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Christina Applegate

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Basic Information

Christina Applegate

Date of Birth: 25 November 1971
Place of Birth: Hollywood, California, USA
Height: 5' 5" (1.65 m)


Christina Applegate
Applegate at the 66th Golden Globes in January, 2009
Born November 25, 1971 (1971-11-25) (age 38)Hollywood, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1972–present
Spouse(s) Johnathon Schaech (2001–2007) (divorced)

Christina Applegate-Schaech (born November 25, 1971) is an American actress, best known for playing Kelly Bundy on the FOX sitcom Married... with Children. She has since established a film and television 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, and Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel. She has also starred in numerous productions including the 2005 Broadway revival of the musical Sweet Charity. More recently, she played the lead character Samantha Newly in the ABC sitcom Samantha Who?.

Early life

Applegate 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.


Early work

Applegate made her TV debut with her mother in the soap opera Days of Our Lives and a commercial for Playtex baby bottles at three and five months, respectively. Her first big screen appearance followed at age 7, when she was seen in the 1979 film, Jaws of Satan (a.k.a. King Cobra), followed by 1981's Beatlemania. She debuted in a television 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), in which she played a Congressman's daughter. She was also spotted 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 (1986–1987), 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) 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), in which a teenage drug addict is stalked by a psychotic police officer. Applegate guest-starred in 21 Jump Street (1988), Top of the Heap (1991, as Kelly Bundy), and hosted Saturday Night Live (May 8, 1993) and MADtv (1996).

The character of Sue Ellen Crandell in the comedy feature Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead (1991) was Applegate's first starring role in a mainstream film. She followed it up with films such as Vibrations (1995), Across the Moon (1995), Wild Bill (1995), Mars Attacks! (1996), and 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 (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).

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. Applegate emceed for the group when they moved to The Roxy in 2002.

In 1998, NBC handed her the title role in their 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 praise, it was canceled in 2000. Applegate was ambivalent about accepting the role:

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.

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). After gaining wide notice for playing Cameron Diaz's level-headed best friend, Courtney Rockcliffe, in The Sweetest Thing (2002), Applegate continued to win roles in such movies as Heroes (2002), the airplane comedy View from the Top (2003), Wonderland (2003), Grand Theft Parsons (2003), Surviving Christmas (2004), and Employee of the Month (2004). Behind the screen, she was the executive producer of Comforters, Miserable (2001).

2002 - 2006

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) 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 films Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy and the DVD 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. She 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, 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 April 18, 2005, she made her Broadway debut.Sweet Charity ended its Broadway run on December 31, 2005. In 2006, she appeared in an advertising campaign for Hanes title "Look who we've got our Hanes on now". The campaign had started in 2005 but she, Jennifer Love Hewitt, and Kevin Bacon were added to the ads in 2006.

In 2006, Applegate appeared in Jessica Simpson's music video "A Public Affair", alongside Eva Longoria Parker, Ryan Seacrest, and Christina Milian.

Current career

Applegate starred in the ABC comedy, Samantha Who?, 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. Shortly after the cancellation was announced, Applegate began a campaign to get the show back into production, which was unsuccessful.

In January 2009, Applegate appeared with her TV brother David Faustino (Bud Bundy from Married with Children) in an episode of Faustino's show Star-ving.

Applegate will play Elizabeth Montgomery of Bewitched fame, who died of colorectal cancer, in the upcoming film Everything Is Going to Be Just Fine, due to be released in 2010. She also lent her voice to the character Catherine the Cat in the 3-D talking animal sequel Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore. According to Applegate, she said it was her mother that wanted her to be involved in the film. Prior to Cats & Dogs 2, she voiced Brittany (one of the Chipettes) in Alvin & The Chipmunks: The Squeakquel.

Personal life

In October 2001, Applegate married longtime boyfriend Johnathon Schaech in a small Palm Springs ceremony attended by family and close friends. Schaech filed for divorce in November 2005, citing irreconcilable differences. Applegate and Schaech's final divorce papers were entered August 10, 2007 in Los Angeles Superior Court.

In 2008, Applegate began dating musician Martyn LeNoble. Applegate and LeNoble became engaged on Valentine's Day 2010. It will be the second marriage for both. On July 21, 2010, it was announced that Applegate is pregnant with the couple's first child.

Her close friends include Lance Bass. On July 1, 2008, her close friend and ex-boyfriend Lee Grivas was found dead of an apparent drug overdose. In a January 2009 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 TV Land Awards, receiving the "Innovator Award" along with her fellow cast of Married... with Children. She topped the list of People Magazine's Most Beautiful People in 2009.

Applegate is a vegetarian, and in 2007, appeared in an anti-fur ad for PETA.

Breast cancer

On August 3, 2008, 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 August 19, 2008, it was announced that Applegate was cancer free after a double mastectomy, even though cancer was found in only one breast. She has an inherited genetic fault, a BRCA1mutation, 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. When she was given the all clear, she said she felt like she gained a new perspective on life.

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", 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".

