The Opposite Sex
"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).
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.
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
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
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
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).
- 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