Name:
Christina Ricci
Birth Date:
February 12, 1980
Birth Place:
Santa Monica, California, USA
Height:
5' 1
Nationality:
American
Famous for:
Her role as Cher's youngest daughter in 'Mermaids' (1990)
Profession:
actress
Education:
Edgemont Elementary School
BIOGRAPHY
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The Opposite Sex

Background:

"I think the main reason a lot of child stars don't make it is that it's hard to see someone as cute and then all of a sudden see them as having more depth. I guess I was just lucky that, when I was little, nobody thought I was that cute." Christina Ricci

Former child star Christina Ricci was promoting to stardom after playing the melancholic and gloomy Wednesday Addams in The Addams Family (1991) and in Addams Family Values (1993). She next gained notice for her portrayal as a relatively "normal" kid named Kathleen 'Kat' Harvey in Casper (1995), in which she won Young Star, and National Association of Theater Owners ShowEast Star of Tomorrow awards in 1995.

In 1998, Ricci received critical acclaimed for her spectacular performance as caustic and pregnant teenager Dedee Truitt in the comedy drama The Opposite Sex (1998), for which she netted several awards including a Young Star, a Golden Satellite, a Best Actress and a National Board of Review in 1998. Additionally, she received Golden Globe, An American Comedy, and Independent Spirit nominations for her brilliant work in the film. The same year, Ricci continued attracting attention when she was awarded the National Board of Review for her bright performances as kidnapped victim Layla in Vincent Gallo's Buffalo '66 (1998) and laundry-obsessed girlfriend Shelley in John Waters' Pecker (1998).

The best friend of actress Gaby Hoffmann, Ricci was well remembered when she teamed up with fellow superstar Johnny Depp in the horror flick Sleepy Hollow (1999), where she was handed a 2000 Blockbuster Entertainment award. In more recent movies, she drew accolades for her outstanding performance as Cheri Post in the thriller Bless the Child (2000, costarring Kim Basinger), for which she took home a second Blockbuster Entertainment award in 2001. She also earned a nomination at the MTV Movie awards (shared with Charlize Theron) for her work in Patty Jenkins' Aileen Wuornos biopic Monster (2003).

Off screen, Ricci is on the national board of VOX (Voices for Planned Parenthood). As for her private life, Ricci was previously linked to Big Fat actor Matthew Frauman (born 1972) and actor Orlando Bloom. She is currently dating actor Adam Goldberg (born on October 25, 1970).

Squant

Childhood and Family:

Santa Monica, California native Christina Ricci was born on February 12, 1980. She was raised in Montclair, New Jersey. Christina's father was a lawyer and primal-scream therapist (Ralph Ricci) and her mother was a nursery-school teacher and real estate agent (Sarah Ricci). The youngest of four siblings, Christina has two brothers, Rafael (born 1971) and Dante (born 1974), and sister Pia (born 1976). After the divorce of her parents in 1993, Christina stayed with her mother who took custody of her four kids. Commenting about her close relationship with her mother, she said, "I spend a lot of time with my mother. When I'm doing movies, she's always with me. We spend days being bored in an apartment together waiting for someone to call and say I'm needed for a shot. Because we're together so much, we have to get along. We have to find ways to get to know each other. We've gone through a lot of stuff, you know, and I think we're pretty close."

Of Italian ancestry, Christina Ricci, whose nickname is Squant, went to Edgemont Elementary School before attending Glenfield Middle School in Montclair, New Jersey. She next continued her studies at the Professional Children's School in New York, the same school actor Macaulay Culkin attended.

As a young girl, Christina captured the attention of drama critics while she was performing in the school play "The Twelve Days of Christmas" at age eight. Shortly after the play, her parents were encouraged to get her an agent. Following the family's relocation to New York, Christina began entering the spotlight when she appeared in several TV commercials for such campaigns as Monster cereal ads. After a year of commercial gigs, Christina added acting to her endeavors by having her feature-acting debut in Mermaids (1990).

Christina currently resides in Los Angeles with her boyfriend Adam Goldberg. The owner of a Porsche Boxster, Christina has her own production company, Blaspheme Films, which she formed in 1997.

Casper Girl

Career:

Spotted by movie critics while she was performing in the school play "The Twelve Days of Christmas" at age eight, Christina Ricci quickly appeared in numerous TV commercials like one for Monster cereal. By the time she was ten, Ricci had made her acting debut when she was cast as Cher's youngest daughter and Winona Ryder's sister in Mermaids (1990, played Kate Flax).

After playing Bonnie in The Hard Way (1991), Ricci's big break came when she landed the pivotal role of melancholic and gloomy Wednesday Addams in The Addams Family (1991). Through her bizarrely delightful character, Ricci impressed both audiences and critics alike. As a result, she was promoted to stardom. Ricci then was seen as Jessica in The Cemetery Club (1993) before reprising her crucial role of Wednesday Addams in Addams Family Values (1993).

In 1995, Ricci's next breakthrough arrived when she starred as a relatively "normal" kid in Casper (1995, portrayed Kathleen 'Kat' Harvey). Due to her bright performance, she was honored with a Young Star for Young Actress in a Comedy Film (1995) and a National Association of Theater Owners ShowEast Star of Tomorrow award.

