American actress Christina Applegate was born on November 25, 1971. She has played a variety of characters since she was a little child, but her role as Kelly Bundy on the Fox sitcom Married… with Children (1987–1997) is what made her famous. As an adult, Applegate developed a lucrative career in cinema and television, garnering seven nominations for the Primetime Emmy Award, four Golden Globe Awards, and a Tony Award.
Applegate received a Golden Globe nomination for her performance as Jesse, the titular character of the NBC sitcom, which ran from 1998 to 2000. For her recurring appearance on the NBC sitcom Friends (2002–2003), she won a Primetime Emmy. She received a Tony nomination for Best Actress in a Musical in 2005 for her work in the Broadway revival of Sweet Charity. She then went on to star in the ABC comedy series Samantha Who? (2007–2009), for which she received two nominations for Primetime Emmy Awards and one for a Golden Globe Award; the NBC comedy Up All Night (2011–2012); and the Netflix dark tragicomedy series Dead to Me (2019–2022).
Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead (1991), The Big Hit (1998), The Sweetest Thing (2002), Grand Theft Parsons (2003), Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004), Hall Pass (2011), Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013), Vacation (2015), Bad Moms (2016), and Crash Pad (2017) are a few other movies in which Applegate has played a significant role.
Christina Applegate Early and family life
Applegate was born in Hollywood, California, a suburb of Los Angeles. Her mother, Nancy Priddy, is a singer and actress, and her father, Robert William “Bob” Applegate, was a record producer and company executive. Her parents split up not long after she was born. Alisa and Kyle, her two half-siblings from her father’s second marriage, are hers. Applegate’s mother dated musician Stephen Stills following her divorce. Applegate received dancing instruction in a variety of genres as a child, including jazz and ballet.
Christina Applegate Career
1972–1986: Early projects
In 1972, Applegate made her television debut with her mother in the serial opera Days of Our Lives. At the age of three months, she appeared in a Playtex baby bottle commercial. She made her acting debut in the horror movie Jaws of Satan (or King Cobra) from 1981, and she also made an appearance in Beatlemania. She made her screen debut as a young Grace Kelly in the television biography Grace Kelly (1983), and in her first television series, Washingtoon (1985), she played the daughter of a congressman.
Father Murphy (1981), Charles in Charge (1984–1985), and Silver Spoons (1986) all featured Applegate as a guest star. She was cast as Robin Kennedy, the daughter of a police officer, in the police drama Heart of the City (1986–1987) in 1986. She got a Young Artist Award for her performance. She appeared in a number of TV shows as a guest star, including Family Ties, Still the Beaver, Amazing Stories, and All is Forgiven.
1987–2001: Breakthrough and Married… with Children
Applegate starred as Kelly Bundy, the snobby, promiscuous daughter on Fox’s debut sitcom Married… with Children from 1987 through 1997. Applegate appeared in Dance ’til Dawn (1988) and Streets (1990), two films about a young drug addict who is hounded by a psychotic police officer, while she was filming the series. She appeared in 21 Jump Street (1988), Top of the Heap (1991), and MADtv (1996) as a guest star and host, respectively.
Applegate’s first leading role in a wide-release movie was as Sue Ellen Crandell in the black comedy Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead (1991). She played a disobedient teen who is made to care for her brothers after their summer babysitter passes away. She appeared in movies including Mars Attacks! (1996), Gregg Araki’s Nowhere (1997), Across the Moon (1995), Vibrations (1995), Wild Bill (1995), and Tim Burton’s Vibrations (1995). She appeared in an audition for the part of Rose in James Cameron’s blockbuster Titanic in 1996, but Kate Winslet won the part. Producers proposed a Kelly Bundy-focused spinoff after Married… with Children was canceled in 1997, but Applegate declined.
The action-comedy The Big Hit, the Mafia spoof Jane Austen’s Mafia, and the independent film Claudine’s Return (or Kiss of Fire) all cast Applegate as Claudine Van Doozen, a mob boss’s fiancée.
