The Brady Bunch Movie
Actress Christine Taylor rose to fame playing Marcia Brady in the box office hit film “The Brady Bunch Movie” (1995), a role she reprised later in the installment “A Very Brady Sequel” (1996, earned an MTV Movie nomination). She went on to appear in many films like “The Wedding Singer” (1998) “ Zoolander” (2001), “Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story” (2004, netted an MTV Movie nomination), “Dedication” (2007), “License to Wed” (2007) and “Tropic Thunder” (2008), among others. Taylor began her career on television as a regular player on Nickelodeon's “Hey Dude” (1989-1991) before she moved to Los Angeles. She has appeared in many sitcoms, including “Ellen,” “Caroline in the City,” “Murphy Brown,” “Seinfeld,” “Friends” and “Spin City.”
Taylor and her husband actor, screenwriter, and director Ben Stiller live in Hollywood Hills Los Angeles, California. They have two children (Ella and Quinlin). She revealed, “ Two children is a handful. I feel very fortunate and blessed. Two is enough for now. Three's off.”
Prior to the marriage, Taylor was linked to several men. She dated actor David Lascher when they co-starred in the television series “Hey Dude” in the late 1980s to early 1990s. She went on to have a relationship with actor Matthew Lillard in 1991 and in 1996, she was engaged to Jason Bloom, the son of entertainment lawyer Jake Bloom, before they eventually broke up the tie. She also once dated Billy McCaffrey, a former Duke University basketball star. They attended high school together.
Childhood and Family:
Christine Joan Taylor was born on July 30, 1971, in Allentown, Pennsylvania, to a working class family. Her father, Skip Taylor, was an owner of a security company, and her mother, Joan Taylor, was a homemaker. She took acting classes at the Allentown Theater School and performed in a number community productions, including “Fiddler on the Roof” and “Grease.” She also worked on commercials as a kid and teenager. Christine graduated from Allentown Central Catholic High School in 1989. She has a brother, Brian Taylor.
On May 13, 2000, Christine was married to Ben Stiller (born November 30, 1965) in Hawaii. They met while making a never broadcast television pilot for Fox called “Heat Vision and Jack,” helmed by Stiller. The couple also appeared together in “Zoolander” (2001), “Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story” (2004) and “Tropic Thunder” (2008). Christine gave birth to their first child, daughter Ella Olivia, on April 10, 2002. Their second child, son Quinlin Dempsey, was born on July 10, 2005.
“Someday I'd love to do Shakespeare. And to play a bitch.” Christine Taylor
Christine Taylor made her television acting debut at age 18 when she landed the role of Melody Hanson, a lifeguard, in the Nickelodeon Network children's series “Hey Dude” (1989), with David Brisbin, Jonathan Galkin, Debra Kalman and David Lascher. The Allentown, Pennsylvania native remained with the show for its two year run before relocating to Los Angeles to pursue more opportunities.
Taylor landed guest stints in the television series “Dallas” (1991, as Margaret Barnes), “Life Goes On” (1991), “ Saved by the Bell” (1991, as Heather Brooks) and “Blossom” (1992, as Patti). In 1992, she appeared in a Los Angeles stage production of “The Real Live Brady Bunch.”
Her first film role came in 1993 when she got the role of Melissa Smock in “Calendar Girl,” a drama/comedy directed by John Whitesell and starring Jason Priestley, Gabriel Olds, and Jerry O'Connell. She quickly followed it up with a co-starring role as Julie in the action movie “Showdown” (1993), opposite Billy Blanks and Kenn Scott.
Taylor portrayed Terri in the horror sequel “Night of the Demons 2” (1994), which she starred with Amelia Kinkade, Cristi Harris, Rick Peters and Jennifer Rhodes, and supported Jeremy London, Gina Philips and Megan Gallagher in the drama film “Breaking Free” (1995), helmed by David Mackay. She, however, did not come to prominence until she was cast as the oldest Brady daughter Marcia in the very successful comedy film “The Brady Bunch Movie” (1995), adapted from the 1969-1974 television series “The Brady Bunch.” The film was directed by Betty Thomas. Her career took off after her appearance in the film.