She followed it up with Now and Then (1995, played young Roberta Martin), Gold Diggers: The Secret of Bear Mountain (1995, portrayed Beth Easton), Bastard Out of Carolina (1996, cameo role), a title character in Little Red Riding Hood (1997), The Last of the High Kings (1996, played Erin) and a starring role in That Darn Cat (1997, portrayed Patti Randall).

The child actress made a successful transformation after getting a more adult role in Ang Lee's powerful 70s drama The Ice Storm (1997), playing the troubled and sexually precocious suburban teenager named Wendy Hood and starring with such heavy-hitters as Kevin Kline, Sigourney Weaver, Joan Allen, Elijah Wood and Katie Holmes. Ricci again received rave reviews for her bright performance in the film.

In 1998, Ricci added eight more silver screen movies to her resume as well as collected several awards. After providing her voice for Souvenir (1998), Ricci gained notice for her brilliant performance as the kidnapped victim named Layla in Vincent Gallo's Buffalo '66 (1998), in which she earned a National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting Actress in 1998. She next appeared with fellow superstar Johnny Depp in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998, played Lucy).

The same year, Ricci was again launched to stardom through her character as Dedee Truit, a caustic, pregnant teenager who causes mayhem, in the comedy-drama The Opposite of Sex (1998). For her spectacular performance, Ricci was awarded with a Young Star for Young Actress in a Comedy Film, a Golden Satellite for Best Actress in a Motion Picture (musical or comedy), a Best Actress at the Seattle Film Festival as well as a National Board of Review award for Best Supporting Actress in 1998. She also received nominations at the Golden Globe, American Comedy, and Independent Spirit Awards for Best Actress.

Ricci did voice work in Small Soldiers (1998) before attracting attention for her portrayal of a photographer's laundry-obsessed girlfriend, Shelley, in Pecker (1998, helmet by John Waters), where she was garnered with a National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting Actress in 1998. Ricci played Ely Jackson in 1998's Desert Blue and a teenage hooker in 1998's I Woke Up Early the Day I Died.

In 1999, the rising star took part in two independent films: 200 Cigarettes (1999), joining a star-studded cast of Ben Affleck, Courtney Love and Kate Hudson, and No Vacancy (1999), before working again with Johnny Depp in Tim Burton's Sleepy Hollow (1999). Sleepy Hollow brought Ricci a Blockbuster Entertainment award for Favorite Actress in a Horror Film in 2000.

In the new millennium, Ricci continued to play essential roles, including costarring with Kim Basinger in the thriller Bless the Child (2000), portraying Cheri Post. Because of her bravura performance, she took home her second Blockbuster Entertainment award for Favorite Supporting Actress in a Suspense Film in 2001. With Sally Potter directing, Ricci rejoined Johnny Depp in the World War II drama The Man Who Cried (2000, also starring Cate Blanchett and John Turturro).

In 2001, Ricci tried her hand in producing films with her debut as the co-producer of the highly anticipated movie based on the adaptation of Elizabeth Wurtzel's best-selling novel, Prozac Nation (2001). Not only working behind the scene, she was also seen as an honor student opposite Michelle Williams, Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Jessica Lange.

The subsequent year, Ricci could be seen as Cassie Grant in the independent thriller The Gathering (2002). She also starred in Moisés Kaufman's The Laramie Project (2002), a film based on the adaptation of Moisés Kaufman's stage drama about the repercussions of the murder of Matthew Shepard. Ricci then starred and produced Pumpkin (2002), a satire about a fraternity girl who falls for a disabled man. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. She also starred as Miranda in Marc Munden's film Miranda (2002). Miranda was also screened at the Sundance Film Festival.

Ricci played a starring role in Woody Allen's Anything Else (2003) before portraying Shana, opposite Joshua Jackson, in Adam Goldberg's I Love Your Work (2003). In Patty Jenkins' Aileen Wuornos biopic Monster (2003), Ricci was cast as the lesbian lover of Charlize Theron's serial killer character. She earned a nomination at the MTV Movie awards for Best Kiss (shared with Charlize Theron) for her work in the film. Recently, she played Ellie in Cursed (2005) before portraying Sophie Scholl in the upcoming The White Rose (2005).

Awards:

  • Young Hollywood: Hottest, Coolest Young Veteran, 2001
  • Blockbuster Entertainment: Favorite Supporting Actress in a Suspense Film, Bless the Child, 2001
  • Saturn: 2000
  • Blockbuster Entertainment: Favorite Actress in a Horror Film, Sleepy Hollow, 2000
  • Best Actress: at the Seattle Film Festival, The Opposite of Sex, 1998
  • Golden Satellite: Best Actress in a Motion Picture (musical or comedy), The Opposite of Sex, 1998
  • National Board of Review: Best Supporting Actress, The Opposite of Sex, Pecker and Buffalo 66, 1998
  • Young Star: Young Actress in a Comedy Film, The Opposite of Sex, 1998
  • Florida Film Critics Circle: 1998
  • Young Star: Young Actress in a Comedy Film, Casper, 1995
  • National Association of Theater Owners Show East Star of Tomorrow: 1995
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