "actually can't dance anymore, and that is sad for me because I always wanted to go back. But I probably won't be able to."[10] She does dance whenever the opportunity presents, but cannot do any more strenuous roles.[10]

Applegate at the LG Washing Machine Drum, "The Happiness of the United States 150 Million Women Keeper!" in June 2012.

In 2006 Applegate appeared in Jessica Simpson's music video "A Public Affair" alongside Eva Longoria, Ryan Seacrest, and Christina Milian, she starred in the ABC comedy Samantha Who? from October 15, 2007, until it was canceled on May 18, 2009. The series costarred Jean Smart, Jennifer Esposito, and Melissa McCarthy; the series was about a 30-year-old, who after a hit-and-run accident, develops amnesia and has to rediscover her life, her relationships, and herself.[11] Shortly after the cancellation was announced, Applegate began a campaign to get the show back into production,[12] which was a failure. Applegate topped the list of People's Most Beautiful People in 2009.[13] Applegate appeared with her TV brother David Faustino (Bud Bundy from Married with Children) in an episode of Faustino's show Star-ving.[14]

She also voiced Catherine the Cat in the three-dimensional talking animal sequel Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore. Applegate said her mother was the one who wanted her to be involved in the film. Prior to Cats & Dogs 2, she voiced Brittany (one of the Chipettes) in Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel (2009), Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked (2011), and Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip (2015), she starred in the NBC sitcom Up All Night with Maya Rudolph and Will Arnett, and the show debuted on September 14, 2011.[15] On February 8, 2013, she left the series after its second-season hiatus, which was leading into a planned format change.[16]

On July 31, 2013, Applegate was featured on the second episode of the fourth season of the revived American version of TLC's, Who Do You Think You Are? The broadcast centered on Applegate trying to find out for her father, Robert Applegate, about his mother, Lavina Applegate Walton, who was mysteriously absent for most of her son's life and who died early in his life. Applegate also hoped to find out if the hearsay concerning her grandmother's death were true; the actress discovered that Walton died in 1955 from tuberculosis and alcohol-related cirrhosis.[17]

In 2015 Applegate starred with Ed Helms in the National Lampoon sequel Vacation, the fifth full-length movie episode of the road-trip comedies. Helms and Applegate played Rusty Griswold and his wife Debbie, who with their two sons take a trip to Walley World, just as Rusty did with his parents in the 1983 original film, National Lampoon's Vacation; the film was poorly reviewed.

In July 2018, Applegate was cast to co-star with Linda Cardellini in Netflix's dark comedy series Dead to Me,[18] she is also executive producing the series along with Will Ferrell, Adam McKay, and Jessica Elbaum.[19]

Personal life[edit]

On October 20, 2001, Applegate married actor Johnathon Schaech in Palm Springs, California.[20] Schaech filed for divorce in December 2005, citing irreconcilable differences,[20] and the divorce was finalized in August 2007.[21] In 2009 she began dating musician Martyn LeNoble; the couple became engaged on Valentine's Day 2010,[22] and married on February 23, 2013, at their Los Angeles home.[23] It is the second marriage for both,[24] they have one daughter, Sadie Grace, born in January 2011.[25] Applegate is a vegetarian,[26] and in 2007, appeared in an anti-fur advertisement for PETA.[27]

Breast cancer[edit]

On August 3, 2008, People reported that Applegate had been diagnosed with breast cancer; this was confirmed by her representative who said in a statement, "Christina Applegate was diagnosed with an early stage of breast cancer. Benefiting from early detection through a doctor-ordered MRI, the cancer is not life-threatening. Christina is following the recommended treatment of her doctors and will have a full recovery. No further statement will be issued at this time."[28] On August 19, 2008, it was announced that Applegate was cancer-free after a double mastectomy, though cancer was found in only one breast,[29] she has an inherited genetic trait, a BRCA1[30] mutation, which can trigger breast cancer. Her mother, Nancy Priddy, is a breast-cancer survivor. Applegate said when she first was diagnosed, "I was just shaking and then also immediately, I had to go into 'take-care-of-business-mode,' which included a change to a more healthy diet."[31]


In 1992 Applegate joined other celebrities in a benefit show for a Hollywood children's charity, acting as a special guest assistant to a local magician and taking part in a number of illusions, including being sawn in half.[32] In 2003 she was the spokesman for the Lee National Denim Day, which raises millions of dollars for breast cancer education and research.[33] Following her diagnosis with breast cancer, Applegate appeared on a television special titled Stand Up to Cancer, designed to raise funds for breast cancer research; the one-hour special was broadcast on CBS, NBC, and ABC television networks on September 5, 2008.[34] In 2009 she announced her plans to return as the ambassador for Lee National Denim Day;[35] also in 2009, she founded Right Action for Women, a charitable foundation dedicated to breast-cancer screening for women, and focused on the type of MRI scan that saved her life.[36] In February 2015 Applegate was awarded the Saint Vintage Love Cures Award from unite4:humanity and Saint Vintage, for her dedication to and work with Right Action for Women.[37] Applegate has also supported Entertainment Industry Foundation, Adopt-A-Classroom, The Motion Picture and Television Fund Foundation, World Animal Protection, and the Trevor Project.[38]


