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Christina Applegate



Biography

Christina Applegate has garnered critical praise for her strength and versatility as an actress in theater, film and television.  After receiving accolades for her performance starring alongside Cameron Diaz and Selma Blair in the raucous comedy The Sweetest Thing, Applegate’s range of skill has landed her numerous roles in both independent and studio projects.  Her feature film credits include Surviving Christmas for director Mike Mitchell, the DreamWorks comedy Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, the dark comedy Employee of the Month, the indie film Grand Theft Parsons for director David Caffrey, Lionsgate Films’ Wonderland, Miramax’s View From the Top, Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead, and Mars Attacks!
Most recently, Applegate made her Broadway debut in the revival of Sweet Charity, in the starring role of Charity Hope Valentine.  For her role, Applegate was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical as well as a Drama Desk Award in the category of Outstanding Actress in a Musical and a Theatre World Award. 
As the sexy and sarcastic Kelly Bundy on the long-running Fox series, “Married With Children,” Applegate gained widespread attention.  After a very successful 11-season run, she furthered her television success by starring in her own NBC comedy series, “Jesse.”  The highly rated show garnered Applegate a 1999 People’s Choice Award as Favorite Female Performer in a New Television Series, a 1999 TV Guide Award as Favorite Star of a New Series, and a 1999 Golden Globe nomination in the category of Best Performance by an Actress in a TV Series, Comedy or Musical. 
In 2003, Applegate returned to television as a guest on “Friends” as Rachel’s (Jennifer Aniston) younger sister Amy.  Her performance earned her an Emmy Award in the category of “Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series” for her role.  She was nominated for an Emmy once again in 2004 for her witty performance.

Applegate currently resides in Los Angeles.

Updated October 2006

Christina Applegate