When The Pussycat Dolls made their debut in 1995 at Johnny Depp’s Viper Room on the Sunset Strip, Applegate was one of the band’s original members. When the troupe relocated to The Roxy Theatre in 2002, she served as the emcee.
Applegate started playing the lead role in the NBC sitcom Jesse in 1998, to acclaim. She was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Comedy and won the People’s Choice Award for Favorite Female Performer in a New Television Series and the TV Guide Award for Favorite Star in a New Series. In 2000, the show was canceled.
2002–2009: Anchorman, stage, and television
In the time-travel comedy Just Visiting (2001), Applegate performed the twin roles of Princess Rosalind, a 12th-century noblewoman, and Julia Malfete, her descendant from the 21st century. In the 2001 motion picture Prince Charming, she played Princess Gwendolyn and Kate. Following her role as Courtney Rockcliffe, Cameron Diaz’s cool-headed best friend, in The Sweetest Thing (2002), she went on to star in Heroes (2002), the romantic comedy View from the Top (2003), the true-crime movie Wonderland (2003), and the Gram Parsons biopic Grand Theft Parsons (2003). She co-starred alongside Matt Dillon in Employee of the Month and Ben Affleck in the holiday comedy Surviving Christmas in 2004. She served as the film’s executive producer in 2001.
In the episodes “The One with Rachel’s Other Sister” and “The One Where Rachel’s Sister Babysits” from Friends’ ninth (2002) and tenth (2003) seasons, Applegate appeared as Rachel Green’s (Jennifer Aniston) sister Amy Green. She was nominated twice for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series and went on to win it for her role in “The One with Rachel’s Other Sister.”
In the 2004 comedies Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy and Wake Up, Ron Burgundy: The Lost Movie, which featured alternate takes and deleted sequences and plot points, Applegate won praise for her depiction of anchorwoman Veronica Corningstone.
The Axeman’s Jazz, Nobody Leaves Empty Handed, The Runthrough, and John Cassavetes’ The Third Day (co-starring Gena Rowlands) are just a few of the theater productions in which Applegate has appeared. She made her Broadway debut in 2004 in a revival of the 1966 musical Sweet Charity as Charity Hope Valentine. She participated in the yearly Broadway Cares Easter Bonnet Competition in late April 2005, where a magician cut her in half as part of their Clearly Impossible sawing illusion. On December 31, 2005, Sweet Charity’s Broadway run came to an end. For her part in the show, Applegate earned the 2005 Theatre World Award and was nominated for the 2005 Tony Award for Best Actress in a show.
Applegate fractured her foot while performing in Sweet Charity, which led to the musical’s closure during previews. The producers were persuaded to change their views by her. She was had to wear special shoes because of her injury in order to avoid another collision. She claimed that as a result of what transpired, she “actually can’t dance anymore” in an interview from 2013. And that makes me sad because I’ve always wanted to return. But I doubt I’ll be able to. She can dance when the chance arises, but she is unable to take on demanding tasks.
Jessica Simpson’s “A Public Affair” music video from the year 2006 featured Eva Longoria, Ryan Seacrest, and Christina Milian in addition to Applegate. From October 15, 2007, to its cancellation on May 18, 2009, she acted in the ABC sitcom Samantha Who? The series’ finale aired on July 23, 2009. The series about a 30-year-old woman who, following a hit-and-run accident, develops amnesia and must rediscover her life, her relationships, and herself. It also starred Jean Smart, Jennifer Esposito, and Melissa McCarthy.
She garnered two nominations for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy as well as two nominations for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series. She launched an unsuccessful push to bring the show back into production shortly after the cancellation was made public. 2009’s People’s Most Beautiful People list was headed by her. She made an appearance alongside her Married With Children brother David Faustino in a Star-ving episode.
2010–present: Dead to Me and further acclaim
In the 2010 follow-up to the three-dimensional talking animal film Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore, Applegate provided the voice of Catherine the Cat. She claimed that her mother wanted her to be a part of the movie. In the films Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel (2009), Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked (2011), and Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip (2015), she provided the voice of Brittany, one of the Chipettes, before Cats & Dogs 2.
