CHRISTINA APPLEGATE (Debbie Griswold) has endeared herself
to audiences and received accolades for her strength and versatility in theatre,
film and television. With Emmy, Golden Globe and Tony nominations to her credit,
she has proven herself to be one of Hollywood's most influential leading ladies.
Applegate most recently reprised her role as Veronica Corningstone in
"Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues," which chronicles the on-set adventures of
San Diego's top rated newsman Ron Burgundy. Before that she was seen alongside
Will Arnett in NBC's comedy "Up All Night," executive produced by Lorne
Michaels, where she played Reagan, a career-driven and energetic woman trying to
juggle the demands of career, marriage and motherhood.
In 2011, Applegate joined Owen Wilson, Jason Sudeikis, and Jenna Fischer in
"Hall Pass," the Farrelly brothers' comedy. Applegate played Grace Searing, the
practical thinking wife of Fred Searing (Sudeikis).
Applegate had previously co-starred in Nanette Burstein's romantic comedy
"Going the Distance," with Justin Long and Drew Barrymore. In addition to that,
Applegate was the voice of Catherine in the animated 3D comedy, "Cats & Dogs:
the Revenge of Kitty Galore."
In December of 2009, Christina starred as Brittany, the lead chipette, in the
$200M box office blockbuster "Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel." When
released, the film was number one at the box office and remained in the top 5
through January of 2010.
Applegate's performance as the title character Samantha Newly in the ABC
series "Samantha Who?" has been applauded by critics and fans and garnered her a
third SAG Award nomination. Its acknowledgements include two Emmy nominations
for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, two Golden Globe nominations
for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series, two SAG Award
nominations for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series, a
Satellite Award nomination for Best Actress in a Series, Comedy or Musical, and
a Prism Award nomination for Performance in a Comedy Series. In addition,
Applegate served as a producer for the show, which won a People's Choice Award
for Favorite New TV Comedy during its first season.
Applegate's additional film credits include "The Rocker," for director Peter
Cattaneo, where she starred opposite Rainn Wilson; "Surviving Christmas" for
director Mike Mitchell; the comedy "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy," with
Will Ferrell; her critically praised performance alongside Cameron Diaz and
Selma Blair in the raucous comedy "The Sweetest Thing"; "Wonderland"; "View From
the Top," with Gwyneth Paltrow; and Stephen Herek's "Don't Tell Mom the
Applegate first gained widespread attention as the sexy and sarcastic Kelly
Bundy on the long-running Fox series "Married with Children." After a very
successful 11-season run, she furthered her television success by starring in
her own NBC comedy series, "Jesse." In 1999, the highly rated show garnered
Applegate a People's Choice Award as Favorite Female Performer in a New
Television Series and a Golden Globe nomination in the category of Best
Performance by an Actress in a TV Series, Comedy or Musical.
In 2004, Applegate returned to television as a guest star on "Friends" as
Rachel's 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 again the following year for her witty performance.
In 2005, Applegate made her Broadway debut in the revival of "Sweet Charity,"
in the starring role of Charity Hope Valentine, for which she 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. "Sweet
Charity" ended its run in January 2006. Her other stage credits include an
appearance in John Cassavetes' Los Angeles production of "The Third Day," with
Gena Rowlands; "The Axeman's Jazz"; "Nobody Leaves Empty Handed"; "The
Run-Through"; and "The Grass Harp."
In 2008, after receiving her breast cancer diagnosis through an early,
doctor-ordered MRI, Applegate founded Right Action for Women to educate women
about what it means to be at high risk for breast cancer and encourage them to
talk to their doctors about appropriate screening. Right Action for Women will
provide aid to individuals who are at increased risk for breast cancer and do
not have insurance or the financial flexibility to cover the high costs
associated with breast screenings. Applegate has been a longtime supporter of
women's cancer causes. In 2003 and 2009 she served as the ambassador for Lee
National Denim Day, one of the largest single-day fundraisers for breast cancer
in the country.
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