Christina Applegate is a woman whom you cannot underestimate her achievements and influence. You can’t fail to mention specific Hollywood figures when you decide to make a list of successful acts in the industry, and she is one of them without any doubt.
The veteran actress was featured in many movies, her first being when she was barely a year old. She is one of those actresses who started a career in acting at a very early stage in life and has walked that path for a long time and even till now.
How Old is Christina Applegate?
the 49-year-old was born on November 25, 1971, Christina Applegate was born to Robert William “Bob” Applegate and Nancy Priddy, both of whom were well vested in the entertainment industry. Christina’s dad was a record producer and record company executive, while her mother, Nancy Priddy, is a singer and actress.
Not long after Christina was born, things became rough between her parents, which led to them getting a divorce and going their separate ways. Christina got two half-siblings, Alisa and Kyle, from her father’s second marriage and her mother got into a relationship with a musician, Stephen Stills.
Applegate’s Journey through Hollywood
Christina was born into the entertainment industry. It’s little wonder that the Hollywood star has been into entertainment all her life. Her first screen appearance was alongside her mother in 1972 in the soap opera “Days of Our Lives” when she was barely a year old.
Not long after her appearance with her mom in the Soap opera, she featured in a baby nurser television commercial once again with her mom when she was three months and five months old, respectively, for Playtex, an American brand that produces and sells baby products.
The Beginning of Applegate’s Career
At age 10, she made her first debut appearance in Jaws of Satan (also known as King Cobra) and consecutively in Beatlemania. In 1983, at age 12, she had her first significant role where she featured as a young Grace Kelly in the biopic “Grace Kelly.”
Christina Applegate made her first television series appearance in Showtime’s “Washington” political comedy series in 1985. Following this, she featured in more series like Father Murphy (1981), Charles in Charge (1984-1985), and Silver Spoons (1986). Applegate won her first award in 1987 after her outstanding performance in “Heart of the City,” where she played a policeman’s daughter.
Moving up the Hollywood Ladder
Applegate went on to play the role of a sexually promiscuous lady, Kelly Bundy, on Fox’s first sitcom “Married with Children” from 1987 to 1997. During this period, she starred in “Dance till Dawn in 1988 and in “Streets” (1990), where a psychotic police officer continuously stalks teenage drug addicts.
She also made guest appearances and guest-starred in “” and ”Top of the Heap” (1991) in 1988 and 1991, respectively. After this, she hosted (1993) and (1996). She landed her first starring role in the Black comedy mainstream film “, in which she played the role of Sue Ellen Crandell.”
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From 1995 to 1997, she featured in films like Vibrations, Across the Moon, Wild Bill, Tim Burton’s Mars Attacks, and Gregg Araki’s “Nowhere.” She also auditioned for the role of Rose in the famous blockbuster “Titanic” but unfortunately lost the part to Kate Winslet.
Applegate starred as Claudine Van Dozen in (or Kiss of Fire) in 1998, the action-comedy “The Big Hit” and also played the character of the fiancée of a mob’s boss in the Mafia satire “Mafia.” She was one of the founding members of the Pussycat Dolls, which debuted in “Viper Room” and “Sunset Strip.”
The Late 90s and Early 2000s
In 1998, Applegate began portraying the title role in the NBC sitcom , which received many reviews. In the early 2000s, the actress also won a Primetime Emmy award for outstanding actress in the popular comedy series “Friends” in 2003 and was nominated in the same category for the same show in 2004.
In her tryouts for a movie, “Sweet Charity,” it was subtitled “The Girl Who Wanted to Be Loved for More Than Having Once Played Kelly Bundy” would have been Applegate’s breakaway from former teen stardom if she hadn’t broken her foot during one of its out-of-town tryouts.
Applegate’s Influence on Sweet Charity
After the news spread around like wildfire, Sweet Charity closed and then reopened four days later. Rumour had it that Applegate personally kicked in funds into the show and revived the dead show. However, there were other gossips that Barry Weissler, the show producer, had faked everything to heighten the suspense around the show to boost ticket sales.