With Maya Rudolph and Will Arnett, Applegate starred in the NBC comedy Up All Night, which debuted on September 14, 2011. She departed the show on February 8, 2013, following a break during the second season that was preceding a planned format change. In the end, the show was canceled.
The fourth episode of the newly relaunched American season of the TLC series Who Do You Think You Are? featured Applegate on July 31, 2013. The main focus of the episode was Applegate’s quest to learn more about her paternal grandmother, Lavina Applegate Walton, who was missing for the majority of her father’s youth and passed away when he was a young boy. Applegate discovered that Walton passed away in 1955 as a result of alcohol-related cirrhosis and TB.
In the 2013 comedic sequel film Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, Applegate played Veronica Corningstone once more. The movie was a box office triumph and earned favorable reviews from reviewers. She portrayed Mary Beth, a leading character, in the animated musical fantasy film The Book of Life in 2014. She co-starred with Ed Helms in the 2015 road trip comedy National Lampoon’s Vacation, the fifth full-length film in the series.
They portrayed Rusty Griswold and Debbie Griswold, who traveled to Walley World with their two sons in the same manner as Rusty did with his parents in the 1983 original National Lampoon’s Vacation. Despite receiving negative reviews, the movie did well at the box office. She co-starred in the 2016 comedy picture Bad Moms opposite Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, and Kathryn Hahn as Gwendolyn James. The movie was a box office hit despite receiving unfavorable reviews from critics. She returned to the character for a brief cameo in the A Bad Moms Christmas sequel from November 2017.
Applegate and Linda Cardellini co-starred in the Netflix dark comedy series Dead to Me in July 2018. Will Ferrell, Adam McKay, and Jessica Elbaum also served as executive producers. The television show won praise from critics. For her work in seasons one and two, Applegate got two nominations for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, as well as nods for the Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild, and TCA Awards.
She was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on November 14, 2022. Katey Sagal and David Faustino, two of her Married With Children co-stars, were with her. Her star was next to those of Kate Sagal and Ed O’Neill.
Christina Applegate Personal life
Actor Johnathon Schaech and Applegate were wed on October 20, 2001, in Palm Springs, California. With the grounds of irreconcilable differences, Schaech filed for divorce in December 2005. The divorce was granted in August 2007. She started dating Dutch musician Martyn LeNoble in 2009. On Valentine’s Day 2010, the pair became engaged, and they wed on February 23, 2013, in their Los Angeles residence. For each, it was their second marriage. One daughter was born to them in January 2011. Applegate, a vegetarian, made an appearance in a PETA anti-fur campaign in 2007
Christina Applegate Health
People magazine claimed in 2008 that Applegate had been given a breast cancer diagnosis. “Christina Applegate was diagnosed with breast cancer at an early stage,” a spokesman said. The cancer was not fatal since it was discovered early by an MRI that a doctor had prescribed. Christina is pursuing the medical advice given to her and will make a full recovery. Even though only one breast developed cancer, she underwent a double mastectomy and was declared cancer-free.
She possesses a BRCA1 mutation, an inherited genetic condition that can lead to breast and ovarian cancer. Her mother has also battled breast cancer. “I was just shaking,” Applegate recalled of her initial reaction to being diagnosed, “and then, also immediately, I had to go into ‘take-care-of-business mode,’ which included a change to a more healthy diet.”
Applegate revealed in August 2021 that she had received a multiple sclerosis diagnosis a few months earlier. She credits her co-star Linda Cardellini and showrunner Liz Feldman for their support and openness in making appropriate changes to her filming schedule during the last season of Dead to Me, which had significant effects on her ability to perform on set.
As a result of her diagnosis, Applegate stated in 2023 that she would probably no longer perform in films, but would be open to doing voiceover work for projects like the upcoming animated reboot of Married… with Children. She would also think about doing something in the background.
