"The show definitely shocked and disgusted people. But, privately, they enjoyed laughing at it. I think all too often people look at the perfect families on television and think 'Why can't my family be like that?' In the case of Married... with Children (1987), people were able to say, 'Thank God my family's not like that!' " Christina Applegate
On Fox's long-lived series "Married...with Children," Christina Applegate was most recognized for portraying airhead Kelly Bundy from 1987 to 1997. She received praise while starring in her own sitcom "Jesse" (1998-2000) and later played Veronica Corningstone in Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy and Anchorman: Wake-Up Ron Burgundy (both in 2004). Other movie credits include Wild Bill, Vibrations, Across the Moon, Mars Attacks, Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead and The Sweetest Thing. On stage, she recently took home a Theatre World Award and was nominated for a Tony Award after starring in the musical "Sweet Charity."
"But men and women, getting along, it's a joke. We have completely different brains, it's a completely different thing." Christina Applegate
Green-eyed, 5' 5" tall Christina Applegate has 35-23-35½ measurements and tattoos on her left and right ankles (Nini, her mother's nickname, and Agape, her church community). She was chosen as one of People Magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People in 1999 and received Cosmopolitan Magazine's Fun Fearless Female Award in 2003. A good friend of actresses Nicole Eggert and Gwyneth Paltrow, Applegate once dated actor Christian Slater (1996). She is currently married to longtime companion, actor Johnathon Schaech.
Childhood and Family:
"There are a lot of sacrifices a mother makes when she's raising a child by herself. I saw it when I was growing up, watching all my mother did for me. But it wasn't until recently that I fully understood the price she paid because of how we had to struggle." Christina Applegate
Daughter of actress/singer Nancy Priddy and former record company executive Robert Applegate, Christina Applegate was born on November 25, 1971, in Los Angeles, California. After her parents' divorce and her father's new marriage, Christina had two stepsiblings, sister Alisa (b. 1977) and brother Kyle (b. 1981). She once was a student at Excelsior High School in Los Angeles, but dropped out to pursue an acting career.
Christina Applegate dated actor Johnathon Schaech from January 1998 until they exchanged wedding vows on October 20, 2001, in a small Palm Springs ceremony. Currently an owner of West Hollywood restaurant Faulkner's Brasserie, Applegate resides in Los Angeles with her cats, Natasha and Kanaloa, and German shepherd Sybil. Off screen, she enjoys reading books about spirituality and writing poetry. She is also an avid jazz dancer and supporter of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).
"I started doing radio commercials for Kmart when I was 4. They had to splice all my consonants together because I couldn't talk very well. But these jobs helped my mother and me put food on the table. It took the two of us working." Christina Applegate
At the tender age of three months old, Christina Applegate made her TV debut appearing with her mother in the soap "Days of Our Lives" and later, at age five months, was seen in a commercial for Playtex.
Christina landed on the big screen at age nine when she was seen in the 1981 films Jaws of Satan (a.k.a. King Cobra) and Beatlemania.
Applegate 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) and "Charles in Charge" (1984 and 1985).
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."
"The secret to playing dumb is that you think that everything you're saying is completely brilliant, that you're right-on about everything, and also I used to play [Kelly] as a virgin. That's what I'd tell myself before I'd go out, so she had this sort of wonderful, vulnerable quality about her." Christina Applegate
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) in the successful sitcom. While working on the series, Applegate was seen in Dance 'Til Dawn (1988, NBC) and became a teen prostitute in Streets (1990).
Applegate guest starred in "21 Jump Street" (1988), "Top of the Heap" (1991, as Kelly Bundy) as well as hosted "Saturday Night Live" (May 1993) and "Mad TV" (1996).
Playing Sue Ellen Crandell in the comedy feature Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead (1991) was Applegate's first starring role. She followed it up with films like Vibrations (1995, a.k.a. Cyberstorm, alongside James Marshall), Across the Moon (1995, costarring Elizabeth Pena and Burgess Meredith), Wild Bill (1995, starring Jeff Bridges and Ellen Barkin) and Mars Attacks! (1996, with Jack Nicholson, Sarah Jessica Parker, Glenn Close and Pierce Brosnan) as well as Nowhere (1997).
"There are people, including certain studio executives who will remain nameless, who still think of me as an 18 year old girl with long blonde hair and tight clothes. Maybe they're not on the up and up with what I've done in the last few years and that's okay. That'll happen. But it gets really old. I mean, we stopped doing "Married... with Children" a long time ago. It was another century ago." Christina Applegate
After the sitcom "Married... with Children" was cancelled 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 (with Mark Walhberg), and played the fiancée of a Mob descendant in the Mafia satire Jane Austen's Mafia (1998).
In that same year, NBC handed her the leading part of "Jesse" in their sitcom with the same title. 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 for Lead Actress in a Comedy. Though the series gained praise, it only stayed on cable for two years and eventually was cancelled in 2000.
"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, opposite Jean Reno). After gaining wide notice for playing Cameron Diaz's levelheaded 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, as Gwyneth Paltrow's best friend), Wonderland (2003, starring Val Kilmer), Grand Theft Parsons (2003, with Johnny Knoxville), Surviving Christmas (2004, opposite Ben Affleck) and Employee of the Month (2004, with Matt Dillon). Behind the screen, she was the executive producer of Comforters, Miserable (2001).
As for her small screen work, Applegate won the 55th Annual Prime Time Emmy Award for Best Guest Actress in a Comedy after she guest starred as Amy Green, Jennifer Aniston's sister, in the hit series "Friends" in November 2002 and October 2003. On the silver screen, she portrayed TV anchorwoman Veronica Corningstone in the 2004 films Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy and Wake Up, Ron Burgundy: The Lost Movie (opposite Will Ferrell).
Adding 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, 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.
- Theatre World: Best Actress in a Musical, Sweet Charity, 2005
- Emmy: Best Guest Actress, Comedy, Friends, 2003
- People's Choice: Favorite Female Performer in a New TV Series, Jesse, 1999
- TV Guide: Star of New Series, Jesse, 1999