However, Christina denies financially investing in the show; instead, in her own words, she “personally invested my soul in the show.” This makes us wonder if the second rumor was true, but again, it nullifies the authenticity as Applegate confirms that Weissler had made several calls to put the show back.
A Substitute for Christina Applegate.
While a standby performer, Charlotte d’Amboise, could have easily fit in for Christina’s role, Weissler preferred to pick Christina Applegate because she was the best in the audition and had terrific acting and dancing skills. According to Weissler, Applegate was the only actress who could key into the show’s musical side.
Although Christina Applegate is known as a comedic actress, she has stated in several interviews that her teenage self would never have envisaged that because she always thought “serious projects were going to be my jam.
A Sight for Sore Eyes.
Applegate was one of the most sought-after actresses in her mid-20s; she desired to feature in many movies, including “Charlie and Chocolate Factory.” She had to rock a wig in one season of ‘Married…with children” because she was allegedly also on set for another movie at the time.
Married…with children marked a new beginning and deviation from the ‘serious’ projects that Applegate was used to or saw herself. This made it surprising that she didn’t want a series reboot despite how significant it was in her career as an actress.
Applegate Refuses a Reboot of Married… with Children
In her words, “She’s almost 50, and no one needs to see her in a mini-dress now”, she doesn’t think that that ship should sail anymore. Applegate also has preconceived notions that fans of the show won’t be interested in seeing her since she’s now older and weightier.
In 2009, Christina Applegate voiced Brittany, one of the Chipettes in the popular animation “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel.” In 2010, Applegate said Catherine the Cat in the sequel of Cats and Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore. She noted that it was he mother’s wish for her.
A Time of Discovery for Applegate
In 2011, Applegate featured in the “Up All Night’ sitcom with Maya Rudolph and Will Arnett, which debuted on September 14. However, she left the series in 2013 during its second season break. Not long after this incident in February, Applegate featured in the revived American series “Who do you think you are?”
The episode in which Applegate featured centered around her trying to find more facts about her paternal grandmother “Lavina Applegate Walton,” whom she learned was primarily absent from her father’s life and had died while her father was still young tuberculosis and alcohol-related cirrhosis.
A Record of Multiple Successes for Applegate
In 2013, Applegate featured in “Anchorman 2: The Legend continues” as Veronica Corningstone. The movie was a huge success and received warm, positive reviews from film critics. In 2014, she voiced the Mary Beth character in “The Book of Life” animation movie.
She starred in “Vacation” alongside Ed Helm, where they played as a couple, Rusty Griswold and his wife, Debbie. In this movie, they take their sons on a trip to Walley World, just as Rusty did with his parent in the movie’s 1983 original. Although critics rated the film poorly, it was a box office success.
Latest Movies featuring Christina Applegate
In 2016, she featured in the comedy film “Bad Moms” as Gwendolyn James in a comedy film alongside Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, and Kathryn Hahn, which turned out to be a box office success. She made a cameo appearance in the movie’s sequel “A Bad Moms Christmas.”
In 2018, Applegate co-starred with Linda Cardellini in the Netflix dark comedy series “Dead to Me,” and executive produced the series with Will Ferrell, Adam McKay, and Jessica Elbaum. In 2019 and 2020, she was nominated in the lead actress category again for “Dead to Me,” which also got a nomination for outstanding comedy series.
Limelight Moments in Hollywood
Christina Applegate has a range of awards for several roles and appearances that she has made in movies, series, and a handful of animations. The first award ever won by the actress was in 1999 for her role in the series “Jesse,” which was the Best Actress in Comedy Series award for this series.
In the same year, she got nominated for the Golden Globe best performance by an actress in a Television series. She also won the People’s Choice Awards: Favourite Performer in a New TV series, which is not surprising since many viewers were the actress’s favorite.
Emmy Nominations from 2003 till 2009.
In 2003, Applegate won Emmy Outstanding Guest Actress in a comedy series and received a nomination for the same award in 2004. In 2007, she again got nominated for the Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a comedy series.