Christina Applegate Philanthropy
Applegate has contributed to the Trevor Project, the Motion Picture and Television Fund Foundation, the World Animal Protection, and the Entertainment Industry Foundation. She served as the spokesperson for the 2003 Lee National Denim Day, which raised millions of dollars for education and research on breast cancer. She participated in a television show called Stand Up to Cancer that was produced to raise money for breast cancer research after she received the diagnosis of breast cancer. On September 5, 2008, the hour-long special aired on the CBS, NBC, and ABC television networks.
Applegate declared intentions to serve as the Lee National Denim Day ambassador once more in 2009. Also in 2009, she established Right Action for Women, a nonprofit organization devoted to women’s breast cancer screening and centered on the kind of MRI scan that helped save her life. She received the Saint Vintage Love Cures Award in February 2015 for her commitment to her work with Right Action for Women at the second annual unite4:humanity event organized by Variety magazine.
Christina Applegate Trivia
She was informed that the script for Legally Blonde (2001) initially came her way, but she was hesitant to accept another “dumb blonde” character because Married… with Children (1987) had just finished production. Reese Witherspoon eventually won the part, and her portrayal of Elle Woods earned her a Golden Globe nomination. Witherspoon performed a lot better job than Applegate could have, according to Applegate, who is pleased with how things turned out.
She gave birth to The Pussycat Dolls in her garage.
She has been referred to by her Married… with Children (1987) co-stars as an educated, flexible, and talented actor in contrast to her on-screen persona. Ed O’Neill claimed in numerous interviews that she was the only person of her quality and ability who could successfully portray the “dumb blonde” character on the sitcom, and that she frequently nailed her portrayal on the first or second attempt.
Only she and Bruce Willis were featured actors on Friends (1994) to receive an Emmy Award for their work.
People magazine stated on 8/3/08 that she had been given an early-stage breast cancer diagnosis. The cancer was discovered early thanks to an MRI that was prescribed by a specialist, and it is not fatal. She is pursuing the medical advice given to her and will make a full recovery. Despite only having one breast with cancer, she underwent a double mastectomy, and on 8/19/08 it was reported that she was cancer-free.
Was at the Viper Room on the evening River Phoenix passed out on the street outside the club. She saw the drug-induced seizure that Phoenix experienced and later performed the seizure as part of a dance performance against drugs.
joined Milla Jovovich in high school.
On November 14, 2022, she received a Star for Television on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7007 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California. The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel is across the street from her Walk of Fame star.
Sadie Grace LeNoble, born on January 27, 2011, at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles, California, is the couple’s only child.
grew up close to the scene of John Holmes’ infamous 1981 Wonderland (or Four-on-the-Floor) killings. In the 2003 film Wonderland, she later portrayed Susan Launius, the only survivor of the murders.
She disclosed that she had received a Multiple Sclerosis diagnosis a few months previously in August 2021.
co-wrote “The Penis Song” with Cameron Diaz and Selma Blair, who both starred in The Sweetest Thing (2002).
first made an appearance on television as a baby in a disposable diaper commercial.
toward the conclusion of her junior year, she successfully completed the GED.
She suffered from a migraine for two weeks because of her love of the 2005 video game Guitar Hero. She had to miss time from her television series so that she could receive headache treatment in the hospital. ceased playing the game on April 15, 2009.
auditioned for Samantha Micelli on Who’s the Boss? (1984), but Alyssa Milano was chosen instead.
a song by the hip-hop group PM Dawn called “Set Adrift on Memory Bliss” that made reference to it.
is mentioned by Jake Gyllenhaal’s character at the psychiatrist’s office in the 2001 film Donnie Darko.
For her, her mother composed a song. She performed the song “Christina’s World” as well.
was enlisted by Jodie Foster to play Paula Olsen in Nell (1994), but was fired when Foster was replaced as the film’s director by Michael Apted. Natasha Richardson took over for Applegate.
She underwent ovaries and Fallopian tube removal in October 2017 to prevent ovarian cancer.
began filming for Up All Night (2011) four months after giving birth to her daughter Sadie.
married longterm partner Johnathon Schaech on October 20, 2001, in a private wedding in Palm Springs, California, in front of just her immediate family and close friends.
possesses a turtle named Tibbell, three cats, and.