Applegate attending the Up All Night cast panel at PaleyFest in 2012


Year Title Role Notes
1981 Jaws of Satan Kim Perry
Beatlemania Fan
1990 Streets Dawn
1991 Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead Sue Ellen Crandell
1995 Vibrations Anamika
Wild Bill Lurline Newcomb
Across the Moon Kathy
1996 Mars Attacks! Sharona
1997 Nowhere Dingbat
1998 Jane Austen's Mafia! Diane Steen
The Big Hit Pam Schulman
Claudine's Return Claudine Van Doozen
1999 Out in Fifty Lilah
2000 The Brutal Truth Emily
2001 Just Visiting Princess Rosaline / Julia Malfete
2002 The Sweetest Thing Courtney Rockcliffe
Heroes Wife
2003 Grand Theft Parsons Barbara
Wonderland Susan Launius
View from the Top Christine Montgomery
2004 Surviving Christmas Alicia Valco
Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy Veronica Corningstone
Wake Up, Ron Burgundy: The Lost Movie Veronica Corningstone
Employee of the Month Sara Goodwin
2005 Tilt-A-Whirl Customer #1 Short film
2007 Farce of the Penguins Melissa Voice
2008 The Rocker Kim Powell
2009 Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel Brittany Miller Voice
2010 Going The Distance Corinne
Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore Catherine Voice
2011 Hall Pass Grace
Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked Brittany Miller Voice
2013 Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues Veronica Corningstone-Burgundy
2014 The Book of Life Mary Beth Voice
2015 Vacation Debbie Fletcher Griswold
Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip Brittany Miller Voice
2016 Youth in Oregon Kate Gleason
Bad Moms Gwendolyn James
2017 Crash Pad Morgan
A Bad Moms Christmas Gwendolyn James Cameo


Year Title Role Notes
1972 Days of Our Lives Baby 3 months old
1981 Father Murphy Ada Episode: "A Horse from Heaven"
1983 Grace Kelly Young Grace Kelly Television film
1984–1985 Charles in Charge Stacy 2 episodes
1986 Silver Spoons Jeannie Bolens Episode: "A Family Affair"
All Is Forgiven Simone Episode: "Mother's Day"
Still the Beaver Mandy / Wendy 2 episodes
Amazing Stories Holly Episode: "Welcome to My Nightmare"
1986–87 Heart of the City Robin Kennedy 13 episodes
1987 Family Ties Kitten Episode: "Band On The Run"
1987–97 Married... with Children Kelly Bundy 257 episodes[39]
1988 Dance 'til Dawn Patrice Johnson Television film
21 Jump Street Tina Episode: "I'm OK – You Need Work"
1990 The Earth Day Special Kelly Bundy Television special
1991 Top of the Heap Kelly Bundy 2 episodes
1993 Saturday Night Live Herself / Host Episode: "Christina Applegate/Midnight Oil"
1998–2000 Jesse Jesse Warner 42 episodes; also co-producer
2001 Prince Charming Kate Television film
2002–03 Friends Amy Green 2 episodes
2004 King of the Hill Colette / Attorney (voices) Episode: "My Hair Lady"
Father of the Pride Candy (voice) Episode: "One Man's Meat Is Another Man's Girlfriend"
2005 Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas Dr. Suzanne Bedford Television film
2007–09 Samantha Who? Samantha "Sam" Newly 35 episodes; also producer
2008 Reno 911! Seemji Episode: "Did Garcia Steal Dangle's Husband?"
2009 Star-ving Herself Episode: "Married with Children"..The Movie"
2011–12 Up All Night Reagan Brinkley 35 episodes; also producer
2011–14 So You Think You Can Dance Herself / Guest Judge 8 episodes
2012 Saturday Night Live Herself Episode: "Christina Applegate/Passion Pit"
2015 Web Therapy Jenny Bologna 2 episodes
The Muppets Herself Episode: "Bear Left Then Bear Write"
The Grinder Gail Budnick Episode: "A Bittersweet Grind (Une Mouture Amer)"
2018 Ask the Storybots Baker Episode: "Why Can't I Eat Dessert All the Time?"
2019 Dead To Me Jen Harding 10 episodes; also executive producer

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Nominated work Result
1987 Young Artist Awards Exceptional Performance By a Young Actress in a New Television, Comedy or Drama Series Heart of the City Won
1988 Starring in a New Television Comedy Series Married... with Children Nominated
1989 Won
1992 MTV Movie Awards Most Desirable Female Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead Nominated
Young Artist Awards Outstanding Young Ensemble Cast in a Motion Picture Nominated
1999 Golden Globe Awards Best Actress—Television Series Musical or Comedy Jesse Nominated
People's Choice Awards Favorite Female Performer in a New Television Series Won
TV Guide Award Favorite Star in a New Series Won
2003 Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie: Villain View from the Top Nominated
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series Friends Won
2004 Nominated
2005 Tony Awards Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical Sweet Charity Nominated
Drama Desk Awards Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical Nominated
Theatre World Award Theatre World Award Won
2008 Golden Globe Awards Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy Samantha Who? Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series Nominated
Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actress: Comedy Nominated
Television Critics Association Awards Individual Achievement in Comedy Nominated
Prism Awards Best Performance in a Comedy Series Nominated
Satellite Awards Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy Nominated
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series Nominated
2009 Golden Globe Awards Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy Nominated
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series Nominated
TV Land Award Innovator Award Married... with Children Won
People's Choice Awards Favorite Female TV Star Samantha Who? Won
2010 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series Nominated
2012 Satellite Awards Best Actress—Television Series Musical or Comedy Up All Night Nominated
2014 Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Actress: Comedy Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues Nominated


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Further reading[edit]

  • Dye, David. Child and Youth Actors: Filmography of Their Entire Careers, 1914-1985. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Co., 1988, p. 6.

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