Her characters generally have very little to celebrate – though they do much chastising, preening, and lamenting. Luckily, the same can’t be said for actress Christina Applegate who has an exciting milestone to fete.
Happy Birthday, Christina Applegate!
And that’s because she was born on November 25, 1971, in, Hollywood, California, which means that this talented performer is turning 49 years old today! Applegate made her TV debut in 1972, opposite her mother, actress Nancy Priddy, on the daytime soap opera Days of our Lives.
Subsequently, Applegate appeared in commercials for Playtex baby bottles. She made her film debut in the 1981 horror picture Jaws of Satan (AKA King Kobra), which was followed by roles in Beatlemania (1981), the 1983 biopic Grace Kelly (in which Applegate portrayed a young Grace), and the political comedy series Washingtoon.
Applegate was later seen in episodes of Father Murphy (1981), Charles in Charge (1984-1985), and Silver Spoons (1986). She had a main role in the short-lived police drama Heart of the City (1986-1987), and also guest-starred on All is Forgiven (1986), Still the Beaver (1986), Amazing Stories (1986), and Family Ties (1986).
In 1987, Applegate joined the inaugural cast of the FOX sitcom Married…With Children. For the next 10 years, she would star as the sexually promiscuous and dimwitted Kelly Bundy.
During her tenure with the Ed O’Neill/Katey Sagal-fronted series, Applegate continued to appear in other film and TV ventures. She had main parts in the silver screen efforts Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead (1991), Across the Moon (1994), Vibrations (1995), Wild Bill (1995), Mars Attacks (1996), and Nowhere (1997) and she also guest-starred on 21 Jump Street (1988), Top of the Heap (as the Kelly Bundy character; 1991), and Pauly (1997).
Between 1998 and 2000, Applegate headlined the sitcom Jesse in which she played a put upon single mother. Later roles included Amy Green on the NBC sitcom Friends – which netted Applegate an Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series -amnesia victim Samantha Newly in the comedy series Samantha Who?, and newswoman Veronica Corningstone in the film Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004) and its 2013 sequel.
In 2016, she was cast as Gwendolyn in the comedy film Bad Moms with Mila Kunis, Kathryn Hahn, and Kristen Bell — and the gang reunited in its sequel the following year, A Bad Moms Christmas with Justin Hartley added to the cast. Since 2019, Applegate has played Jen Harding in the Netflix series Dead to Me with Linda Cardellini.
Applegate has been married to Dutch musician Martyn LeNoble since February 23, 2013. Together the couple has one child: a daughter, Sadie Grace (born January 2011). Applegate is a proponent of the anti-fur movement and the founder of Right Action for Women, a charitable foundation dedicated to breast-cancer screening – the disease from which she and her mother suffered.
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