Tami Lynn served as her personal manager for more than 26 years and was also a co-producer on her comedy Jesse (1998).
daughter of Nancy Priddy and Robert Applegate. She has remote Norwegian ancestry in addition to English, Scottish, German, Irish, Scots-Irish (Northern Irish), Welsh, Dutch, and French ancestry.
Up All Night (2011) received a nomination for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series at the 2012 Women’s Image Network (WIN) Awards.
considers “Simply Beautiful” by Al Green to be one of the sexiest tunes she has ever heard.
Tweeted an homage to the late Elizabeth Taylor and mentioned that her favorite movie is Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966) and that Taylor’s portrayal of Martha in that movie is her favorite performance (3/23/11).
suggests backing for PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals).
She, along with her co-stars Owen Wilson, Jenna Fischer, and Alyssa Milano from the 2011 movie Hall Pass, became a first-time mom in the same year the movie was released.
chosen as one of the 100 most attractive people in the world by People magazine.
Gregg Araki, a film director, introduced her to her ex-husband, Johnathon Schaech.
She shattered a bone in her right foot on March 11, 2005, while performing on stage in Chicago for the Broadway-bound revival of the musical “Sweet Charity” (1966). The production’s creators announced on March 25 in Boston, with Charlotte d’Amboise playing the title role, that it will end after its final regularly scheduled tryout performance, the March 27 matinée. The production was formally revived on March 29 with a modified Broadway preview and opening schedule.
The first week of Broadway previews saw Ms. d’Amboise remain in the title role, but on April 18, Applegate made her Broadway debut as Charity Hope Valentine. Applegate served as the show’s star, and the second Broadway revival of “Sweet Charity” officially debuted on May 4. She received a Tony Award nomination in 2005 for Best Actress in a Musical.
chosen as one of the world’s 50 most attractive people by People magazine.
Although she had green eyes in one magazine cover photo, she revealed in a 1993 appearance on Late Night with Conan O’Brien that her eyes had been changed to blue.
Martyn LeNoble proposed to her on a beach in Palm Springs, California, on February 14, 2010, and they were engaged. They had been dating since July 2008.
has a half-brother and a half-sister from her father Robert Applegate’s second marriage, which occurred after he and Christina’s mother Nancy Priddy had divorced.
Christina Applegate Quotes
[on taking the part she was offered in the 1998 sitcom Jesse] It was a significant commitment. Really, I had to sit and consider it. I ultimately came to the conclusion that it was meant to be in my life.
When a mother raises a child by herself, she makes a lot of sacrifices. As a child, I saw it as I observed everything my mother did for me. However, I didn’t completely appreciate the cost mom paid because of how hard we had to work until recently.
The person with whom I have my child will be the best choice. I don’t want to be a single parent. I could manage it. However, I firmly reject doing so. I want to be a mother who welcomes her child’s biological father. And when I’m 80 years old, I want to still be with that person, laughing about our lives while enjoying glasses of lemonade on the porch.
[On the 1987 television sitcom Married… with Children] People were obviously startled and repulsed by the show. Privately though, they delighted in making fun of it. I believe that individuals view the picture-perfect families on television far too frequently and wonder, “Why can’t my family be like that?” People could express relief that their families are different in the case of “Married with Children” by saying, “Thank God!”
I’ve always been a bit timid and exposed. My mother claims that when she dropped me off at school, I would take a step back and assess the environment to determine whether it was safe before I joined the other children.
[on adjusting to her teen years as a television celebrity] I never went out and bought a brand-new car, a fancy stereo, or designer clothes. I was kept grounded by my mother.
[about her ex-husband, actor Johnathon Schaech, with whom she was married for a while] We’re close pals. And that spark never goes away. Even though I just saw him a few hours ago, I can’t wait to see him.
When I was four years old, I first performed K-Mart radio advertisements. I had trouble speaking, so they had to combine all of my consonants. However, these employment made it easier for my mother and I to buy food. We both have to work on it.