Still in 1995, the actress was cast as Marilyn Hyde in the Fox made for TV film “Here Come the Munsters,” opposite Edward Herrmann and Veronica Hamel, and had a two episode stint as Karen Lewis in the ABC sitcom “Ellen,” starring Ellen DeGeneres. She also appeared in an episode of the NBC sitcom “Caroline in the City,” starring Lea Thompson. In 1996, she landed the lead role of Mary, a suicidal rave party organizer, on the television series spin off of the 1995 cult film “Party Girl,” which starred Parker Posey on the role. Although six episodes were made, only four were aired and the show was soon axed. The same year, she also played Princess Stephanie in the television film “To the Ends of Time” (1996), with Joss Ackland and Tom Schultz, Laura Lizzie in the Andre Fleming supernatural teen horror film “The Craft,” starring Robin Tunney, Fairuza Balk, Neve Campbell and Rachel True, and a ballerina in the comedy film “Cat Swallows Parakeet and Speaks!,” directed and written by Ileana Pietrobruno. It was also in 1996 that she reprised the role of Marcia Brady on the sequel “A Very Brady Sequel,” reuniting with Gary Cole and Shelley Long. Despite negative reviews, the film was a success at the box office, although not as successful as its predecessor. She was nominated for a 1997 MTV Movie Award in the category of Best Kiss, sharing with Daniel Barnes.
In 1997, Taylor was cast as a regular on the Fox sitcom “Rewind,” but the show was never broadcast. She instead guest starred in popular sitcom such as CBS's “Murphy Brown” (1997, as Taffy) and NBC's “Seinfeld” (1997, as Ellen). Besides, she had a recurring role as Bonnie in NBC's “Friends” (3 episodes). The same year, she also starred with Jay R. Ferguson and Christopher Masterson in the horror movie “Campfire Tales.” She continued to appear in films like Frank Coraci's “The Wedding Singer” (1998, with Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore), Adam Rifkin's “Denial” (1998, with Jonathan Silverman), Jason Bloom's “Overnight Delivery” (1998, with Paul Ruud and Reese Witherspoon) and the indie comedy/thriller “Kiss Toledo Goodbye” (1999, with Michael Rapaport, Christopher Walken, Robert Forster, Nancy Allen). In 1999, she guest starred as Yvonne in an episode of ABC's “Cupid” called “ A Great Personality.”
Entering the new millennium, Taylor appeared as Catherine Moore, Caitlin's Sister in an episode of the ABC sitcom “Spin City” called “A Tale of Two Sisters” (2000) and starred as Lili in the comedy film “Desperate But Not Serious” (2000), helmed by Bill Fishman. She acted together with husband Ben Stiller in “ Zoolander” (2001), which Stiller also directed, co-wrote and produced, had a title character in the made for TV film “Harry's Girl” (2003) and guest starred in three episodes of HBO's “Curb Your Enthusiasm” (2004), also with her husband. She appeared with her husband again and also with Vince Vaughn in the film “Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story” (2004), where she played the role of Katherine “Kate” Veatch. She received a MTV Movie nomination for Best On-Screen Team for her work on the film, sharing with Vaughn, Justin Long, Alan Tudyk, Stephen Root, Joel David Moore and Chris Williams. For the next four years, she could be seen in such films as “The Commuters” (2005, TV), “52 Fights” (2006, TV), “ Room 6” ( 2006), “Dedication” (2007, starred Tom Wilkinson, Billy Crudup and Mandy Moore), “Kabluey” (2007, with Lisa Kudrow), “License to Wed” (2007, played the older sister of Mandy Moore) and “Tropic Thunder” (2008, reunited with husband Ben Stiller). She also guest starred in “Arrested Development” (2 episodes, 2005, as Sally Sitwell), “My Name Is Earl” (2006, as Alex Meyers) and “American Dad!” (2006, as the voice of Candy).
Following a year off in 2009, Taylor played the role of Lori in two episodes of Disney Channel's “Hannah Montana” (2010). She also provided the voice of Mrs. Khaka Peü Peü in an episode of “Phineas and Ferb” called “The Beak” (2010).
In 2011, Taylor starred as Annabelle 'Anna' Wall in the made for television film “Farewell Mr. Kringle,” opposite Christopher Wiehl and William Morgan Sheppard. She also starred with Sherri Shepherd and Barry Watson in the TV Land TV film “Rip City.”
Taylor is set to portray Aubrey's Mom in the upcoming drama film “The First Time” (2012), directed by Jon Kasdan.