Christina Applegate is an American film, television and stage actress. She gained fame as a child actor, playing the role ofKelly Bundy on the Fox sitcom Married… with Children for the series’ duration, from 1987 to 1997. Applegate established a film and television career, winning an Emmy and earning Tony and Golden Globe nominations in her adult years.
Applegate was born in Hollywood, California in November 25, 1971. Her father, Robert William “Bob” Applegate, was a record producer and record company executive, and her mother, Nancy Lee Priddy, was a singer and actress. Her parents separated shortly after her birth. She has two half-siblings from her father’s remarriage. Their names are Alisa and Kyle. Christina Applegate married actor Johnathon Schaech in Palm Springs, California on October 20, 2001. Schaech filed for divorce in December 2005, citing irreconcilable differences, and they were divorced in August 2007.
Applegate subsequently began dating Lee Grivas. She met him through a co-star of the Broadway production of Sweet Charity; later he died in the summer of 2008. In 2009, she began dating musician Martyn LeNoble. They became engaged on Valentine’s Day 2010, and wed on February 23, 2013, at their Los Angeles home. It is the second marriage for both. They have one daughter, Sadie Grace. She was born in January 2011.
Applegate is a vegetarian, and she appeared in an anti-fur ad for PETA in 2007.
On August 3, 2008, People magazine reported that Applegate had been diagnosed with breast cancer. This was confirmed by her representative who said in a statement, “Christina Applegate was diagnosed with an early stage of breast cancer. Benefiting from early detection through a doctor-ordered MRI, the cancer is not life-threatening. Christina is following the recommended treatment of her doctors and will have a full recovery. On August 19, 2008, it was announced that Applegate was cancer free after a double mastectomy, even though cancer was found in only one breast.
She has had major roles in several films, including Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead (1991), The Wild Bill (1995),Mars Attacks(1996), The Big Hit (1998), Out in Fifty (1999), Farce of the Penguins (2007), Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel (2009) and Hall Pass (2011). She has also starred in numerous Broadway theatre productions such as the 2005 revival of the musicalSweet Charity. Also, she played the lead role in the sitcoms Jesse (1998–2000) and Samantha Who? (2007–09). And she starred in the NBC comedy Up All Night (2011–12) before leaving over the creative direction of the series, which was canceled shortly afterward.
Applegate made her TV debut with her mother in the soap opera Days of Our Lives and a commercial for Playtex baby bottles at three and five months respectively. Her first big screen appearance followed at age 7 when she was seen in the 1979 film, Jaws of Satan , followed by 1981’s Beatlemania. She debuted in a television movie as young Grace Kelly in the biopic, (1983) Grace Kelly 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 spotted 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 the sitcoms All is Forgiven, Still the Beaver, Amazing Stories, and Family Ties episode “Band on the Run” (1987) as Kitten.
In 1987, Applegate began portraying the memorable role of the ditzy, sexually promiscuous daughter, Kelly Bundy, on the Fox Network’s first sitcom,Married… with Children. She portrayed her character for 11 years (1987–97). While working on the series, Applegate was seen in Dance ’til Dawn (1988, NBC) and in Streets (1990), in which a teenage drug addict is stalked by a psychotic police officer. Applegate guest-starred in 21 Jump Street (1988) and Top of the Heap (1991, as Kelly Bundy), and hosted Saturday Night Live (May 8, 1993, and October 13, 2012) and MADtv (1996).
The character of Sue Ellen Crandell in the black comedy feature Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead (1991) was Applegate’s first starring role in a mainstream film, playing a rebellious teenager who is forced to take care of siblings after their summer babysitter dies. Applegate followed with roles in films such as Vibrations (1995), Across the Moon (1995), Wild Bill (1995), Tim Burton’s Mars Attacks! (1996), and Gregg Araki’s Nowhere (1997). After the sitcom Married… with Children was canceled in May 1997, Applegate starred as Claudine Van Doozen in the independent feature Claudine’s Return(a.k.a. Kiss of Fire), was cast in the action-comedy The Big Hit, and played the fiancée of a mob descendant in the Mafia satire Jane Austen’s Mafia(1998).
In 1992, Applegate joined other celebrities in a benefit show for a Hollywood children’s charity, acting as a special guest assistant to a local magician and taking part in a number of illusions, including being sawn in half.
Also, Applegate was one of the founding members of the Pussycat Dolls, which debuted at Johnny Depp’s Viper Room on the Sunset Strip in 1995.