Being a failing actor and raising a child was not easy for my mum. We were two of those wanderers who were never sure where their next meal would come from. She always justifies putting me on stage by claiming she couldn’t afford a babysitter.
[on quitting school] It’s one of those decisions that, in my opinion, was a grave error. I regret not learning more about history and other things I could have. Naturally, there is nothing keeping me from learning right now. In fact, I think I’m more equipped.
Every single child in my group of school acquaintances came from a single-parent household.
Regarding her performance in the “Sweet Charity” Broadway show from 2004, The work is really demanding.
Although I believe that working 16 hours a day is harder, I truly believe that performing on Broadway that year changed my entire soul. You own the crowd every single night. It’s distinctive. You are in complete control. It’s just an incredibly lovely thing.
I’m going to have two cute boobs till I’m 90, so there’s that [referring to her mastectomy]. The nursing home won’t have better boobs than mine. All the women at the bridge table will be envious of me.
Regarding Christopher Pettiet Every time I consider how close I was to Christopher, it makes me feel incredibly sad. He was a young man who was truly exceptional. I am drawn to interiors that are dark and twisted. I admired him. I genuinely did. It’s the most tragic thing that could possibly occur. God grant him eternal rest.
Is Christina Applegate still married?
Everything About Martyn LeNoble. Christina Applegate and her Dutch spouse Martyn LeNoble continue to maintain a rather private relationship even after almost ten years of marriage.
How old was Christina Applegate when she had her last child?
Reuters: Los Angeles Star of “Samantha Who?” and breast cancer survivor Christina Applegate has given birth to a daughter, her representative said on Tuesday. According to Ame Van Iden, Applegate’s agent, the actress gave birth to her daughter Sadie Grace LeNoble on January 27 in Los Angeles.
Does Christina Applegate have a child?
The daughter of Christina Applegate is her pride and joy. The actress and her husband Martyn LeNoble, whom she married in 2013, share a daughter named Sadie Grace.
What condition Christina Applegate has?
After publicly disclosing her multiple sclerosis diagnosis in August 2021, the touching ceremony marked Christina Applegate’s return to the public eye. While coping with multiple sclerosis, Christina Applegate says she’s done working on camera.
Did Christina Applegate date Brad Pitt?
She and Pitt were frequently seen kissing (as in this 1988 photo taken at an Amnesty International event), and Pitt was her date to the 1989 MTV Movie Awards before she dumped him in favor of another man.
Is Christina married again?
After divorcing Ant Anstead in June 2021, Christina Hall has remarried and found love.
What does it mean to have multiple sclerosis?
A long-lasting (chronic) condition affecting the central nervous system is multiple sclerosis (MS). It is believed to be an autoimmune illness, in which the body unintentionally assaults itself. MS is an unexpected illness that has various effects on individuals. Mild symptoms of MS are possible in certain MS patients.
How many houses and cars does Christina Applegate have?
Applegate has been a resident of her 4740 square foot Hollywood Hills home for more than 20 years since 1995. Applegate enjoys driving SUVs. The actress also owns a few cars. She prefers to drive her black Mercedes-Benz GL, though.
How much does Christina Applegate make per year?
She has accumulated an estimated net worth of $25 million as a result of her successful profession. Her yearly compensation is unknown.
How many Endorsement deals does Christina Applegate have?
Through endorsement agreements with major brands, Christina has amassed a sizable fortune.
How many Philanthropy works has Christina Applegate supported?
A Day Made Better, Adopt-A-Classroom, Dizzy Feet Foundation, Entertainment Industry Foundation, Free Arts for Abused Children, Kind Campaign, Motion Picture and Television Fund Foundation, Revlon Run/Walk For Women, Right Action for Women, Spirit of Women Health Network, Stand Up To Cancer, The Trevor Project, and Tower Cancer Research Foundation are just a few of the charities that Christina Applegate has supported.
How many businesses does Christina Applegate own?
It is unknown if Christina has any other businesses in addition to her acting job.