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Biography for Christina ApplegateChristina Applegate (born Nov. 25, 1971 (42 years ago)) is an American actress, known for playing Kelly Bundy on the FOX Broadcasting Company sitcom Married... with Children. She has since established a movie and TV career, with major roles in several pictures, including Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead, The Big Hit, The Sweetest Thing, Anchorman, Farce of the Penguins (9 walls) and Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel. She has also starred in numerous productions including the 2005 (8 years ago) Broadway revival of the musical Sweet Charity. More recently, she played the lead character Samantha Newly in the ABC sitcom Samantha Who?.
Early yearsApplegate was born in Hollywood, California. Her father, Robert W. Applegate, was a record producer and record company executive, and her mother, Nancy Lee Priddy, was a singer and actress. Her parents split up shortly after her birth. She has two half-siblings (Alisa and Kyle) from her father's remarriage. Following her parents' divorce, her mother had a relationship with musician Stephen Stills. It was through Stills' friendship with fellow musicians Paul Kantner and Grace Slick that Applegate became friends with their daughter, China Kantner.
Christina Applegate made her TV debut at the age of just three months, appearing with her mother in both the soap opera Days of Our Lives and a commercial for Playtex baby bottles. Her first big screen appearance followed at age 7, when she was seen in the 1979 (34 years ago) film, Jaws of Satan (a.k.a. King Cobra), followed by 1981's Beatlemania. She debuted in a TV movie as Young Grace Kelly in the biopic, Grace Kelly (1983, opposite Cheryl Ladd), and appeared on her first TV series in Showtime's political comedy, Washingtoon (1985, 28 years ago), in which she played a Congressman's daughter. She was also spotted as a guest in the shows, Father Murphy (1981, 32 years ago) and Charles in Charge (1984 and 1985 (28 years ago)).
In 1986 (27 years ago), Applegate won the role of Robin Kennedy (1986-1987), a cop's daughter, on the police drama series Heart of the City. Meanwhile, she was also seen guest starring in the sitcoms All is Forgiven, Still the Beaver, Amazing Stories, and Family Ties episode Band on the Run (1987, 26 years ago) as Kitten.
Applegate eventually scored her most memorable role of ditzy Kelly Bundy in Fox's comedy series Married... with Children. She portrayed her character for ten years (1987-1997). While working on the series, Applegate was seen in Dance 'Til Dawn (1988, NBC) and in Streets (1990, 23 years ago), in which a teenage drug addict is stalked by a psychotic police officer. Applegate guest-starred in 21 Jump Street (1988, 25 years ago), Top of the Heap (1991, as Kelly Bundy), and hosted Saturday Night Live (May 8, 1993 (20 years ago)) and Mad TV (1996, 17 years ago).
In 1991 (22 years ago), she was mentioned in the popular song by P.M. Dawn entitled "Set Adrift on Memory Bliss". The line, "Christina Applegate, you gotta put me on" is a reference to the song "Bonita Applebum" by A Tribe Called Quest.
The character of Sue Ellen Crandell in the comedy feature Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead (1991, 22 years ago) was Applegate's first starring role in a mainstream film. She followed it up with movies such as Vibrations (1995, 18 years ago), Across the Moon (1995, 18 years ago), Wild Bill (1995, 18 years ago), Mars Attacks! (1996, 17 years ago), and Nowhere (1997, 16 years ago). After the sitcom Married... with Children was canceled in May 1997 (16 years ago), Applegate starred as Claudine Van Doozen in the independent feature Claudine's Return (a.k.a. Kiss of Fire), was cast in the action-comedy The Big Hit, and played the fiancée of a Mob descendant in the Mafia satire Jane Austen's Mafia (1998, 15 years ago).
In that same year, NBC handed her the title role in their sitcom Jesse. The series debuted in 1998 (15 years ago), 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 for Lead Actress in a Comedy. Though the series gained praise, it was canceled in 2000 (13 years ago).
"This was a major commitment. I really had to sit and think about it. I eventually came to the conclusion that it came into my life for a reason." - Christina Applegate (on accepting her role in the sitcom Jesse).
The new millennium saw 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, 12 years ago). After gaining wide notice for playing Cameron Diaz's level-headed best friend, Courtney Rockcliffe, in The Sweetest Thing (2002, 11 years ago), Applegate continued to win roles in such movies as Heroes (2002, 11 years ago), the airplane comedy View from the Top (2003, 10 years ago), Wonderland (2003, 10 years ago), Grand Theft Parsons (2003, 10 years ago), Surviving Christmas (2004, 9 years ago) and Employee of the Month (2004, 9 years ago). Behind the screen, she was the executive producer of Comforters, Miserable (2001, 12 years ago).
