Monday, November 25, 2013

Nov. 25: "Married ... with Children's" Christina Applegate is 42 today.

Born in Hollywood, Christina Applegate is best known for playing Kelly Bundy on the FOX sitcom Married... with Children. She has since established a film and television career, with major roles in several pictures, including Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead, The Big Hit, The Sweetest Thing, Anchorman, Farce of the Penguins, and Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel.

She has also starred in numerous productions including the 2005 Broadway revival of the musical Sweet Charity. More recently, she played the lead character Samantha Newly in the ABC sitcom Samantha Who?

Christina's father, Robert W. Applegate, was a record producer and record company executive, and her mother, Nancy Lee Priddy, a singer and actress.

Applegate made her TV debut in a commercial for Playtex baby bottles at five months, and  with her mother in the soap opera Days of Our Lives when she was 3. 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, Grace Kelly in 1983, opposite Cheryl Ladd, and appeared on her first TV series in Showtime's political comedy, Washingtoon in 1985.

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Applegate scored her most memorable role of ditzy Kelly Bundy in Fox's comedy series Married... with Children. She portrayed her character for ten years beginning in 1987 when she was 16.

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. She eventually took home the 2005 Theatre World Award and was nominated for a 2005 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical.

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Prince CharmingSweet Charity (2005 Broadway Revival Cast)Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's DeadMarried...with Children: The Complete First Season

While appearing in Sweet Charity, she 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.

In 2006, Applegate appeared in Jessica Simpson's music video "A Public Affair", alongside Eva Longoria Parker, Ryan Seacrest, and Christina Milian.

In 2009, Christina topped the list of People Magazine's Most Beautiful People.


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