However, ABC cancelled her show while she was in recovery.

Charity work

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.

In 2003, she was the spokesperson for the Lee National Denim Day, which raises millions of dollars for breast cancer education and research.

Following her diagnosis with breast cancer, Applegate appeared on a television special entitled 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, 2009.

In 2009, Applegate announced her plans to return as the ambassador for Lee National Denim Day.

In 2009, Applegate founded Right Action for Women, a charitable foundation dedicated to breast cancer screening for women, and focused on the type of MRI scan which saved her own life. It is currently in the initial stages of fund raising and is scheduled to launch in 2010.


Year Film Role Notes
1979 Jaws of Satan Kim Perry Film debut
1981 Beatlemania Fan Minor role
1983 Grace Kelly Young Grace Kelly Made-For-TV Movie
1988 Dance 'til Dawn Patrice Johnson Made-For-TV Movie; Starring role
1990 Streets Dawn Lead role
1991 Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead Sue Ellen Crandell Lead role
1995 Vibrations Anamika Lead role
Wild Bill Lurline Newcomb Supporting role
Across the Moon Kathy Lead role
1996 Mars Attacks! Sharona Minor role
1997 Nowhere Dingbat Supporting role
1998 Jane Austen's Mafia! Diane Steen Starring role
The Big Hit Pam Schulman Lead role
Claudine's Return Claudine Van Doozen Lead role
1999 Out in Fifty Lilah Supporting role
2000 The Brutal Truth Emily Lead role
2001 Sol Goode Unknown Uncredited
Prince Charming Kate Made-For-TV Movie; Lead role
Just Visiting Princess Rosaline/Julia Malfete Lead role
2002 The Sweetest Thing Courtney Rockcliffe Starring role
Heroes Wife Minor role
2003 Grand Theft Parsons Barbara Starring role
Wonderland Susan Launius Minor role
View from the Top Christine Montgomery Starring role
2004 Surviving Christmas Alicia Valco Starring role
Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy Veronica Corningstone Starring role
Employee of the Month Sara Goodwin Starring role
2005 Tilt-A-Whirl Customer #1 Supporting role
Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas Dr. Suzanne Bedford Made-for-TV Movie; Lead role
2007 Farce of the Penguins Melissa (voice) Starring role
2008 The Rocker Kim Powell Supporting role
2009 Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel Brittany (voice)
2010 Going The Distance Corinne Supporting role
Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore Catherine (voice)
2011 Hall Pass Maggie In production
Alvin and the Chipmunks 3D Brittany (voice)
Year Title Role Notes
1972 Days of Our Lives Baby Screen debut, aged 3 months
1981 Father Murphy Unknown 1 Episode
1984 Charles in Charge Unknown 2 Episodes
1985 Washingtoon The Daughter 1 Season; Starring role
1986 Silver Spoons Jeannie Bolens 1 Episode: "A Family Affair"
All Is Forgiven Unknown 1 Episode
Still the Beaver Unknown 1 Episode
Amazing Stories Unknown 1 Episode
1986–1987 Heart of the City Robin Kennedy 1 Season; Starring role
1987 Family Ties Kitten 1 Episode: "Band On The Run"
1987–1997 Married... with Children Kelly Bundy 11 Seasons; Starring role
1988 21 Jump Street Tina 1 Episode
1991 Top of the Heap Kelly Bundy 2 Episodes
1993 Saturday Night Live Herself Guest host: May 8, 1993
1996 MADtv Herself Guest host
1998–2000 Jesse Jesse Warner 2 Seasons; Lead role
2002, 2003 Friends Amy Green 2 Episodes: "The One With Rachel's Other Sister"

and "The One Where Rachel's Sister Babysits"

2004 King of the Hill Colette/Attorney (voice) 1 Episode: "My Hair Lady"
2005 2005 Tony Awards Herself Presenter: June 5, 2005
2007 2007 Tony Awards Herself Presenter: June 10, 2007
2007–2009 Samantha Who? Samantha Newly 2 Seasons; Lead role
2008 Reno 911! Seemji 1 Episode: "Did Garcia Steal Dangle's Husband?'
2009 Star-ving Herself Episode 4: ""Married with Children"..The Movie"
Carrie Underwood: An All-Star Holiday Special Performer

Awards and nominations


  • 25th People's Choice Awards (1999) Favorite Female Performer in a New Television Series - Jesse
  • Emmy Award 2003 Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series - Friends
  • 35th People's Choice Awards (2009) Favorite Female TV Star


  • MTV Movie Awards 1992 Most Desirable Female - Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead
  • Golden Globes 1999 Best Actress in a Television Series - Comedy or Musical - Jesse
  • Emmy Award 2004 Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series - Friends
  • Tony Awards 2005 Best Leading Actress In A Musical - Sweet Charity
  • Golden Globes 2008 Best Actress in a Television Series - Comedy or Musical - Samantha Who?
  • Screen Actors Guild Awards 2008 Best Actress in a TV Comedy Series - Samantha Who?
  • Teen Choice Awards 2008 Choice TV Actress: Comedy - Samantha Who?
  • Television Critics Association Awards 2008 Individual Achievement in Comedy - Samantha Who?
  • Prism Awards 2008 Performance in a Comedy Series - Samantha Who?
  • Satellite Award 2008 Best Actress in a Series, Comedy or Musical - Samantha Who?
  • Emmy Award 2008 Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series - Samantha Who?
  • Golden Globes 2009 Best Actress in a Television Series - Comedy or Musical - Samantha Who?
  • TV Land Award 2009 Innovator Award - Married... with Children
  • Emmy Award 2009 Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series - Samantha Who?
  • Screen Actors Guild Awards 2010 Best Actress in a TV Comedy Series - Samantha Who?