Subsequently, she received another nomination for the same spot in 2008. Within this same year, she was also nominated for the 2008 Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series -Musical or Comedy. The actress got a nomination for the same award in 2009
Groundbreaking Achievements for Christina in 2009
The year 2009 was no different as Christina Applegate received her nomination for the Emmy- Outstanding Lead Actress in a comedy series category and the Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series. She also won the People’s Choice Awards-Favorite Female TV Star.
The Emmy again recognized the actress as an Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series award and Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series in 2019. That’s not all; she also won got a Golden Globe nomination in 2020.
More Award Achievements for Applegate in 2020
In 2020, Applegate secured two Emmy Nominations, one as an Outstanding act in a Comedy Series and another as an Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series. She got a third nomination, Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series.
Applegate has had a trailblazing history of success in the Hollywood industry. You cannot miss out on her name when discussing the most successful actresses in Hollywood becomes topic. It would be simply unfair and ignorant to do that.
Christina Applegate’s Health Crisis and Complications.
Christina states that her mother is a breast cancer survivor in an interview, and her mom was diagnosed with the terminal disease when she was seven years old. Being a young child, Christina explains that she could not grasp the concept of having cancer.
She goes on to reveal that her mom had to do reconstructive surgery and have a mastectomy. Although the doctors thought they had been able to nip cancer in the bud by getting rid of the affected breast to stop it from spreading ten years later, it returned.
The Woe is called Breast Cancer
This time, it was in her abdominal area and cervix, but it was a lot more aggressive than the first one, and for this reason, her mother had to get a hysterectomy. It didn’t help much because the cancerous cells had spread, and so she had to undergo chemotherapy and about eight surgeries over two years.
In April 2008, Christina Applegate received the shocking news of being diagnosed with breast cancer. She later appeared on Oprah Winfrey’s show that year, where she revealed that she had undergone a double mastectomy which involves getting rid of her two breasts.
Applegate’s Battle with Breast Cancer
The award-winning cancer survivor revealed that she chose to get rid of both of her breasts because she didn’t want to have to deal with it (cancer) again. In her interview with Oprah Winfrey, she further revealed that there were times where she would stand in front of the mirror and weep.
She revealed that she felt terrible about the bilateral mastectomy, and in her words, “When you look down, it’s the first thing you see… So you’re reminded constantly of this thing, this cancer thing that you had”.
Christina’s Battle with Insomnia
Apart from her battle with cancer, Applegate also battles insomnia as she revealed she has been battling insomnia for 20 years. “I could sleep a couple of hours and then be up for four hours and then fall asleep again right before my alarm goes off,” she told the magazine. “Some of the nights could be rough.”
After her partnership with the Why So Awake program, she realized that her struggles with insomnia were self-inflicted. She admitted that she was finally able to figure out certain things in her life that had been supporting her insomnia, and her pre-bedtime rituals were sabotaging her ability to get a good night’s sleep.
Winning the Battle against Insomnia
One of the tricks she learned was to avoid looking at her phone before bedtime. She also stated that she listened to short sleep meditations. “The one I have is five minutes long, and it just puts you into a good state of shutting your brain and shutting down your body and preparing you for sleep.”
In an interview with People, she gives out tips that insomniacs may find helpful. She stresses that putting any blue light in the bedroom off is a sure way to get better sleep at night. She noted, “There’s something in the blue light from the smartphone and from the television that stimulates your awake brain, which at night time is supposed to be the asleep brain.
The Tragedy of Multiple Sclerosis
Few months ago Christina was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, also known as “MS,” an autoimmune disease that can affect the brain and spinal cord, causing problems with vision, arm, or leg movement, sensation, or balance. It is treatable in most cases, though life expectancy is very minute. It is twice or three times more common in women than men.
The condition (MS) occurs when the immune system attacks the sheath that protects nerve fibers, making it difficult for the brain to communicate with the rest of the body. MS often makes it more challenging to walk and move, and for some, it could lead to paralysis in the legs.
MS and how the actress handling It?
The exact cause of MS is unknown, and cases can range from mild to severe. The disease, which predominantly affects women, is rarely fatal but lowers one’s life expectancy by five to 10 years, on average. While some people may be symptom-free for most of their lives, while others can have severe, chronic symptoms that never go away.
