Christina Applegate (born November 25, 1971) is an American actress and dancer.
As an adolescent actress, she started playing the role of Kelly Bundy on the Fox sitcom Married… with Children (1987–97). In her adult years, Applegate established a film and television career, winning an Emmy Award and earning Tony and Golden Globe nominations.
The Big Hit
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues
Up All Night
Applegate has had major roles in several films, including 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) and its sequel Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013), Hall Pass (2011), Vacation (2015), and Bad Moms (2016). She has also starred in the 2005 Broadway revival of the musical Sweet Charity. Applegate has played the lead role in the television sitcoms Jesse (1998–2000), Samantha Who? (2007–09) and Up All Night (2011–12).
Applegate was born in Hollywood, California. Her father, Robert William “Bob” Applegate, was a record producer and record company executive, and her mother, Nancy Lee Priddy, is a singer and actress. Her parents were separated shortly after her birth. She has two half-siblings (Alisa and Kyle) from her father’s second marriage. After her parents’ divorce, her mother had a relationship with musician Stephen Stills. After her television debut with her mother in the soap opera Days of Our Lives and a commercial for Playtex baby bottles at 3 and 5 months, respectively, Applegate made her film debut in the 1979 film Jaws of Satan (or King Cobra) at the age of 7, followed by 1981’s Beatlemania. She debuted in a television movie as young Grace Kelly in the biopic Grace Kelly (1983) and appeared in her first TV series in Showtime’s political comedy Washingtoon (1985), in which she played a congressman’s daughter. She was also seen as a guest in the shows Father Murphy (1981), Charles in Charge (1984 and 1985), and Silver Spoons (1986). In 1986 Applegate won the role of Robin Kennedy (1986–87), a policeman’s daughter, in the police drama series Heart of the City. Meanwhile, she was also seen guest-starring in several other television series such as All is Forgiven, Still the Beaver, Amazing Stories, and the Family Ties episode “Band on the Run” (1987) as Kitten.
stage and television
The new millennium had 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). She was Princess Gwendolyn and Kate in the movie Prince Charming (2001). After playing Cameron Diaz’s level-headed best friend, Courtney Rockcliffe, in The Sweetest Thing (2002), Applegate continued to play roles in such films as Heroes (2002), and the romantic airplane comedy View from the Top (2003), as well as in the true-crime film Wonderland (2003), based on the Wonderland murders, and the Gram Parsons biopic Grand Theft Parsons (2003). In 2004 Applegate starred alongside Ben Affleck in the holiday comedy Surviving Christmas, and alongside Matt Dillon in Employee of the Month. Behind the screen, she was the executive producer of Comforters, Miserable (2001).
Applegate guest-starred on two episodes of Friends, in the ninth (2002) and tenth (2003) seasons, titled “The One with Rachel’s Other Sister” and “The One Where Rachel’s Sister Babysits” as Amy Green, Rachel Green’s (Jennifer Aniston) sister. She won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series her performance in “The One with Rachel’s Other Sister.” On the silver screen, she portrayed TV anchorwoman Veronica Corningstone in the 2004 films Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy and the bonus film Wake Up, Ron Burgundy: The Lost Movie (an alternative film comprising alternate takes and deleted scenes and story elements).
Best Actress in a Musical.
In addition to her screen work, Applegate has performed on stage in such productions as The Axeman’s Jazz, Nobody Leaves Empty Handed, and 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. In late April 2005, she also took part in the annual Broadway Cares’ Easter Bonnet Competition, being sawed in half by a magician in their Clearly Impossible sawing illusion. Sweet Charity ended its Broadway run on December 31, 2005. Applegate eventually took home the 2005 Theatre World Award and was nominated for a 2005 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical.
While appearing in Sweet Charity, Applegate broke her foot, and it was announced that the musical would close during previews. She persuaded the producers to rescind their decision and on April 18, 2005, she made her Broadway debut. Because of her injury, Applegate had to wear special shoes to prevent another incident, and in a 2013 interview said that because of what happened, she “actually can’t dance anymore. And that is sad for me because I always wanted to go back. But I probably won’t be able to.” She does dance whenever the opportunity presents, but cannot do any more strenuous roles.
People’s Most Beautiful People
In 2006 Applegate appeared in Jessica Simpson’s music video “A Public Affair” alongside Eva Longoria, Ryan Seacrest, and Christina Milian. She starred in the ABC comedy Samantha Who? from October 15, 2007, until it was canceled on May 18, 2009. The series costarred Jean Smart, Jennifer Esposito, and Melissa McCarthy. The series was about a 30-year-old, who after a hit-and-run accident, develops amnesia and has to rediscover her life, her relationships, and herself. Shortly after the cancellation was announced, Applegate began a campaign to get the show back into production, which was a failure. Applegate topped the list of People’s Most Beautiful People in 2009. Applegate appeared with her TV brother David Faustino (Bud Bundy from Married with Children) in an episode of Faustino’s show Star-ving.
She also voiced Catherine the Cat in the three-dimensional talking animal sequel Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore. Applegate said her mother was the one who wanted her to be involved in the film. Prior to Cats & Dogs 2, she voiced Brittany (one of the Chipettes) in Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel (2009), Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked (2011), and Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip (2015). She starred in the NBC sitcom Up All Night with Maya Rudolph and Will Arnett, and the show debuted on September 14, 2011. On February 8, 2013, she left the series after its second-season hiatus, which was leading into a planned format change.
On July 31, 2013, Applegate was featured on the second episode of the fourth season of the revived American version of TLC’s, Who Do You Think You Are? The broadcast centered on Applegate trying to find out for her father, Robert Applegate, about his mother, Lavina Applegate Walton, who was mysteriously absent for most of her son’s life and who died early in his life. Applegate also hoped to find out if the hearsay concerning her grandmother’s death were true. The actress discovered that Walton died in 1955 from tuberculosis and alcohol-related cirrhosis.
In 2015 Applegate starred with Ed Helms in the National Lampoon sequel Vacation, the fifth full-length movie episode of the road-trip comedies. Helms and Applegate played Rusty Griswold and his wife Debbie, who with their two sons take a trip to Walley World, just as Rusty did with his parents in the 1983 original film, National Lampoon’s Vacation. The film was poorly reviewed.
Dead to Me
in July 2018 she was cast to co-star in Netflix’s dark comedy series Dead to Me. She is also executive producing the series along with Will Ferrell, Adam McKay, and Jessica Elbaum.