Applegate also guest-starred on two episodes of Friends, in the ninth (2002, 11 years ago) and tenth (2003, 10 years ago) 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 (39 walls)) younger sister. She won the 55th Annual Prime Time Emmy Award for Best Guest Actress in a Comedy for her performance in "The One with Rachel's Other Sister". On the silver screen, she portrayed TV anchorwoman Veronica Corningstone in the 2004 (9 years ago) movies Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy and the DVD (Digital Versatile Disc) bonus movie Wake Up, Ron Burgundy: The Lost Movie (an alternative movie 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, The Runthrough, as well as John Cassavetes' The Third Day (co-starring Gena Rowlands). In 2004 (9 years ago), she debuted on the Broadway stage playing the title role of Charity Hope Valentine in a revival of the 1966 (47 years ago) musical Sweet Charity. She eventually took home the 2005 (8 years ago) Theatre World Award and was nominated for a 2005 (8 years ago) Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical.
Applegate was one of the founding members of the Pussycat Dolls (11 walls), which debuted at the Viper Room on Sunset Strip, Los Angeles in 1995 (18 years ago). Applegate emceed for the group when they moved to The Roxy in 2002 (11 years ago).
While appearing in Sweet Charity, she broke her foot, and it was announced that the musical would close during previews. She persuaded the producers to rescind their decision, and on Apr. 18, 2005 (8 years ago), she made her Broadway debut. Sweet Charity ended its Broadway run on dec. 31, 2005 (8 years ago). In 2006 (7 years ago), she appeared in an advertising campaign for Hanes title "Look who we've got our Hanes on now". The campaign had started in 2005 (8 years ago) but she, Jennifer Love Hewitt (47 walls), and Kevin Bacon were added to the ads in 2006 (7 years ago).
In 2006 (7 years ago), Applegate appeared in Jessica Simpson's music video "A Public Affair", alongside Eva Longoria (70 walls) Parker, Ryan Seacrest and Christina Milian.
Applegate starred in the ABC comedy, Samantha Who?, until it was cancelled on May 18, 2009 (4 years ago). The series costarred Jean Smart, Jennifer Esposito (4 walls), 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. Shortly after the cancellation was announced, Applegate began a campaign to get the show back into production. As of Jun. 25, 2009 (4 years ago), the campaign has proven unsuccessful despite having 31,711 signatures on an online petition.
Applegate will play Elizabeth Montgomery, who died of colorectal cancer, in the upcoming movie Everything Is Going to Be Just Fine, due to be released in 2009 (4 years ago).
In Jan. 2009 (4 years ago), Applegate appeared with her TV brother David Faustino (Bud Bundy from Married with Children) in an episode of Faustino's show Star-ving.
Personal lifeIn Oct. 2001 (12 years ago), Applegate married longtime boyfriend Johnathon Schaech, in a small Palm Springs ceremony attended by family and close friends. Schaech filed for divorce in Nov. 2005 (8 years ago), citing irreconcilable differences; Applegate and Schaech's final divorce papers were entered Aug. 10 2007 (6 years ago) in Los Angeles Superior Court.
Her close friends include Lance Bass.
On Jul. 1, 2008 (5 years ago), her close friend and ex-boyfriend Lee Grivas was found dead of an apparent drug overdose.
In a Jan. 2009 (4 years ago) interview on Anytime with Bob Kushell, Applegate stated that she hates the paparazzi. Additionally, she appeared in recent interviews on various talk shows such as The Ellen DeGeneres Show and on the 2009 (4 years ago) TV Land Awards, receiving the "Innovator Award" along with her fellow cast of Married... with Children.
Her current boyfriend (2009, 4 years ago) is Martyn LeNoble. She topped the list of People Magazine's Most Beautiful People in 2009 (4 years ago).
On Aug. 3, 2008 (5 years ago), People Magazine 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 form 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".
On Aug. 19, 2008 (5 years ago). It was announced that Applegate is cancer free after a double mastectomy, even though cancer was found in only one breast. She has an inherited genetic fault, a BRCA1 mutation, which often triggers breast cancer. Her mother, Nancy Priddy, is a breast cancer survivor. Applegate said when she first was diagnosed "I was just shaking and — and then also immediately, I had to go into ... 'take-care-of-business-mode'" which included a change to a more healthy diet.
Applegate, who was given the all clear following the operation, is now scheduled to undergo reconstructive surgery over the next eight months. A spokesperson for Applegate states she will be "on a normal shooting schedule", (for Samantha Who) adding that the procedure "is not affecting production". She had already completed filming five episodes for the upcoming season of her hit comedy show before stopping for a summer break at the end of June. An ABC spokesperson confirms: "They’re on a scheduled hiatus and she’ll be back next month. It’s business as usual".
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