The renowned actress revealed her health condition via a Twitter post late on a Monday evening, saying, “Hi friends. A few months ago, I was diagnosed with MS. It’s been a strange journey. But I have been so supported by people that I know who also have this condition. It’s been a tough road. But as we all know, the road keeps going. Unless some asshole blocks it”.
Christina Applegate’s First Marriage
Christina Applegate has a history of being involved in romantic relationships with some of Hollywood’s hottest men, including but not limited to Brad Pitt and Richard Grieco — and generally, she seemed to have a soft spot for musicians. She has also dated Guns N’ Roses’ drummer Steven Adler and vocalists Adam Duritz and Sebastian Bach of Counting Crows and Skid Row.
In October 2001, Christina Applegate married her heartthrob, Johnathon Schaech, in Palm Springs, California. However, Jonathan Schaech, best known for his role as James Mattingly II in Tom Hanks’ 1996 musical comedy, “That Thing You Do.” filed for divorce in December 2005, citing irreconcilable differences between the couple.
Applegate’s Relationship with Lee Grivas
After her separation from Johnathon in 2005, Christina started dating photographer Lee Grivas. The relationship foundered after three years over Lee’s substance abuse issues. Shortly after the actress quit the romance, the photographer died of an overdose on July 1, 2008, leaving Christina devastated.
Christina released a statement about the situation to Us magazine, where she said: “I am profoundly saddened. Lee was an incredible human being who was a vital and beautiful part of my life.” She added that “He is missed beyond words.” He touched many lives, and I feel much sadness for his mother, father, brother, and all of his family and friends.
Applegate’s Journey with Martyn LeNoble.
Not long after Lee Grivas’s death, Christina met Dutch musician Martyn LeNoble. The couple started dating, and a few months later, Christina was dealt a second brutal blow: she was diagnosed with an early stage of breast cancer. Christina recounts that she was frustrated with life then, and the only support was her husband, Martyn LeNoble.
On Valentine’s Day 2010, they later got engaged and married on February 23, 2013, in Los Angeles, CA. This was a second marriage for both of them, and they now have one daughter named Sadie Grace, who was born in January 2011.
Christina Applegate’s Relationship with her Daughter
Christina Applegate revealed that she has a soft spot for her daughter, and in one of her interviews, she explains how motherhood has indeed taken an enormous toll on her. She recounts how she has to continually encourage her daughter, who happens to only look at the negative side of things.
In her interview with People, she explains that she didn’t fully realize what she had put her mother through until she bore Sadie, and that alone had made her regretful of some of the behaviors she exhibited towards her mom when she was much younger.
Balancing Her Career with Motherhood
Christina confesses that balancing work with motherhood has been no walk in the park for her In an interview, She explains that when she’s in the mood for work, she’s entirely in it, and she thinks it’s good for little Sadie as it will give her the breather she needs occasionally.
On one occasion, she refers to her daughter, Sadie as her little best friend. She proceeds to state that her daughter’s language and communication skills are pretty incredible. She also reveals that they both discuss their dreams and what they would do the following day.
Applegate’s Hidden Tattoos
It appears that Christina Applegate has many more layers to her than she lets the world see. In one of her interviews, she reveals that she has “I have six tattoos.” She discussed the significance of each tattoo and reiterated that her tattoos were there to keep her grounded.
She stated that one was the name of her church, the other was the name of her mother. Another tattoo included a Hawaiian lei, the Om symbol, and a vine, representing a close friendship. She further noted saying “There’s a secret one that I don’t talk about.”
How Sadie’s Birth helped Applegate’s Mental Health
Applegate revealed that becoming a first-time mom after years of undergoing a double mastectomy to beat breast cancer was a cathartic experience for her. She explained that she felt her heart open up to her little bundle of joy for the first time as she gushed over her.
She revealed that being a mother helped her move on from the disease, which had become an increasingly dominant part of her life ever since her first diagnosis. She explained that as soon as Sadie came into her life, she has improved her mental health in more ways than she could imagine.
Christina Applegate the Philanthropist
Applegate has an extensive history of being involved in philanthropic projects such as supporting the Entertainment Industry Foundation, Adopt-A-Classroom, The Motion Picture, and Television Fund Foundation, World Animal Protection, and The Trevor Project. She especially concerns herself with animal conservation which informed her decision to become a vegetarian.