  • Supports People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).
  • Enjoys books about spirituality.
  • Has one half-brother and one half-sister from her father's subsequent marriage after he and Christina's mother, Nancy Priddy, divorced.
  • Passed the GED with flying colors toward the end of her Junior year.
  • Chosen as one of People Magazine's, "50 Most Beautiful People, 1999"
  • Married longtime boyfriend Johnathon Schaech on October 20, 2001, in a small Palm Springs ceremony, attended by immediate family and friends.
  • Co-wrote "The Penis Song" with The Sweetest Thing (2002) co-stars Cameron Diaz and Selma Blair.
  • First appeared on television as an infant in a commercial for disposable diapers.
  • Measurements: 35-23-35 1/2 (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine)
  • Friend of Nicole Eggert.
  • While filming View from the Top (2003), she met Gwyneth Paltrow. They are now good friends.
  • Referred to in the 1991 song "Set Adrift on Memory Bliss" by PM Dawn.
  • Went to high school with Milla Jovovich.
  • Met her ex-husband, Johnathon Schaech, through director Gregg Araki.
  • Finds Al Green's song "Simply Beautiful" one of the sexiest songs she's ever heard.
  • On Friday 11 March 2005, while on stage in Chicago in the Broadway-bound revival of the 1966 musical "Sweet Charity", she broke a bone in her right foot. On Friday 25 March 2005, in Boston with Charlotte d'Amboise in the titular role, its producers officially canceled the production, announcing it would close after its last regularly scheduled try-out performance, the Sunday 27 March 2005 matinée. On Tuesday 29 March 2005, the production was officially resurrected with a revised Broadway preview and opening schedule. Although Ms. d'Amboise continued in the lead role for the first week of Broadway previews, on Monday 18 April 2005, Applegate made her Broadway debut as Charity Hope Valentine. On Wednesday 4 May 2005, the second Broadway revival of "Sweet Charity" opened officially with Ms. Applegate as its star. She has been nominated for a 2005 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical.
  • Won a 2005 Theatre World Award for her Performance in "Sweet Charity".
  • Nominated for a 2005 Tony Award as Best Lead Actress in a Musical for her Performance in "Sweet Charity".
  • Nominated for a 2005 Drama Desk Award as Best Lead Actress in a Musical for her Performance in "Sweet Charity".
  • Her mom wrote a song for her. She also sang the song. It is called "Christina's World".
  • Grew up near the site of the notorious 1981 Wonderland (or Four-on-the-Floor) murders involving John Holmes. She later played "Susan Launius", the sole survivor of the murders, in the movie Wonderland (2003).
  • Is referred to in the movie Donnie Darko (2001) by Jake Gyllenhaal's character while visiting the psychiatrist.
  • Is a Vegetarian.
  • Daughter of Robert Applegate and wife Nancy Priddy, of remote Dutch American ancestry.
  • Has three cats and a turtle named Tibbell.
  • In an interview on "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" (1993), she mentioned that though she has green eyes on one magazine cover picture, her eyes were changed to blue.
  • Diagnosed with breast cancer (3 August 2008).
  • She and Bruce Willis are the only two actors to have guest starred in "Friends" (1994) and win an Emmy for their performance.
  • Underwent double mastectomy after being diagnosed with breast cancer to prevent the illness returning.
  • Her love of the video-game Guitar Hero (2005) (VG) gave her a two-week migraine headache. She had to go to the doctor for treatment of the headache, taking time away from her TV series. Has not played the game since [April 15, 2009].
  • Was hired by Jodie Foster to star as Paula Olsen in Nell (1994) but was let go after Foster was replaced by Michael Apted as director. Applegate was replaced by Natasha Richardson.
  • Enjoys photography.
  • Born at 5:45 PM.
  • Lives in Los Angeles, California.
  • Became engaged to Martyn LeNoble, having been in a relationship with him since July 2008, after he proposed to her on a beach in Palm Springs (14 February 2010).
  • Chosen the most beautiful person in the world by People Magazine's, "100 Most Beautiful People, 2009".
  • Christina and her fiancé, Martyn LeNoble, are expecting their first child [July 21, 2010].
  • Was in a relationship with skateboarder Lee Grivas (December 2005-June 2007).
  • Is close friends with her former "Samantha Who?" (2007) co-star Melissa McCarthy.