She was the spokesman for the Lee National Denim Day in 2003, which raises millions of dollars for breast cancer education and research. After her breast cancer diagnosis, she appeared on a television special, Stand Up to Cancer which she designed to raise funds for breast cancer research.
Starting her own Charity Foundation
In 2009, she founded Right Action for Women, a charitable foundation dedicated to breast cancer screening for women and focused on the type of MRI scan that saved her life. She created Right Action for Women to offer programs to help give financial aid to high-risk women who cannot afford MRIs.
An MRI is one of the breast cancer screening tests the American Cancer Society recommended for women at increased risk for breast cancer. However, not many women can afford to undergo genetic testing or proper breast screening tests because that is necessary due to the financial burden.
Toughest Lessons Applegate has had to Learn.
While reflecting on her career, Applegate notes that the most challenging lesson she has learned is “learning to say no.” She stated that she had always been a people pleaser and wanted everyone around her to be happy, even if it was at her detriment.
She stated that she had to learn to change this when she got diagnosed with breast cancer, following the candid advice of a fellow survivor to learn to put herself first. She admitted having been putting that advice to the test recently and turned down a potentially ample opportunity because she wasn’t feeling it.
In Christina’s Beautiful Kitchen
Despite the beautiful home the actress already had, it appeared that she hated her kitchen, which hadn’t been renovated since 1985 when she got the house. Applegate went as far as describing it as the “ugliest kitchen” she had ever come across in a very long time.
However, the star actress found solace in a flood that had forced her to rip her kitchen flooring and finally renovate the kitchen space to her desire. She teamed up with Laurel & Wolf to handle the renovation with her, and it gave outstanding results in the end.
Applegate gets offered £6,667 to pole dance.
In 2010, a pregnant Christina Applegate was offered £6,667 to dance in a strip club for real after appearing in a prenatal pole dancing video. She played along for laughs and stripped down to tiny shorts and a crop top while grinding against a pole.
This was seen in a clip-on Will Ferrell’s comedy website, “Funny or Die.” In this video, the actress caresses her protruded belly while saying, “Many pregnant women experience these things called hormones because you’re like a total fat a**. You don’t feel sexy anymore… (But) just because you put on an extra 50 pounds does not mean you are not hot…”
A Deep Dive into the Dark Childhood of Christina Applegate’s Father
Christina took it upon herself to find out what lay in the dark corners of her dad’s childhood, especially since he never really had his mother around. He only knew her name when Christina’s sister found his birth certificate. She had been beaten to death outside a bar.
After hours of digging through several libraries in New Jersey, she discovered that her father had been n a significant custody battle in which her paternal grandfather was accused of spousal abuse and his mother, Lavina, was charged with child neglect, adultery, and drunkenness.
Applegate’s recovery from “Dead to Me.”
In this movie, Applegate stars as Jen Harding, whose husband died in a hit-and-run accident. However, she has her free-spirited friend to help her through her sadness. Christina revealed that the role took a massive toll on her both physically and emotionally since it required her to reach into her heart’s depth and stretch her limits.
She revealed that she was in traction for about a week because she hadn’t danced as much as she did that day while shooting a particularly tasking scene. On the mental cum emotional aspect, she admitted to needing to go straight into therapy after she finished shooting her scenes because she had to dig up harrowing memories in her past so she would get into character.
Christina Applegate’s Surreal Beauty
Applegate was known for her blonde hair by viewers as early as in the 70s. The one time she wore a wig for a role in a series she had featured in, viewers couldn’t stop talking about it for a while. It is also worthy of note that “People” magazine named the actress as one of its 100 Most Beautiful People in the world.
The actress is known for her minimalistic approach to fashion and beauty as a whole, in 2019, this prompted her to share some of her beauty tips and tricks with viewers to which she said, “Lazy. I’m two years shy of 50, and I’m a straightforward person, so I’m sticking with what I know,” she says. That means eschewing the woo-woo trends, along with anything that goes against a natural look.